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Athena Medical Centre21 Atherden RoadClapton, E5 0QPTel: 0208 985 6675
Unless you are aged 70 and over and have not been contacted about having your first vaccine, please DO NOT contact your GP for a COVID-19 vaccine.
The NHS is prioritising vaccinating people who experts have agreed will benefit the most. We will let you know when it is your turn. Please see here for advice.
If you are aged 70 and over, and have not been contacted about a first vaccination please let us know. If you are aged 70 and over and housebound we have had to wait until we had the right vaccine, the right procedures and processes, so we have only recently started visiting homes - however there is no harm in ringing us to check we have you on our list.
There is comprehensive information, guidance, and answers to questions at COVID-19 Vaccination programme | East London Health & Care Partnership (eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk)
All clinics are run on an appointment system. You need to advice reception if you have been newly diagnosed with the condition marked with a * as this requires a double appointment.
There is a special clinic run on Tuesday mornings, once a month. Patients attending this clinic are seen by the nurse, dietician and by special arrangement, the diabetic nurse Specialist.
DUTY DOCTOR SERVICE
FOR WHEN YOU HAVE AN URGENT MEDICAL PROBLEM
To make it easier for you to get the right help when you need it urgently we are offering a Duty Doctor Service in this practice. Duty Doctor is in place from 8.00am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.
When you phone with an urgent problem, the Duty Doctor will ring you back within 2 hours and will decide the best way to help you. The doctor may:
Arrange for a home visit if you are not well enough to come to the surgery and the doctor thinks you need to be seen
Direct you towards other services which can help
If you need urgent medical advice for you or someone you care for, please call the practice on our usual number and ask the reception team about speaking to the Duty Doctor. They will ask you a few questions and if they decide the duty doctor is the right person to help they will arrange for them to call you back WITHIN 2 HOURS.
This service offers you quick access to your GP practice, where they know you and have your full medical record. We recommend this service instead of going to A&E.
Health visitors are nurses or midwives with specialist training in family and public health. They help parents and their families to improve health and wellbeing during pregnancy, after the birth and all the way through until your child is five.
The nearest drop in health visitors clinic is at:
Tel: 020 8525 7040
Click the link below for more information:
For jobs, insurance etc, are made by special arrangement. If you need a medical, please ask at reception.
Such as the signing of passports, are also available. Such non-NHS service incurs a fee. A deposit of £10.00 may be requested when making the request, for which a receipt will be issued.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
Flu Vaccinations 2020-21
Flu Clinic Dates
· Tuesday & Thursday
· Appointment only
· Starting from 15th September 2020
· If you are eligible you will contacted by the surgery to book an appointment.
· Reducing footfall in the surgery
· Screening before appointment
· Staff will be wearing appropriate PPE
· Ensuring patients and staff adhere to social distancing
· Following local and national guidelines to keep everyone safe
Not sure about getting the flu jab this year?
· There are some myth busters on the following page which we hope can help
· Still unsure? Please contact the surgery to discuss this further
How to decline
If you already know that you don’t want a flu vaccine at all please call to tell us. You could also send us a message online to decline if that’s easier so that your vaccine can be offered to someone else who needs it: This year more than ever, this is very important as vaccines supplies are expected to be in extremely high demand. Click here to send us a message to decline
Athena Medical Centre
21 Atherden Road
Tel: 0208 985 6675
With the flu circulating alongside Covid-19 this year, those in high risk groups are more likely to suffer complications of both viruses. Protecting against flu will help reduce the chance of hospitalisation from flu complications. And also help reduce the burden on the NHS over winter.
This year the flu vaccine is being offered on the NHS to:
· adults 65 and over (including anyone who will be 65 by the 31st March 2021)
· people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
· pregnant women
· CARERS - including people living with someone who's at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
· children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
· children in primary school (note. these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
· children in year 7 (secondary school) (note. these vaccines are available via the school ONLY)
· frontline health or social care workers
· adults aged 50-64 may be offered the vaccination – this will only be provided if there is a surplus of vaccines.
The flu is much worse than a cold; symptoms come on more quickly and severely with the flu. Symptoms include fever, chills, headache, aching muscles, cough and sore throat.
The childrens nasal spray vaccine contains a weakened live strain of the flu which cannot cause the flu.
The flu virus changes slightly every year, and the antibodies your body makes to protect you weaken with time. So you need an updated flu jab every year.
You are more at risk of complications if you are pregnant and should have the flu jab at any stage of your pregnancy. The flu jab can also protect you baby in the first few months after they are born from the flu virus.
If you are in the at risk group, you still need the flu jab. The flu is caused by multiple strains of the flu virus, and you will only be protected the one strain you have developed immunity against.
It is also possible what you thought was the flu was in fact something else. There is an overlap of symptoms with many other viral illnesses, including coronavirus.
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