NHS Lanarkshire has asked GP practices if they would be able to assist with the COVID vaccinations for patients aged 80 and over, which the majority of practices have agreed to, including ourselves. PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE PRACTICE to book an appointment - as we receive deliveries of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccines, a member of staff from the practice will contact each patient aged 80 and over by telephone to arrange an appointment (excluding housebound patients, who will be vaccinated by NHS Lanarkshire staff). This will be an appointment for the first dose of the vaccine, with the second dose to be arranged approximately 12 weeks later.
The practice will only be responsible for vaccinating patients aged 80 and over - NHS Lanarkshire should be in touch going forward with all other patient cohorts as mass vaccination centres are set up and more deliveries of the vaccine are received.
For more information regarding the COVID vaccine, please visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/immunisation/vaccines/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine/about-the-vaccine-used-to-protect-against-coronavirus AND https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/regulatory-approval-of-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca/information-for-uk-recipients-on-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca
Seasonal Influenza Vaccinations 2020/21
NHS Lanarkshire has taken responsibility of the flu vaccinations this year - all eligible patients should be invited via letter by the health board. If you are entitled to the flu vaccination and haven’t received your appointment as of Monday 23 November 2020, you can contact the health board to request an appointment. Call 01698 687456 (Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm and Friday 9am to 4.15pm) or email FluRebookingAppointments@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk with your name, address, date of birth and telephone number (preferably a mobile number). This does not apply to 2 to 5 year olds not in school, as the health board are still scheduling appointments for this group. For more information regarding the flu vaccination and who is eligible, please visit: https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu AND/OR https://www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/flu/
Please keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 information at https://www.nhsinform.scot/ and NHS Lanarkshire also have a FAQ section on their website regarding GP practices: https://www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/novel-corona-virus-covid-19/recovery-gp-faq/
- ROUTINE GP APPOINTMENTS: routine GP appointments are available as telephone consultations. At the time of booking your appointment the receptionist will require your details and a short description of your problem. We would be grateful if you could provide this information which is treated in the strictest confidence. GPs will be looking ahead at their appointments and if they wish you to be seen as a face to face consultation this will be arranged. Remember our outgoing telephone number appears as 0800 678 3393 (and you cannot call this number back), or as a withheld/private number.
- ROUTINE NURSE APPOINTMENTS: appointments are available at a reduced capacity to allow for cleaning of rooms between patients and for physical distancing in the waiting area. The practice will continue to call patients for chronic disease management.
- HEALTH CENTRE BUILDING: the building remains LOCKED to the public to reduce unnecessary footfall so please do not attend unless you have been asked to, either for an appointment or to hand a requested sample in. If you have been asked to attend, you will need to use the intercom at the front door. Please attend your appointment alone if possible to keep numbers in the waiting area reduced and wear a face covering if you can.
- ORDERING PRESCRIPTIONS: If you need to order a prescription, please do so via our 24/7 telephone line 01236 828224, via Online Services (if you are registered) or via email email@example.com - as the front doors are locked, the prescription collection box in Reception is closed and the Receptionists WILL NOT take any over the desk.
- COLLECTING PRESCRIPTIONS: once issued, prescriptions will be sent to the patient's preferred chemist - if you are due to collect a prescription, PLEASE DO NOT COME to the practice - please advise our reception team which chemist you would like it to be sent to when placing your order (Boots Kilsyth, Well, Charteris, Boots Craigmarloch or Twechar pharmacy).
- SICK LINES: once issued, sick lines will be posted out to patients (if you are SELF-ISOLATING you do not require a sick line from a GP, as this is a Public Health issue employers should be following the government advice - if your employer needs something then you can send an 'isolation note' - visit https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note).
- MIDWIFE APPOINTMENTS: the midwives are operating as normally as possible, to make an appointment or for advice please call them on 01236 794110/794109
If you have COVID-19 symptoms, please visit the NHS Inform website (shown above) in the first instance. If you are struggling to manage these symptoms, please contact NHS24 on 111 to be assessed by a call handler. Remember in the event of any medical emergency to call 999.
Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.