Vitamin B12 Prescribing During COVID-19
During the current COVID-19 pandemic, invasive interactions with patients should be minimised as much as possible.
The following advice relates to patients who currently receive regular intramuscular vitamin B12 injections (hydroxocobalamin).
Hydroxocobalamin injections can be omitted in this patient group during the COVID-19 pandemic. Liver stores of vitamin B12 will last for 12 months, so there should be little or no risk from omitting one or two 3-monthly injections.
B12 supplements can be bought form reputable stores online and in shops, These are actually stronger than the medication we can prescribe
Food sources with high B12
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.
Its flu season again. The practice has vaccines in stock. Please contact reception to make an appointment.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.