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Christmas Opening Hours

The Coventry University Medical Centre will be closed from the 14th December until the 4th January 2021.

Please see our opening hours below for week commencing the 4th January. Our main practice, Engleton House, will be open during these times. Please visit www.engletonhousesurgery.nhs.uk/christmas-opening-hours to view our opening hours.

Monday 4th january Normal Hours
Tuesday 5th January Closed
Wednesday 6th January Normal Hours
Thursday 7th January CLOSED
Friday 8th January AM ONLY

Flu Vaccination Campaign 2020/2021

Now is the time to start thinking about getting the annual flu jab. This year, the free vaccination will be offered to more people amidst concerns around the still-present coronavirus.

The NHS flu programme in England typically offers the flu vaccine to those over the age of 65, pregnant women and those with existing health conditions or weakened immune systems. These groups will remain a high priority this year, while the programme will also be extended to reach out to more people.

In a typical winter, flu is one of the biggest health concerns for many older and vulnerable people. With the additional threat of Covid19 this year, the public are being advised to take extra care to avoid both of these diseases. The government hopes for as many people as possible to receive the flu vaccine to reduce the risk of caregivers and healthcare workers coming under immense pressure.

We will be holding our Flu Clinics over the next few months. Due to the current Covid19 situation they will operate in a slightly different way to previous years to protect our patients and staff.

We will be offering Saturday clinics and evening clinics. These will be by appointment only. You will be contacted by the surgery inviting you to book an appointment. Please only call for a Flu Vaccine appointment once you have received our invite either via text message or letter.

There three types of Flu vaccines dependent on your age. Our delivery dates for each type differ so please do not worry if a member of your family is invited before you.

This year the flu vaccine is being offer on the NHS to:

  • Adults 65 and over
  • People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months)
  • Pregnant women
  • People living with someone who’s at high risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
  • Frontline health or social care workers

Flu Jabs for patients aged 50 -64

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first. If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Hay Fever – How to manage your Hay Fever

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

  • a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

  • Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Antihistamines help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets are used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Eye drops can be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.

If none of the above treatments are effective for you, please book an appointment to discuss other treatments.

Useful Links

  • NHS – Hay fever
  • NHS – Find your local Pharmacy
  • Met Office – Pollen forecast

We are a Park Run practice!

We are proud to be a Park Run Practice.

The Park Run takes place on a Saturday morning at 9.00am at the War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road, Coventry, CV3 6PT.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Please ask at reception for further details.

To find out more about Parkrun and how it can help you make new friends and stay healthy, please click on the Parkrun logo below.

Managing your hay fever this spring…

Hay fever is caused by an allergy to pollen. The symptoms of hay fever are caused when a person has an allergic reaction to pollen. Common hay fever symptoms are:

  • a runny, itchy and/or blocked nose
  • sneezing
  • itchy eyes

Pollen is a fine powder released by plants as part of their reproductive cycle. Pollen contains proteins that can cause the nose, eyes, throat and sinuses to become swollen, irritated and inflamed.

How to treat hay fever

Many hay fever symptoms can be controlled with over-the-counter medication at your local pharmacy.

  • Steroid nasal sprays help to prevent or reduce inflammation in the lining of the nose and some can help to relieve watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Antihistamines help to relieve a runny nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. Some types of antihistamines make you drowsy and are best taken before bed. Newer antihistamines are less likely to make you drowsy and are a common choice for children and people with milder or occasional symptoms of hay fever.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Decongestant nasal sprays and tablets are used to unblock the nose. They should never be taken for more than a few days at a time.
    Available from your local pharmacy.
  • Eye drops can be used to treat itchy or watery eyes.
    Available from your local pharmacy.

If none of the above treatments are effective for you, please book an appointment to discuss other treatments.

Useful Links

Read our latest patient survey results…

To find out more about how our patients feel about the service we provide we conducted a survey with the CQC to hear your views. We thank all patients who we kind enough to provide us with feedback.

The Results

  • 56% find it easy to get through to this surgery by phone
  • 70% find the receptionists at this surgery helpful
  • 32% with a preferred GP usually get to see or speak to that GP
  • 83% were able to get an appointment to see or speak to someone the last time they tried
  • 71% say the last appointment they got was convenient
  • 61% describe their experience of making an appointment as good
  • 34% usually wait 15 minutes or less after their appointment time to be seen
  • 24% feel they don’t normally have to wait too long to be seen
  • 87% say the last GP they saw or spoke to was good at giving them enough time
  • 88% say the last GP they saw or spoke to was good at listening to them
  • 86% say the last GP they saw or spoke to was good at explaining tests and treatments
  • 85% say the last GP they saw or spoke to was good at involving them in decisions about their
  • 85% say the last GP they saw or spoke to was good at treating them with care and concern
  • 93% had confidence and trust in the last GP they saw or spoke to
  • 98% say the last nurse they saw or spoke to was good at giving them enough time
  • 98% say the last nurse they saw or spoke to was good at listening to them
  • 96% say the last nurse they saw or spoke to was good at explaining tests and treatments
  • 93% say the last nurse they saw or spoke to was good at involving them in decisions about their care
  • 96% say the last nurse they saw or spoke to was good at treating them with care and concern
  • 98% had confidence and trust in the last nurse they saw or spoke to
  • 65% are satisfied with the surgery’s opening hours
  • 75% describe their overall experience of this surgery as good
  • 67% would recommend this surgery to someone new to the area