Sat 11th September 8am-3pm - Over 65’s only at 11th Ipswich Scout Hut on Chesterfield Drive, Ipswich, IP1 6DW

Sat 25th September 8am-3pm – 18-49 at risk group and all 50-64 at Whitton Sports Centre, Whitton Church Lane, Ipswich, IP1 6LW

Sat 16th October 8am-3pm – Children in at risk group, or aged 2-3, plus 18-49 at risk group and all 50-64 at 11th Ipswich Scout Hut on Chesterfield Drive, Ipswich, IP1 6DW

Starting from 15th September, we will also have early morning clinics available, being run from Chesterfield Drive (29 Chesterfield Drive, IP1 6DW) every Wednesday from 7.30-8.30am, or all day every Friday from Norwich Road (199 Norwich Road, IP1 4BX), available for over 65’s and existing at risk groups aged 18-49, as well as patients aged 50-64 (including those becoming age 50 years by 31 March 2022).

All appointments are available to be booked online via NHS App or via your online SystmOne access, alternatively if you have received a text message, you can use the link. If you do not have a mobile or have online access, then please call the surgery to book, however please be patient whilst we endeavour to answer your calls as soon as possible. 

 CHECKLIST FOR FLU CLINICS

·         We would ask that you continue to wear a mask that covers your mouth and nose and sanitise your hands upon arrival and departure.

·         Wear appropriate clothing (there will be no modesty screens).

·         Parking at the Scout Hut is prohibited, please ensure you use the car park at the surgery or off road parking in the surrounding streets.            There may be queues or delays due to parking, so please bear this in mind and be considerate to local residents. We will still see you if            you are running late, as long as you attend before the end of the clinic.

·         Please attend your appointment on your own, unless you require assistance.

·         Please attend your appointment at the booked time – do not come too early or at a random time as we do not want any overcrowding.

·         You will need to queue with strict social-distancing using a one-way route through the Scout Hut and at Whitton Sports Centre.

·         YOU SHOULD NOT ATTEND THE FLU CLINIC IF YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD ARE UNWELL OR HAVE A FEVER OR         CORONAVIRUS SYMPTOMS.

·         FOR SATURDAY CLINICS ONLY, as our phone lines are closed at weekends, if you are unable to attend your appointment, please call mobile 07395 941533 and leave your name, date of birth and contact number so we can cancel your appointment. This number is not in use for anything else.

Eligible Groups

You can have the flu jab if you are in these groups (example conditions are shown under each category)

Long Term Lung Conditions

  • Asthmatics who take regular inhaled or oral steroids or who have had hospital admissions for asthma
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Lung fibrosis
  • Pneumoconiosis (Dust)

Long term heart or circulation conditions

  • Congenital heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack, angina, and other ischaemic heart diseases
  • Peripheral vascular (circulation) disease
  • Rheumatic heart disease
  • Cardiomyopathy

Long term neurological (brain/nerve) conditions

  • Stroke
  • TIA ('mini-stroke')
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Dementia
  • Spinal disease or paralysis affecting lung function
  • Myaesthenia
  • Learning disability

Long term kidney conditions

  • Kidney failure
  • Kidney impairment
  • Kidney transplant

Long term liver conditions

  • Hepatitis
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver transplant

Endocrine (hormonal) conditions

  • Diabetic patients on diet only, oral drugs or injections
  • Pituitary gland disorders
  • Addison's disease (lack of natural body steroids)

Reduced immunity due to medical conditions or drugs

  • No spleen (e.g. due to injury or illness)
  • On long term steroids
  • On cytotoxic or immunity suppressing drugs e.g., rheumatoid arthritis injections, active or recent cancer treatment
  • HIV infection or AIDS
  • Coeliac disease (wheat intolerance)
  • Systemic lupus
  • Certain blood disorders and blood cancers

Pregnant Women

  • All currently pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy     

Age or circumstance

  • Anybody aged 65 years and over including those becoming 65 by March 31st 2022 (date of birth on or before March 31st, 1957)
  • Long stay residential care homes patients
  • Carers who are in receipt of a carer's allowance, main carers, or those carers who regularly look after a person whose welfare would be at risk if they (the carer) become ill
  • NEW Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payment (personal bugets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users
  • Morbidly obese patients (BMI of 40 or above)
  • NEW Those who live in the same accommodation as patients on the Shielding list
  • Consideration will be given to vaccinating those who are in the same household as someone with a severely suppressed immune system - cases will be considered individually and vaccination is not guaranteed
  • Children aged 2 to 3 years (date of birth between September 1st 2017 and August 31st 2021 inclusive) - download an information leaflet 

Coronavirus COVID-19 has meant that we have to carry out flu clinic a little differently this year. PLEASE NOTE: this process is subject to change.

  • If you are unwell or have any fever or coronavirus symptoms, you must not attend.
  • Please arrive at your booked appointment time - do not come too early or at a random time as we do not want any overcrowding.
  • You will need to wear a face-covering which covers your nose and mouth.
  • You will need to queue with strict social distancing using a one-way route through the building - just like at the supermarket.
  • You will need to maintain social distancing throughout as you get your coat/top layers off and arm exposed.

Non-Eligible Groups

The following groups cannot have a flu jab at the surgery but may be eligible elsewhere, such as from employer or school

  • Previous conditions with full recovery or which are now stable. Patients who have previously had chest infections with no residual long term problems are not at any more risk of respiratory complications from developing flu than that of the general population
  • Patients who have previously had treatment for cancer and are now either recovered or stable with no active ongoing radiotherapy or chemotherapy treatment
  • Babies under 6 months of age. Flu jabs are not recommended in children in this age group even in the presence of at-risk conditions
  • Children to be vaccinated at school. All primary and secondary school children will be invited separately and vaccinated at school - download an information leaflet (NB: Children with at-risk conditions can be vaccinated at the surgery if wished)
  • Non-eligible patients requesting the flu jab privately. Unfortunately, though we would be happy to do so, unfair and restrictive clauses in our contract mean that, unlike pharmacies and supermarkets, we are not permitted to offer flu jabs to any of our non-eligible patients privately - if you wish to challenge this, please contact your MP.
  • INFORMATION ABOUT ELIGIBILITY

    Department of Health guidance forms the main basis for the eligibility criteria are shown above. Criteria are subject to change according to the latest medical guidance and eligibility for flu jabs are at the discretion of the doctor based on his or her clinical judgment.

Support Your GP Surgery

We know that other providers like pharmacies and supermarkets offer flu jabs to patients.

Like all other practices, we rely on funding from each flu jab we give to help cover running costs and to keep the practice viable and maintain services

Every single flu jab you have elsewhere means loss of funding for your GP surgery, which puts them even more at risk.

Regardless of what anybody might say, you are definitely NOT helping us by having your flu jab with someone else

We are more than capable of administering thousands of flu jabs each year as we have been doing for decades

Therefore, please support your local surgery by having your flu jab with us.

By choosing us, you will be vaccinated by a qualified member of our Clinical team; who will have access to your medical records and are properly equipped for emergencies

By having your flu jab with us, you are ensuring that crucial resources stay with your GP surgery.

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