Covid 19 Vaccination Update
Our practice will be offering an appointment to those age over 80 (by 31.3.21) to have Covid 19 vaccination - we started the first clinic on Fri 15th January and will be vaccinating the oldest patients first as per government guidelines. The practice nurses will be in touch with you direct - there is no need to call the surgery meantime. Those who are housebound will be vaccinated by the homecare team in the same way flu vaccinations were delivered.
SEASONAL FLU VACCINATIONS 2020-21
Patients aged 60-64 were invited to St Mirren Park to have flu vaccine but this has now closed. If you would still like to receive your flu jab, please visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu or 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/
All patients over 65 living in Renfrewshire have been sent a letter & text inviting them to call Penmans Pharmacy on 01505 842227 to arrange flu vaccination. If you havent arranged an appointment, please call them soon.
Those aged over 65 and living at an Ayrshire address should have already received an invite to attend pharmacies in Beith.
If the practice has already been notified that you have attended elsewhere you will not receive another letter.
This year GP practices are being asked to provide flu vaccinations to At Risk patients aged 18-64 years. All eligible patients have been sent a text or letter invite.
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. More info available on https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/your-community-health-care-services
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
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
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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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