We were joined in the studio today by Alan Bellanger from the Maltings Surgery's Patient Participation Group (PPG)
Patient Participation Groups tend to be set up by Practices but, over time, they are usually run by patients. Typically they will have a committee that meets regularly to give the PPG some leadership and a sense of direction. The PPG works closely with the Practice and it is normal for members of the Practice Team, including General Practitioners to be part of the Patient Participation Group.
They are a route for patients to advise and inform the Practice on what matters most to patients and to help identify solutions to problems. Members of PPGs should think about the wider patient interest and not just their own personal concerns when serving on the PPG.
Alan explained that January to March is the 'flu season' and we should all consider getting a flu jab very soon. Most surgerys will be offering flu jab appointments up until the first week of November.
Anyone over 65 years old, pregnant women and children aged between 2-4 years should get their jabs as soon as possible. Children can have the vaccine via a nasal spray.
Other categories of people who are most vulnerable and those include patients who have any of the following:
- Heart complaint, chest or breathing problems.
- Kidney disease
- Low immunity
- Previous stroke
- Spleen problems
- Anyone who is a Carer
You can also get your flu jab at Chemists and supermarket pharmacies.