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  • Monday, February 8, 2010 - 16:20

    Those patients who are in the target group for the first wave of swine flu vaccinations should have received their letters from us inviting them to attend one of our vaccination sessions. Because the vaccine has to be made up in batches, we have no option but to try and give the vaccine in booked sessions, rather than the more ad hoc approach for seasonal flu vaccine.

    Our next vaccination session will be on Sat 12/12/09 and bookings are being accepted now. The following groups of people are entitled to receive swine flu vaccine on the NHS at this time:

    • Moderate to severe asthma (on regular inhalers), COPD, or other chronic lung condition
    • Heart disease or stroke
    • Diabetes
    • Impaired immune system (eg. no spleen, on immunosuppressant drugs, or HIV positive)
    • Main carers of immunosuppressed people
    • Frontline health and social care staff

    Further sessions are planned, including some weekday times for those who cannot come on a Saturday.

    If you are in one of these groups then please book your appointment (you can also have your seasonal flu jab at the same time if you haven’t had it yet).

    Under-fives are the next target group for swine flu vaccination, but we are still awaiting further details of this part of the campaign, so please watch this space for more information, hopefully in December.

    For more information please visit www.immunisation.nhs.uk.


  • Tuesday, September 30, 2008 - 22:00

    In an effort to improve access to our services for patients, we have extended our surgery hours as of the beginning of September 2008. We are offering some evening appointments between 18:30 and 20:00 and also Saturday morning appointments for both doctors and nurses. These opening hours are only be for pre-booked appointments, and the surgery is not open for emergencies or telephone access at that time (WestCall continues to cover these).


  • Monday, March 31, 2008 - 22:00

    Many patients will have noticed a new arrival at the reception desk: We now have a touch-screen which allows patients to check-in without having to queue to see the receptionist. The computer identifies you by asking for your gender and day and month of birth. If you are more than five minutes late or an over hour early it will ask you to see the receptionist.

    Please use this check-in system whenever possible, as it then frees up our receptionists to deal with other matters on the phone or at the desk.


  • Friday, September 1, 2006 - 22:37

    From 4th September 2006 the new pneumonia vaccine for children under 2 years is being introduced. As a result of this there will be a significant change in the routine schedule of immunisations for young children, and there will be a catchup program to ensure all the under-2s are immunised by March 2007. For more information please visit www.immunisation.nhs.uk.

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