Coronavirus (COVID-19)- General Information

GENERAL ADVICE

For the most up to date guidance on Coronavirus visit www.nhsinform.scot  Guidance on when you can expect to receive your vaccination is on a separate tab- COVID 19 Vaccination Guidance. 

Any patient with queries concerning COVID-19 or who believes they have symptoms should call 111 so they can receive advice or be referred to an assessment centre if required.  If you are looking for general advice, the nhsinform website is very comprehensive and will likely answer your query.

Anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild should self-isolate for 10 days and arrange to have a test.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • Loss of or change in sense of taste and smell

You should not attend the surgery if you have symptoms.  Instead visit www.nhsinform.scot and undertake the self assessment questionnaire and follow the guidance given. If you remain concerned or have queries call 111 for advice.

If symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 10 days then people are advised to phone 111.  Stay at home advice for people who have symptoms and are self-isolating can be found on NHS Inform.

If you are self isolating for 10 days and need a sick line for your employer these can be downloaded from the NHS inform website.  https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note

All patients can reduce their risk of infection by maintaining good hygiene practices.  Wash your hands with soap and water regularly and avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.

Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with disposable tissues and dispose of tissues immediately after use into the nearest bin.

Maintain social distancing and use hand sanitisers regularly.

CONSULTING A GP: IF YOU FEEL UNWELL WITH NON COVID SYMPTOMS

If you are unwell you should seek advice from a GP and not delay in contacting the surgery. 

We have a mix of telephone and face-to-face appointments.  The default consultation is by telephone.  You will be invited to attend the practice if the clinicians feel it is necessary.  We are still required to maintain social distancing within our waiting room so we have restrictions on how many we can have within the building, an issue which is further complicated as we share a waiting room with the next door practice.   Patients should not be attending the Practice unless they have spoken to a GP or Practice Nurse first. 

When you call one of our reception team will ask you what your symptoms are.  This is under instruction of the GP's so they can prioritise calls so please answer any questions asked of you.  You will be allocated a time slot to receive a callback from one of our GP's. It is important that you are available to take the call when the clinician calls you.  We are experiencing a high number of missed calls.  Please be aware that the GP will only try to call you twice and if the calls are missed you will be required to re-book your appointment. 

If the GP feesl you should be seen,  you will be invited to attend the surgery.  Patients are asked to wear a face covering (unless exempt) and observe social distancing.  Where possible patients should attend alone and arrive on time for their appointment (not early) so that we can control numbers within the waiting room.  Nobody with COVID symptoms is invited to attend the surgery.  All clinicians are wearing PPE during consultations.   

PROTECT SCOTLAND APP

The Protect Scotland App can now be downloaded for free from Google Playstore or Apple App store.  

It is designed to help people protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns.

The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous.

PRESCRIPTIONS

There is a mail box on the external wall by the front door for prescription requests.  Please use this box rather than entering the surgery to drop off your prescription.  All scripts will now be collected from a pharmacy rather than the surgery. 

There has been a sharp increase in demand for prescriptions which means that pharmacies are taking longer to process them. Please order your drugs at least 7 days in advance to ensure you get them in time.  Further guidance on how you can support your local pharmacy can be found here.

We will not process prescription requests for increased quantities of drugs or for inhalers if they are not normally issued to you in order to prevent a shortage on vital medications.

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT

If you have increased anxiety or are struggling during a period of isolation there are a number of organisations who can provide support:

Support in Mind Scotland

https://www.supportinmindscotland.org.uk/Listing/Category/coronavirus-support-guidance

The Mental Health Foundation:

 https://mentalhealth.org.uk/coronavirus

NHS:

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips/  

Mikeys Line: (Inverness based charity)

https://www.mikeysline.co.uk/welcome-to-mikeysline/

Combat Stress:  Veteran Mental Health Charity

https://www.combatstress.org.uk/self-care-during-covid-19



 
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