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******Coronavirus Update******

If you have any worries about money during this uncertain time please have a look at the leaflet below.

Coronavirus Money Worries

This country is facing a health emergency the likes of which we have not seen for over 100 years. One in three Coronavirus tests is now positive.

WE ARE ENTERING THE ACCELERATED PHASE OF THIS INFECTION

If you are in one of the at risk groups and you should now be socially isolating.

There is Coronavirus in the local area, people are being admitted to hospital with it and at least one person from Elgin is in the specialist infection unit in Aberdeen.

Coronavirus is highly infectious; it can be spread by droplet and mist inhalation. This means you can pick it up by simply talking to someone.

***THE 6 FOOT RULE IS A MINIMUM***

There is a very good self help guide for Coronavirus available on the NHSinform website please read this now, even if you are well:                   

https://www.nhsinform.scot

Coronavirus is highly infectious, there is no cure and unless its progress is halted it will overwhelm the NHS.

In order to protect the most vulnerable in our community we are all responsible for maintaining social distance.

***********Coronavirus or Covid-19 Information***********

Should I be going to hospital if I feel unwell? Not without prior assessment - please follow the simple guide:

As always - if you have critical medical emergency, call 999.

If it's not an emergency;

1. If you have mild symptoms or are looking for information then please visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus - if you can't find the answer all the special helpline on 0800 028 2816.

2. If you have Covid-19 symptoms and feel you cannot manage home - call NHS 24 on 111.

3. For all other non-Covid-19 health matter - call your own GP practice.

************ Isolation Note************

Please use the below service if you have been told to stay at home because of Coronavirus/Covid-19 and you need a note for your employer.

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note

*********Other Coronavirus Information*********

This country is facing a public health emergency. The impact of Coronavirus is becoming greater everyday. As a practice we will be doing our utmost to protect our patients and staff. To this end we have today taken the very difficult decision to close the surgery front door and all access will be mediated through an enhanced telephone triage service.

The practice phone number is 0345 337 99 88

The length of time that the triage service works in the morning and afternoon has been extended to 8.30 to 9.30 and 1.30 to 2.30. As long as we have the staff available the access to same day telephone advice will be enhanced. 

There is a very good self help guide for Coronavirus available on the NHSinform website and I would encourage everyone to read this now even if you are well:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

The situation is moving forward rapidly and we will endeavour to post an update frequently on our facebook page and website.

We fully appreciate that many of you are acutely concerned by the present situation please be assured that we will support you with advice and if necessary consultation at this time. 

************SHINGLES VACCINE***********

Please following the link to find out about the Shingles Vaccine which is now available http://www.nhsinform.scot/shinglesvaccine

**************FLU CLINIC****************

Commencing October 2019

Patients eligible for a flu vaccination are encouraged to book a flu clinic appointment to help protect themselves and others.

GP Appointments

Patients are advised to telephone at the duty team times (8.30 - 9am & 1.30 - 2pm) to speak with our duty team for all GP appointments.

To maximise our valuable and limited resources, it is essential that patients cancel any appointments (doctor/nurse) that they no longer require or are unable to attend

 

ECS - Emergency Care Summary

Emergency Care Summary (ECS/KIS)

This is a new way of sharing information about your health which might be important if you need urgent medical care when your GP surgery is closed.

Your emergency care summary contains the following Information:

  • Name, Date of Birth, identifying number (called a CHI number) and the name of your GP
  • Any medicines which your GP has prescribed
  • Any medicines you are allergic to or react badly to

The information in your emergency care summary comes from your GP’s computer system and is stored centrally.

Who can look at my emergency care summary?

NHS staff can look at your ECS if they need to treat you when your GP surgery is closed. They will ask if you agree to this before they look at your information

The following staff will be able to look at your ECS:

  • Doctors, nurses and receptionist in Out-Of-Hours medical centres
  • Staff at NHS 24
  • Staff in hospital Accident & Emergency departments
  •  ambulance control and ambulance crews.

In an emergency and if you are unconscious, staff may look at your ECS without your agreement. This will let them give you the best possible care.

Whenever NHS staff look at your ECS, a record will be kept so that we can always check who has looked at your information.

What is a Key Information Summary (KIS)?

Key Information Summary (KIS) has been designed to support patients who have complex care needs or long term conditions.

KIS allows important patient information to be shared with health care professionals in unscheduled care in the NHS 24, A&E, Scottish Ambulance Service , out of hours, hospital and pharmacy environments.

Your KIS might contain information about:

  • future care plans
  • medications
  • allergies
  • diagnoses
  • your wishes
  • carer and next of kin details.

 

What if I don’t want people to see my emergency care summary?
  • You will be asked if staff can look at your ECS each time you need medical care when your GP surgery is closed.
  • Remember that you don’t have to agree to this.
  • You have the right to say that you don’t want an ECS - Contact your GP surgery to arrange this.
How to find out more



 
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