Flu Clinics 2022

We are pleased to announce details of this year's Flu immunisation program.

How will patients be invited?

Please do not telephone us. Text messages or letters will be sent direct informing those patients who are eligible for a vaccination and details of which clinic date and session they should attend.


Clinic dates

To ensure that we are able to prioritise those most vulnerable and to manage supply and footfall, we will be separating the clinics into specific vaccination groups which are listed below in the table.

These clinics will be walk-in (no need to book an appointment), however patients will be advised via either text message or letter which clinic date and time slot within either a morning or an afternoon session they should attend.

It is essential that arrival times are staggered and we ask patients not to all arrive at the start of each clinic and wherever possible to attend on the day, session and time slot that you are invited to.

Saturday 1st October 2022

Morning 8.30am to 12pm
  • People aged 65 years and over (staggered times)
Afternoon 1pm to 4pm
  • People under 65 years in clinical risk groups (staggered times)

Saturday 8th October 2022

Morning 8.30am to 12pm
  • People aged 65 years and over
  • People under 65 years in clinical risk groups (both staggered times)

Saturday 22nd October 2022

Morning 8.30am to 12pm
  • People aged 50 to 64 years not in clinical risk groups (staggered times)
  • Additional group added - Children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2022


Clinic locations

We will be offering the flu service from Thornhills Medical Practice premises and we will be operating a one way system.



  • All people aged 65 years or over
  • All people aged 6 months to less than 65 years of age, in a clinical risk group: 
    • 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, 
    • learning disability 
    • diabetes 
    • splenic dysfunction or asplenia 
    • a weakened immune system due to disease or treatment 
    • morbidly obese (defined as BMI of 40 and above)
  • All people aged 50 years to 64 years
  • All pregnant women
  • Those who are in receipt of a carers allowance or who care for an older or disabled person
  • Household contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • People living in long-stay residential care homes or other long-stay care facilities


What will happen when I arrive?

It is vital that you do not attend for vaccination if you or a member of your household currently has symptoms of COVID-19. When you arrive please follow the signs and join the queue. You will be directed to which vaccination station to go to. There will be a one-way system in place. If this is likely to be difficult for you please inform a member of staff when you arrive. 


What do I need to do?

  • Be prepared for the weather
  • Attend alone unless you require a carer or the support of another
  • Be prepared to answer questions about yourself: name, date of birth, address, any allergies
  • Ensure your arm is ready for the vaccination


What do I do after I’ve had my vaccination?

Most patients can leave the site immediately; however, in some cases you may be asked to remain on the premises for a short while.


Additional clinics

There will be further clinics running for people who are unable to attend the above dates. These will be advertised on our website in due course. Opportunistic flu vaccinations for eligible patients visiting the surgery for other appointments if appropriate will also be offered.


Housebound and care home patients

Patients on our agreed housebound list and those who live in a care home will be visited and vaccinated at home or at the care home.


Children without chronic diseases

2 year olds and 3 year olds will be invited for vaccination at the surgery separately.

4 year olds to 15 year olds will be vaccinated by the schools.


And finally…

Can you offer any help?  Again, we are looking for volunteers who could spare a couple of hours on any of the clinic dates to assist with managing the queues and the one way system.  If any patients are interested, in the first instance, please contact us online indicating which clinics would be most convenient for you. 

Many thanks in advance for your support.

Published: Aug 11, 2022