Thank you for your consideration and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. As you will be aware, a reduction in the numbers of people infected in Scotland has led to the current easing of lockdown. However, there are some important restrictions still in force and a number of these have an on-going effect on the service that our practice can provide;
- Patients with possible COVID symptoms (particularly high temperature, cough and altered sense of taste or smell) who need medical advice should contact your GP practice.
- In line with the Government guidance, consulting is initially being done over the telephone. If the clinician thinks you need to be seen at the surgery you will be given an appointment to come in.
- Due to social distancing restrictions, we cannot use our waiting room. If you have been given an appointment then please attend the surgery at your appointed time, ring the doorbell outside and inform the receptionist that you have arrived. Please state your full name and the name of the clinician you have come in to see. Please bring your own face mask.
- All consultations are carried out by the clinicians wearing PPE. Our rooms are cleaned and sanitised between each appointment.
- Please note that due to these changes we cannot offer same number of appointments we used to. The logistics of bringing you safely into the surgery, our staff donning and doffing PPE and cleaning rooms between patients is very time consuming. We continue to work hard to provide safe and effective healthcare and ask for your understanding while we adjust to the new necessities of COVID-19.
*** COVID VACCINE UPDATE ***
COVID-19 Vaccination Status Scheme Launches
A service that allows people travelling abroad to access a record of their vaccination status has been launched. This is an interim solution if you are travelling in the next 21 days. A vaccination status letter can be downloaded from the NHS Inform Website https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid1 status or, for people not online, they can be requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline 0808 196 8565.
Please note that you should not request your vaccine status information from your GP or the staff COVID mailbox and only those planning to travel to a county or territory where a record of vaccination status is needed as an entry requirement should download the record or request it. While there are no countries currently requiring vaccination status to travel, international travel restrictions can change quickly requiring such measures to be in place.
As Scotland's vaccination programme progresses, vaccination status will be replaced by digital Covid Status Certificates, which will include vaccination and testing date to be used for outbound international travel.
COVID-19 Vaccination for Unpaid Carers- Self Referral Process
As part of the JCVI Priority Group 6, the COVID-19 vaccines is now being offered to unpaid carers aged 16-64 who provide face-to-face care for someone else. Some carers may have already received appointment letters over the last few weeks, however recently the Scottish Government launched a new self referral system for carers to register for the vaccine.
For full eligibility details and to self refer, carers can go to www.nhsinform.scot/carersregister. Alternatively, they can call the COVID-19 Vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013 to complete the full registration form.
For general information about the coronavirus vaccine and its delivery, the COVID-19 Vaccination General Enquiry Helpline is now available from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week on 0800 030 8013 or log onto www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine . Please note it will not be possible to book or change vaccine appointments via the helpline at this stage.
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Please note that the practice will contact all patients between the ages of 75 and above and also in those on the shielding register by telephone commencing with the most elderly first. We will only call you when we have the vaccines ready to administer.
Patients aged 74 and younger will be invited through the national systems and NOT via the practice. Please DO NOT contact the practice about the Covid-19 vaccinations programme. Please access the NHS inform for further information.
The vaccine will be offered to people who are most at risk from coronavirus, before being offered more widely.
Please read the following leaflet (using the link below) for more information on COVID VACCINES.
COVID Vaccine Patient Information Leaflet