**COVID-19 - IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR OUR PATIENTS**
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Comrie Medical Practice is committed to supporting our patients and staff in providing the best possible care.
To enable us to do this, we have made the decision as of Monday 16 March 2020 to postpone all non-urgent appointments and services.
If you have developed a continuous cough or a high temperature over 37.8 degrees, or are experiencing breathlessness, or a sudden loss of smell or taste, but are managing these symptoms, we advise you to self-isolate at home for either 7 days (if living alone) or 14 days (if living with others) in line with national guidance. If you are unwell with these symptoms, then please phone the Medical Centre for telephone triage and assessment by a GP.
For general Covid 19/Coronavirus information regarding contact tracing, testing, isolating, or any other queries, please go to the NHS inform website at:
https://www.nhsinform.scot/ and follow the link regarding Test and Protect.
To reduce the footfall into the Medical Centre, we ask only patients with booked appointments to attend. Please order your prescriptions over the phone, online, or post through our letterbox. Any enquiries or requests, please call the Medical Centre instead of attending.
Comrie Medical Centre has recently added a Medical Support Unit to the car park. This was kindly loaned to the Practice by John Greenfield from HART, and First Responder, Alan Moffat, to aid our response to Covid19.
We are trying to keep the number of people entering the medical centre to an absolute minimum whilst we are in this phase. The reason for doing this is to minimise the chances of anyone working or attending the practice catching the virus.
With this in mind, we have added the Medical Support Unit as an option for people attending for routine procedures such as injections or blood tests. We see this as a desirable and sensible measure and we hope our patients will understand our reasons for doing this. If you have an appointment booked with the Practice Nurse, we ask that, if you arrive by car, to peep your horn on arrival to the car park, and if arriving on foot, to ring the doorbell. The nurse will then meet you in full PPE and escort you to the mobile unit.
It is important for all our patients to know that we are very much open for business. If you contact the Practice for an appointment with either the GP or Practice Nurse, you will receive a phone call to determine whether you need to be seen in person, or if your problem could be dealt with on the phone, or by video call.
There is more information regarding Video Consultations on our Clinics & Services tab. If you are offered a video call by the clinician, the link to access at your appointed time is:
We are all living in changed and perhaps worrying times, but as always, we are here for our patients and we very much want our patients to contact us if they have concerns.
We will continue to keep you updated and thank you all for your continued support at this challenging time.
Face coverings became mandatory in Scotland on public transport on 22/6/2020, and from 10/7/2020, the use of face coverings has also become mandatory in shops. We would request that any patients attending for appointments at the Practice wear a face covering. In keeping with guidance issued to practices across Tayside, from today (Monday 6/7/2020) Comrie Medical Centre will not be providing letters of exemption to patients who feel they cannot tolerate wearing a face covering.
For further advice and information, please follow the link below:
There is currently a national shortage of Ranitidine which will affect those patients who have previously been prescribed this medication. Comrie Medical Centre intends to contact each of these patients by telephone to discuss alternatives.
FIRST CONTACT PHYSIO
Comrie Medical Centre is now able to offer patients consultations directly with a physiotherapist to discuss specific muscular and joint issues. Please see the Clinics & Services tab above for more information, or ask one of our Reception Team.
The following dates are Public Holidays.
UPDATE There have been several changes to public holidays - we are now open as normal for April and May public holidays.
Usually on public holidays we are only open for pre booked appointments in the morning - All telephone calls on these dates will be transferred to NHS24:
Monday 6 April 2020 - Open as normal
Monday 13 April 2020 - Open as normal
Friday 8 May 2020 - Open as normal
Monday 25 May 2020 - Open as normal
Monday 27 July 2020
Monday 5 October 2020
Friday 25 December 2020
Monday 28 December 2020
If you require urgent attention during this time please dial 111.
NHS PHARMACY FIRST SCOTLAND
Pharmacies across Scotland are now able to offer treatment for certain conditions without the need to make a GP appointment. If you have a minor illness, a pharmacy is the first place you should go for advice. You do not usually need an appointment, and you can go to any pharmacy. Your pharmacist can give you advice for a minor illness, and medicine if they think you need it. You can use NHS Pharmacy First Scotland if you are registered with a GP practice in Scotland or you live in Scotland.
More information about the range of conditions that can be treated by NHS Pharmacy First Scotland can be found at www.gov.scot and www.nhsinform.scot , or alternatively, speak with your local pharmacist.
DAVIDSONS CHEMIST TRAVEL CLINIC
Davidsons Chemists in Comrie is now offering a Travel Clinic service to patients wishing to travel abroad who need vaccinations and advice. Please contact Davidsons on 01764 670210 to discuss this, or pop in at 36 Drummond Street, Comrie. Comrie Medical Centre is still able to offer Typhoid, Cholera, Hep A and DTP vaccinations free of charge if required.
TEXT REMINDER SERVICE
Comrie Medical Centre is now issuing text reminders for appointments to patients who have registered their mobile phone numbers. This means that a text reminder will be issued 24 hours prior to an appointment at the Medical Centre. Please complete one of our forms at Reception to ensure the Practice has your up-to-date mobile phone number, allowing us to provide this useful service. Many thanks.
Action on Hearing
Are you deaf or hard of hearing? Do you wear a NHS hearing aid? Come to our free local drop-in to find out about:
- Fitting new batteries and tubing (we are unable to re-tube OPEN FIT aids).
- Caring for and getting used to your hearing aids.
- The different services that can help you.
- Information on equipment that can help you.
- On-hand help and support from different services.
Please contact the Information Line on: 0808 808 0123 or visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk
There is now a Drop-in Clinic running at Crieff Community Hospital on the 1st Wednesday of every month 1.30pm - 3.30pm
Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership is now offering a Social Prescribing service to patients, helping them to gain access to local activities, reducing loneliness and isolation, and encouraging a more healthy lifestyle. This may include signposting to nearby social groups, or discussing ways of changing habits to enable better general wellbeing. If this sounds like something that may interest you, please discuss with your GP, or pick up a leaflet at the Surgery which gives direct details of the local social prescriber, Marisa Carradice.
Do you have any used postage stamps at home? We are collecting stamps to raise money for donkey sanctuaries. Please hand them into Reception or pop into the box in the waiting area. Thank you kindly.
May we remind our patients that GP appointments are 10 minutes long. If you have more than one problem or would like a longer discussion then please let us know when making your appointment.