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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.

 


Pharmacists

Pharmacy Team

We have a Pharmacy team attached to the practice who can help you with any queries you have about your medication. This includes any queries about repeat prescriptions. The Pharmacy team can arrange appointments with patients to discuss their medication and may be able to help with changes to medication, for example, when someone has been in hospital.

It takes 48 hours to process a prescription if handed into the Practice and 72 hours if handed into a local chemist.

We are not a dispensing practice and, therefore, do not dispense medication on the premises.
Aileen Levy

Pharmacy Team Leader.

Community Midwives

Carol Bennett
RGN RM
Lynne Ritchie

RM

Diane Laine

RM

Midwife Team

Our Community Midwives are based at Dr Grays Hospital and can be contacted on 01343 567714. They hold clinics here at the surgery. Your ante natal care is shared between the Community Midwives, GP’s and your Hospital Consultant. The Community Midwifery Team will visit you at home after your baby is born. Your Post Natal check at 6 weeks is carried out by the GP.

To make an appointment to see the Midwife at the surgery, please telephone: 0345 337 0610

Community Nurses

Jaki Bird

Team Leader.  BSc in Adult Nursing RN

Helen Reaich

RN diploma in higher education (nursing), Bsc cancer and palliative care. Post registration certificate in district nursing (masters level)

Pamela Anderson
RN Diploma, EN
Jane Munro
RN Diploma, EN
Marnie Cowie
BN Nursing, RGN Health Nurse
Sara Mair

BSc Hons in Adult Nursing

Kelly Dawson

BSc in Nursing

Emma Hamilton

BN Nursing, RGN

Community Nurse Team 

01343 567757 Between 8:30 am and 6:00 pm

The Community nurse Team includes nurses with a variety of skills and expertise who visit housebound patients. Following an assessment by a trained District nurse, a member of the team will visit you at home to provide care when appropriate.

The service is offered Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.00pm, with emergency cover being available, where appropriate, overnight and at weekends.

The Community Nurses are generally only in the Health Centre between 8:30 am and 9:00 am and again between 4:30 am and 5:00 pm, however they do have an answering machine service.

Health Visitors

Health Visitor Team

01343 567728 / 567766

The health visitng team aims to promote the health of the whole community but primarily works with preschool children and their families. They undertake childhood developmental assessments in keeping with the routine surveillance programme, offer support regarding parenting, child protection and all aspects of child care. The health visitors are involved in the administration of the routine childhood immunisation programme

Diane Barber
RGN, RHV (BA Public Health Nursing)
Alison Devlin
RHV, RM, RN, BSc in Health Studies, BA Public Health Nursing (HV)
Tricia Robertson (f)

RGN, Specialist Community Health Nurse Public Health (Health Visitor)

 

Alison Alexander (f)

RGN, RM, Post Graduate Diploma Nursing Advancing Practice (HV)

 

Community Staff Nurse
Marion Galloway

RGN Health Nurse

 
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