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Who can have the flu vaccine?

The flu vaccine is given free on the NHS to people who:

  • are 50 and over (including those who'll be 50 by 31 March 2022)
  • have certain health conditions
  • are pregnant
  • are in long-stay residential care
  • receive a carer's allowance, or are the main carer for an older or disabled person who may be at risk if you get sick
  • live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • frontline health or social care workers

Where to get the flu vaccine

You can have the NHS flu vaccine at:

  • your GP surgery
  • a pharmacy offering the service
  • your midwifery service if you're pregnant
  • a hospital appointment

If you do not have your flu vaccine at your GP surgery, you do not have to tell the surgery. This will be done for you.

NHS GPs are working differently WHY?

Wearing Face Masks in Practice - 19th July 2021

Important - From 1 July 2021, NHS Digital will be able to extract information about you from our computer system under a scheme called General Practice Date for Planning and Research ( GPDPR). If have sent your request to us you will received a text within 3 days confirming that code is added to your records, if you do not receive any text from us after your data opt out request, please contact surgery.  Find out more about Data Opt Out  

General Practice Date for Planning and Research (GPDPR) Opt Out

Type 1 Opt-Out

After reading this, if you wish to register your Type 1 Opt-out, please download and complete the Type1 Opt-out form. Please email to Surgery

The collection will start on 1 July 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out by 23 June 2021.

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared with NHS Digital but any data already shared will continue to be held by NHS Digital.

Read more on Type 1 and Type 2 Opt outs here.

You can complete the form online for National Opt outs - please see 

Patient ‘drop-in’ Virtual Open Forum Thursday 10th June 2021@1pm  Topic: Penrhyn Surgery Patient ‘drop-in’ Virtual Feedback Forum - Topics "E-consultations" and "General Practice Date for Planning and Research (GPDPR) Opt Out"

Gardening for wellbeing 

We are starting a Gardening Group and to help you we have joined up with Organiclea to help and support us and our patients. We have a course starting on 24th June at 1pm. Please see details below 

Gardening for wellbeing group

An introduction to gardening for beginners with a focus on wellbeing

8 week AQA, with certificate at the end in Beginners Gardening

All the sessions will be 1.5 hrs as as follows:

Starting first session 24th June 13-14.30
1st July 13-14.30
8th July 13-14.30
15th July 13-14.30
22nd July 13-14.30
29th July 13-14.30
5th August 13-14.30
12th August 13-14.30

For any queries regarding course or registration please email or direct email to 

Astrazeneca Walk-in Clinic - Wednesday 14th April 2021 9am to 5pm at Walthamstow Library E17 7JN 

For those aged 45 and over who have not yet had 1st dose

Those aged 30 and over who are health and social care workers, unpaid carers or live in same household as immunosuppressed patients who have not yet had 1st dose

Those in cohorts 1-9 aged 30-49 who have not yet had a 1st dose with underlying health conditions putting them at higher risk of severe covid-19 disease 

Those in cohorts 1-9 aged 18 and over who have not had a 1st dose and are at least 8 weeks post vaccination date and therefore due 2nd dose 

No pre-booked appointments so clinics wont be on Accurx. You just need to complete a questionnaire with the onsite Marshall at reception to self declare which part of cohort you sit within as part of vaccination pre-screening.  

Covid Vaccine for all patients at risk all ages call Practice no. 02085272563

Ramadan and the Covid-19 vaccine

Ramadan is due to start on the evening of Monday 12 April 2021 and we urge our Muslim patients not to delay having their Covid-19 vaccine – first or second dose – during the holy month.

The British Islamic Medical Association has reviewed the analysis of Islamic scholars and confirmed that having the vaccine does not invalidate the fast. The vaccine does not contain pork or other animal, foetal or alcohol products - this reflects the advice of the majority of Islamic scholars that it is permissible.​ If you are still unsure whether you should have a vaccine during Ramadan, please speak to your local Imam for guidance.

If you are taking prescribed medicines, you should continue taking them during Ramadan, but check with your GP if the doses need to be adjusted or the times that you take them need to be changed.

If you have diabetes and want to fast, please speak to your GP or diabetes nurse about the safest way to do this. Remember that there is an exemption for people with diabetes, especially if you’re on insulin or have any medical complications.

COVID VACCINE NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL PATIENTS AT RISK - You will get a direct booking link or call us on our direct Covid vaccine line 07882525933

COVID-19 vaccination scam alert: 

People are being urged to be vigilant over a new COVID vaccine scam which is targeting vulnerable older people.

Waltham Forest Residents in their 90s have received phone calls to say they’ll be having their COVID vaccinations at home and they will receive a visit to their address at a certain time and date for this to be administered. They are being asked to provide personal details, other than their name, to make a payment or press a number on their keypad. The NHS does not charge for the vaccine and any calls such as this should be treated as a scam.

How the appointment system works:

The government has now approved for use two vaccines for Covid-19 and published advice on the priority groups to receive it.  

The government have said they plan to first give the vaccine to:

  • care home residents and staff,
  • followed by people over 80 and health & social care workers,
  • then to the rest of the population in order of age and risk.

The vaccination programmed started in December 2020 and is being managed by the NHS.

  • The callers booking vaccinations will not ask for any other personal details other than asking you to confirm your name. They certainly will not ask for any money.
  • The caller will identify themselves and say they are calling on behalf of your GP and they are getting in touch about booking an appointment for a Coronavirus vaccine.
  • The caller will then offer dates and times for you to attend clinic. They will also give the location of the site where you will receive it. This may not be your usual surgery or at home.


Please book by calling 02085272563. We are unable to book any patients with significant allergies who carry an Epi Pen. If patients are prescribed Warfarin INR should be <4.0 for them to be vaccinated.

Second appointments are available to book 10 weeks after the 1st appointment. 

Poster - Your opinion matters- We need your involvement to improve our services for you.  Our staff and Patient Participation Group jointly created a survey to gather patient feedback. 

Covid-19 Mask Exemption Letter request

Unfortunately as a practice we are unable to offer any letters for patients for face mask exemptions. This includes sick notes and exemption letters. Following the latest Government guidance, there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption directly with the person questioning them, such as a bus driver or shop assistant.
As a result, our practice is therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions or those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.
Some transport providers are providing evidence of exemption themselves such as First Bus and Arriva.

CQC Rating GOOD - See inspection report

Working with EQUIP Improvement programme in 2020

Penrhyn Covid-19 Response Team

Covid-19 Clinical Lead - Dr Toyin Oremakinde

Covid-19 Admin Lead – Mrs Suzia Riasat

Covid-19 Social Prescriber – Ms Arevik Mkrttchian

For any support and help for shielding patient please direct your queries to “Penrhyn Covid-19 Response Team” at

Extremely vulnerable people who should shield from Covid-19

If you are a patient looking for shielding advice, visit the shielded patient pages on 

If you are already on the list and require extra support, you can register on

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