COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME – LOCHABER
The following drop-in clinics are open to anyone who has not yet received their FIRST DOSE of vaccine
For anyone who is waiting for their SECOND DOSE vaccine –
you must have had at least 8 weeks since your first dose before attending for a second dose.
Both Pfizer and Astrazeneca vaccines will be available:
Monday 25th October 2021
10.00am-12.45am & 2.00pm- 4.45pm
Caol Community Centre, Glenkingie Street,
Caol, Fort William, PH33 7DS
12–17-year-olds can now attend any of our drop-in clinics
(12 - 15yr olds must have a consent form)
We know locations and opening hours may not suit everyone, so clinics are being arranged across NHS Highland near or at the locations of High Schools.
We'll share further information as plans are finalised.
Drop-in clinics do not require an appointment and you can
arrive at any time during opening hours.
Please be advised that you may have a short wait when you arrive depending on demand.
Please wear loose clothing / short sleeves.
Details of drop-in centres across highland are available
on the NHS Highland website
SEE SECTION ON RIGHT-HAND SIDE
FOR FURTHER COVID RELATED HELPFUL INFORMATION
We are currently receiving an extraordinary volume of telephone calls which makes getting through to us very difficult at times. We are sorry about this but we only have one inward line.
We are arranging a second line to be available but in the meantime it would be a tremendous help if you could please contact your usual pharmacy for all repeat medication requests, or register on this website (bottom of main page).
The same if you wish to update your address or contact numbers. There is an online form again at the bottom of the main page of this website.
All COVID enquiries should be accessed via the telephone help-line numbers in the CORONA VIRUS tab on this website. We do not hold your vaccine record or manage your appointments for this vaccine.
SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINES
NOW IN STOCK
This years Influenza Season has started! Please telephone the surgery for an appointment. Invitations will be arriving soon but in the meantime please feel free to give us a call.
Child Nasal Vaccines have not yet arrived for those children aged 2 - 5 not in school.
Children in school will receive their nasal vaccine there. If they miss the date we provide a catch-up service but not until all schools have completed their scheduled clinics.
If you are over 65 and not had this in the past, you will be eligible for this free once-only vaccine, which can be given at the same time as your Influenza vaccine if needs be.
Other eligible patients will receive an invitation in due course.
These are available all year round. If you are aged 70 - 79 inclusive as at 1.9.21, you can receive this free vaccine.
PLEASE NOTE THAT LOCAL PHARMACISTS ARE EXPERIENCING INTERMITTENT DELAYS IN DISPENSING REGULAR MEDICATIONS. PLEASE ALLOW AT LEAST 4 DAYS BETWEEN ORDERING YOUR ITEMS AND GOING TO COLLECT THEM.
REMEMBER - YOU CAN REGISTER ON OUR WEBSITE OR YOUR PHARMACYS WEBSITE TO ORDER YOUR PRESCRIPTION ITEMS AT ANYTIME.
Our online ordering service can save you time and speed up delivery of your prescriptions. This will help the Pharmacists reduce their turnaround time and improve service delivery to you. We cannot accept requests over the telephone - and haven't since 2007 - as we need to keep our line free for medical emergencies.
You can register on our website and order your medications at a time that suits you, so if you are taking your tablets at night and you notice you only have a few left, you can log-on to our website and place the order straight away. We check these requests twice a day and offer the same 48-hour turnaround as your pharmacist. If you are in the situation where you have miscalculated and are down to your last tablet/s please indicate this on your website request and we can arrange for this to be collected at the surgery after 5.00pm on the same day.
Please note that if you call the pharmacist directly they can take your request for you for any repeat medication and any other medication that you have previously been prescribed eg: an antibiotic cream or a antihistamine tablet. YOU SHOULD ALWAYS CALL THEM OR CALL INTO THE PHARMACY IN THE FIRST INSTANCE
We will never see you go without the medications you need to keep you healthy, so please do call us BUT ONLY IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.
MOBILE TELEPHONE NUMBERS
DO WE HAVE YOURS?
We are getting rising numbers of patients not attending for pre-booked appointments and this results in delays for all patients being seen. Demand for appointments is high so a patient who misses their appointment may need to wait some time to be seen again. Reasons for missing appointments are variable and we understand that it cannot always be avoided.
We are now sending appointment reminders via text to your mobile phone, to try and improve the rate of attendance. This is the same type of service currently being offered by local dentists and by Hospital Outpatient Departments, with good effect.
Please can you let us know your current mobile number so we can send reminders for your future appointments.
There are forms available at reception, which you can complete with your current number or you can do this via our Change of Details button on our website.
You do have the option to opt out of this service, should you wish, to comply with the General Data Protection Regulations.
We are keen to keep to the NHS target of offering patients an appointment within 48 hours and we are hopeful that this initiative will improve things.
BOWEL SCREENING FOR OVER 50s
Since November 2011, patients aged over 50 years and over will have received a Bowel Screening Kit in the post. These kits will be sent to all patients every two years. We would encourage all patients who receive the kit to do the test and return the kit in the envelope provided. Our surgery has an uptake just slightly above the Scottish average of 52% for men and 58% for women. We would like to improve this and ask that you express any concerns you have at your next appointment.
The testing kits have been updated and are now a single, easy to obtain sample kit.
Statistics prove that survival rates increase with early detection—up to 17% - with overall survival averaging 55%. Cancer isn’t what it used to be and people can live well with early detection. Don’t be scared to ask your GP or our practice nurse if you feel you have symptoms suggestive of bowel cancer. Visit the Scottish Bowel Screening Programme website for more information at:-
or phone the number below if you have misplaced your kit and wish to be tested.
Bowel Screening Helpline 0800 0121 833