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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 adult.flu@ggc.scot.nhs.uk 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.

NHS Referrals

consultation.jpgWhen you are referred to hospital, we type a letter which includes the main concerns of your clinician, and we also give the hospital a summary of your previous problems and the current medicines you are on.

Once the letter is typed it is emailed via a secure intranet to the appointments department at the hospital that your clinician feels is most appropriate for your problem.

The referral letter includes a prioritisation of how urgent the problem is. This should enable the hospital consultant to decide when you should be seen. We prioritise as urgent or routine. This is the normal prioritisation that takes place for NHS referrals.

Once the hospital receives the letter, they are responsible for organising the appointment.. Some departments will send out an appointment quite soon, and others are quite delayed. It very much depends on the waiting list for that department, the particular consultant you are seeing, and the urgency. 

Changes to your Clinical Problem

Sometimes, after a referral has been done, your condition may change

If it has resolved completely: 

  • and you are absolutely sure that you do not need the appointment, then contact the hospital, ask for appointments, and ask them to cancel the appointment
  • but you are not absolutely sure whether you should keep your appointment, it is worth contacting the practice secretary, who will discuss it with your GP and they will either leave you a message about what you should do, or will give you a phone

If it has become more worrying or you are getting worsening symptoms:

  • then please contact the practice secretary and they will take your details, and will discuss it on your behalf with your GP. We will then phone you back and let you know what we suggest should happen.

If you have been waiting much longer than you had expected for your hospital appointment, and you are concerned that they have not received it, or that the waiting time is inappropriate for the problem, then you can telephone the appointments department for your hospital.

Private Referrals

If the referral is a private one, because you have made a request for a private referral, then the letter is dictated, typed, and you should collect the letter from the front desk.  We are able to email some referrals and your GP will let you know which route is applicable.  It is your responsibility to telephone the private clinic that you are going to, in order to book your appointment directly. The envelope will detail which consultant you are to see, and the telephone number of the clinic.

If you receive an appointment, but the date does not suit (perhaps you are on holiday) then you can telephone the hospital appointments department and ask them to change this. Remember that making such changes often leads to your appointment being delayed a number of weeks.

When you have received your appointment, please put it in your diary and make sure you keep it.

 
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