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CORONA VIRUS- COVID-19


CORONA VIRUS (COVID -19)

STAY HOME      PROTECT OTHERS       SAVE LIVES

 

How this Pandemic is affecting our Practice

Reviewed 23.7.20 - 10.00am

In light of the current pandemic issue of Corona Virus, we have changed the way we do things at the practice.

PLEASE NOTE FIRSTLY - WE ARE OPEN!

YOU WILL NOT BE RECEIVING YOUR USUAL ANNUAL INVITATION LETTERS FOR REVIEW OF YOUR CHRONIC DISEASE.  WE WILL BE PHONING YOU OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS TO OFFER YOU AN APPOINTMENT IN ONE OF OUR CINICS AND  WE HOPE TO BE ABLE TO RETURN TO NORMAL INVITATIONS ONCE WE HAVE PROCESSED THE BACKLOG. 

 WE ARE HERE HOWEVER IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL ISSUE THAT NEEDS ATTENTION SOONER, AND AS STATED  WE WILL COMMENCE YOUR REGULAR CHECKS JUST AS SOON AS IT IS SAFE TO DO SO.

CHILDHOOD IMMUNISATIONS ARE NOT AFFECTED SO PLEASE DO ATTEND WITH YOUR CHILD/CHILDREN WHEN REQUESTED


IF YOU SUSPECT YOU HAVE COVID-19

  • If you have any NEW cough and/or high temperature or loss of smell or taste PLEASE DIAL 111.  They will consult with you and let you know if you need to be seen.
  • If you are referred back to the Practice, and we then contact you with a time, you will be required to wait - in your car/taxi - in the car park.  Please phone us when you arrive and we will call you back when we are ready to see you. Please follow our instructions, to maintain your safety and those around you.  

 


HOW WE ARE MAKING APPOINTMENTS

To see a GP OR Practice Nurse will be a telephone appointment in the first instance.  If the GP then decides that you need to be seen after speaking with you, an appointment will be allocated – generally on the same day if urgent.  When you arrive at the surgery, please take one of the marked seats and your GP/Nurse will come for you.   There is no requirement to use the Self-Check-in screen or ring the reception bell.  Please also ensure that you arrive in time for your appointment and have an appropriate face covering.  We do not wish other patients – or you - to wait unnecessarily.

  • You must ensure that anyone accompanying you to your appointment,

does NOT have Covid-19 symptoms (as described earlier). 

NEW PATIENT REGISTRATIONS

Please download the two (2) forms in the New Patient Tab, complete, and post to us.  Alternatively please email the practice and we will reply with the forms as attachments for you to complete and return.  A GP will then phone you to discuss your registration. 

 

All appointments will be screened in the usual way by our staff and they will continue to direct you to other local resources, as appropriate, such as the local pharmacy or physiotherapist services.

 

HOW WE CONDUCT TELEPHONE APPOINTMENTS

PLEASE BE AVAILABLE TO ANSWER OUR CALL ON THE AGREED CONTACT NUMBER

OUR CALL BACK NUMBER DISPLAYS AS AN 0800 NUMBER

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PLEASE ANSWER OUR CALL BACK AS WE HAVE TIMETBALE TO ADHERE TO

JUST LIKE NORMAL SURGERY CLINICS

 

WE ARE ALSO OFFERING VIDEO CONSULTATIONS  (CALLED NEAR ME) FOR THOSE PATIENTS WHO ARE CURRENTLY NEEDING PHYSIOTHERAPY INPUT

 

Our Practice-based Physiotherapist will be utilising Video Consultations every Friday for her clinics.  You will be offered a time when you book and you can connect via the link below. 

 

https://nhsattend.vc/gpnearme/cns

 

If you have any difficulty or are running late, please telephone the practice - we may be having technical issues, which we will be able to advise you about.

 

 You will need a Smartphone or other device - such as a PC/Tablet.  It must be enabled for video, have audio and a microphone. 

 

We hope in the future that we will be able to offer this service to other groups of patients. We will keep you in touch with developments

Information for patients on near me video call consultations -

 


COVID-19 - TESTING IN THE HIGHLANDS FOR KEY WORKERS

A new network of COVID testing facilities including five regional drive-through test sites and at a number of mobile test units (MTUs) has been established by the UK government.

The programme, which runs alongside the existing programme of testing in the NHS for clinical purposes and testing of key workers in health and social care, will allow symptomatic key workers (and others who cannot work from home), and anyone over the age of five who have symptoms, to know whether or not they have the virus.

The tests, which are available on an appointment based system only, can be booked through the UK Government’s on-line system and will be conducted at one of the five regional drive-through test sites or at one of the MTUs.

The five drive-through test sites are in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Perth.

Please visit https://self-referral.test-for-coronavirus.service.gov.uk/ for up-to-date info on testing for key workers.

 

Other individuals with symptoms and are above the age of 5 can book via here: https://nhsh.scot/2LEhHmZ

 


PLEASE NOTE THAT LOCAL PHARMACISTS ARE EXPERIENCING DELAYS IN DISPENSING REGULAR MEDICATIONS.  PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST 7 DAYS BETWEEN ORDERING YOUR ITEMS AND GOING TO COLLECT THEM.

REMEMBER - YOU CAN REGISTER ON OUR WEBSITE TO ORDER YOUR PRESCRIPTION ITEMS AT ANYTIME.  THIS WILL REDUCE PHARMACISTS TIME IN TAKING PHONE CALLS AND ATTENDING TO COUNTER ENQUIRIES FOR MEDICATION REQUESTS. 


 

The following Screening Programmes are still currently suspended:-

 

  • Scottish Diabetic Retinopathy Screening
  • The Scottish Breast Screening service will be resuming in April/May 2021


Information for Patients with Cancer

Information from Lochaber Sensory Care

Information from Local Optician 

Information for Caol and Lochyside Residents 

MORE UP TO DATE INFORMATION AT

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

 

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR YOUR PATIENCE DURING THIS CHALLENGING AND DIFFICULT TIME FOR EVERYONE – STAY SAFE

 


 
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