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FLU UPDATE

Following on from the recent announcement by the Department of Health, Medicus Health Partners will be providing Flu vaccinations for those aged 50-64 years of age from December 2020. 

If you would like to book an appointment at one of our flu clinics, please contact reception or send a request via E-consult. 

The flu vaccine is safe and DOES: 

  • protect you and your child from a serious and potentially deadly disease 
  • protect other people in your community – by helping to stop flu spreading to 

people who are more vulnerable. This is one of the key reasons to have your 

child vaccinated. They are flu ‘super spreaders’ and could infect other more 

vulnerable members of your family and friendship groups 

  • get safety tested for years before being introduced – they're also monitored 

for any side effects 

  • sometimes cause mild side effects which last a couple of days, like a sore arm 
  • significantly reduce the chance of catching a life-threatening disease – if 

enough people are vaccinated. 

 

The flu vaccine is safe and DOES NOT: 

  • overload or weaken the immune system 
  • cause allergies or any other conditions – all the current evidence tells us that 

vaccinating is safer than not vaccinating 

  • contain mercury (thiomersal) 
  • contain any ingredients that cause harm in such small amounts – but speak to 

your doctor if you have any known allergies such as eggs or gelatine 

  • give you flu! 

More information is also available on the NHS London flu web page: 

https://www.england.nhs.uk/london/our-work/getting-the-flu-vaccine/ 

Medicus Health Partners – Guide to for People who should have a Flu Vaccine

This year due to COVID-19 all appointments for Flu Vaccinations are to be booked through your surgery, please phone reception or request an appointment via E-consult on the website.

How to Prepare for your Flu Vaccine appointment.

To keep all patients and staff as safe as possible, we have made arrangements at some sites to limit contact and ensure the process is quick and easy. When you arrive for your appointment please follow guidance from staff on site and observe social distancing.

Simple steps for Flu Vaccination

  • Book your appointment with your GP surgery (if you are unsure about the criteria for Flu Vaccinations, please click on the Link below for further information)
  • Arrive on time
  • Follow staff guidance at the clinic
  • Wear a mask
  • Ensure the top of your arm is assessable to receive the VaccineFor more information on who is eligible please click on the link below: -https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/ 

Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters

Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters for face masks

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings

For the latest Covid-19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk. If you think you may have Covid-19, have travelled to an affected area - please do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Use the NHS 111 online service at https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 to find out what to do next

  • Important information about the coronavirus (COVID-19)

    The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

    The latest information on symptoms of Coronovirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ 

    NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do. 

    Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus;
  • in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus;
  • you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus.
  • Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone. 

    Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands. 

    Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

    Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

For patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances.  These can be accessed at: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19

Are you in Isolation and need help? 

We are building community resilience in Enfield in response to the coronavirus crisis.

This is a challenging time for everyone. We want to help local people to support one another and provide essential services to people who need it.

If you are currently isolated at home and need some practical support, please click on the link below and follow the relevant instructions or https://new.enfield.gov.uk/services/your-council/enfield-stands-together/ call this number 07960371207

Our local council and voluntary agency support, e.g. for delivering meds to housebound/isolated patients.

Domestic Violence help during COVID19

Leaving the Practice?

If your leaving our practice please let us know the address of your new GP practice. There may be certain restrictions with our new IT system and GP2GP transfer of notes may not happen. It is therefore extremely important that you let us know the name and address of your new GP, for us to send your record securely.

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