Clinics & Services
Flu Clinics 2020-21
Our flu vaccines have started to come into stock so please contact us to book your appointment. Flu Clinics will be running on a number of Saturday mornings and Monday and Tuesday evenings.
In common with other Practices, we plan for numbers and order vaccine, based on historic demand. All the signs are that there will be more demand from eligible people this year which may, towards the end of the campaign, lead to a shortage of vaccine. If you want to be protected please don’t delay - BOOK YOUR FLU APPOINTMENT NOW
How our Flu Clinics will be run
As you would expect, our Flu Vaccination Campaign needs to operate differently this year in order to manage Covid-19 infection risks for you, your families and ourselves. All clinics will be run on the ground floor of Woodley Health Centre in a safe, socially distanced manner.
A one-way system will be in operation with the aim of moving patients through the clinic as quickly and safely as possible
Privacy will be more limited than normal, so please come prepared by wearing a short sleeve top so that your upper arm/shoulder is easily accessible.
How to prepare for your flu appointment
To assist us to manage the sessions safely, please come prepared, as follows:
- Please notify the reception staff if you have any mobility issues at the point of booking the appointment as we will be using a one way flow that involves moving through the building
- Please arrive at your allocated appointment time and not early or late to help us maintain social distancing and minimise queuing
- Please WEAR A FACE COVERING. As the appointment is no longer than a few minutes, there will be no exemptions
- Please WEAR A SHORT SLEEVED TOP or dress in something that makes it easy to access your upper arm/shoulder
- Once inside the building please remove any coats or jumpers so that your preferred arm is accessible by the clinician
- Clinicians will not be able to discuss any other ailments or give any other injections during flu clinics.
How to prepare for your flu appointment
Am I at increased risk from the effects of flu?
Flu can affect anyone, but if you have a long-term health condition the effects of flu can make it worse even if the condition is well managed and you normally feel well.
You should have the free flu vaccine if you are:
• Pregnant, or have just delivered your baby
• Have a long term condition, such as:
• Aheart problem
• A respiratory condition (COPD, emphysema or asthma treated with steroids in the last 12 months)
• Kidney disease
• Lowered immunity to disease or treatment
• Liver disease
• A stroke or a transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
• A neurological condition, e.g. multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy
• A learning disability
• A problem with your spleen, e.g. sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
• Obesity (BMI of 40 and aboved)
Please note due to the need to ensure protection for as many at-risk patients as our supply will cover, we will be looking very carefully at eligibility. In previous years we may have immunised you as, clinically we thought it appropriate, but you did not qualify under the NHS rules – we are unlikely to be able to do this, this year and you may be directed to the Pharmacy where you will need to pay a small fee for the jab.
Who should consider having a flu vaccination?
All those who have any condition listed above, or who are:
• Aged 65 years or over
• Living in a residential or nursing home
• The main carer of an older or disabled person
• A household contact of someone on the NHS Shielded Patient List
• A frontline health or social care worker
• Children of a certain age
For those not usually considered at-risk patients (people aged 50 or more) we are waiting for further Government guidance on when more vaccination stock will be available. We expect this in November 2020 and we will then contact you to invite you for your vaccination. For more information visit nhs.uk/fluvaccine.
Where else to get the flu vaccine
All community services are working together this year to ensure we vaccinate as many eligible people as possible, so you can also access the vaccination at the services below:
- A local pharmacy offering the service
- Your Midwife at the practice and in the hospital.
- Some community pharmacies now offer flu vaccination to adults (but not children) at risk from flu, including pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, people with long-term health conditions and carers.
- Your District Nurse, if you are under their care
- The hospital if you are an in-patient
Key Facts about Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Misconceptions about Seasonal Flu and Flu Vaccines
In addition to our standard services, the practice offers a range of more specialised services including minor surgery, joint injections, contraceptive implant and coil fitting and removal, and spirometry (specialised breathing assessments).
The nursing team have responsibility for health screening and prevention, including asthma, COPD, heart disease and childhood immunisations.
If your asthma is well controlled and you don't believe a face-to-face review with the practice nurse is required, please help us keep your medical records up to date by completing this short online review.
If your symptoms are deteriorating or you have any concerns, please make an appointment with our practice nurse as well.
Asthma Review Form
Bowel Cancer Screening
If you are aged 60-74 and registered with a GP in England, you will be sent a free NHS bowel cancer screening kit in the post, once every two years. The test is meant for people with no symptoms and looks for tiny amounts of blood in your poo that you may not be able to see. When bowel cancer is diagnosed at the earliest stage, more than 9 in 10 people will survive the disease for more than 5 years. For more information visit www.cruk.org.uk/BeClearonCancer
Cardiovascular Risk Screening
The practice nurses offer cardiovascular risk screening and advice for all patients aged 35-70. If you are in this age group you will be invited to attend an appointment at the health centre.
The NHS Cervical Screening Programme in England offers free tests to all women aged between 25 and 64 who are registered with their GP.
This includes women who have had the HPV vaccination, as the vaccine does not guarantee complete protection against cervical cancer.
Women should normally be invited for cervical screening at the following times:
- by 25, you will receive your first invitation for screening
- 25 to 49, you are invited for screening every 3 years
- 50 to 64, you are invited for screening every 5 years
- 65 or over, you are only screened if you have not been screened since you were 50 or if you have had recent abnormal test results
If you have not had a cervical screening test within the appropriate time, you may be offered one when you next visit your GP.
Please contact the practice to book a screening appointment if you are overdue one.
The childhood immunisation programme is offered through the practice. Babies will normally receive immunisations at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age and then further immunisations at 12 and 13 months before pre-school boosters are given at 3½ years.
If your child is overdue any immunisations please speak to the doctor, practice nurse or health visitor, or ask at reception for an appointment in the immunisation clinic. A vaccination checklist is available here.
Chronic Disease Clinics
We offer comprehensive services for patients with chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure. The majority of these clinics are run by the practice nurses. If you have a chronic disease and have not been contacted in the last 12 months for a routine review, please call the surgery to make an appointment.
Doctors and practice nurses will offer family planning advice. Contraception is available from the health centre including injections, coils and implants.
Young people under 25 can also contact Central Youth on 0161 426 9696. Central Youth offers advice, information, counselling and sexual health services and welcomes you on your own or with a friend, parent or relative.
The doctors offer minor surgery injections and the removal of skin lesions as advised by your GP.
The practice offers confidential sexual health advice, investigations and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Appointments can be made with the doctor or practice nurse.
Ask at reception or speak to a practice nurse or health care assistant if you want help to stop smoking