Launceston Medical Centre News

Information from the Patient Participation Group

2 October, 2020

Launceston Medical Centre flu clinics now underway

Patients of Launceston Medical Centre who are eligible for flu vaccinations will receive invitations to attend a flu clinic over the coming weeks. The first clinics have already taken place and patients are being contacted in order of priority.

Medical centre practice manager, Andrew Yardley told the centre’s Patient Participation Group (PPG) that Launceston College was allowing the practice to use its sports halls throughout the flu season, which permitted social distancing with plenty of open space.

“Because of the current situation, our flu clinics will be slightly more regimented this year without our normal routine monitoring of height, weight and blood pressure,” he said.  “We are contacting patients in order of priority (shielded patients first) with an invitation to attend one of our clinics.

“Each invitation letter will have a unique barcode and patients will be requested to bring their letters with them so they can be checked in.

“Currently we see about 900 patients per clinic at the college.”

Andrew was updating the PPG at its annual meeting, held this year via the internet because of Covid-19 restrictions.

He reported: “Our new building opened for use on 4th September and since then we have been busy moving into the new building and decamping from the south side of the building, everything from the waiting room down). We are now in phase two where we will see the existing building refurbished with rooms 9 and 10 demolished. Scheduled completion of the entire project is February 2021.

The PPG decided on three priorities for the coming year:

1.       To support the Medical Centre during preparations for/work on the extension, including fund-raising;

2.       To develop a digital champions project and look at ways of using technology to attract more members, especially younger people; and

3.       To press for more dementia support in the Launceston area

PPG chair Joan Heaton thanked the people and businesses for their support to the medical centre during the pandemic and pledged that the PPG would also continue to support the medical centre and endeavour to find more comprehensive methods of updating local communities on what was happening.

The PPG is actively recruiting new members and more information about the group can be found on the medical centre website at https://www.launcestonmedicalcentre.co.uk/