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**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.

Vaccine Passports

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.

https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests

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.


https://www.nhsinform.scot/carersregister

 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:

 https://www.nhsinform.scot/communityhealth

 

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:

https://nhsattend.vc/comriemc

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: tay.comrie@nhs.scot

To contact the Medical Centre with a repeat prescription request, the new email address is: tay.comrieprescriptions@nhs.scot

FACE COVERINGS

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:

www.exempt.scot

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.

IMPORTANT DATES

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pharmacists

Ms Tracey Kime-Warren

She 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 NEW BOOKERS please telephone 01738 473494.

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)

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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