The flu virus typically peaks around this time of year, the best way to help protect yourself and others from catching and spreading flu is to have the flu jab every year and protect yourself for the duration of that year's flu season. Getting vaccinated is important each year and this year more than ever people are urged to have the vaccine in order to protect themselves, and the NHS, this winter however we’re asking for your patience.
Due to the pandemic, flu vaccination clinics and confirmation of eligibility criteria may be slightly different this year and with this in mind the logistics of our Clinics are still being finalised (Likely to be Early October) and updated information will posted on our webpages when details are confirmed by the government and our CCG.
What we do know is that it looks certain that flu vaccines will be released in batches, according to both availability and also the need to prioritise those most at risk. The groups being offered the flu vaccine are:
· Children aged between 2 and 10 years old will be offered the nasal spray vaccination.
- Pregnant women
- Those aged 65 or over
- Those aged under 65 with long-term conditions
- Shielded patients and those in the same household aged 18 or over
Those patient who are eligible will be receiving an invite from the practice in the next week or so and our GPs are asking you book a place on one of our forthcoming flu clinics as soon as they are advertised. Alternatively, if you are housebound, please speak to one of the reception team about your options. We understand that demand will be high however we ask for your patience and wait for an invite before requesting to be booked onto a clinic.
You will also have heard about the possibility that, if there is an available supply, 50 - 64 year olds might also be invited to have a flu jab in November or December. For those patients in this category we again ask you to be patient until the Government and our CCG have released more information about this cohort.
Finally people who are not eligible for the free NHS vaccination will be able to buy a vaccination from community pharmacies.
Do you need a physio?
We now have a First Contact Physiotherapist working here at the Wycliffe Medical Practice.
If you have joint, muscle or bone pain please ask for a direct appointment with our FCP. Our FCP is an advanced practitioner with extensive expertise in the clinical assessment, diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal conditions.
They can deal with:
- Sports injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Muscle problems
- Ligament and tendon problems
- Bony Injuries
- Back and Neck pain (including when this causes pain in arms or legs or nerve symptoms e.g. pins and needles or numbness)
Our First Contact Physiotherapist is able to assess, diagnose and suggest first line treatment. They can also refer patients for a course of physiotherapy treatment, order investigations or make referrals into secondary care using the same pathways as a GP.
You do not need to see a GP first to book an appointment with our FCP- please call our reception team on 01455 553531.
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home if you have any of the following:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
Loss of sense of smell or taste
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
If you have these symptoms please arrange to get a coronavirus test as soon as possible.
Testing appointments are for anyone aged five and over. They must be booked in advance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested. Anyone who doesn’t have access to the internet can call 119. The service can be accessed by people with hearing or speech difficulties by calling 18001 0300 303 2713.
The government has issued updated guidance to hospitals and general practices which recommends that from Monday 15th June 2020, any patient attending general practice are to wear a face covering.
In view of this guidance we would ask any patient attending the practice from Monday 15th June 2020 onwards to wear a face covering at all times whilst on practice premises.
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URGENT GP ADVICE
Patients registered with The Wycliffe Medical Practice who require urgent medical advice can call us from 8am- 8.30am and between 6pm- 6.30pm Monday – Friday to speak to a member of our practice team with access to our Duty Doctor.
For full information about how to access our acute access service and opening times please click on Appointments