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NHS MINOR AILMENT SERVICE

If you fall into one of the categories below you are eligible to register for Minor Ailments:

  • Children under 16 (or under 19 if in full-time education);

  • People aged over 60 years of age;

  • Those on certain benefits (eg Income Support);

  • People with a valid medical exemption certificate.

When you are registered for the minor ailments service your pharmacist can give you medicine for a minor illness or complaint, if they think you need it. You will not have to pay for this.

You will be able to get advice and free treatment (if you need it) from your pharmacist for problems such as:

Acne, Athletes Foot, Backache, Cold Sores, Cough, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Earache, Eczema, Allergies, Haemorrhoids (Piles), Hay Fever, Headache, Head Lice, Indigestion, Mouth Ulcers, Pain, Nasal Congestion, Period Pain, Thrush, Sore Throat, Warts, Threadworms, Verrucae.

Your pharmacist, like your doctor, can only give out certain medicines and products. You may not get the medicine or product you would normally buy.

If your pharmacist feels it is better for you to see your GP, they may refer you directly or ask you to make an appointment at your surgery.

Register at any pharmacy.

PHARMACY FIRST 

Pharmacies across Tayside are now able to offer treatment for certain conditions without the need to make a GP appointment.

URINARY TRACT INFECTION (UTI)

Women with uncomplicated UTI can be treated using Trimethoprim (or Nitrofurantoin in Tayside only)

INCLUSION CRITERIA:

Females aged 16 - 65 years presenting with 3 or more of the following symptoms, or if both dysuria and frequency are present.

  • Dysuria (painful urination)
  • Frequency
  • Urgency
  • Polyuria (excessive production of urine)
  • Haematuria (blood in urine)
  • Suprapubic (above pubic bone) tenderness

EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

  • Itch or discharge
  • Symptoms suggestive of upper UTI (rapid onset, fever, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, loin pain/tenderness, systemically unwell)
  • Treated for a UTI in the last month and not on long-term medication for UTIs
  • 2 or more episodes in the last 6 months or 3 or more episodes in the last 12 months
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Diabetic
  • Hypersensitivity to ingredients

TREATMENT OF IMPETIGO

Impetigo can be treated using Fusidic Acid 2% under the following conditions.

INCLUSION CRITERIA:

  • Adults and children aged 2 years or older with minor skin infection limited to a few lesions in one area of the body
  • Rash consists of vesicles that weep and then dry to form yellow-brown crusts
  • Must obtain parental/guardian consent for treating a child under the age of 16 years
  • Patient must be present at consultation

EXCLUSION CRITERIA:

  • Children under the age of 2 years
  • Multiple skin sites, widespread or bullous impetigo
  • Signs of systemic illness
  • Known hypersensitivity to any ingredients of the preparation
  • Had impetigo within the last 3 months
  • Presenting with any underlying skin condition on the same area of the body as impetigo

Contact your local pharmacy for more information.

NEW TEXT REMINDER SERVICE

Comrie Medical Centre is now issuing text reminders for appointments to patients who have registered their mobile phone numbers.  This means that a text reminder will be issued 24 hours prior to an appointment at the Medical Centre.  Please complete one of our forms at Reception to ensure the Practice has your up-to-date mobile phone number, allowing us to provide this useful service. Many thanks.

Action on Hearing

Are you deaf or hard of hearing?  Do you wear a NHS hearing aid?  Come to our free local drop-in to find out about:

  • Fitting new batteries and tubing (we are unable to re-tube OPEN FIT aids).
  • Caring for and getting used to your hearing aids.
  • The different services that can help you.
  • Information on equipment that can help you.
  • On-hand help and support from different services.

Please contact the Information Line on: 0808 808 0123 or visit www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk

There is now a Drop-in Clinic running at Crieff Community Hospital on the 1st Wednesday of every month 1.30pm - 3.30pm

Nuisance Calls

It has come to our attention that a few patients have been contacted by someone advising that they require to purchase a Blood Pressure Monitor at a cost of £99, payable in monthly instalments.

We are not aware of any offer from the NHS from or on behalf of NHS Tayside.

We have also spoken to Trading Standards who advise that this appears to be a 'scam'  Any patient or member of staff coming across any information on this issue should contact Trading Standards on 0345 404056 quoting Case 14680988

 

Collections

Do you have any used postage stamps at home?  We are collecting stamps to raise money for donkey sanctuaries.  Please hand them into Reception or pop into the box in the waiting area. Thank you kindly.

Appointments

May we remind our patients that GP appointments are 10 minutes long. If you have more than one problem or would like a longer discussion then please let us know when making your appointment.

IMPORTANT DATES

The following dates are Public Holidays. The Medical Centre will be open in the morning for pre-booked appointments only and will close at 12.30.  All telephone calls on these dates will be transferred to NHS24:

Monday 28 May

Monday 23 July

Monday 8 October

Tuesday 25 December

Wednesday 26 December

Tuesday 1 January 2019

Wednesday 2 January 2019

If you require urgent attention during this time please dial 111.

