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Update on Covid Boosters

NHS Highland has produced vaccine updates for each area in north Highland.

Please click on the link below for information on the following areas.
Please see below details of the Covid booster clinics for patients of both Tain practices to be held at the Duthac Centre.
If you are eligible for a COVID booster please wait to be invited by the Health Board before contacting the Hub team on 01463 705531 or nhsh.covidvaccine@nhs.scot 9:30am-4:30pm, Monday to Friday, 10:00 - 14:00 Saturday.
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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.

 

We are still awaiting information from NHS Highland as to how they will provide the Covid boosters for our patients and as soon as we hear will share this information on our Facebook pages and websites.  Patients can also 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.

Vaccination updates

Please see below the statement from NHS Highland regarding Covid vaccinations

NHSH Vaccine Update

The uptake of the COVID vaccine programme in NHS Highland has been excellent and we fully appreciate that many are now keen to get their COVID booster and their flu vaccination.
Between December 2020 and July 2021 we delivered approximately 441,000 COVID vaccination doses. The COVID booster programme, along with an expanded flu programme as well as continuing provide first and/or second doses means we will have to deliver over 500,000 vaccinations between September and December this year. Over 50,000 more than we did in the first eight months of this COVID vaccination programme.
Dr Tim Allison, Director of Public Health for NHS Highland, said: “This next phase, which will see us delivering more vaccinations than we ever have before, will be challenging. Not only do we have a larger number of people requiring vaccination we also have a population that has gone back to work or school and will not find it as easy to attend clinics. The reopening of NHS services also restricts our ability to complete vaccinations across a complex geography as quickly as we aim to.”
“Clinic plans are kept under constant review and all options to increase the amount of qualified staff available to carry out vaccination are being considered.
“Please be assured we are working to vaccinate you as quickly as we can but we would ask for everyone’s patience as we work through our plans.”
Members of the public will be contacted as clinics are arranged in their local area with detail on how they can get their vaccination. If you are still waiting to hear there is no need to contact your GP Practice as we will contact you. A list of clinics is also available on our website and these are updated regularly.
It is important for patients who are eligible for a booster to wait to be invited to clinics, rather than contact the hub about their appointment. Exceptions to this will be communicated on our website.

Flu Clinics 2021

** Flu clinics - Tain & Fearn Area Medical Practice **

 
We have made a change to how we invite patients to our flu clinics this year.
 
The model used for our Covid vaccination clinics was so successful that we have decided to use this for the flu clinics. You will therefore not receive a letter from the practice but instead will receive a phonecall when it is your time to be invited in for your flu vaccination.
 
As per the Covid model we will be contacting patients in the order of the most elderly and vulnerable patients first and working our way down the patient list. We will start with the Over 75 year old patients and then the 65 - 74 year olds, followed by patients classed as clinically At Risk between the ages of 16 and 64 years old (including unpaid carers) and finally the 50 to 65 year old patients.
 
Pre-school children will also be invited by practices.
 
If you are housebound, and unable to attend the health centre for medical reasons, please contact reception and you will be added to the NHS Highland housebound vaccination team list.
 
PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THE PRACTICE TO MAKE APPOINTMENTS FOR THE FLU VACCINATION. This ties up the phone lines for other patients trying to get through for urgent medical issues. You will be contacted by one of the practice team over the next few weeks who will advise you of a date and time and which entrance of the building you need to come to.
 
Please do not attend the Health Centre if you are unwell or have any symptoms of Covid or have been in contact with anyone who has.
 
Thank you.

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.

New Physiotherapy Service

From Wednesday 29th January the way we answer the telephone will be changing.

A new Physiotherapy service will be starting in the practice late January/early February and so that the admin staff can make sure that you are allocated an appointment with the most appropriate Health Care Professional they will ask the patient for a brief indication of their problem at the start of the telephone call as per the Doctor's instructions.

The new Physiotherapy service will be available from Monday to Thursday at selected times and these appointments are only bookable on the day. The Physio can assess, diagnose and treat patients with musculoskeletal conditions of the spine,arms, hands and legs. Please see the attached leaflets for more details of conditions they can treat, how to book an appointment and what will happen at your appointment.

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Flu Clinics 2021

Practice Update - Lockdown Tier 2

Changes to Flu Clinics

Covid Testing - Test and Protect

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New Physiotherapy Service

Update on Covid Boosters

Covid Boosters 

Vaccination updates

Flu Clinics 2021

Practice Update - Lockdown Tier 2

Changes to Flu Clinics

Covid Testing - Test and Protect

Coronavirus

New Physiotherapy Service

Update on Covid Boosters

Covid Boosters 

Vaccination updates

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Changes to Flu Clinics

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New Physiotherapy Service

Update on Covid Boosters

Covid Boosters 

Vaccination updates

Flu Clinics 2021

Practice Update - Lockdown Tier 2

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