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FLU IMMUNISATIONS

As you are aware the practice will not be carrying out you flu immunisations this year. Please do not call the practice to make flu appointments

Flu Call Centre –  0345 337 9899,    Email – Gram.flu-info@nhs.scot

Changes to flu vaccination programme across Grampian as Winter 2020 campaign gets underway

The way the flu vaccination is delivered in Grampian is set for significant change this year, as the location for immunisation shifts from GP practices to dedicated clinics.

In 2017, the Scottish Government and the Scottish General Practitioners Committee (SGPC) agreed vaccinations would move away from a model based on GP delivery to one based on NHS Board delivery through dedicated teams.

Dr Simon Hilton, Immunisation Co-ordinator for NHS Grampian said: “The biggest change will be that individuals who previously got their free flu vaccination from their GP will now be invited to attend a local vaccination clinic instead.

This also comes at a time where we anticipate the number of flu vaccinations to increase significantly, with additional groups being offered immunisation due to COVID-19.

Clinics will be set up in a number of locations across Grampian within secondary schools and community spaces such as sports halls, churches and any other large venues that can allow for social distancing. Measures will be put in place to ensure health and safety is priority.”

The following groups will be offered the flu vaccine, free of charge:

* Children aged 2-5
* School children in Primary 1-7
* Pregnant women
* Health Care workers
* Social care workers who provide direct care
* Unpaid carers
* 55-64 year olds
* Those over 65
* Anyone with an underlying medical condition such as asthma, COPD or diabetes
* Anyone who lives with someone who is in the shielding category

Dr Hilton added: “We always give very strong encouragement to people in those groups to come forward and get their flu vaccine. We are now living with a global pandemic, making it even more important that people in the at-risk groups are immunised. Flu adapts and changes constantly. It is not just a bad cold; it is a virus which can make people seriously ill and, unfortunately, claims lives every winter.”

Vaccinations will commence across Grampian from the end of September and the practical arrangements for delivering the vaccine are as follows:

* Pregnant women will be advised by their community midwife;
* Children aged 2-5, those over 65, and anyone with an underlying medical condition will be invited to attend a local clinic at a set date and time. That invitation will come to your home address in the next few weeks;
* School children in Primary 1-7; parents will be sent information and a consent form, and children will be vaccinated at school;
* Health & social care staff will be advised by their employers;
* If you are aged 55 – 64, you will receive an appointment letter in December.

If you are an unpaid carer, or you live with someone who was advised to shield as a result of COVID-19, and you wouldn’t normally get the flu jab, then you can contact the NHS Grampian flu helpline to arrange an appointment.

If you're aged 16 years or older, and not in one of the eligible groups, you can get the vaccine in many high street pharmacies for a small fee.

To find if you are eligible or how to get your flu vaccine visit www.NHSinform.scot or call NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre 01224 555999.

 


ADDICTION

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If you have an addiction, you're not alone. According to the charity Action on Addiction, one in three of us are addicted to something.  

There are many addictions, smoking, alcohol, drugs, gambling, video games and the internet. There are local services that both you or your family can access for help and support.

Smoking

NHS Grampian Smoking Advice Service - Community Pharmacy Scheme

The majority (91%) of local pharmacies (chemists) in Moray can offer brief one-to-one advice on stopping smoking. Advice on all aspects of smoking cessation and Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is provided. The majority of participating pharmacies offer this service on a drop-in basis

 

Alcohol

Quarriers Arrows Service provides drug and alcohol support in Moray

Who is the service for?
Arrows is a service for anyone worried about alcohol and drug use, whether their own or a loved one’s. Substance use problems can develop over time, and it is important for individuals to recognise where drugs or alcohol are having an impact on their wellbeing, relationships or lifestyle. Support is available to anyone with any concerns, no matter how small, about drinking, drugs or legal highs.
At times it’s the friends, family or other people around an individual who may recognise their drug or alcohol issue first. Arrows can support friends and family to understand and discuss problematic substance use with their loved ones.

23 High Street
Elgin
Moray
IV30 1EE

Tel: 01343 610 500
Text: 07812 228547

Alcoholics Anonymous Great Britain

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism

0800 9177 650
 CLICK THIS LINK FOR A.A MEETINGS IN THE MORAY AREA A.A Meetings in Moray.docx 
help@aamail.org

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. For some of our members, the wounds still run deep, even if their loved one may no longer be a part of their lives or have died.

Helpline 020 7403 0888-  From here you will be directed to the local group

DRUGS

Quarriers Arrows Service provides drug and alcohol support in Moray

Who is the service for?
Arrows is a service for anyone worried about alcohol and drug use, whether their own or a loved one’s. Substance use problems can develop over time, and it is important for individuals to recognise where drugs or alcohol are having an impact on their wellbeing, relationships or lifestyle. Support is available to anyone with any concerns, no matter how small, about drinking, drugs or legal highs.
At times it’s the friends, family or other people around an individual who may recognise their drug or alcohol issue first. Arrows can support friends and family to understand and discuss problematic substance use with their loved ones.

23 High Street
Elgin
Moray
IV30 1EE

Tel: 01343 610 500
Text: 07812 228547

GAMBLING

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS SCOTLAND

 Gamblers Anonymous Scottish a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from a gambling problems.

GAMBLERS ANONYMOUS WEBSITE

Elgin
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Moray College, Moray Street, Elgin, Moray IV30 1JJ, United Kingdom View Map / Directions

Description:

Gamblers Anonymous Meeting - New Members Welcome
Side entrance right beside the room, seperate from the main reception entrance)



 
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