Flu Season 2019

Flu Vaccination Information

To book an appointment for a flu vaccination, please call our team on 01635 248251 option 5.

You should have the flu vaccination if you:

  • are 65 years old or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer’s allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill

Front line health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccination. It is your employer’s responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.

Support your Surgery

Did you know that by having your NHS flu vaccination at the surgery, you are directly helping us to fund patient care?

We at the Downland Practice, like all other NHS practices, rely on funding from each flu vaccination given to help us maintain and improve services, and keep the practice running effectively. This means that flu vaccinations given elsewhere directly result in a loss of funding for the practice.

You will be given your flu vaccination at either our Chieveley or Compton site by a fully qualified member of our clinical team. Our clinicians are properly equipped for emergencies and unlike community pharmacies, will have access to your medical records.

If you are eligible for an NHS flu vaccination (please see above criteria) you will be sent an invitation to book an appointment either by text or by letter. Flu clinics will also be available to book online using Patient Access. Your age will determine which flu vaccination you are given. When booking, please ensure that your appointment is in the correct clinic for your age group.

Both Chieveley and Compton Surgeries will be running usual clinics alongside flu clinics. To ensure that unnecessary traffic does not restrict emergency vehicle access to and from the practices, during flu clinics the surgery car parks will be reserved for those with restricted mobility ONLY. If you live within walking distance of either site, please help to reduce traffic by arriving on foot, where possible. Those without restricted mobility attending Chieveley Surgery by car during flu clinics should park at Chieveley Village Hall (a 2 minute walk from the practice).

Patients will be strongly encouraged to leave the surgery promptly after their flu vaccination to help us ensure patient safety, to reduce traffic, and to enable us to keep the clinics running smoothly.

Flu clinics will be running during the week, evenings, and on some Saturday mornings. Flu clinics are by appointment only. Patients will not be seen on a ‘walk-in’ basis. We have limited space at both sites so please do not arrive earlier than 5 minutes prior to your appointment time.

To book an appointment for a flu vaccination, please call our team on 01635 248521 option 5.

Support your surgery by choosing to have your flu vaccination with us.