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Homeless people in Luton to receive flu vaccinations

13 October 2017

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A project to help homeless people in Luton receive flu vaccinations commences next week, when a team of health care professionals join forces to hold the first flu prevention drop-in clinic at a welfare centre for the homeless.

Nurses from Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS) are administering the flu vaccinations at NOAH Welfare Shelter in Park Street. The flu vaccination service will form part of an overall mini health assessment designed to provide homeless people with basic clinical medical services. The nurses are working closely with a staff (including a GP) from the Larkside Practice, who already provide a weekly medical service as part of an agreement with Luton Clinical Commissioning Group (LCCG).

Together the three organisations aim to help prevent the most vulnerable people who live on the streets of the town, from contracting a serious illness over the winter period.

Dr Chirag Bakhai, GP and Luton CCG’s Clinical Director for Planned Care, said: “When the weather turns cold, the consequences can be potentially life threatening for Luton's homeless. Offering flu vaccinations and providing health assessments to this particularly vulnerable population is a valuable step towards protecting their health this winter.”

Linda Sharkey, Service Director of CCS, said: "I've recently had 'flu, it was awful but I was in a warm comfortable home with support, it would be unimaginable for the majority of us to consider being ill and being homeless. We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable people in Luton and will be also running our annual 'warm coats' scheme to support homeless people.”

Paul Prosser, Welfare Services Manager at NOAH Enterprise, said: “‘NOAH seeks to alleviate poverty for the most disadvantaged people in society. Facilitating access to primary healthcare such as flu vaccinations can reduce emergency admissions and is often the start of a journey of recovery which can help people move away from homelessness into sustainable living’

Two drop-in sessions will be held at the NOAH Welfare Shelter in Luton on 17 October and 21 November from 9am to 4pm. A GP will be on site from 11.30am to 3.00pm. 

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