About Jacki Barnes

Practice Manager at Cornerways Surgery

Planning for free flu jab clinics for 50 to 64 years old underway for this December

20th November, 2020

The Government announced earlier today that people aged between 50 and 64 years old (who are not in a clinical at-risk group) will be offered a free flu vaccination in clinics operating across Sussex this December.

GP practices are now working with the NHS and partners to finalise plans to deliver flu in a fresh round of clinics to this cohort safely during the pandemic.

GPs have a list of everyone who is registered with them aged 50 to 64 and will invite them to a clinic directly, from their GP or pharmacy.

People in Sussex that are aged 50 to 64 years old do not need to take any action and are asked to wait for contact from their GP and not to call their practice about the flu vaccine at this stage, whilst they finalise plans for further vaccination clinics.

This will ensure GPs and their staff are free to help those in immediate need – you will be contacted directly and do not need to take any further action at this time.

With Covid-19 circulating, GPs have been working hard to ensure everyone eligible can get their free flu vaccine, including implementing big changes this year to the way the NHS is providing the free flu jab due to the pandemic.

The local NHS wants to reassure everyone that getting the flu vaccine is safe during the lockdown and there is plenty of time for everyone eligible to book and get their flu jab. Providers of vaccination will take all necessary measures to keep you safe, including wearing protective equipment and staggering clinic appointment times.

Some people aged 50 to 64 years old are entitled to a flu jab sooner:-

If you are aged 50 – 64 and are in a clinical at risk group which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example, you have a health condition which puts you at risk or

Anyone of any age, including those between 50-64 who is a household member of carer of a shielded patient.

Thank you for your patience, understanding and co-operation.

Requesting Medication Online

If you have been posting / delivering medication requests to us in writing, please note you can now do this through our website. This is to improve access to requesting medications. In light of COVID-19 this should also remove your need to travel to the surgery just to request medication.

This applies to items not already on repeat prescription or repeat dispensing. For repeat prescription items you can request these using the NHS App or with a login (available from reception) for online services (provided by the company who manage our software). Both are extremely convenient, as well as useful for us as they link directly to your medical record. Note if you are a repeat dispensing patient you just need to ask the chemist for your next batch of medication.

Update from Dr. Romans

I would like to thank all my new patients for welcoming me to the area and the practice. I am delighted to work in such a lovely surgery in a supportive community. Thank you to the surgery team for helping me get started and to Dr. Sayers for managing to keep everything going on his own for nearly a year. We will keep you updated on services during Covid-19.