News from the Hungerford Surgery
Seasonal Flu Immunisation Campaign 2018/19
The importance of a seasonal flu vaccination cannot be underestimated and
you are entitled to a free flu jab if you fit into one of the following
‘at risk' groups:
Aged 65 and over / Aged between 6 months and 65 years of age and in a clinical
risk group / All pregnant women / Those in long-stay residential care homes
or other long-stay facilities / Those who are the main carer of an older
or disabled person.
Please note: We no longer send letters of invitation to eligible patients
and there is no need to book an appointment on a ‘Flu Saturday’,
just turn up and be jabbed. If you are unsure about your eligibility please
call the surgery on 01488 682507 (after 10:00 am please) to check with a
Our four ‘Flu Saturday’s’ will take place at the surgery
in September & October and we ask that you attend on
one of the Saturday mornings between 09:00 and 11:30 hours.
Saturday 29th September Saturday 6th October
Saturday 13th October Saturday 20th October
There is good evidence to show that once a patient is vaccinated, it takes
around 2 weeks to develop an immune response.
The key message is ‘it is never too late to have your flu jab’.
Despite concerted efforts and great support from the members of our Patient
Participation Group (PPG) the numbers of people who every month fail to
turn up for the appointments they have booked continues to shock and disappoint.
In June and July alone 237 appointments were lost this way and 50 hours
of clinical time were wasted with our doctors and nurses. Incredibly some
of these appointments were made and then missed on the same day, and some
within a couple of hours of having been booked. If you were one of these
patients, please please cancel your appointment in good time when you find
yourself unable to attend in future as this is an average of one doctor’s
working day being wasted ….. every week!
A big thank you to those patients who did contact us to cancel their appointment
when no longer needed. We are then able to offer the appointment to other
patients and avoid unnecessary lost time and money for the NHS. If you need
to cancel, please call the Surgery number – 01488 682507 – and
press Option 5. Leave us a clear message with your name/DOB/appointment
day & time and contact number. Thank you.
We continue to work hard to recruit a new GP to replace Dr Anderson who
retired in June. However, and as I’m sure the majority of patients
will be aware via national media, approximately half of GP practices now
have shortages of doctors and we are unfortunately not immune to this problem,
even in our lovely corner of West Berkshire. Rest assured that we are making
every effort to recruit and appoint a new doctor and will hopefully have
more news soon. In the meantime, we are pleased to be working with several
excellent locum GPs and will continue to do so until such time that we have
a full complement again.
We have 140 registered carers at the surgery but we know there are many
more of you out there doing a fantastic job to help support your relatives,
friends and neighbours. There are a range of additional support services
that are available to registered carers, not just a free flu jab, so please
get in touch with the surgery to register and you can also contact our PPG
members for more information.