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FLU VACCINATIONS FOR CHILDREN 2019

We will invite all children aged 2 & 3 and also those aged 6 months to 2 years and 11 to 18 years who are in an 'at risk' category for their flu vaccinations as soon as we can. 

Unfortunately there are restrictions on supplies to GP Surgeries, which means we are having to tightly manage the invitations and clinics according to delivery schedules.  

Children aged 4 to 10 (in reception class and in school years 1 to 6) should be offered a vaccination via the school immunisation programme led by Virgincare.  

We apologise for the delay.

Should you not wish your child to receive a flu vaccination this year, please let our admin team know.


ADULT FLU VACCINATIONS 2019

Flu season is upon us once again! Invitations have been sent to patients who qualify for a free vaccination this year according to NHS guidelines.

Initial invitations have been sent by letter, or email to those patients who have given us prior consent (please remember to check your junk/spam folder).

Our clinics will be held predominantly on Saturdays throughout September & October; with a limited number of alternative appointments available on weekdays for those patients who cannot attend on a Saturday .

If you have not yet booked (or declined) your free NHS flu vaccination, or if you feel you qualify for one but have not received an invite, please contact us on the main surgery number and ask to speak to the admin team, or call in to our reception desk during opening hours. 

thank you

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/


IMPROVED ACCESS TO PRIMARY CARE

This practice will be ensuring everyone has easier and more convenient access to GP services, including appointments at evenings and weekends. We will be working with a variety of health care providers in several locations, all registered with CQC to provide GP services. The GP practice where the patient is seen will take responsibility for the regulated activity delivered there, regardless of where the patient is registered.

Evening appointments Monday to Friday, are available at Salisbury Medical Practice and Saturday appointments are available at Three  Chequers Medical Practice, Three Swans site for blood tests,  HCA and Nurse appointments.

When You Go Into Hospital

Hospital waiting times have reduced dramatically in recent years.  As recently as 2001, it was not uncommon for patients to wait over a year for routine operations.  This led to people asking their GP’s if they could be referred to a specialist so that they could get onto a waiting list before their cataract, or hip got “really bad”.  These days have gone.
 
Hospitals have targets saying that patients need to be given treatment within a few weeks of their GP referring them.  Before some treatments can be given, a number of consultations and tests are necessary.  All of these must be carried out within the set timescales: these currently vary between hospitals from 13 to 18 weeks.
 
This means that it is important that if you are referred to hospital, you will be able to go to any appointments that are necessary.  These could include, but are not limited to:

  • Seeing your Consultant in outpatients 
  • Having x-rays, scans or any other tests, some of which may been       coming into hospital for the day
  • Being admitted for surgery or treatment 

If you are planning a holiday, or have a significant event coming up which means that you would like to delay having treatment, please ensure that your GP knows about this before you are referred to hospital.  Also, if you are pregnant, or breast feeding, please speak to your doctor first, as some tests or treatments may need to be delayed both for the safety of either the mother or the unborn baby. 
 
Your right to choose

 
When you and your GP agree that you need a hospital appointment, you are able to choose which hospital you go to, and are also able to influence the date and time of your appointment.  Your Doctor is likely to use a service called “Choose and Book” to arrange your first hospital appointment. You may be able to make the appointment while you are in the surgery, or you may be given a letter with a telephone number to call to book your appointment.  More information on Choose and Book can be found on the following website http://www.chooseandbook.nhs.uk/ or ask the receptionist for an information leaflet.
 
If your doctor feels that you need to be seen at the hospital without delay, you may be asked to go to either the Emergency Department or an acute assessment area so that you can be assessed immediately.  “Rapid Referrals” to hospitals can also be made for patients who need to be seen within a 2 week timescale.  If you have any questions or concerns about what the plan for your treatment is, it is important that you ask the healthcare professional who is treating you.  You are also entitled to be given a copy of any letters which concern you: again, please ask if you would like to receive these. 
 
Re-arranging or cancelling appointments
 
Each year, over 15,000 hospital appointments are wasted because people do not turn up without letting the hospital know.  If you aren’t able to keep your hospital appointment, please telephone the hospital as soon as you can so that it can be rearranged or cancelled and offered to someone else.  Patients who do not attend their hospital appointments without first letting the hospital know, may be discharged from hospital care.  This means that their GP will need to re-refer them to hospital if they still need to be under the care of a Consultant.
 
During 2009, more hospitals are likely to start sending patients text messages to remind them of hospital appointments.  Before this can be done, people need to provide the hospital with their mobile telephone number.  If you agree to be contacted in this way, please give your mobile phone number to staff next time you go to the hospital and this can be recorded for future use.  If you do not want to be contacted in this way, your treatment and care will not be affected.  Please remember to let your surgery and the hospital know if any of your details have changed so that you can be contacted if necessary. 
 



 
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