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**COVID-19 - IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR OUR PATIENTS**

 Information about Covid 19 vaccinations

For general information about the Coronavirus vaccine and its delivery please visit the NHS Inform site:  www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine    or call the Helpline on 0800 030 8013. Please visit the above site or call the Helpline if you believe you have missed your invitation for vaccination. Alternatively, please call the local Tayside Vaccination Service on 01382 423108 for help with booking or rearranging a vaccine appointment.

DROP-IN VACCINATION CLINICS

NHS Tayside is now offering a drop-in vaccination service at Dewars Centre, Perth for patients who meet the following criteria:

Anyone over 16 who has not yet had their first vaccination, or anyone whose first vaccination was given 8 weeks or more ago is welcome to drop-in to Dewars Centre, Perth on the following dates:

Monday 30/8/21 - Sunday 12/9/21  10.00am - 5.00pm.

 

Vaccine Status Scheme

There is now a system in place to allow patients to request their vaccination status online and obtain a paper record.  For patients who are not online, there is an option to request a paper copy to be sent in the post by calling the Freephone Covid Status Helpline.

The link to follow is

www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status 

or alternatively, the Helpline number is 0808 196856.

The Scottish Government advice is that only those planning to travel to a country 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 data to be used for outbound international travel. This will hopefully be in place by September. 

We will keep patients updated of any new changes.

The Scottish Government requires General Practice and other healthcare settings to have different infection control and physical distancing guidance to other places such as hospitality and shops.  This is to help reduce the risk to practice staff and to people attending the practice who may be at greater risk if they catch Covid19. From 19/7/2021 (when we go into Level 0) the following rules will still apply in General Practice:

Wearing of face coverings by patients and the public (unless you are exempt)

Physical distancing of 2 metres in waiting rooms

Contact your practice by telephone in the first instance

Wearing of PPE by staff

Screening of all patients for Covid 19 symptoms

Please support Comrie Medical Centre by complying with this guidance

LATERAL FLOW TESTING

Everyone in Scotland is now able to request a Covid Test. Asymptomatic patients who are requiring testing should go to NHS Inform at the link below and follow the online instructions to order LFD tests to be delivered to their home.  If patients prefer, they can call 119 and request tests in this way.

https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

Comrie Davidsons pharmacy now has a supply of lateral flow tests for asymptomatic patients.

 

Secondary Use of GP Identifiable Data

We have had some queries from patients concerned that they have heard via national and social media that, unless they opt-out, their GP medical records will be shared with 3rd parties. Please be reassured that this measure is ONLY applicable to patients in NHS England. There are no non-clinical data sharing policies currently being discussed in Scotland.

 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.

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. 

Please click on the link below for the latest information regarding GP practices and services during this pandemic:

 https://www.nhsinform.scot/communityhealth

 

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 aim to keep you updated throughout each stage of this pandemic.

On Wednesday 31 March 2021, Dr Phil Tipping retired from Comrie Medical Centre after 21 hard-working years.  Everyone wishes him all the best in the next chapter of his life. We welcome Dr Clare Cadogan as a permanent partner at Comrie.  She will be familiar to many of our patients, as she has been at Comrie on many occasions covering for annual leave.

 

* NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR COMRIE MEDICAL CENTRE*

We would like to inform patients that our 2 contact email addresses have changed.

To contact the Medical Centre with a general query, the new email address is: tay.comrie@nhs.scot

To contact the Medical Centre with a repeat prescription request, the new email address is: tay.comrieprescriptions@nhs.scot

FACE COVERINGS

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, 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 regarding exemptions, please follow the link below:

www.exempt.scot

or view the up-to-date information from the Scottish Government below

Face Covering Exemption Cards

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. 

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 5 April 2021

Monday 12 April 2021

Monday 3 May 2021

Monday 31 May 2021

Monday 26 July 2021

Monday 11 October 2021

Monday 27 December 2021

Tuesday 28 December 2021

Monday 3 January 2022

Tuesday 4 January 2022

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. 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patient Advice & Support

Patient Advice and Support Service The Patient Advice and Support Service (PASS) is delivered by the Scottish Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) Service. The service is independent and provides free, confidential information, advice and support to anyone who uses the NHS in Scotland. It aims to support patients, their carers and families in their dealings with the NHS and in other matters affecting their health.

The service promotes an awareness and understanding of the rights and responsibilities of patients. It also advises and supports people who wish to give feedback, make comments, raise concerns or make a complaint about treatment and care provided by the NHS in Scotland.

The Patient Advice and Support Service will: 

  • Help clients understand their rights and responsibilities as patients
  • Provide information, advice and support for those wishing to give feedback or comments, raise concerns or make complaints about health care delivered by NHS Scotland.
  • Ensure clients feel listened to, supported, and respected when raising concerns about difficult experiences
  • Work with the NHS to use feedback to improve NHS service provision.

The Patient Advice and Support Service also provides general advice and help on a range of issues, such as housing, employment, benefits or money worries. Support with these issues can have a positive impact on the health of clients. Clients can also access information and advice on how to access health and community services that offer additional support with health care needs. The service is a valuable resource for frontline NHS staff because it offers a wide range of support for patients in relation to health and health care.

How to contact the Patient Advice and Support Service

The Patient Advice and Support Service can be accessed through any Scottish citizens advice bureau.  You can find your local bureau by using the search facility at the top of this page. There is more information about the service at www.patientadvicescotland.org.uk/ 

Related publications: 

pdfPatient Advice and Support Service (PASS) leaflet

pdf Patient Advice and Support Service briefing sheet



 
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