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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

 

Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • assess your general state of health
  • confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the Health Care Assistant or Practice Nurse taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken. Children under the age of 12 require a Paediatric Nurse/GP appointment in the morning.

 

Fasting Blood Tests

Are done the same as a normal bloods test but you have to not eat or drink anything other than a sip of water if you are taking medication from 9pm the night before your appointment.

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test

This test is done to check for diabetes which consists of two blood samples being taken 2 hours appart. Like the fasting blood sample test the patient must not eat or drink anything other than a sip of water if you are taking medication from 9pm the night before your appointment. You will be asked to take 2 bottles of 380mls orginal lucozade to the appointment with you and drink it after your first blood sample is taken. You must then wait in the surgery for a further two hours until the second blood sample can be taken.

Oral Glucose Tolerance Test Information

 
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