Flu

The Castle Practice Drive-through Flu Clinic

In order to be compliant with COVID-19 regulations your flu vaccination will be a very different experience to previous years.

If you have received an invitation for the flu vaccine, please contact the surgery to book your time slot for a Saturday morning Drive-through session, in order to receive your vaccination; it will be very difficult for us to efficiently and safely arrange these in normal surgery hours so non-attendance will risk your opportunity for a vaccine this year.

If you do not drive please let us know, we are planning an alternative “Walk-through” clinic to be held on a different day where you will receive your vaccination in a marquee.

House-bound patients will of course be contacted and catered for separately.

Please arrive at the time of your appointment and if possible car-share with up to one other household. This will mean we can vaccinate up to 4 patients per vehicle, ensuring as many of our patients as possible are protected from flu.

Please arrive ready to have your vaccination, i.e. wearing a short-sleeved top. There will be no time once you have arrived at Drummer Lane and had your vehicle checked in to then get out of your car and start removing clothing. If you are a passenger sit on the side of the car which ensures your preferred vaccination arm is nearest the window.

Please see below for a route map for the clinics, all of which will be held at our Tidworth surgery:

  • Please enter Tidworth as normal via Drummer Lane, off Station Road
  • Marshals will guide you through the patient car park and towards the rear of the building
  • You will then pass through the gates to the Leisure Centre
  • At this point you will be directed to a lane and all eligible occupants of the car will receive their vaccination through the car window
  • You will then be directed by a marshal through the leisure centre car park and out on to Ordnance Road

Whilst we’ve received information that all 50-64 year olds may be eligible for a free flu vaccination as part of plans to protect more people against seasonal flu, these free vaccinations will be subject to delivery later in the year.

This allows us (GP’s and community pharmacists) to focus on those who are in an at risk group, such as pregnant women and people with long term health conditions. They will be given priority and offered the vaccine first; if you are in this category you will be contacted.

If you are aged 50-64 and not in one of the at risk categories you will be made aware in the coming months if you will be able to attend for vaccination. If the programme is extended this is likely to be November or December.

Of course if you wish to access a vaccine prior to this date you can pay to have this at your local pharmacy as in previous years, otherwise please wait for more information.