2020 Flu Vaccinations update.

Flu vaccinations will be managed slightly differently this year due to larger eligible groups and the requirement for social distancing.  This means that you may not come to the surgery for your vaccination and instead may be invited to attend at another location.

If you are not in an eligible group and would still like to get the flu vaccination, you can pay a small fee to be immunised at most local pharmacies.

The following groups will be eligible for a free vaccination as detailed:

All pre-school children – The pre-school immunisation team will contact parents and guardians with an appointment at a community location.

Primary school children – All primary school children will be immunised at school.  Please note there is NO opportunity this year for missed vaccinations to be done in the GP surgery.

Children aged 12-17 in a clinical at risk category or living with someone on the Scottish COVID shielding register – Call 0141 532 8768 to make an appointment.

Aged 18-64 in a clinical at risk category – You are invited to call reception after 11am on 0141 776 1238 opt 4 to make an appointment here at the surgery.

Pregnant women – you will be offered flu vaccination from Maternity services.  Speak to your midwife for more information.

Aged 65 or over by 31.3.21 – you will receive an invite from the Health Board with a specific appointment at a community clinic.  If you need to change your appointment please call 0141 2014180.  Alternatively you can email making sure to give your full name, Date of birth, Original appointment details (including date and venue), whether you are asking for a new appointment, and your mobile number (to allow you to get your new appointment by text).

Age 55-64 and not otherwise eligible – You will receive a letter with an appointment for a local community clinic during December and January.

Unpaid adult and young carers – If aged 12-17 please call 0141 532 8768 to make an appointment.  If aged 18-64, please make an appointment with a local participating pharmacy.  A full list of participating pharmacies is available here.

Household members of someone who is shielding – If aged 12-17 please call 0141 532 8768 to make an appointment.  If aged 18-64, please make an appointment with a local participating pharmacy.  A full list of participating pharmacies is available here.

Social Care Workers – If you are a social care worker providing personal care in adult care homes, children’s residential or secure care settings, you are eligible for a free vaccination.  If not already offered through your workplace you can make an appointment with a participating pharmacy.  A full list of participating pharmacies is available here.

Practice History

buildingThe practice has existed since approximately 1910 and its surgery base has been on several sites including:

  • Townhead (near the hairdressers)  1920 – 1930s
  • Dean House in Lenzie (beside Lenzie Union church)  1940 – 1950s
  • Cowgate (where the Clydesdale Bank is (upstairs))1950s
  • 18 Union Street, Kirkintilloch  1962

In 1973 the original surgery was expanded with the addition of 2 new consulting rooms, and a nurse treatment room.

Further premises expansion took place in 1985, with completion of 4 more consulting rooms, and a staff room for the doctors, freeing up space for a second waiting room particularly for nurse appointments.

A portacabin with 2 rooms was added in the early 1990s, with a room for the practice manager, and one extra for consulting, and in 1998 a major refurbishment was undertaken to improve the internal layout

When the building was erected at 18 Union Street, it initially had 3 doctors and a secretary, serving a population of 11,000 patients. By 1968, the number of doctors had expanded to 5, consultations were by appointment, and staff had increased to 1 full time, and 3 part time receptionists. By the early 70s the number of partners had increased to 7.

In the mid 1960s the practice became involved in the training of young General Practitioners, and in the 70s through to the early 1990s there were even two trainees. More recently, the practice has expanded its training work to include first and third year students from Glasgow University.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s the employed staff expanded, and attached staff started working more closely with the practice team. These included 2 district nurses, 3 health visitors, a geriatric visitor, and community psychiatric nurse.

In the early 1980s the practice was one of the first in Glasgow to use a computer system to support the administration of the practice, especially for prescriptions, using  Sinclair PC initially. This has now expanded to a 24 PC network, with dedicated staff employed to undertake data management.

After an 18 month period of temporary accommodation we returned to 18 Union St in March 2008, to our new purpose built three storey facility.This has been a significant new phase in the history of the practice and has allowed many new and exciting service developments.

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