The following dates are Protected Learning Time afternoons.  The Medical Centre will be open in the morning only and close at 12.30pm with all phone calls after this time being directed to NHS24. If you require urgent attention during this time please call 111:

Wednesday 22 August

Wednesday 12 September

Wednesday 24 October

Wednesday 21 November

 

 

 

National Support Services

Scottish Recovery Consortium:

0141 226 1662

www.sdrconsortium.org

Scottish Drugs Forum:

0141 221 1175

www.sdf.org.uk

{Naloxone information is available

On this site}

Project Contact Details!

www.plusperth.co.uk : 01738-6262442.

Tulloch Net; covers Tulloch:

richardh@tullochnet.org.uk 01738-562731.

Samaritans: 01738 626666 or 0845 909090.

CATH: 01738 633077

Al-Anon: 0141 339 8884

Local Recovery Groups:

PAST can be contacted by e-mailing

pastgroup1@gmail.com or calling: Tony on 07428297035.

INSPIRAL can be contacted at

inspiralperth@g.mail.com or calling: 01738-626242.

Family Support can e-mail

e.p.i.c.s.1@hotmail.co.uk or calling: 07784912050

 

Challenge Two!

The Ghost of Winter Weather:

Talk with your worker, find out what happens in case of bad weather, to your script, your attendance requirements etc!

Surviving The Challenges!

What can you do to survive this time of year:

Plan out what you have to do over the next few days/week.

Remember there is support out there for you. (please seek support if you need it)

Talk over the challenges with your workers, friends and family.

Survival Helplines!!!

AA: 0845 769 7555

NA: National Helpline: 0300 999 1212

www.ukna.org

National Helplines Organisation:

www.helplines.org.uk (Has the list of all helplines you requires)

Christmas Things!

If you ain’t the Baa Humbug type:

Go out and see the Christmas Lights and attractions.

Go for a walk and look at the shops, you really don’t need to buy anything.

Look out for free events, like Carol Singing.

Check out what is happening at the local churches and community centres.

Go to the Library and stock up on books DVDs things to keep you going.

The Natural Beauty!

Perth & Kinross, is certainly one of the most beautiful area’s of Scotland, wrap up and enjoy the winter scenes.

Make a wee list of things you want to do, check out the Library notice boards for events

Make sure you are aware of transport issues; check with Travel Line on 0871 200 2233 or

www.travelinescotland.com to check any disruptions.

Attending Meetings!

If you are attending AA or NA meetings (or any support meetings), phone the contact person and see if you can share transport with other people. NA now meets in Perth on Friday Evenings.

Plan ahead for the holiday stop dates!

Things to Do!
Families!

You can do things like make your own Christmas cards, like the old Blue Peter style.

Have a film night, invite friends along get a DVD and watch, get a musical and sing-along.

Have a theme round the film "Rocky Horror Show" It’s you party!!!!

Share food get together around a friends house, all bring something or make something to eat! Try baking! You never know.

Families Continued!

Do outings in groups with friends, the movies or a theatre night.

Go for a group walk, or go swimming at the local pool.

Remember talk it over, share ideas, the more fun the better.

Things to do on your own!

Yes you can have a good time on your own! Watch a film that makes you laugh.

Listen to your favourite music.

Pamper yourself with a nice long soak in bath salts.

Relax and don’t get stressed, do things that make you chill.

Eat your favourite food, treat yourself to a selection box.

Make the house look Christmassy, get a wee theme going.

Stay Clean; Stay Sober.

The final ghost you might have to tackle, plan to beat this.

Take a friend who will stay sober and ask them to get you to leave if you are going to drink at a party.

Be in a safe place where people respect you and not encourage you to drink or take drugs.

Take your own soft drinks with you.

You're in Charge This Christmas!

Plan your visit, tell people you have to be away early.

If you feel that someone might be at a party that might upset you or tempt you to drink or take drugs, it really is best to avoid the party

Remember you might have changed, but people at the party might not have

Remember you stay in control.

General Hints

Have enough food in the house and plan for the shops closing.

Have food that can last over a few days, chicken!

Make soup keep it in the fridge this will last a good few days.

Make sure you have your medications as well as stocks of the cold and flu remedies that we all need at this time.

Don’t forget some fruit and veg!

Finally!

We could rant on, but the advice is:

Plan:

Get Key Dates:

Find things to do:

Talk with family and friends:

People care, but look after yourself.

Christmas can be a good time, try and make this so, for yourself.

Be strong, if you have a problem, seek support, visit a support group: NA or AA.

Have yourself a very merry Christmas! One that you are in control of.

Resolutions:

These are personal & individual but can I be so bold as to suggest.

Find out more about Naloxone, you could save a life.

Join the growing Recovery Movement in Perth & Kinross. We are developing a Recovery Forum, get your voice heard.

If you have a Smart Phone get the U-Turn App! It can save a life.

 
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