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PRACTICE CLOSURES

Tain & Fearn practice will be closed on the following dates for the festive period - Monday 27th December, Tuesday 28th December, Monday 3rd January and Tuesday 4th January. We will re-open on Wednesday 29th December and Wednesday 5th January at 8am.
Please check that you have ordered and collected any medications needed for the festive period by Friday 17th December.
During this closure if you require advice or help on any of the following matters here are the numbers to contact: Medication advice / minor ailments - please contact your local pharmacy. (Balintore - 832291, Well 23-25 - 892002 and Well 5-9 - 892009) Medical advice / minor injuries - please dial 111 for NHS24 Medical emergencies - please dial 999

FLU VACCINATIONS - LAST CLINIC OF THE YEAR 14TH DEC 2021.

We will be holding our last flu vaccination clinic for this year on Tuesday 14th December. We have tried our best to contact everyone on our eligible flu invitation list and have left messages on phonelines, mobiles and sent texts. If you have not yet had your flu vaccination and fall in to one of the eligible groups listed below and do want to have a flu vaccination please contact the Reception Team on 01862 892759 to book an appointment.
- Aged over 50 (before 31/3/22)
- Aged under 50 in an At Risk category
- Aged 2-5 (not yet attending primary school)
- Registered Unpaid Carers.
Please note that we are coming to the end of our allocated supply of flu vaccinations from NHS Highland and we are not sure at the moment whether we will be able to obtain more.
Please share this message with friends and relatives and pass the message to anyone who may not have access to the internet.
Thank you.

Covid Boosters 

Dear Patients

Information regarding Covid Boosters – Tain & Fearn Area Medical Practice

With the introduction of the new GP Contract in 2018 the provision of vaccination to practice patients became the responsibility of NHS Highland rather than the individual practices. For the last two years both practices in Tain have “opted-in” to helping the Health Board to provide the annual Flu vaccinations and latterly the Covid vaccinations.

With the winter season coming up both practices have had to think about whether we can continue to provide these vaccinations due to the increase in patients needing to be seen with the usual winter ailments.

Whilst we have agreed to “opt-in” to helping with the annual Flu vaccine programme both practices feel that we are unable to help this time with the Covid Booster vaccinations. The reasons leading to this difficult decision are as follows –

  • The Covid booster to be given is the Pfizer vaccine. This is different to the Astra Zeneca vaccine that was given to patients aged over 40 and means that everyone who receives the vaccine then has to remain in the practice for 15 minutes for observation before they can leave which was unlike the Astra Zeneca vaccine.
  • This would mean having to block of at least 1-2 surgery rooms for patients to wait in and would reduce the amount of space for GPs, Practice Nurses and other Health Care Professionals to see patients face to face where needed.
  • The amount of appointments that would be needed to give all the Flu vaccinations and Covid boosters would severely reduce the amount of clinical time available to provide care to patients.
  • Since the Covid vaccination campaign began in January Tain & Fearn have given out 6,718 vaccinations. We have been jabbing for at least one day every week since the end of January (with some weekends included) and only stopped in the middle of September when the Flu vaccinations commenced.
  • We will be inviting over 3,200 patients for their Flu vaccination this year and hope to meet the NHS Scotland targets of over 75% vaccinated. We have already had a higher than usual uptake rate.

 

Updated information regarding Covid vaccinations can be found by the following methods -  phone the Vaccination Enquiry Hub on 01463 705531 or email them on nhsh.covidvaccine@nhs.scot  or by clicking on the following link for details of the Drop In Clinics https://www.nhshighland.scot.nhs.uk/COVID19/Pages/Vaccination.aspx 

Please do not contact the practices regarding the Covid boosters as we have no further information available to us at this time and this will only tie up the phone lines preventing other patients from getting through with other medical matters.

 Thank you for your patience, understanding and kindness at this time.

Practice Update - Lockdown Tier 2

Due to the current lockdown conditions we thought it would be best to update everyone on what is happening in the practice.

To keep everyone safe and minimise the footfall within the practice we will need to reduce our routine appointments but will remain open for urgent health issues. We will continue to offer telephone and video consultations and, where it is clinically necessary, you may be asked to attend the practice to be seen face to face.
Screening services such as childhood vaccinations and cervical smears will still be undertaken as per NHS Highland guidelines.
 
If you have an enquiry regarding COVID19 symptoms, Shielding or the COVID19 vaccination then please visit the NHS Inform website or phone the helpline on 0800 030 8013. If you think you have symptoms of COVID19 then you must self-isolate and book a test immediately. Tests can be booked via the website https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by phoning 0300 303 2713.

Covid Testing - Test and Protect

COVID TESTING: You should request a test only if you develop symptoms (fever, new continuous cough, loss of taste or smell) or you have been asked to by Test and Protect.
If you can’t access the site call 0800 028 2816
Please note this number only has access to the same testing slots accessed through https://www.nhsinform.scot/test-and-protect
These slots are released through the day so please check regularly to find a local slot or alternatively book a home test.
NHS 24’s ‘Ask Inform’ chat bot can help with many questions relating to coronavirus and testing too. NHS 24 does not arrange testing or deliver the results.
Stay safe. For more information visit www.nhsinform.scot

Coronavirus

The practice has closed the doors to reduce footfall in the practice. All calls are being triaged by telephone and if necessary patients will then be asked to attend the practice by a GP. If you have a new continuous cough and/or high temperature please stay at home and self-isolate for 10 days. Go to www.nhsinform.scot for advice or contact your GP practice by telephone during daytime hours. On evenings and weekends please contact NHS24 on 111.

We would be grateful if you could order your prescription online, by telephone if no access to internet, or by dropping your prescription in the postbox on the wall at the side of the front doors. Please nominate which chemist you would like to collect your prescription from. Pharmacies may be taking up to 7 days to process repeat prescriptions at the moment so please order 7 days before your medication runs out and only order what you need.

Thanks for everyone's cooperation and understanding.


PRACTICE CLOSURES

FLU VACCINATIONS - LAST CLINIC OF THE YEAR 14TH DEC 2021.

Covid Boosters 

Practice Update - Lockdown Tier 2

Covid Testing - Test and Protect

Coronavirus

PRACTICE CLOSURES

FLU VACCINATIONS - LAST CLINIC OF THE YEAR 14TH DEC 2021.

Covid Boosters 

Practice Update - Lockdown Tier 2

Covid Testing - Test and Protect

Coronavirus

PRACTICE CLOSURES

FLU VACCINATIONS - LAST CLINIC OF THE YEAR 14TH DEC 2021.

Covid Boosters 

Practice Update - Lockdown Tier 2

Covid Testing - Test and Protect

Coronavirus

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