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**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 NHS24 on 111.

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:

https://nhsattend.vc/comriemc

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.

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.

IMPORTANT DATES

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. 

NEW 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

Social Prescribing

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.

 

 

 

Collections

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.

Appointments

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.

 

 

 

 

 

National Support Services

Scottish Recovery Consortium:

0141 226 1662

www.sdrconsortium.org

Scottish Drugs Forum:

0141 221 1175

www.sdf.org.uk

{Naloxone information is available

On this site}

Project Contact Details!

www.plusperth.co.uk : 01738-6262442.

Tulloch Net; covers Tulloch:

richardh@tullochnet.org.uk 01738-562731.

Samaritans: 01738 626666 or 0845 909090.

CATH: 01738 633077

Al-Anon: 0141 339 8884

Local Recovery Groups:

PAST can be contacted by e-mailing

pastgroup1@gmail.com or calling: Tony on 07428297035.

INSPIRAL can be contacted at

inspiralperth@g.mail.com or calling: 01738-626242.

Family Support can e-mail

e.p.i.c.s.1@hotmail.co.uk or calling: 07784912050

 

Challenge Two!

The Ghost of Winter Weather:

Talk with your worker, find out what happens in case of bad weather, to your script, your attendance requirements etc!

Surviving The Challenges!

What can you do to survive this time of year:

Plan out what you have to do over the next few days/week.

Remember there is support out there for you. (please seek support if you need it)

Talk over the challenges with your workers, friends and family.

Survival Helplines!!!

AA: 0845 769 7555

NA: National Helpline: 0300 999 1212

www.ukna.org

National Helplines Organisation:

www.helplines.org.uk (Has the list of all helplines you requires)

Christmas Things!

If you ain’t the Baa Humbug type:

Go out and see the Christmas Lights and attractions.

Go for a walk and look at the shops, you really don’t need to buy anything.

Look out for free events, like Carol Singing.

Check out what is happening at the local churches and community centres.

Go to the Library and stock up on books DVDs things to keep you going.

The Natural Beauty!

Perth & Kinross, is certainly one of the most beautiful area’s of Scotland, wrap up and enjoy the winter scenes.

Make a wee list of things you want to do, check out the Library notice boards for events

Make sure you are aware of transport issues; check with Travel Line on 0871 200 2233 or

www.travelinescotland.com to check any disruptions.

Attending Meetings!

If you are attending AA or NA meetings (or any support meetings), phone the contact person and see if you can share transport with other people. NA now meets in Perth on Friday Evenings.

Plan ahead for the holiday stop dates!

Things to Do!
Families!

You can do things like make your own Christmas cards, like the old Blue Peter style.

Have a film night, invite friends along get a DVD and watch, get a musical and sing-along.

Have a theme round the film "Rocky Horror Show" It’s you party!!!!

Share food get together around a friends house, all bring something or make something to eat! Try baking! You never know.

Families Continued!

Do outings in groups with friends, the movies or a theatre night.

Go for a group walk, or go swimming at the local pool.

Remember talk it over, share ideas, the more fun the better.

Things to do on your own!

Yes you can have a good time on your own! Watch a film that makes you laugh.

Listen to your favourite music.

Pamper yourself with a nice long soak in bath salts.

Relax and don’t get stressed, do things that make you chill.

Eat your favourite food, treat yourself to a selection box.

Make the house look Christmassy, get a wee theme going.

Stay Clean; Stay Sober.

The final ghost you might have to tackle, plan to beat this.

Take a friend who will stay sober and ask them to get you to leave if you are going to drink at a party.

Be in a safe place where people respect you and not encourage you to drink or take drugs.

Take your own soft drinks with you.

You're in Charge This Christmas!

Plan your visit, tell people you have to be away early.

If you feel that someone might be at a party that might upset you or tempt you to drink or take drugs, it really is best to avoid the party

Remember you might have changed, but people at the party might not have

Remember you stay in control.

General Hints

Have enough food in the house and plan for the shops closing.

Have food that can last over a few days, chicken!

Make soup keep it in the fridge this will last a good few days.

Make sure you have your medications as well as stocks of the cold and flu remedies that we all need at this time.

Don’t forget some fruit and veg!

Finally!

We could rant on, but the advice is:

Plan:

Get Key Dates:

Find things to do:

Talk with family and friends:

People care, but look after yourself.

Christmas can be a good time, try and make this so, for yourself.

Be strong, if you have a problem, seek support, visit a support group: NA or AA.

Have yourself a very merry Christmas! One that you are in control of.

Resolutions:

These are personal & individual but can I be so bold as to suggest.

Find out more about Naloxone, you could save a life.

Join the growing Recovery Movement in Perth & Kinross. We are developing a Recovery Forum, get your voice heard.

If you have a Smart Phone get the U-Turn App! It can save a life.

 
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