**COVID-19 - IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR OUR PATIENTS**
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Covid 19 vaccinations will be commencing in waves from January 2021, beginning with those patients over 80, and working down the age groups towards Spring and early Summer. You will be contacted directly when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Please wait until you have been contacted before attempting to make an appointment or turning up at the Practice.
Please see the notice below about the Covid vaccinations taking place at the Medical Centre.
Information about Covid 19 vaccinations at the Practice
For general information about the Coronavirus vaccine and its delivery please visit the NHS Inform site: www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine or call the Helpline on 0800 030 8013. Please visit the above site or call the Helpline if you believe you have missed your invitation for vaccination. Alternatively, please call the local Tayside Vaccination Service on 01382 423108 for help with booking or rearranging a vaccine appointment.
Please do not contact your GP Practice to ask for a Covid vaccination passport or status certificate – they will not be able to provide any standard document. International certification standards have not yet been agreed. The Scottish Government is working to support the re-opening of international travel once it is safe to do so. We are 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, we are developing a technical solution that could allow people to access their Covid vaccination status directly.
LATERAL FLOW TESTING
Everyone in Scotland is now able to request a Covid Test. Asymptomatic patients who are requiring testing should go to NHS Inform at the link below and follow the online instructions to order LFD tests to be delivered to their home. If patients prefer, they can call 119 and request tests in this way.
We have received enquiries from some patients who are unpaid carers looking for a priority Covid 19 vaccine. There is now a self-registration form available on NHS Inform at the link below to register to check eligibility. Patients will then be contacted directly by the NHS to arrange a vaccination appointment.
Comrie Medical Practice is committed to supporting our patients and staff in providing the best possible care. To enable us to do this, we have made the decision as of Monday 16 March 2020 to postpone all non-urgent appointments and services.
If you have developed a continuous cough or a high temperature over 37.8 degrees, or are experiencing breathlessness, or a sudden loss of smell or taste, but are managing these symptoms, we advise you to self-isolate at home for either 7 days (if living alone) or 14 days (if living with others) in line with national guidance. If you are unwell with these symptoms, then please phone the Medical Centre for telephone triage and assessment by a GP.
For general Covid 19/Coronavirus information regarding contact tracing, testing, isolating, or any other queries, please go to the NHS inform website at:
https://www.nhsinform.scot/ and follow the link regarding Test and Protect.
To reduce the footfall into the Medical Centre, we ask only patients with booked appointments to attend. Please order your prescriptions over the phone, online, or post through our letterbox. Any enquiries or requests, please call the Medical Centre instead of attending.
We are trying to keep the number of people entering the Medical Centre to an absolute minimum whilst we are in this phase. The reason for doing this is to minimise the chances of anyone working or attending the practice catching the virus.
Please click on the link below for the latest information regarding GP practices and services during this pandemic:
It is important for all our patients to know that we are very much open for business. If you contact the Practice for an appointment with either the GP or Practice Nurse, you will receive a phone call to determine whether you need to be seen in person, or if your problem could be dealt with on the phone, or by video call.
There is more information regarding Video Consultations on our Clinics & Services tab. If you are offered a video call by the clinician, the link to access at your appointed time is:
We are all living in changed and perhaps worrying times, but as always, we are here for our patients and we very much want our patients to contact us if they have concerns. We will aim to keep you updated throughout each stage of this pandemic.
On Wednesday 31 March 2021, Dr Phil Tipping retired from Comrie Medical Centre after 21 hard-working years. Everyone wishes him all the best in the next chapter of his life. We welcome Dr Clare Cadogan as a permanent partner at Comrie. She will be familiar to many of our patients, as she has been at Comrie on many occasions covering for annual leave.
* NEW EMAIL ADDRESSES FOR COMRIE MEDICAL CENTRE*
We would like to inform patients that our 2 contact email addresses have changed.
To contact the Medical Centre with a general query, the new email address is: email@example.com
To contact the Medical Centre with a repeat prescription request, the new email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Face coverings became mandatory in Scotland on public transport on 22/6/2020, and from 10/7/2020, the use of face coverings has also become mandatory in shops. We would request that any patients attending for appointments at the Practice wear a face covering. In keeping with guidance issued to practices across Tayside, Comrie Medical Centre will not be providing letters of exemption to patients who feel they cannot tolerate wearing a face covering.
For further advice and information regarding exemptions, please follow the link below:
or view the up-to-date information from the Scottish Government below
Face Covering Exemption Cards
FIRST CONTACT PHYSIO
Comrie Medical Centre is now able to offer patients consultations directly with a physiotherapist to discuss specific muscular and joint issues. Please see the Clinics & Services tab above for more information, or ask one of our Reception Team.
The following dates are Public Holidays.
On public holidays we are only open for pre booked appointments in the morning - All telephone calls on these dates will be transferred to NHS24:
Monday 5 April 2021
Monday 12 April 2021
Monday 3 May 2021
Monday 31 May 2021
Monday 26 July 2021
Monday 11 October 2021
Monday 27 December 2021
Tuesday 28 December 2021
Monday 3 January 2022
Tuesday 4 January 2022
If you require urgent attention during this time please dial 111.
NHS PHARMACY FIRST SCOTLAND
Pharmacies across Scotland are now able to offer treatment for certain conditions without the need to make a GP appointment. If you have a minor illness, a pharmacy is the first place you should go for advice. You do not usually need an appointment, and you can go to any pharmacy. Your pharmacist can give you advice for a minor illness, and medicine if they think you need it. You can use NHS Pharmacy First Scotland if you are registered with a GP practice in Scotland or you live in Scotland.
More information about the range of conditions that can be treated by NHS Pharmacy First Scotland can be found at www.gov.scot and www.nhsinform.scot , or alternatively, speak with your local pharmacist.
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