Covid 19 Vaccination
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board have asked GP practices to offer Covid vaccination to patients aged 75 and over and patients who are Shielding. All our patients in these groups have now been offered both doses.
More info available at https://www.renfrewshire.hscp.scot/COVIDVaccine
July 21 Update
The Scottish Government requires General Practice and other healthcare settings to have different infection control and physical distancing guidance to other places such as hospitality and shops. This is to help reduce the risk to practice staff and to people attending the practice who may be at greater risk if they catch Covid 19. From 19 July 2021 (when we go to Level 0) the following rules still apply in General Practice: wearing of face coverings by patients and the public (unless you are exempt). Physical distancing of 2 metres in waiting rooms. Contact your practice by telephone in the first instance. Wearing of PPE by staff. Screening of all patients for Covid 19 symptoms. Please support your local practice team by complying with this guidance.
Catching Up: Our practice is currently catching up with all chronic disease management eg. diabetes, asthma, heart disease reviews by practice nurses. In order to maintain social distancing in the waiting room we can only accommodate a maximum of 3 patients at a time, so would be most grateful if patients with enquiries could continue to phone the practice rather than attend in person. We also continue with telephone triage for routine GP appointment requests. Doctors will arrange a time to see patients face to face when required with time set aside for appropriate cleaning between patients. We also have allied health professional services available to support the practice; pharmacist, physiotherapist, phlebotomist & link worker - more information available from Reception. The following link gives advice on how to access services https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/your-community-health-care-services
Many common minor illnesses can be treated by your local pharmacist eg. skin rashes, small abrasions, cold sores, conjunctivitis, coughs & colds, hayfever, headlice, heartburn, impetigo, insect bites, mouth ulcers, nappy rash, piles, ringworm, scabies, side-effects of medication, sinnusitis, smoking cessation, sunburn, warts & verrucae, worms.
Once again it is proving very difficult to get GP locum cover and we have no option but to run a reduced service during holidays and appreciate your forbearance whilst we try to manage the service.
REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS - please order prescriptions 48 hrs in advance by phone; emis access online or use the big post-box on the surgery gates at Lochwinnoch or postbox at main door in Beith.
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 other people
Self isolate and book a test if you have Covid-19 symptoms.
Drs D Nechev, A Fraser, T McLaughlin & T Gavin 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. Checkups 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 a 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
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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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