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**COVID-19 - IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR OUR PATIENTS**
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 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. 

 

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 continue to keep you updated and thank you all for your continued support at this challenging time.

* 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, from today (Monday 6/7/2020) 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, please follow the link below:

https://accessibletravel.scot/face-mask-exemption-not-everyone-can-wear-one/

or  https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-2-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/face-coverings/

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. 

UPDATE There have been several changes to public holidays - we are now open as normal for April and May public holidays.

Usually 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 6 April 2020 - Open as normal

Monday 13 April 2020 - Open as normal

Friday 8 May 2020 - Open as normal

Monday 25 May 2020 - Open as normal

Monday 27 July 2020

Monday 5 October 2020

Friday 25 December 2020

Monday 28 December 2020

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. 

DAVIDSONS CHEMIST TRAVEL CLINIC

Davidsons Chemists in Comrie is now offering a Travel Clinic service to patients wishing to travel abroad who need vaccinations and advice.  Please contact Davidsons on 01764 670210 to discuss this, or pop in at 36 Drummond Street, Comrie.  Comrie Medical Centre is still able to offer Typhoid, Cholera, Hep A and DTP vaccinations free of charge if required.

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

Social Prescribing

Perth & Kinross Health and Social Care Partnership is now offering a Social Prescribing service to patients, helping them to gain access to local activities, reducing loneliness and isolation, and encouraging a more healthy lifestyle. This may include signposting to nearby social groups, or discussing ways of changing habits to enable better general wellbeing. If this sounds like something that may interest you, please discuss with your GP, or pick up a leaflet at the Surgery which gives direct details of the local social prescriber, Marisa Carradice.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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 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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