Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Programme 2020/21

The Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its many complications.

The Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death amongst at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition. Studies have shown that the flu vaccine will help prevent you getting the flu.

It will not stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary, so it’s not a 100% guarantee that you’ll be flu-free. But if you do get flu after vaccination, it’s likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.

Eligible patients have a right to decline the vaccine should they not wish to have it. We would be grateful if you have been invited to let us know if you do not want the vaccine by signing the attached disclaimer form below. This enables us to keep our records up to date and will prevent you from receiving another invite this year. Please note you will still be invited next year.

Influenza clinic new Practice guidance

In this year’s flu programme we will be operating differently to reduce transmission and risk, patients will be required to walk to the Car Park at the back of the building on New Welcome Street and come through the FIRST GATE on the right from Reilly Street End. You can screenshot this if you have the facility to as a directional reminder.

Due to concerns with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) we are asking ALL patients to please wear a face mask when attending the Practice, this can be a surgical mask, bandana or scarf as long as it covers both your mouth and nose, this is to protect you and staff members.

Prior to the assigned Flu clinics The Arch Medical Practice would like to take this opportunity to reassure patients that extensive measures will be taken to reduce transmission risk to keep all patients and staff safe.

Social distancing markers will be placed on the floor with directionally placed cones to instruct patients where to go, we will have member of staff at the back gates and back door instructing patients which rooms to go into and to check you in. This is so we can structure and monitor the amount of patients coming and leaving the building at one time, ensuring social distancing is kept in-tact.

What is flu?

Flu is an unpleasant disease that spreads quickly and easily through coughing and sneezing. Flu can also give you headaches, a sore throat, fever, chills, and muscle and joint aches.

Those people who are at risk, either because of their age or medical conditions, may develop complications such as chest infections and pneumonia

Why get the vaccine?

The vaccine provides the best available protection against flu. It is not 100% but it will protect a significant number of people and reduce the severity of flu if you get it. It could also help your relatives or carers because you will not be passing the disease to them.

Who should get it?

Young babies, older people, pregnant women and those who have other underlying health conditions, especially those of the lungs, heart, liver or kidneys, are particularly vulnerable to serious complications and possibly hospitalization. Every year in the UK a number of people in these groups die from the complications of flu.

  • All children aged two to ten (but not eleven years or older) on 31 August 2020.
  • Those aged six months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups.
  • Pregnant women.
  • Those aged 65 years and over.
  • Those in long-stay residential care homes.
  • Carers.
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals.
  • Health and social care staff employed by a registered residential care/nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, or a voluntary managed hospice provider.

Anyone in an at risk group is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it’s recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.

What are the types of flu vaccine?

There are several types of flu vaccine. You’ll be offered one that’s most effective for you, depending on your age:

  • Children aged 2 to 17 in an eligible group are offered a live attenuated quadrivalent vaccine (LAIV), given as a nasal spray
  • Adults aged 18 to 64 who are pregnant, at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition, or a frontline health or social care worker are offered a quadrivalent injected vaccine – the vaccine offered will have been grown either in eggs or cells (QIVe or QIVc), both of which are considered to be equally suitable
  • Adults aged 65 and over will be offered either an adjuvanted trivalent injected vaccine grown in eggs (aTIV) or a cell-grown quadrivalent injected vaccine (QIVc) – both vaccines are considered to be equally suitable

I’ve heard the vaccine can give you flu, is that true?

No; the flu vaccine that is given to adults is made from dead flu virus and cannot cause the infection. The flu vaccine that will be given to most children is a live vaccine, but the viruses in it have been weakened so they can not cause flu.

You may get some side effects after the vaccination but these are quite mild like a slightly raised temperature or aching muscles for a couple of days or an ache in the arm where the injection was given. Other reactions are very rare.

You can find out more by reading the answers to the most common questions that people have about the flu vaccine.

Is there anybody who should not have the flu vaccine?

Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past.

You should also avoid having the flu vaccine if you are allergic to egg or have a fever, temperature or common cold type symptoms, for further information on who should haven’t the vaccine please follow the attached link. Read more about who should not have the flu vaccine

COVID-19 Practice Statement

Dear Patient/ Carer,

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis and unprecedented demands on General Practice, GPs are having to change the way they work such as patients are being managed over the telephone, eConsultations and video consultations. Non-urgent work is being halted or postponed until it is deemed safer to do so.

The clinician has to make a decision based on their knowledge, experience and skills to determine whether it is safe to manage the patient without physically seeing them or in very rare circumstances if they decide to see the patient in person.

