The winter flu immunisation programme is no longer being organised and implemented by the Maryhill Practice.
A national decision was made to remove responsibility for the delivery of the flu campaign from all General Practices and for Health Boards and local Health & Social Care Partnerships to conduct the winter immunisation programme.
Regretfully there have been significant problems in the administration and delivery of this programme with delays in patient’s receiving notification of where and when their appointments were scheduled.
Also the appointment letters issued by NHS Grampian have a telephone number and email address which patients can use to reschedule appointments. A large number of patients have fed back to the practice that these methods of communication are not working very well and are clearly overloaded.
These problems in the conduct of the flu programme are deeply disappointing and frustrating both for patients and for the Practice which has no responsibility for or influence on the implementation of the programme.
Patients are phoning the Practice on a daily basis expressing disappointment, frustration and anger.
This is understandable but also it is important to understand that the Practice cannot influence a process which has been removed from our responsibility.
If you are communicating with the Practice we would ask that patients are courteous and reasonable to our reception staff who are unable to rearrange appointments or answer specific queries about the flu vaccination delivery programme.
Dr Graham Taylor (On behalf of the Maryhill Practice)
Flu Call Centre – 01224 555999
Email – Gram.firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
As you are aware, the wearing of face coverings becomes compulsory from Friday 10th July ,when in shops and in various other settings. We have been contacted by patients asking for a note to exempt them from this legislation. Unfortunately we can’t provide this. The links below provide advice from both the government and asthma UK, who also have provided a downloadable info graphic to explain why you might not be able to wear a face covering.
All Scots advised to take vitamin D says new health guidance
In Scotland, we only get enough of the right kind of sunlight for our bodies to make vitamin D in this way during roughly half the year (April to September), mostly between 11 am and 3 pm. This means some people are unlikely to get enough vitamin D from sunlight.
Scots should consider taking vitamin D supplements all-year round, but particularly in autumn and winter, according to new health advice.
The vitamin is crucial for the production of healthy bones and low levels can lead to rickets in children.
Topping up vitamin D levels could also help prevent multiple sclerosis which is particularly common in Scotland.
The government commissioned report recommends everyone age 5 years and above should consider taking a daily supplement of 10 micrograms vitamin D, particularly during the winter months (October – March).
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We are committed to providing best practice and high quality medical care to our registered patients. Ear syringing is no longer considered to be the first line treatment for the clearing of ear wax and it is not a funded service within the NHS for General Practice.
Current guidelines are that ear drops should be used to soften the wax which will then enable the natural movement of the wax from the ear. We also suggest the use of ear wax removal systems such as the Otex wax removal systems. See the link below.
This should be available from any pharmacy. The link provides help and information on use.
If this is not working we can offer syringing as a last resort
Breast cancer: Menopausal hormone therapy risks 'bigger than thought'
As you might be aware, there has been information regarding HRT highlighted by social media and in the national news. The information below may help you understand the risks and benefits taking these medications.
Attend Anywhere Video Consultations
Where appropriate, you can have a consultation online via a video call. Video calling is as convenient as a phone call, with the added value of face-to-face communication. It can save you time and money, and brings your care closer to home/
Full user information can be found here Attend Anywhere
CLICK THE ATTEND ANYWHERE LOGO TO ENTER THE WAITING ROOM
Only do this if you have been given a video consultation appointment by a clinician.
Gardening is good for you!
Did you know your doctor can now prescribe you gardening.
REAP are building and cultivating a new therapeutic organic food garden at Maryhill Medical Centre in Elgin. Gardening sessions with a variety of tasks take place twice a week. Patients can get a referral form from staff at the Medical Centre. If you’re not a patient at Maryhill, you can email the Grow Elgin Project Manager Alasdair Taylor at email@example.com and ask for joining instructions. The first session was 28th August 2017 and activities continue every week – do come join us!
If you would like to be referred to the REAP therapeutic garden. please fill out the form bellow and hand it into the practice.
REAP REFERRAL FORM
From May 2017 we will improve the way we use information from GP patient records. These changes will help to plan and improve health and care services in Scotland.
MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE
Chronic Medication Service (CMS)
Are you on repeat regular medication ?
You may be a suitable candidate for the Chronic Medication Service (CMS).
How CMS works:- Your GP would issue you with a SERIAL prescription rather than a standard repeat prescription.
Serial prescriptions last for 24, 48 or 56 weeks and your Pharmacist will dispense it in instalments (either every 4 weeks, 8 weeks or longer, depending on your GP’s instructions).
Having a serial prescription does not stop you making an appointment with your GP in the usual way.
If you feel you are suitable please speak to your preferred community pharmacy who will discuss registration with you.