Season Influenza Vaccine 2022/2023

22nd September 2022Uncategorised

The Aberfeldy Practice is expecting the flu vaccines to be delivered on the 3rd of October 2022. All eligible patients will be contacted via SMS or a phone call.

Those eligible for NHS flu vaccine in 2022/23 are:


• those aged 65 years and over
• those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups (as defined by the influenza chapter in ‘Immunisation against infectious disease’ (the ‘Green Book’)
• All children aged 2 or 3 years on 31 August 2022
• pregnant women
• those in long-stay residential care homes
• carers
• close contacts of immunocompromised individuals


• 50 to 64 year olds not in clinical risk groups (including those who turn 50 by 31 March 2023)
• Secondary school-aged children focusing on years 7, 8 and 9 and any remaining vaccine will be offered to years 10 and 11, subject to vaccine availability. They will be offered
immunisation through the school age immunisation service.

The extension of the flu programme to those aged 50 to 64 years not in clinical risk groups, these groups will be eligible for vaccination from 15th October 2022, to ensure the clinical prioritisation of those most at risk from flu.

Bank Holiday Closure – 19th September 2022

13th September 2022Patient information

The Government has announced, due to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, Monday 19th September will be a national bank holiday. The practice will be closed on Monday and will re-open the following day on Tuesday 20th September 2022 at 8.30am.

Should you need medical care when we are closed please ring 111 or in an emergency please call 999.

Polio vaccination appointments available at Westfield Covid Vaccination Centre until 23 September 2022

8th September 2022Patient information

Please be advised that polio booster immunisations are now available at the Westfield Covid Vaccination Centre for:

• 6-9 year olds who are up to date with their previous polio immunisations, and
• where it’s been at least 1yr+ since their last dose.

(The service is limited to this narrow cohort due to the capacity to stock and provide the other vaccines for the younger cohort/those who are not up to date with childhood imms)
There is currently a lot of availability from Monday to Saturday until 23 September.

Click here to book an appointment.

Travel Vaccinations

5th September 2022Patient information

We have paused our travel health vaccination service until further notice. This is due to the current polio virus outbreak in London. We are now prioritising the vaccination and protection of children at risk of catching polio. Should you require travel advice and vaccinations in the meantime please visit a local travel clinic. Thank you for your understanding.

Click here to find out more about Polio virus detected in sewage, London.

Polio Booster Vaccination

22nd August 2022Patient information

Many of you will have received a text message over the weekend from the local health authority regarding booster polio vaccinations for children aged 1 year – 9 years, in response to the recent guidance around polio strains found in sewage locally. Although we were unaware that this was being sent, as a practice and network of practices we have been actively planning a roll-out of polio vaccines for the affected age 1-9 years group, which involves ordering the vaccines, and arranging vaccination clinics to invite all eligible patients. You will receive further information from the practice in the coming weeks. Thank you for your patience.

Shortages of Travel Vaccinations

19th July 2022Patient information

We have to reduce the number of travel consultation we can offer, due to the shortages of supply with common travel vaccinations such as Hep A and typhoid. The reception team will check with the nursing team about the stock availability before booking you an appointment. We will always try our best to accommodate patients, however when we run out of vaccines you will be advised to seek travel health advice from another provider. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

You may wish to visit CityDoc to find the nearest travel clinics.

Click here for more information about the vaccination we offer under the NHS.

Aberfeldy Stories – Dr Phillip Bennett-Richards

12th July 2022Patient information

The Aberfeldy neighbourhood has been the centre of major regeneration over the past 10 years, led by EcoWorld London and Poplar HARCA.

As part of their 10-year anniversary celebrations they have launched Aberfeldy Stories – an exhibition that explores the transformation of this neighbourhood through the lives of people that live here. Please read Dr Phillip’s story below. You can read more stories and listen to audio/podcasts by clicking on Aberfeldy Stories.

“I’m a GP family doctor. I think Aberfeldy residents are good, honest people. When they see that you’re trying to make a difference, then they take you to their souls. I have been working on the Aberfeldy for 22 years. I’m just about becoming accepted as a local! The regeneration of the Aberfeldy Estate, I think, has been a key factor in improving the health and the well being of the community.”
Dr Phillip Bennett-Richards

Listen to Dr Phillip’s podcast.

Online Triage – AccuRx

19th May 2022Patient information

The practice is moving to AccuRx to deal with all online triage requests from the 23rd of May 2022. Please click on the image below to access the dedicated page to submit your request online. Please note that this service should not be used for urgent medical problems.

A guide to the spring booster for those aged 75 years and older and older residents in care homes

5th April 2022Patient information

Who is being offered a spring booster?
COVID-19 is more serious in older people and those with a weakened immune system. Protection from the vaccine may be lower and may decline more quickly in these people. For this reason people aged 75 years and over, those in care homes and those aged 12 years and over with a weakened immune system are being offered the spring booster.

Although vaccines are expected to provide good protection against severe COVID-19 disease, protection against mild infection with the Omicron variant seems to decline quickly, even after the booster dose.

This spring booster is being offered as a precaution to those at extremely high risk, most of whom received their first booster around 6 months ago. If the number of infections increases over the summer, this booster should help to reduce your risk of being admitted to hospital with COVID-19.

All eligible patients will receive a letter from the central NHS team to book the appointment. You can also book the appointment online. Please visit Book your covid vaccination online

To read more please visit A guide to the spring booster for those aged 75 years and older and older residents in care homes