Foyers Medical Centre
FLU VACCINE IS IN!
The surgery will be closed on Friday the 16th October with the exception of pre-booked flu appointments.
Patients who have pre-booked their Flu injection for the 16th October should attend the practice and where possible wear a mask. Please follow all directions regarding social distancing protocols when at the practice.
Prescriptions cannot be ordered or collected on the 16th October. If you need medical attention on the 16th October please call NHS 24 on 111 or if it is an emergency please call 999.
The Flu vaccines have arrived at the Practice. If you are included in phase one(below) please call the practice to book your appointment.
The first two groups of patients, in line with NHS Highlands guidelines, will be our patients aged 65 years and over, and patients 18 to 64 who usually get their flu vaccine at the practice.
Phase one - please call the practice to book your appointment.
Individuals aged 18 to 65 with "at Risk" Conditions.
Individuals aged 65 years and Over.
If you do not meet the above criteria please keep an eye on the website and we will continue to update the information.
On the advice of NHS Highland the patients aged 55 to 64 who are not in an at "Risk group" are not due to be called in for their vaccine until December 2020. We do not have the vaccine currently in stock for these patients.
Patients will be invited to attend at dedicated times. It is very important that patients comply with the following:
• Arrive on time- not early or late
• Wear a face covering (unless exempt) and wear suitable clothes which allow a clinician to easily access your upper arm ie no tight fitting tops and try to reduce the amount of layers being worn.
• Adhere to social distancing at all times
• You will only receive your flu and pneumococcal vaccine on the day. No other health issues will be discussed and there will be no opportunity to request prescriptions or any other advice from clinicians.
• DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU HAVE ANY COVID SYMPTOMS. If you have a persistent cough, fever and/or loss of/change in taste or smell. Please phone the practice to re-schedule your appointment.
Social Support information - Covid
If you need advice or support
Testing for Coronavirus
Isolation note for work or benefits
Common symptoms of Coronavirus
The main symptoms of Coronavirus are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
Cancer Research UK call 0808 800 4040 (Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm)
Macmillan Cancer Support call 0808 808 00 00 (every day, 9am - 5pm)
The NHS Inform Scotland website has up-to-date information and answers to frequently asked questions. https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
For all other patients https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
- Isolation note
- Mild symptoms
If you have more serious symptoms or they are getting worse please call 111
Ionad Meidigeach Fhoithir
The Doctors and staff are proud to offer the highest standard of patient centred health care. We run clinics for the management of chronic diseases such as diabetes and offer a wide variety of other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.
In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the menu on the right hand side. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like.
If you are on holiday, or a temporary resident in the area and you have an urgent medical need , we are currently able to accept you.
You will be treated for your immediate needs and advised to return to your regular practice for follow up and continued care, advice and support.
- Replacing a prescription for a repeat medication (which would be non-urgent care), is not a reason for seeking temporary registration with a practice.
- The safest and quickest way for patients to get access to their necessary prescribed medicines will almost always be through your own home GP and community pharmacy.
Why does the receptionist need to ask why I need an appointment
It is not a case of the receptionists being nosey!
The reception staff are members of the practice team and it has been agreed they should ask patients “why they need to be seen”. Reception staff are trained to ask certain questions in order to ensure that you receive:
- · The most appropriate medical care,
- · from the most appropriate health professional,
- · at the most appropriate time
Receptionists are asked to collect brief information from patients
- To help doctors prioritise house visits and phone call
- To ensure that all patients receive the appropriate level of car
- To direct patients to see the nurse or other health professional rather than a doctor where appropriate
Reception staff, like all members of the team, are bound by confidentiality rules.
- · Any information given by you is treated strictly confidential
- · The Practice would take any breach of confidentiality very seriously and deal with it accordingly.
- · You can ask to speak to a receptionist in private, away from reception
- · However if you feel an issue is very private and do not wish to say what this is then this will be respected
Thank you for your support
Loch Ness & Strathnairn Medical Practice is proud to be an accredited teaching Practice
We are delighted to have Medical students, Junior Doctors, and Registrars, working alongside the GP’s in the Practice.
If you do not wish to be seen by a trainee or have one present during a consultation, please inform the Reception staff. Many thanks
(Site updated 12/10/2020)