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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

 

 

 

Pharmacists

Mr Kenny Halliday
He works here one day a week and helps us with all sorts of matters relating to prescribing.

Community Midwives

Community midwives attend ladies at home or in clinics and run classes for antenatal and post-natal care. They act as a link between the hospital midwifery service and our practice. They are available on Fridays by appointment.

If you wish to contact a midwife about any problems please use the following numbers:

For URGENT matters please telephone 01738 473425. This is staffed 24 hours a day and is the labour ward main line at Perth Royal Infirmary.

For NON-URGENT matters please telephone 01738 473406 and leave a message. This is an answering machine and the midwife will call you back.

If your baby has a FEEDING problem please telephone 01738 473436 and leave a message. This is staffed 24 hours a day by the Red Team postnatal ward at Perth Royal Infirmary.

Community Nurses

These Community Nurses provide nursing care to those patients at home who are housebound and unable to attend the surgery. They are very experienced and give nursing advice to the Doctors and patients. You can contact them directly by telephoning the Medical Centre on Comrie 670283

What they do; The District Nurse is a specialist in homecare nursing who works with your Doctor and other services in order to provide the most effective high standard of care for patients. The following are examples of the types of care District Nurses provide:

  • Assessment of health needs and promotion of independence
  • Wound assessment and care
  • Leg ulcer management
  • Symptom management
  • Palliative and end of life care
  • Prescribe & administer medications & treatments where appropriate
  • Post operative care
  • Health Promotion/advice
  • Continence advice
  • General support and advice regarding other services
  • Referral to other services

Am I housebound?

Please remember that the District Nursing service is first and foremost a service for people who are housebound. You are not housebound if you are able to leave your home with minimal assistance e.g. assisted/unassisted visits to the doctor, dentist, hairdresser, supermarket. There are some circumstances in which it may be more appropriate for you to receive care in your own home. The District Nurse will be able to discuss this with you.

Mrs Paula Moor
RN BA (Nursing Studies)
Mrs Hilary Burnett

Health Visitors

Karen Aitken
The members of the Health Visiting team are registered nurses who have extra training in public health and family health with particular emphasis on child development. They see all new babies at home once discharged from the midwife and maintain regular contact until school age and beyond. Their direct telephone number is 01764 655535.

Attached Staff

Physiotherapy

The Physiotherapy department based in Crieff works on an appointment system.  You can now fill out a self-referral form without coming to see your GP.  Once you have filled out the paperwork we will pass it onto Physiotherapy and they will send you an appointment in the post.

Podiatrist/Foot Care

Another service we are able to offer within Comrie Medical Centre is that of the Podiatrist once a week. Patient appointments are made direct through the Podiatry department in Perth Royal Infirmary.  We have self referral forms for this service too.  Please ask at Reception if you would like a copy.

Community Psychiatric Nurses(CPN)

Provide specialist advice to patients in their own homes. They can be contacted at the Kings Centre in Crieff on 657120.

 
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