Flu vaccinations - Important information for patients
Your questions answered
Who should get a flu vaccine
Am I eligible for a free flu vaccine?
These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:
- all primary school children
- children aged 2 to 5 (children aged 2 on 1 September 2020 and not yet in school)
- anyone aged 55 and over (from December)
- anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
- those living with people who were shielding during lockdown
- pregnant women
- healthcare workers
- unpaid and young carers
- social care workers who provide direct personal care
Why should I get a flu vaccine?
- With COVID-19 around it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine.
- Flu is serious. Getting the vaccine will protect you, others and the NHS.
Where can I get a flu vaccine if I’m not eligible for a free one?
- You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies
Getting your flu vaccine
The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the need to keep physical distancing means it is not possible for GP practices to give flu vaccines to everyone that should get one.
In Edinburgh, we will set up hubs around the city to give flu vaccines to all eligible people over the coming months. Doing this will allow us to vaccinate as many people as possible, while making sure we can maintain physical distancing and hygiene standards.
You will not be able to make an appointment just to receive a flu vaccine at the surgery. Please read the 'Drive through site' information below.
Drive through site information
South Queensferry Community High School
Queensferry Community High School, Station Road, South Queensferry, EH30 9JX
South Queensferry Practice, 41 The Loan, South Queensferry, EH30 9HA
Who should use this site?
• anyone aged 65 and over
• anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
• those living with people shielding
• pregnant women
• unpaid and young carers.
Dates of drive through clinics
Saturday 3 October
Sunday 4 October
Saturday 10 October
Sunday 11 October
When should I attend?
You can attend on any of these dates. To help with queuing and traffic flow, we have allocated timeslots by surname. Please come at the time next to the first letter of your surname. If there is more than one person in the car, come at the time allocated by the surname of the driver.
First letter of surname
9 - 10am
A – B
10 - 11am
C - D
11am - 12noon
E - H
12noon - 1pm
I – L
1 - 2.30pm
M – N
2.30 - 3.30pm
0 – R
3.30 - 4.30pm
S – U
4.30 - 5.30pm
V - Z
What should I do when I arrive?
· arrive on time - please don’t come early
· please come at the time set aside for the first initial of your surname. If more than one person in the car is getting a flu vaccine, come at the time for the driver’s surname
· wear short sleeves if possible
· have your sleeve rolled up by the time you get to the front of the queue
· all eligible people from your household should come in the same car if possible
· follow the signs
· before you receive your flu vaccine, you will be asked some questions to check it’s safe for you to get the vaccine
· please let us know if you’ve had a reaction to a vaccination in the past
· turn off your engine if you think you might be sitting in the car for a while
· you may have to wait in a queue, please be patient
· after you have received your flu vaccine, please park in the spaces set aside and wait for 15 minutes before driving off. This is to make sure you don’t have an early reaction and that you’re safe to drive off afterwards
What else do I need to know?
· you do not need to come to the first date available to you – there will be enough vaccines on any date you attend. To help with traffic flow, please think about coming on a later date in the programme if you can
· if you feel unwell or have a temperature, do not come to the drive through site. Wait until you are well and attend at a later date
· there are no toilet facilities available
· the team giving the vaccinations are trained professionals who will be wearing protective clothing and equipment to protect both you and them
· the systems we’ve put in place will get people vaccinated as safely and quickly as possible
· if you feel unwell after receiving your flu vaccine, please let one of the team know as soon as possible
What do I do if I’m over 65, aged 18-64 and in a clinical risk group, pregnant, a carer or living with someone who was shielding during lockdown?
You should attend a drive through clinic to receive your flu vaccine. See details above.
If you cannot attend the drive through clinic, you have the option of receiving your flu vaccine at a local pharmacy. Go to nhsinform.scot/flu to find a pharmacy where you can get a free flu vaccine.
What do I do if I’m 55-64?
If you are aged 55-64, and are not in any of the above categories, you will get a vaccine in a later phase of the programme. We will update this information as soon as all the details are confirmed.
What do I do if I have a child at primary school?
Most primary school age children will receive the flu vaccine at school. For more information visit NHS Inform
What do I do if I have a child who is 2, 3, 4, or 5?
Children aged 2-5 will get their flu vaccines at special hubs around the city. We will update this information as soon as the details are confirmed.
What if I have any questions?
You can find more information about the flu vaccine process in Scotland at nhsinform.scot/flu. You can also call 0800 22 44 88.
Video Consultations 🎥
We are now offering video consultation appointments. These consultations are a great way for the GP to both see and hear you in the current climate where we are trying to give patients the best care we can, whilst abiding by social distancing rules.
You can connect on an iPhone, Android device, PC or laptop as long as you have either Safari or Google Chrome.
Please phone the surgery to book a secure video consultation appointment before clicking on the link below.
Five minutes prior to your appointment time please click on the following link: Click me to access VIDEO CALL SERVICE
Set up your call by entering the required information and ticking the Terms & Agreement box. Please then wait in the virtual waiting room until the doctor answers your call.
Your call will only be answered if you have a pre-booked video consultation appointment.
Please see the following link for more information: NHSNearMe
Patients Requesting Face Mask Exemption
There is no requirement for GPs to provide exemption letters. Please click on the following link below for more information.
"You must wear a face covering when using public transport in order to prevent the transmission of the virus. For children under 5 years of age or those with particular health conditions who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of any physical or mental illness or impairment or disability or without severe distress an exemption applies.
There is no requirement to obtain evidence in the form of a letter from a doctor or government that you are exempt. If you have a condition which means you cannot wear a face covering you need only advise if asked that you cannot wear a face covering because you are exempt for one of the reasons listed above."
Some useful information for patients:
A Note to our Patients
Whilst our doors are currently closed, we are working at full capacity, just in a different way to which we operated before Covid-19.
- We are now consulting in the main by telephone, followed by our new video consulting service and we are also still seeing a small number of patients face to face.
- We are using these different consulting methods to limit the footfall to surgery, to ensure that we can follow social distancing rules and primarily to ensure the safety of patients and staff.
- We ask that you do not hesitate to call us if you have a health concern, though we also ask that you consider the urgency of your health concern. As demand continues to increase, same day appointments should only be used for an urgent concern. This enables those who really need it to use this service.
- If you are invited into the surgery, we ask, if you are able, to wear some sort of face covering whilst you are in attendance.
We would like to take the opportunity at this time, to once again thank all of our patients for their cooperation during these unusual times.
Minor Injuries Assessment
NHS Lothian are now offering a Minor Injury Assessment by video call in your own home. Their aim is to provide timely assessments, advice and treatment for patients.
Calling the number 07977 246848, patients will be offered an appointment for a private, secure and confidential video call assessment which they access via a link that opens a live chat with one of the Minor Injury Unit team. Lines are open from 11am until 7pm.
Types of injuries suitable for Call MIA:
- strains, sprains and suspected broken bones
- wounds and burns
- musculoskeletal conditions (joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons)
Click here for more details on MIA.
For more details on the Minor Injuries Unit service click here.
(Site updated 14/09/2020)