SEASONAL FLU VACCINATIONS 2020-21
This year GP practices are being asked to provide flu vaccinations to At Risk patients aged 18-64 years. All other age groups including children and over 65's will be invited to central clinics. This is to ensure the service can be delivered safely. More Info at http://www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot/Flu including transport arrangements. Further info on eligibility is available at https://www.nhsggc.org.uk/your-health/healthy-living/seasonal-flu/
Our patients registered at the Branch Surgery in Beith, living at an Ayrshire address will be sent an invite letter week beginning 12th Oct 20, to either; await an invite to the central clinic in Paisley or to phone one of the two Beith pharmacies to make an appointment to have the flu vaccine there. Please await your invite letter and the phone number of the pharmacy will be in your letter.
REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS - please order prescriptions by phone; emis access online or use the big post-box on the surgery gates at Lochwinnoch or postbox at main door in Beith.
TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS DURING COVID PANDEMIC: All requests for Doctor appointments will be triaged initially by phone and if the Doctor needs to see you in person, they will arrange a specific time for you to attend.
If you have a new cough and/or high temperature and/or loss of taste or smell and wish advice please contact NHS 24 on 111.
Organise a test immediately by following guidance on http://www.nhsinform.scot
Isolate for 10 days if you have any coronavirus symptoms. Contacts need to isolate for 14 days. More information is on above website.
Please do not call your GP or go to the surgery. If you require a sick note due to coronavirus, you can get this from the NHS Inform website.
Callers to the 111 helpline will be assessed and, if necessary, transferred to a local community hub staffed by clinicians from across the healthcare system to ensure patients get the best possible advice at the right time.
Depending on their assessment, patients may be given advice to help them continue self-isolating at home or be given an appointment to attend a local assessment centre for further treatment.
NHS Inform’s coronavirus webpage is still the fastest way for people to get the latest health advice and information. There is also a free NHS 24 helpline for people without symptoms looking for general information on coronavirus.
For patients who do not have any coronavirus symptoms, they should continue to telephone their GP when open and not call NHS 24.
In the out of hours period, when displaying symptoms other than coronavirus, you should only call 111 if you need urgent assessment and cannot wait until your GP is open.
Wear a face covering
Avoid crowded places
Clean hands and surfaces regularly
Stay 2 metres away from people
Self isolate and book a test if you have Covid-19 symptoms.
Drs D Nechev, A Fraser, T McLaughlin, T Gavin & K Roome practice from premises at Lochwinnoch and Beith. We hold a General Medical Services Contract with Greater Glasgow & Clyde Health Board. Details of this contract are available from our practice manager - Mrs Rosemary Scarff.
Our surgeries are fully accessible to disabled patients. Our area comprises Lochwinnoch, Beith and surrounding areas.
All General Practice staff in Greater Glasgow and Clyde area have been trained in signposting. This means that when you telephone the surgery to book an appointment, the receptionist will ask for some information on your problem so you can be directed to the most appropriate healthcare professional. If your problem is of a personal nature, please explain this to the receptionist. All information will be treated confidentially as with all healthcare providers.
See your Optician
Adults should see an optician every 2 years for an eye check and follow their advice re future appointments. Check ups are free. If you develop a sudden new eye problem such as pain, redness, swelling, visual disturbance, opticians can see you as an emergency and deal with the problem. They have the equipment to examine your eye in detail. Opticians can also refer you to hospital if needed.
Find out when our practice is open, what the GP consulting times are and what to do if you need help when the practice is closed. Find out more
Like To Register?
New to the area and would like to join our practice? We would be happy to help you. Fill in our registration forms and come see us. Find out more
The Scottish executive has advised GP's to avoid prescribing certain addictive drugs eg. Diazepam, Lorazepam and various others. They are not licensed for long term use and are harmful when used over long periods. It is practice policy to reduce these drugs slowly until stopped and it may be necessary to dispense daily to achieve this.
Renfrewshire Community Health & Social Care Partnership
Information on local services including self-referrals http://www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot/
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