Make sure you’re protected against flu – get your jab now

The NHS in south east Essex is reminding people to be on the lookout for invitations to get their flu jab if they’re in the ‘at-risk’ groups.

The invitation letters, from our local GPs, are being sent to adults aged over 65; those with long-term health conditions such as severe asthma or heart disease; carers; pregnant women; children aged two to eight and other at-risk groups.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people see their GP with flu-like symptoms and tens of thousands are hospitalised because of flu. In south east Essex 115,000 in at-risk groups are eligible for a free flu vaccination. Last year only 57% of the eligible individuals went for their vaccination.

Hawkesbury Road branch site to close

Since July 2014, Hawkesbury Road GP surgery in Canvey has been running from two locations.  The main premises is located at 1A Hawkesbury Road and a smaller branch site operates from 409 Long Road which is in very close proximity. 

Following concerns around the long-term sustainability of running a GP practice from two locations, NHS Castle Point Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been in discussion with the Hawkesbury GP surgery. A decision has consequently been taken to close the branch site as of 1 October 2017. There will be no change to the phone number, appointments system, clinical service or opening hours.

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