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Flu Season - Saturday Clinic 22/09/2018 (Posted 10/09/2018)

Flu immunisation season is here and our vaccines will be arriving shortly. Please ask a reception to book an appointment for your flu jab.

Alternatively, we will be holding a drop flu clinic at Freshney Green on 22nd of September 2018 between 8:30 and 11:30 for Woodford patients only.

Who Should Be Immunised?

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.

You should have the flu vaccine if you:

Are   65 years and over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31st March 2019);

  • Are   from 18 to less than 65 years of age with one or more of the following medical conditions:
    • chronic (long-term) respiratory disease, such as severe asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or bronchitis;
    • chronic heart disease, such as heart failure;
    • chronic kidney disease at stage three, four or five;
    • chronic liver disease;
    • chronic neurological disease, such as Parkinson’s disease or motor neurone disease, or learning disability;
    • diabetes;
    • immunosuppresion, a weakened immune system due to disease (such as HIV/AIDS) or treatment (such as cancer treatment);
    • asplenia or splenic dysfunction;
    • morbid obesity
  • Are pregnant (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season);
  • Are 18 or over living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities;
  • Receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • Are a household contact of immunocompromised individuals who are aged 18 or over.

Frontline health and social care workers are also eligible to receive the flu vaccine. It is your employer's responsibility to arrange and pay for this vaccine.

For further information visit NHS Choices Flu Page

Flu Season - Saturday Clinics (Posted 26/07/2018)

Suppliers have informed practices that the flu immunisations will be delivered later than normal this year and are expected sometime in October, but no date has yet been confirmed.  Therefore, at this stage we cannot arrange the dates for the Saturday flu clinics to be held. However, as soon as we have the delivery dates from the suppliers, we will ensure the clinics are organised and widely publicised.

Heat Wave - Keep Safe (Posted 25/07/2018)

The Met Office Level 3 Heatwave Alert has now been extended to include the Yorkshire and Humber region and will be in force until Saturday.

Please keep safe during the heat wave and follow the NHS advice by visiting the NHS Choices site.

If you have a long-term lung condition like asthma, bronchiectasis or COPD, you are more at risk of hot weather affecting you. Top tips on staying well when the temperatures soar can be found at You can also ring the BLF for advice on 03000 030 555 and calls will cost the same as a local call.

Flu Campaign 2017 (Posted 14/08/2017)

The flu campaign starts soon and we are expecting the first batch of flu jabs to arrive on the 22nd September 2017.

An Out of Hours ‘Drop in’ clinic has been booked for Saturday 7th October from 8:30 am to 12:00 at the ground floor at Freshney Green Primary Care Centre.

The practice is hoping to offer a number of ‘Drop in’ clinics during the normal working week, and once the dates have been agreed, they will be posted here for information.

If you have any queries regarding the flu season or are unsure whether or not you qualify for the jab, please contact the surgery and someone will be able to answer your queries.

MenACWY Vaccine Campaign (Posted 29/06/2017)

If you were born between 1 September 1998 and 31 August 1999, you should be invited to attend your surgery for your MenACWY vaccine. This vaccine helps protect you against meningococcal disease which can cause meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning).  These can kill in hours and those who recover may be left severely disabled.

Since 2009, there has been a large increase in group W meningococcal (MenW) disease in England, resulting in several deaths in teenagers. Older teenagers and young adults who are not vaccinated are at risk of getting MenW disease, so you need to get vaccinated to protect yourself. Vaccination helps protect you and others around you. You may have had a MenC vaccination before but you still need the MenACWY vaccine as this gives you the extra protection you need.

The vaccination is free and may save your life. If you qualify for the vaccine but has not yet be invited, please contact the surgery to disucss the immunisation with a nurse.

You may be planning to get a job or an apprenticeship, join the armed forces or go on to higher education. Whatever you do next, it is important that you get vaccinated. If you are planning to go to university you should get vaccinated well before you move. If this is not possible you should register with a new GP at university or your new location and arrange to get the vaccine there as soon as possible – ideally in your first week of term. New university students are at extra risk of meningococcal infection in the first weeks of term when they come into contact with many new people of a similar age.

Finally, if you are not up to date with the MMR vaccine which helps protect you from measles mumps and rubella you should get this at the same appointment. More information about both vaccines can be found at the NHS Choices website or through speaking to the nurse or GP in the surgery.

Humberside Breast Screening Service

It has now been almost 3 years since the ladies at our surgery were last called for breast screening. We have received information from the Cancer Screening Programme that they will soon commence screening for our practice cohort once again.

The projected date for Woodford’s breast screening period is 4th - 28th July 2017, though this may be subject to change.  Eligible women from will be invited to appointments at the mobile screening unit at Diana Princess of Wales Hospital.

The Breast Screening Service identifies eligible women and makes the appointments automatically.

At Woodford Medical Centre, we encourage women who qualify for the screening to attend. If for any reason you miss the opportunity to attend the sessions offered, please contact the surgery and speak to a Practice Nurse as they will be able to advise you how to access the service. 

For further Information, download the NHS Breast Screening - Helping you Decide leaflet