FLU Vaccination Shortage - over 65's
Unfortunately due to a national shortage the Flu vaccination is temporarily unavailable. The supplies are being managed by NHS England and is beyond our control. We are due to have more in stock at the beginning of November and are contacting patients. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
We have plenty of vaccinations for under 65 at risk patients, please contact the surgery to book an appointment.
Many more GP appointments now available in Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley
We are delighted to announce that from 1 October 2018, you can book to be seen by a GP, nurse and other health professionals until 8pm Monday to Friday, and at weekends and bank holidays.
This is part of a national drive to improve access to GP services and give people the opportunity to see health professionals at a time that suits them.
The appointments won’t always be at this surgery, but your notes will be available to the GP, nurse or other health professional, providing you give your consent.
To find out more, and book one of these appointments, please contact us and speak to the receptionist, who will help you see the right person for your needs.
We will offer the new appointments routinely but please tell us if you particularly need a Saturday, Sunday or evening slot. We will also tell you where the appointment will be
Please ring NHS 111 as usual if you need medical assistance when we are closed and it cannot wait until we reopen.
Find out more about how we are improving access for you (hyper link to CCG website).
Change of procedure
If you require travel vaccinations please ask reception for a travel form and make an appointment to see the Nurse.
The form will need to be completed and brought with you to your appointment for the Nurse to be able to carry out the vaccination.
* We ask that you book your appointment 6-8 weeks prior to travelling. If you are travelling before this time frame then you will need to go to a Travel Clinic.
Flu Injection for Health and Social Care Staff
Health and Social Care Staff are now entitled to a flu vaccination so if you are employed by a registered residentail care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider please make an appointment for a flu injection.
SURGERY OPENING HOURS:
The telephone lines and Reception is now open from 8.00am - 6.30pm.
Dispensary remains closed during the lunchtime period - please see the opening hours for more information.
Who can have the shingles vaccination?
You are eligible for the shingles vaccine if you are aged 70 or 78 years old.
In addition, anyone who was eligible for immunisation in the previous three years of the programme but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. This includes:
- people in their 70s who were born after 1 September 1942
- people aged 79 years
The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS if you are aged 80 or over.
You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, though many people will find it convenient to have it at the same time as their annual flu vaccination.
Find out more about who is eligible for shingles vaccination.
How do I get the shingles vaccine?
Once you become eligible for shingles vaccination your doctor will take the opportunity to vaccinate you when you attend the surgery for general reasons or for your annual flu vaccination.
If you are worried that you may miss out on the shingles vaccination, contact your GP surgery to arrange an appointment to have the vaccine.
ADULT FLU VACCINATION
FLU VACCINATION ELIGILITY
- Over 65
- Or under 65 but have one of the following:
- a serious heart complaint
- a chest complaint or breathing difficulties, including asthma, bronchitis and emphysema
- serious kidney disease
- lowered immunity due to disease or treatment such as steriod medication or cancer treatment
- if you have had a stroke or a transient ischaemic attach (TIA)
- if you have a problem with your spleen or you have had your spleen removed
- serious liver disease
- a neurological condition such as a multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or learning disability.
If you are over 65, have a chronic disease, are pregnant or a carer you are advised to have an annual flu vaccination to avoid the misery and discomfort that contracting flu can bring. We now have vaccine in stock, so why not make an appointment today to have yours?
CHILD FLU VACCINATION
The national flu campaign has been extended this year to incorporate children aged 2, 3 & 4 years old. This vaccination is administered by way of a nasal spray. If you would like your child to have this vaccination, please call and make an appointment today!
Men ACWY in young adults.
MenW disease continues to increase overall and around a third of MenW cases in unvaccinated 15-19 year olds have been fatal. There have been no cases in teenagers vaccinated under the current programme. Therefore it is extremely important that as many of the eligible cohort are offered vaccination as soon as possible.
The Men ACWY vaccine is now available at the surgery. This vaccine is for young people aged between 15 - 19 years old. Please contact the surgery to arrange your vaccination.
PATIENT NOTICE -2018 CLOSURE DATES
Please be advised that the surgery will be CLOSED for staff training from 13:00 on the dates below until 08:00 the following morning:
Wednesday 17 October
Thursday 15 November
Tuesday 4 December
We are closed on Bank Holidays. Please check the website or at reception for alternative services.
To access URGENT medical help please dial 111 for the OUT OF HOURS SERVICE or 999 for major accidents and events.
Are you aged 70, 78 or 79, if so you are eligible for a free Shingles vaccination as part of the governments national campaign. Click here for further details to help you decide if this is right for you.