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Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccination Passports UPDATED 16 APRIL 2021

Please do not contact the Practice to ask for a Covid vaccination passport or status certificate as we are unable to provide any standard document. International certification standards have not yet been agreed. The Scottish Government is working with the other UK Nations and with the World Health Organisation to agree on potential future COVID certification requirements for international travel. As part of this, they are developing a technical solution that could allow people to access their COVID vaccination status directly.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine Side Effects UPDATED 14 APRIL 2021

NHS Inform have a dedicated web page with latest information about vaccine side effects and any change in use of the Astra Zeneca vaccine.

https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccinesideeffects

Patients can self-report suspected side effects from their Covid vaccine online at the MHRA "Yellow-card" website:

https://coronavirus-yellowcard.mhra.gov.uk/

Coronavirus COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics UPDATED 14 APRIL 2021

We have received a further delivery of vaccine and can now announce the date of our next clinic which will be for 2nd doses for patients who received their 1st dose of Astra Zeneca vaccine before 19 February 2021. We will also invite further patients for their 1st dose in cohort #9 calling patients aged 50-54 years.

Date: Tuesday 27 April
Time: Appointments start from 09:00
Place: Gairloch Community Centre

We will contact eligible patients in turn to make an appointment. Please do not call us as we need to invite patients in line with the national age based cohorts.

Clinic details

If you have a general question relating to COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine or call the Scottish COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on

0800 030 8013 (available 8am–8pm 7 days a week).

Coronavirus COVID-19 use of face coverings UPDATED 20 JANUARY

Please wear a face covering if visiting the surgery. Unlike when visiting a shop or using public transport it is not mandatory to wear a face covering but if you do so it will help us all reduce the risk of further infection. Please use your own preferred method of covering your mouth and nose that is made of cloth or other textiles and through which you can breathe. Patients who cannot wear a face covering are requested to make us aware of this before attending the surgery so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

For more details on face coverings, including exemptions and other guidance see the SG website: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-use-of-face-coverings/

Patients who develop any Covid symptoms (persistent cough, fever, loss of sense of taste or smell) should NOT attend the surgery. In this case follow the national guidance on self-isolation and testing. Contact the surgery by telephone to rearrange your appointment.

Coronavirus COVID-19 patient testing UPDATED 03 MARCH

Home testing kits can now be accessed from the Gairloch Fire Station. Patients who wish to use this new local service need to phone NHS Highland on 01463 706015 to arrange a time to collect a test kit. The facility is open Mon - Fri between the hours of 1800-1900. Tests can be self administered overnight and then returned via a priority post box in Poolewe. Full details of how this new test service works will be provided by phoning this number.

Testing for virus infection is available in Scotland for health & social care key workers and for anyone with symptoms. Please do not call the GP Practice to request testing. There are government testing portals and the NHS Inform website has an online guide that patients should complete to find out whether you qualify as a key worker or under other rules.

The NHS Inform guide can be found at www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-covid-19-testing or follow the coronavirus link from the NHS Inform front page. Tests can also be booked by calling 0800 028 2816. Do not call NHS24 111 to book at test.

Video consultations can be requested

We have the technology! If patients have a smart device connected to the internet with a camera (smartphone, iPad, laptop, PC + webcam, etc.) then we can offer a video consultation with clinicians. Clearly there will be circumstances when this is not appropriate, for example a blood test, but often video can offer a richer experience than a telephone call.

Please feel free to request a video consultation when booking your appointment. We can also offer an option to include more than one participant in the video consultation such as a relative who is living elsewhere. Practice link for video consultations: https://nhsattend.vc/gpnearme/aultbea-gairloch

Coronavirus COVID-19 how to order repeat medication

Our Vision Online Services repeat medication ordering is available. This service allows patients to login to a secure website and select your own repeat medication to order from what is available to you. The system will tell you if a request is in progress and allows the exchange of simple messages such as requesting additional medication that is not on your repeats list.

To sign up for online services you will need an email address and access to the internet. The email address must be specific to one person and not shared. To sign up telephone your local surgery and be prepared to confirm your identity over the phone and we will help you get set up for the service.

Patients can also request repeat medication either by calling their local surgery when we are open and choosing option 2 or by calling our dedicated phonelines on 712358 (Gairloch) or 731599 (Aultbea) at any time.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Shielding highest risk patients UPDATED 24 MARCH

Certain patients at very high risk of both catching the virus and of a severe illness if they do so have been sent a letter by the Scottish Government (SG).

A further SG letter has been sent to Shielding patients with information about forthcoming changes to national Protection Levels planned for the end of April.

Coronavirus COVID-19 Medication deliveries UPDATED 11 JANUARY

Gairloch Pharmacy has announced that their service, including volunteer based deliveries to patients who are unable to make alternative arrangements, remains unchanged.

Pharmacy update

Coronavirus COVID-19 websites UPDATED 15 MARCH 2021

NHS Inform - self isolation and self care advice for Scotland www.nhsinform.scot

Health Protection Scotland - more detailed guidance and evidence www.hps.scot.nhs.uk

UK Govt - guidance for households self isolating https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance

NHS UK - get an isolation note for your employer https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note 

UK Govt - guidance for employees and employers UK Govt advice

Scottish Government collected Covid-19 guidance SG Covid-19 guidance

Scottish Govt information about volunteering Ready Scotland

Highland Council support for high risk Shielding patients www.highland.gov.uk/shielding.

GP Near Me link for patients to access the video consultation service (needs either Chrome or Safari browser)

https://nhsattend.vc/gpnearme/aultbea-gairloch

All questions relating to COVID-19 vaccinations www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine

Register as an unpaid carer to receive the Covid vaccination in cohort #6 https://register.vacs.nhs.scot/

Tick bites and lyme disease

Ticks are small, spider-like creatures which feed on the blood of animals and humans. Some of them carry Lyme disease which is an infectious disease which can be treated with antibiotics if detected early. However the best way of protecting against Lyme disease is to prevent tick bites or if bitten to remove the tick safely from the skin as soon as possible.

The practice has a number of resources available to help patients deal with tick bites and for advice when concerned, including translated versions in French and German. They can be found on our Tick Bites webpage following the Tick bites link under Further Information.

Our practice patient information leaflet has been updated with the latest guidance:

Tick bites patient leaflet

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