Flu Update

Additional Flu appointments for the Drive through Flu clinic on Wednesday 28th October.

Bookings will open for the over 65's on Friday 16th October at 10 am.  Please do not phone before this time and date as our receptionist will not have access to the appointments and we need to keep phone lines open.


Thank-you for you co-operation

Announcement from Dyfed Powys LMC


Increased demand for flu vaccinations this winter is a concern for Crickhowell Group practice.

We have been overwhelmed by demand for flu vaccinations this winter and fear that not everyone who wants a vaccination will get one.

Each year the Chief Medical Officer identifies the priority groups for vaccination – the over 65s, those with certain long-term health conditions, and children.  In response, we plan a military style operation to deliver flu vaccinations to our vulnerable patients.  This starts in December each year when an order is placed for the vaccinations required the following autumn, and to reduce wastage, the size of the order is based on the number of patients who requested a vaccination in the previous year.  For the 2020 flu campaign, orders were placed at the beginning of the year, long before COVID-19 was first in the news and there was any mention of a pandemic.


As part of the preparation for this year’s campaign, all GP practices have been required to consider how they would deliver vaccinations to patients while addressing the additional complications  of social distancing, the wearing of protective equipment and the availability of sufficient staff. As a direct consequence, each vaccination will take longer to deliver, and fewer patients will be seen at each flu clinic.


Taken together this has led to the perfect storm of more patients requesting a vaccination, an insufficient supply of vaccine due to the increased demand not being anticipated at the time of ordering and a reduced number of staff in GP practices able to safely deliver the additional vaccinations.


Dr Peter Horvath-Howard, Medical Director at Dyfed Powys LMC said ‘GPs and their teams have gone above and beyond to support patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to support them as we face dramatically increased referral times for hospital treatment and backlogs across NHS services due to the impact of the virus.’ 


Dr A Poddar (lead GP) said ‘ the GPs and our staff are working incredibly hard to rapidly embrace new ways of working to ensure both patients and the workforce are protected; however we have limited resources to meet additional demand, while continuing to deliver routine consultations for our patients. We would ask that the public be patient and bear with us during this exceptionally busy time.’

Flu Appointments Update

Flu vaccinations Appointments

At the present time all our flu vaccination appointments have been taken.  We may be able to offer clinics later in October or November but at the moment we have no stock available to offer additional appointments.


Why don’t we have enough stock?

Orders for the 2020/2021 season were placed in December 2019.  The quantity of stock the practice purchases is dependent on patient numbers and the percentage uptake in the previous season.  As stocks are ordered so early we were unable to plan for COVID, and the additional cohorts added to this season, nor were we able to predict the additional demand from the usual cohorts.


Going forward

The practice is working hard and is under severe pressure to meet our current demands and to keep you and the staff safe.  We are adopting different ways of working, such as the drive through clinic at Cwrt-y- Gollen and telephone triage.  We can assure you that every effort is being made to provide the best service possible.  We are working with the Health Board and Public Health and will inform you as things change.


Our Staff

We understand that the shortage is frustrating but please do not take this frustration out on our reception staff.   Our practice staff are here to help you, our aim is to be as polite and helpful as possible.  It is your responsibly to treat all our staff with respect and dignity.  Aggressive behaviour, shouting and rude language will not be tolerated under any circumstances.


Flu Vaccines are available at your local Pharmacy free of charge if you are in an eligible cohort.


Flu Clinic UPDATE:

Bookings will be opened up earlier than previously advertised.  You will now be able to book into the Drive through Clinic, taking place on 6th October, from Monday 7th September.  Please read the information below before booking.

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Crickhowell drive through Flu Clinic 2020                                 


Crickhowell Group practice in partnership with Crickhowell Estates Ltd, Crickhowell Voluntary Bureau and Glangrwyney Cricket Club are running a drive through Flu clinic at Cwrt-y- Gollen Estates in Crickhowell.


This year we will be running our flu clinics differently to ensure that we are COVID safe. Please read below before contacting the practice.


Who is eligible to attend the drive through clinic?

The vaccination is free and recommended yearly for those who are most at risk of contracting influenza. In this drive through clinic we are vaccinating the following groups:-

  • Everyone aged 65 years and over.
  • People aged over 18 years to less than 65 years in a clinical risk group.
  • Carers

Where and When are the clinics?


October 6th 2020,   

October 28th 2020,   

November 11th 2020


Former Army Camp at Cwrt-y-Gollen, Crickhowell NP8 1TJ.  This is a drive through clinic and the vaccination will be administered to you in your car.  You will not need to leave your vehicle.


Do I need to make an appointment?

Yes all vaccinations are by appointment only.  

You can phone the practice to make an appointment on 01873 810255.   Bookings open on 7th September 2020 please phone after 10 am.


What do I need to do on the day?

  • If possible wear sleeveless tops or short sleeve shirts to enable easy and quick access for vaccination to the arWear a mask or 3 layer face covering.
  • Do not bring additional family members or friends who do not have an appointment unless they are your carer or driver
  • Understand that the clinics are for FLU only and do not ask for other advice.
  • Understand that toilet facilities will not be available.
  • Understand that you may have to wait in your car.
  • Do not attend if you or a close contact have symptoms or have had contact with a suspected/confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Do not attend if you are unwell.
  • Please arrive during your appointment slot.
  • Please ensure that you have read the list of possible side effects. nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-vaccine-side-effects/.


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What will happen when I arrive?

Please turn into the estate from the A40, drive slowly with extreme caution along the drive to clinical station 1. (The old guardhouse).


Station 1

Stop at station 1

Our clinician will check your appointment details, temperature, confirm no allergies and ensure you are wearing a mask or face covering.

The clinician will identify which arm is to be vaccinated and ensure that the arm is exposed.

You will be directed to clinical station 2.


Station 2

Stop at station 2

Turn off engine and apply handbrake

The clinician will vaccinate the designated arm.

When it is safe the clinician will advise you to start the engine and leave the site via the designated route


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

If you feel unwell after the vaccination please stop the car and notify a staff member.

You will exit the site via the one way system onto the A40 – please take care when turning into traffic. 




Note – We will organise other clinics for infants, other age groups and any other categories Additional information and any last minute changes due to weather or other unavoidable circumstances will be posted on our website www.crickhowellhealthcentre.co.uk  and our Facebook page.



Thank-you for your co-operation and patience.

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