Flu Clinic Update

Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.

Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.

However, flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
•anyone aged 65 and over
•pregnant women
•children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
•children and adults with weakened immune systems

Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.

Who should get the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:

•children aged 2 and 3 (offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray)
•children in reception class and school years 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray – Please check with the child’s school as some schools will be offering these)
•children aged 2 to 17 years at risk of flu (offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray )

Flu Age Group and Availability- 

•a live quadrivalent vaccine (which protects against 4 strains of flu), given as a nasal spray. This is for children and young people aged 2 to 17 years eligible for the flu vaccine – Available October 2019
•a quadrivalent injected vaccine. This is for adults aged 18 and over but below the age of 65 who are at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition and for children 6 months and above in an eligible group who cannot receive the live vaccine –Available October 2019
•an adjuvanted injected vaccine. This is for people aged 65 and over – Available from Monday 23rd September 2019

Please call the surgery and book the appointment.

Access During COVID-19

 
Due to the current Coronavirus COVID 19 Situation, the practice is operating differently. Bordesley Green Surgery is still here for you, but how you access our services has changed due to COVID-19. If you are feeling unwell or if you have any health symptoms that you are worried about, please call us to make an appointment on 0121 7661335. We are open and fully operational, but we can no longer see walk-in patients without an appointment. However we would like to assure you that we are still here to look after you and we will arrange the best care according to your health needs.
 
If you need to see a doctor or clinician face to face then this will be arranged for you. Please be aware this may be at a different local practice.
 
If you need medical advice, please call between 9am-10am and book a call back. This will likely be a phone call or a video call during practice opening hours between 9am and 6:30pm.
 
If you have a pre-booked face to face consultation please ensure you:

· Arrive wearing a face covering.
· Use the hand sanitiser provided.
· Try to maintain a 2 metre social distance from other patients.
· Try to limit the amount of time you spend in the surgery by not arriving more than 5 minutes before you appointment. If you arrive early – you may be asked to wait in the car to maintain social distancing and minimum contact with other patients.
· Attend alone, or with only 1 carer/parent as necessary.
 
What to expect when you arrive:
· Your temperature will be taken on arrival.
· Clinicians may be wearing scrubs, PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) such as Visor, Mask, Gloves and Apron. This is for the safety of you and our staff, please do not be alarmed by this.
· To reduce the risk of cross contamination we have locked our public toilets. Please try to refrain from asking the receptionist to use the toilet unless absolutely necessary.
 
Local people must also book a test immediately if they have any of the main symptoms of coronavirus. They are:
· A high temperature
· A new, continuous cough
· Loss or change in sense of smell or taste
 
If they have any of these symptoms, they can book a COVID-19 test by calling 119 or online at: http://nhs.uk/coronavirus