New way of delivering flu vaccination for North West Angus patients

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Marion Fenwick, Academy Medical Centre Patient Participation Group member, received her flu vaccine from staff nurse Dawn Shepherd at Saturday’s clinic

GP practices in Forfar and Kirriemuir are taking part in a pilot project to test a new way of delivering the flu vaccination to eligible patients.

As part of the national Vaccination Transformation Programme, NHS Tayside is running a pilot in North West Angus with patients who are registered with practices in the area being invited to attend vaccination clinics at Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre and Kirriemuir Health Centre.

The Vaccination Transformation Programme is a three-year programme which will see responsibility for the delivery of immunisations move from GPs to NHS Boards. NHS Tayside is leading the way in Scotland by introducing a test of these changes during this year’s flu season.

The pilot in North West Angus will affect adults over the age of 65, adults of all ages with long-term chronic health conditions, such as heart, lung, or kidney diseases, and also their carers.

A trial clinic was held at Whitehills on Saturday (28 September) with 300 local patients invited to get vaccinated by NHS Tayside staff ahead of the first general clinic taking place at the Health and Community Care Centre this weekend (Saturday 5 October). Details of all clinics in Forfar and Kirriemuir are below.  The clinics at Whitehills are based on surnames although families with different surnames can choose one session and attend together.

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Dr Daniel Chandler, Consultant in Public Health Medicine said, “Changes to the GP contract mean that with time, NHS staff will assume responsibility for delivery of all vaccinations and immunisations that would have traditionally have been delivered in General Practice, in line with nationally agreed policy.

“To prepare for this change, all adults in Forfar and Kirriemuir who are eligible for their flu vaccination are being invited to attend Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre or Kirriemuir Health Centre for their vaccine where they will be immunised by NHS Tayside staff.

“Patients in Forfar are asked to attend on the dates allocated to their surnames, however in exceptional cases where people cannot attend their allocated clinic dates they can attend one of the other sessions being run for their practice. The earliest part of the clinics is always the busiest and people are asked that they attend throughout the session to reduce their waiting times.

“We have arranged a large number of clinic dates to ensure that all patients who wish to receive their vaccination can do so over a six week period.  We hope that the weekend and evening clinics and the wide range of hours available makes it easier for people to access their flu vaccine. ​

“Patients who get their vaccination at home or in care homes by the community nurses, and patients who reside in Letham who get their vaccination at Jubilee Court will continue to do so.

“Patient feedback will be gathered throughout the clinics and used to help develop the service for both Forfar and Angus more widely next year.”

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