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Covid Vaccines - Over 80s

Good news ! We are hoping to receive our supply of Covid vaccinations for patients aged over 80 on Friday or Monday.
We will be contacting all patients in the Priority Group - "People aged 80 years and over including housebound patients" in the next few days to book them in for an appointment. Appointments will start from Tuesday the 19th of January.
Please note that for these clinics you will be asked to enter the building through our door at the back of the Health Centre. This was the door that people exited through at our Flu clinics. Signs will be in place to direct you and we will discuss this with you when we phone to book your appointment. Please park in the main car park and walk along the path to the rear of the building. Patients will leave the Health Centre through the main front doors.
It is advised that you do not drive for 15 minutes after receiving your vaccine and patients will be asked to return to their vehicle and wait the required time. If someone has driven you to your appointment we would still ask that you remain in the car for 15 minutes before leaving the car park. If you walk to the clinic you may be asked to remain in the waiting room for 15 minutes following vaccination.
Please do not phone the practice to make appointments for the Covid vaccination. You will be contacted by our team in the next few days or so.
Thank you for your patience and understanding while we have been waiting for our vaccines to arrive.

Practice Update - Lockdown Tier 4

Due to the current lockdown conditions we thought it would be best to update everyone on what is happening in the practice.

To keep everyone safe and minimise the footfall within the practice we will need to reduce our routine appointments but will remain open for urgent health issues. We will continue to offer telephone and video consultations and, where it is clinically necessary, you may be asked to attend the practice to be seen face to face.
Screening services such as childhood vaccinations and cervical smears will still be undertaken as per NHS Highland guidelines.
 
If you have an enquiry regarding COVID19 symptoms, Shielding or the COVID19 vaccination then please visit the NHS Inform website or phone the helpline on 0800 030 8013. If you think you have symptoms of COVID19 then you must self-isolate and book a test immediately. Tests can be booked via the website https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by phoning 0300 303 2713.

Changes to Flu Clinics

As you are probably aware, this year will be a very challenging year for us to deliver the flu vaccine program and some changes have had to be made. This year we will be holding our flu vaccination clinics on selected Saturdays at Tain Health Centre via booked appointments and would appreciate your help in making this run as smooth as possible. If you are eligible for a flu vaccination you will receive a letter in the post.To arrange an appointment you should telephone our Flu Appointment Helpline on 01862 890001 from Thursday 17th September between the hours of 10am-12pm and 2pm-4pm only. This number can only be answered between these times. Please do not call the normal Health Centre number regarding Flu appointments and queries as this would block the line for other patients.

 Please note there are changes for the following categories –

  • Aged 2 years – 5 years (if not in school) - this will be late Oct/Nov.
  • Aged 12 years – 18 years in “At Risk” Category –this will be late Oct/Nov.
  • Pregnant patients – this year your flu vaccination will be given by your Midwife. Please arrange an appointment with them directly on 890077.
  • Housebound patients – for patients who receive regular visits from the GP or Community Nurses and cannot attend the Health Centre for medical reasons only then your flu vaccination will be given at home. If you feel you should be on this list then please contact the Flu Helpline to let us know.

 You must bring your flu letter to your appointment as this has information on it that we need. There is also a questionnaire on the reverse of your invitation which you should complete on the morning of your appointment.  

To help the smooth running of the clinics please try and follow the rules below.

  • Please attend on your own unless you need help in mobilising.
  • Please do not arrive early or late for your appointment. We have allocated a strict number of patients per period to ensure that social distancing is maintained in the waiting room. If you are late for your appointment you may be asked to reschedule.
  • Please wear a face covering where possible. If you do not have one we can provide one for you.
  • You will be met at the front door and asked to sanitise your hands.
  • Please wear clothing which makes it easy to expose your upper arm and be prepared before entering the consulting room.
  • Do not attend if you have a bad cold, chest infection or similar illness for which you are taking antibiotics.
  • Please let the GP know if you are undergoing chemotherapy or are currently taking Warfarin medication.

Covid Testing - Test and Protect

COVID TESTING: You should request a test only if you develop symptoms (fever, new continuous cough, loss of taste or smell) or you have been asked to by Test and Protect.
If you can’t access the site call 0800 028 2816
Please note this number only has access to the same testing slots accessed through https://www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect
These slots are released through the day so please check regularly to find a local slot or alternatively book a home test.
NHS 24’s ‘Ask Inform’ chat bot can help with many questions relating to coronavirus and testing too. NHS 24 does not arrange testing or deliver the results.
Stay safe. For more information visit www.nhsinform.scot

Coronavirus

The practice has closed the doors to reduce footfall in the practice. All calls are being triaged by telephone and if necessary patients will then be asked to attend the practice by a GP. If you have a new continuous cough and/or high temperature please stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days. Go to www.nhsinform.scot for advice or contact your GP practice by telephone during daytime hours. On evenings and weekends please contact NHS24 on 111.

We would be grateful if you could order your prescription online, by telephone if no access to internet, or by dropping your prescription in the postbox on the wall at the side of the front doors. Please nominate which chemist you would like to collect your prescription from. Pharmacies may be taking up to 7 days to process repeat prescriptions at the moment so please order 7 days before your medication runs out and only order what you need.

Thanks for everyone's cooperation and understanding.

New Physiotherapy Service

From Wednesday 29th January the way we answer the telephone will be changing.

A new Physiotherapy service will be starting in the practice late January/early February and so that the admin staff can make sure that you are allocated an appointment with the most appropriate Health Care Professional they will ask the patient for a brief indication of their problem at the start of the telephone call as per the Doctor's instructions.

The new Physiotherapy service will be available from Monday to Thursday at selected times and these appointments are only bookable on the day. The Physio can assess, diagnose and treat patients with musculoskeletal conditions of the spine,arms, hands and legs. Please see the attached leaflets for more details of conditions they can treat, how to book an appointment and what will happen at your appointment.

Covid Vaccines - Over 80s

Practice Update - Lockdown Tier 4

Changes to Flu Clinics

Covid Testing - Test and Protect

Coronavirus

New Physiotherapy Service

Covid Vaccines - Over 80s

Practice Update - Lockdown Tier 4

Changes to Flu Clinics

Covid Testing - Test and Protect

Coronavirus

New Physiotherapy Service

Covid Vaccines - Over 80s

Practice Update - Lockdown Tier 4

Changes to Flu Clinics

Covid Testing - Test and Protect

Coronavirus

New Physiotherapy Service

Covid Vaccines - Over 80s

Practice Update - Lockdown Tier 4

Changes to Flu Clinics

Covid Testing - Test and Protect

Coronavirus

New Physiotherapy Service

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