CORONAVIRUS - (COVID-19)
Please DO NOT come to the surgery or attend hospital if you think you have any of the related symptoms. Always TELEPHONE the surgery or call NHS24 on 111 for advice first.
Coronavirus starts with a high temperature or fever, dry cough and is followed by shortness of breath. More information about the virus is available on the NHS Inform website: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19
Click here to access the NHS Inform self-help guide to find out what to do next if you have developed any of these symptoms.
You can reduce your risk of getting and spreading the virus by:
- Avoiding direct hand contact with your eyes, nose and mouth
- Maintaining good hand hygiene – washing hands with soap and water or alcohol sanitiser after coughing or sneezing, after going to the toilet and before eating and drinking
- Avoiding direct contact with people who have a respiratory illness and avoid using their personal items such as their mobile phone
- Covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing with disposable tissues and disposing of them in the nearest waste bin after use.
Please do not call the surgery if you have a general query regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. Instead please look on the NHS Inform website or use the helpline 0800 030 8013, this is available from 8am - 8pm 7 days a week. The first group to receive their vaccine will be the over 80's. Patients will be called to offer an appointment. Please bear with us as there is a large number of patients that have to be called.
The vaccine is due to roll out to the general public and is based on age and underlying health conditions. Please avoid calling surgery with any queries about when you will be vaccinated as we are unable to provide any more information at this stage and we need to ensure we keep the phone lines free for patients that are unwell and in need of medical care.
Flu is serious. With coronavirus (COVID-19) around it's more important than ever to get the flu vaccine this autumn to protect yourself, others and the NHS.
Vaccination for the different groups will begin as soon as the necesary supply of vaccine becomes available. Those most at risk will be prioritised. If you receive a letter inviting you to get the flu vaccine please follow the instructions.
Changes to the flu vaccination this year
This year you may notice you're invited to a new location to recieve your flu vaccination or the health professional giving your immunisation has changed. Over 65's will NOT recieve the vaccine at their GP practice, all patients over the age of 65 will be sent a letter from the health board with a designated time/date and location to recieve this. If the date/time on the letter does not suit then please follow the guidance on this to rearrange. DO NOT PHONE THE GP PRACTICE, the staff at the surgery are not aware of the appointment date/times.
Please check NHS inform (link below) for all details regarding the flu vaccine this year.
Unpaid carers and young carers are also eligible for the free flu vaccination. Unpaid carers provide help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour, who couldn't manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability. A young carer is an under-18 providing support which would normally be undertaken by an adult. Follow the link above to find out how/where and if you are eligible for the vaccine.
Direct Line Launched for Antenatal Appointments
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde has launched a new central booking line. Telephone No 0141 232 4005 to streamline antenatal appointments.
When women make a call they will be given an appointment with a named midwife and scan slot. A request will then be made to the patient's GP with details of the two appointments asking for the information to be provided in advance of the booking appointment. As far as possible women will be offered appointments close to the GP and their local hospital to ensure improved continuity of care.
Smokefree Service / Smoking Cessation
The smokefree service is now called "Quit Your Way". If you would like to stop smoking or are unsure of stopping smoking come and speak to our Specialist Stop Smoking advisors and get friendly advice, information and support to stop smoking. Please find the venues at; www.nhsggc.ork.uk/quityourway or contact the "Quit Your Way" team on 0800 916 8858.
If you are under 18 and would like support and/or information for stopping smoking, please contact "Quit Your Way" Young people service on 07919990010.
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The Breast Screening Programme
All eligible women age 50 – 70 registered with this practice will shortly be invited for breast screening (mammogram).
You will receive your appointment letter through the post inviting you to a Mobile Unit situated in the grounds of, Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre, Woodhead Park, Kirkintilloch.
If the appointment is unsuitable, please call the centre to rearrange it.
Women 71 and over can request an appointment by contacting the Breast Screening Centre:
0141 800 8800 or Text phone 0141 800 8858
Breast screening every 3 years is the best way to detect breast cancer early when treatment is most likely to be effective.
For further information visit the website: Screening Scotland NHS inform