Patient Update

Doctor Changes updated 18/10/2021

We are very sorry to announce that Dr Cath Slatter will be leaving us at the end of the year to return to her native Scotland. We know that our patients with diabetes have particularly benefitted from her expertise, but we will all be extremely sorry to see her go after over twenty years at the Beacon.

Dr Sutton will be taking over the diabetic clinic and we look forward to new doctors joining our team in the New Year.

Patients 65 and over (including all patients born before 31st March 1957)

We have had a further delivery of vaccines for this group of patients - some appointments are available to book online through the patient access app or please telephone the surgery after 11.30 to book an appointment.

Patients 18 to 64 At Risk [Patients born after 31st March 1957 - in one of the at risk categories (See section below)]

Clinics are now available to book - some appointments are available online through the patient access app or please telephone the surgery after 11.30.

Children 2 and 3 (those born between 1st September 2017 and 31st August 2019)

There are clinics available to book now – please contact the practice

  

Flu 'at risk' categories

  • 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, e.g. Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) or cerebral palsy
  • learning disability
  • diabetes
  • splenic dysfunction or asplenia
  • weakened immune system due to disease (HIV/AIDS) or treatment (cancer treatment)
  • morbidly obese (BMI of 40 and above)
  • all pregnant women (including those women who become pregnant during the flu season)
  • household contacts of those on the NHS Shielded Patient List, or of immunocompromised individuals, specifically individuals who expect to share living accommodation with a shielded patient on most days over the winter and therefore for whom continuing close contact is unavoidable
  • anyone aged 65 years or over (including those becoming age 65 years by 31 March 2021)
  • People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities where rapid spread is likely to follow introduction of infection and cause high morbidity and mortality. This does not include, for instance, prisons, young offender institutions, university halls of residence, or boarding schools (except where children are of primary school age or secondary school Year 7)
  • people who are in receipt of a carer’s allowance, or those who are the main carer of an older or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if the carer falls ill
  • health and social care staff, employed by a registered residential care/nursing home or registered domiciliary care provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.
  • Health and care staff, employed by a voluntary managed hospice provider, who are directly involved in the care of vulnerable patients/clients who are at increased risk from exposure to influenza.

Health and social care workers employed through Direct Payments (personal budgets) and/or Personal Health Budgets, such as Personal Assistants, to deliver domiciliary care to patients and service users