We would like to inform our patients that we are currently accepting telephone bookings for influenza vaccinations.
Due to the large amount of patients involved and nationwide vaccine shortage we will be conducting this in two Waves.
Wave 1 – September to November 2020:
Vaccines can be given immediately to any patient in the following groups:
Patients born before 1st April 1956
Children born between 1st September 2016 and 31st August 2018. Primary School Children and Children in Year 7 will be offered a vaccine in school, however we can provide this if the school cannot.
Patients aged at a minimum of 6 months and born after 1st April 1956 meeting one of the following criteria:
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma (that requires an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment, or has led to hospital admission in the past), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), or cerebral palsy
- a learning disability
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
- current Pregnancy
- Being on, or living in the same household as a family member on the formal Covid-19 shielding register.
Wave 2 – November 2020 to March 2021:
Following fresh guidance as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all patients aged 50-64 have been informed that they may also have an influenza vaccine this season.
West Sussex CCG have advised that due both to the promotion of patient safety and the aforementioned vaccine shortage, patients aged 50-64 not falling in one of the categories above cannot be accommodated immediately.
They instead will be invited for a vaccine in a second Wave starting in November at the earliest. We will update this message when Wave 1 is complete and the clinics can be safely conducted.
A vaccine for COVID-19 is currently in development.
As it is currently unclear what role if any General Practice will play in the subsequent public vaccination programme, we will update this message when more information becomes available.
Patient Safety during COVID-19
Saxonbrook have instituted the following policies to promote patient safety and limit the potential risk of virus transmission:
- All clinicians will wear masks, apron and gloves during the appointments
- The seats in the waiting areas will be limited to promote social distancing, with flu clinics occurring where possible outside of times of high patient flow.
- All seats in both Surgeries have been replaced with Wipeable vinyl upholstery.
- Both Surgeries now feature reception desks with protective screening.
- Where possible a one-way system will be in effect. In the Maidenbower Surgery patients will enter via the main door and exit via the nearest fire exit. In the Northgate Surgery weekend clinics patients will enter via the main door and be directed to an alternative exit via the building’s West Wing.