It is imperative that the clinician is allowed to make the decision in the best interests of the patient, their family and also the staff looking after them under extremely difficult circumstances.

In the meantime, please look at the advice on NHS Choices , see information on your practice website, make sure you are following the advice you have been offered, use the online services the surgery offers and limit the amount of contact you have with other people to only when essential.

Please also use our Online features which can be found on our homepage. Using Online Consult which will send your clinical or non-clinical query to the practice. This message will then be triaged by our Clinical Coding team who will pass the information to the relevant staff member.

We aim to reply and action all messages on the day but sometimes, depending on demand this could be the following day.

Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Stay safe.

The Arch Medical Practice

The Arch – Bank Holiday Closures 2020

This page contains a calendar of all 2020 bank holidays for England.

We are closed on the following days:

  • New Year’s Day: Wednesday 1 January
  •  Good Friday: Friday 10 April
  • Easter Monday: Monday 13 April
  • Early May bank holiday: Friday 8 May
  • Spring bank holiday: Monday 25 May
  • Summer bank holiday: Monday 31 August 
  • Christmas Day: Friday 25 December
  • Boxing Day: Saturday 26 December
  • Boxing Day Holiday: Monday 28 December

Please contact NHS 111 should you require urgent medical treatment when the surgery is closed.

Alternatively, you can visit the Walk In Centre situated at either, Manchester Royal Infirmary or Boots on Market Street in the city centre.

The Arch Medical Practice

Online Consultations

On our new website we will be offering an Online Triage system. The Online Triage system is there to help patients see the right person for treatment or could save you a trip down to the practice, since sometimes we may be able to help you with your concerns by phone, text or email.

The Triage system offers many different services ranging from advice on Hay fever/ Back Pain/ Earache/ UTIs/ Toothache and much more.

The system has been designed to direct you in the direction of treatment that best suits your symptoms weather that being NHS111, going to the pharmacy, out of hours, Accident & Emergency or booking an appointment with your usual GP.

Patients can access self-help resources and receive self management plans on how to improve your symptoms.

The service is available 24 hours a day on the website. We will review and respond to everything you send to us. Please allow 2 working days  response turn around on general enquiries, we will try to reply as quickly as possible but depending on demand this could take longer than usual.

Online Consultation Disclaimer: We try to respond to online queries in a timely fashion, but please be aware that this service is not monitored at the weekend. Monday is our busiest day of the week. So a request, for example on a Friday night may not get a full response until the following Tuesday.

If you have any queries with regards to the Online Triage service and how it works then please contact our Quality Lead, Matt Jennison on 0161 226 0606.

The Arch Medical Practice

News From The Arch

Prescription wait times.

It was decided that from the 1st of April 2019 to change our policy on prescription wait times. It has been increased from a 48 to a 72 hour period. Please allow adequate time when requesting repeat prescriptions. Local Pharmacies have been made aware of the change and will update their records accordingly. If you have any queries regarding this change then please do not hesitate to contact the practice prescribing team.

To request a prescription please email our Practice Prescribing team on [email protected]

Registered Carers

A registered carer is someone that looks after a relative, partner or friend and doesn’t receive any financial benefit. We, The Arch Medical Practice are working closely with Manchester Health & Care Commissioning to identify these patients and what more we can do to help that populations. If you are a registered Carer please inform our Quality Lead, Matt Jennison who will update your records accordingly.

We at The Arch offer various support for our carers. Addition support can be offered at ‘Carer support days’. To see their leaflet and upcoming events please see the below attached leaflet.

The Arch on Twitter

Are you on Twitter? Yes? So are we…. We recommend that all our patients join our twitter page to keep up-to-date with surgery news.

We have recently re-installed our in house twitter account to send Health campaign information, practice updates, local meetings and many more patient related information.

If you would like to follow the Arch on twitter our username is @ArchMedical. Please note that we DO NOT respond to direct messages on the app and all queries should be sent to the practice directly. You can find out how to do this by looking at the contact section.

Macmillan cancer listening and information leaflet

Whats on in Central Manchester?


NHS Safeguarding are delighted to invite you to the following events spanning a safeguarding life course. Anyone can join. These hours will contribute to any level 3 ICD.

Due to the current COVID-19 crisis and unprecedented demands on General Practice, GPs are having to change the way they work such that patients are being managed over the telephone, via some form of eConsultations and video consultations. Non-urgent work is being halted or postponed until it is deemed safer to do so. For more information please click this message to view the Practice statement on COVID-19.