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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

 

Test Results

test_vials2Please telephone the practice after 14:00 Monday to Friday on Option 4. It is the patient’s responsibility to contact the practice for all test results as further tests or appointments may be required. 

Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.

Samples

All samples must be brought in to the surgery by 12:00

 

When Contacting for Results

Please use the information provided below when contacting the surgery for your results.  You should be told which tests you have had done at your appointment.

Please allow the following number of days for your tests to come back before phoning.

 

Microbiology                                           Virology                                          Biochemistry

Urine & MSSU   3 days                    Rubella                  10 days                        CRP                    3 days

Faeces/ FOB     5 days                    Hep B status         10 days                         U & E's                3 days

Sputum             3 days                                                                                  LFT'S                  3 days

Swab                3 days                            Immunology                      Glucose              3 days

HVS                 5 days                      H-pylori                  14 days                     Lipids                 3 days

Chlamydia        3 days                      Autoantibody          14 days                     Thyroid               3 days

                                                      RAST                      14 days                     Hormones           3 days

Able                                           Thyroid Antibodies    14 days                     PSA                    3 days

Urine                1 day                      Coeliac                    14 days                     Calcium              3 days

Swabs              2 days                                                                                   Carbamazepine    5 days

faces                3 days                              Haematology                      Lithium               5 days

                                                         FBC                     3 days                       Phenytoin           5 days

                                                         ESR                     3 days                      INR                    3 days

                                                         Ferritin                  3 days                     OGTT                  3 days

                                                         B12                      3 days                      HbA1C               3 days

                                                         Folate                   3 days

 
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