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FLU CLINIC

The annual Flu Clinic will be held on Saturday 7 October 2017 from 9.00 am onwards at Comrie Medical Centre.

Please phone 670217 to book your appointment.

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.

 

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

Nuisance Calls

It has come to our attention that some patients in Tayside have recently received telephone calls from an unknown source querying the medication they are currently prescribed.  The patients are informed that if they do not share this information with the caller, their medication will cease.

Please be assured that NHS Tayside will never ask you for such information and your medication will not be stopped.

If you have any suspicions around a phone call you have received please contact us directly so we can notify NHS Tayside, as they may be able to establish a pattern, and we would also suggest that you report this to the Police.

Thank you.

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

Monday 9 October is a Public Holiday.

We will be open until 12.30 for pre-booked appointments only, with ALL calls being redirected to NHS 24.

 If you require urgent medical attention on this date please contact NHS 24 on 111

Thank you

Bowel Screening Awareness

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Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland after lung and breast cancer.  Every year, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease.  95% of new cases occur in people over the age of 50.  Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death for men and third for women with 1600 people dying of the disease in Scotland each year. 

All eligible patients will be sent a bowel testing kit (see image above) by post to their home address with clear instructions on how to take the samples.  If you have changed your address please contact the Medical Centre and we will update your medical records accordingly.

Once you have completed all the steps the kit should be returned in the envelope provided to the Screening Centre who will carry out the tests and then will send you the results within two weeks.  A copy of the results will also be sent to your GP.

People are almost 50 per cent more likely to survive bowel cancer compared to 30 years ago, according to recent figures. The statistics, from ISD Scotland, have been revealed to coincide with the launch of the Scottish Government’s groundbreaking bowel cancer campaign. They show that the five year survival rate for bowel cancer increased from 38 per cent between 1983 to 1987, to 55 per cent between 2003 and 2007.

From April 2014, the bowel screening programme will be extended, and those over the age of 74 will be able to self-refer every two years. Currently, men and women aged 50-74 are invited to participate in screening every two years.

For further information please see:

 

Bowel screening is a test for people with no symptoms.  If you have any of the following signs or symptoms:

  • change in bowel habit for more than 3 weeks,
  • blood in your poo,
  • unexplained weight loss,
  • abdominal pain

you should make an appointment with your GP.  You should also see you GP if you have had a negative screening test but have any of the above mentioned symptoms.  Do not wait for your next test.

 



 
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