COVID-19 VACCINATION FOR OVER 80’S: The first Covid Vaccine Clinics for patients registered with Culbin & Varis Medical Practices will be held on the weekend of 23rd/24th JANUARY at Forres Health & Care Centre for patients age 80 or over (born on or before 31.03.41). Appointment letters have now been sent out and housebound patients will be done by community vaccination teams.
1. Patients must attend wearing a face covering to protect themselves, other vulnerable patients and vaccination staff
2. Patients should arrive close to their appointment time (don’t arrive early or late due to social distancing restrictions)
3. The vaccine is usually given in the upper arm, therefore please wear clothes will will easily allow vaccination (e.g. short sleeve shirt/blouse under outer clothing)
4. Patients should attend alone, unless unable to manage without the help of a carer
WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER COVID VACCINATIONS TO ANY OTHER PATIENTS AT THIS TIME. Vaccine rollout to further patient groups, based on age and underlying health conditions, will be coordinated by NHS Grampian (NOT the GP Practices) and will continue as quickly as possible.
Information about the COVID vaccine is being sent to all households in Scotland – this information is also available on NHS Inform (http://www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine) or on the COVID Vaccine Helpline (0800 030 8013 – open 8am to 8pm).
Please share this information widely, especially to family & friends who may not have online access
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON CORONAVIRUS
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, most appointments are now done by telephone or video. ACCESS TO THE HEALTH CENTRE WILL BE RESTRICTED TO THOSE WITH PRE-BOOKED FACE-TO-FACE APPOINTMENTS ONLY. Appointments can no longer be made at Reception and must be made by telephoning the Practice in the first instance. Anyone attending for a face-to-face appointment must wear a face covering when in the Health Centre premises.
This step is taken to ensure that we provide a safe service for patients and staff, protecting the most vulnerable / elderly patients in light of the current situation and using guidance from NHS and UK & Scottish Governments.
Some patients with pre-booked appointments may be contacted to change their appointments to telephone or video consultations instead.
NO PATIENTS SHOULD ATTEND THE HEALTH CENTRE WITH SYMPTOMS OF COUGH / FEVER / SHORTNESS OF BREATH – THE CURRENT ADVICE IS TO STAY AT HOME AND DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOUSE FOR 10 DAYS. THIS ACTION WILL HELP PROTECT OTHERS IN YOUR COMMUNITY WHILST YOU ARE INFECTIOUS.
ANY PATIENTS WHOSE SYMPTOMS ARE SEVERE OR ARE DETERIORATING SHOULD CALL NHS111 FOR FURTHER ADVICE OR TREATMENT.
- If you are self-isolating, you don’t need a Med3 (sick note) for work as you can self-certify, or visit NHS Inform for a self isolation note for 14 days
- If you have been off work due to being in the Shielded (very high risk) category, and are anxious about returning to work or if your employer has said that you need an occupational assessment, please use this helpful guidance document
Prescriptions should be ordered online or by placing your re-order form at the front entrance – it is no longer possible to collect prescriptions from Reception, therefore please let us know your preferred pharmacy
For Coronavirus information, please visit nhsinform.scot/coronavirus or telephone the Coronavirus helpline 0800 028 2816
We would like to reassure patients that they will continue to have access to medical advice and treatment, however they MUST call to make an appointment and cannot attend at the Health Centre until they do this.
**Please share this information with family and friends, as we appreciate that not everyone has online / social media access**
Here is the latest NHS Guidance: https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
Here is the latest Government Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public
B12 injections: if you receive regular B12 injections, we have written to you to outline changes in light of COVID restrictions and guidance from NHS Grampian / Scottish Government
Depo-Provera injections: if you receive regular Depo-Provera injections, we have written to you to outline changes in light of COVID restrictions and guidance from NHS Grampian / Scottish Government. For contraceptive cover, you will normally be changed over to the progesterone only pill. If you have other symptoms (e.g. endometriosis) you may be switched to Sayana Press self-administered injections