COVID-19 VACCINE **UPDATE APRIL 2021**
Our vaccination programme is now well underway, and we are contacting patients by phone or letter. As instructed, we are following Scottish Government advice regarding priority groups. Please note there have been changes to the target dates for these groups so we are having to adjust clinics in line with this. Please be patient as we have to adhere to the Scottish Government programme, and it is also dependent on stock levels currently which are out with the practice's control.
We are currently vaccinating patients aged 45 to 49. Any patients 45 and over, shielding or at risk that have still not attended for their first vaccine can call to book an appointment.
The practice is contacting patients who are due their second dose prior to the 12-week deadline. If it is close to your 12-week deadline and you have not heard from us, please get in contact so we can check.
We have had a large increase in calls over the last few weeks, but please be a patient and wait for the practice to contact you. Please note we have a zero tolerance policy towards abuse to our staff and any calls of this nature will be terminated.
Any complaints regarding the timescales associated to the vaccine campaign should be directed to NHS Highland Feedback team.
PO Box 5713
Tel: 01463 705997
**ADVICE REGARDING THE ASTRAZENICA VACCINE **
The JCVI issued advice regarding use of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine. This is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/use-of-the-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-jcvi-statement/jcvi-statement-on-use-of-the-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-7-april-2021.
In summary, the JCVI advises that:
- 'It is preferable for adults aged <30 years without underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 disease, to be offered an alternative COVID-19 vaccine, if available.'
o However, it's recognised that such individuals 'may make an informed choice to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to receive earlier protection.'
- 'To date, there are no reports of the extremely rare thrombosis/thrombocytopenia events following receipt of the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. All those who have received a first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine should continue to be offered a second dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, irrespective of age.'
o This advice assumes that individuals did not experience any significant reactions or events following their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine.
o If an individual experienced a significant reaction or event following their first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID vaccine, advice regarding further vaccination should be sought.
- 'All individuals offered a COVID-19 vaccine should be fully informed about the benefits and risks of vaccination.'
The MHRA has also issued advice regarding use of the AstraZeneca vaccine. This is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-issues-new-advice-concluding-a-possible-link-between-covid-19-vaccine-astrazeneca-and-extremely-rare-unlikely-to-occur-blood-clots.
In summary, the MHRA advises that:
- 'Administration of COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca in people of any age who are at higher risk of blood clots because of their medical condition should be considered only if benefits from the protection from COVID-19 infection outweighs potential risks.'
- 'Pregnancy predisposes to thrombosis, therefore women should discuss with their healthcare professional whether the benefits of having the vaccine outweigh the risks for them.'
- 'Anyone who has symptoms four days or more after vaccination is advised to seek prompt medical advice, such as:
o A new onset of severe or persistent headache, blurred vision, confusion or seizures.
o Develop shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain.
o Unusual skin bruising or pinpoint round spots beyond the injection site.'
** COVID IMMUNISATION PASSPORTS **
Please do not contact your GP Practice to ask for a Covid vaccination passport or status certificate – we will not be able to provide any standard document. International certification standards have not yet been agreed. The Scottish Government is working to support the re-opening of international travel once it is safe to do so. They are working with the other UK Nations and with the World Health Organisation to agree on potential future COVID certification requirements for international travel. As part of this, they are developing a technical solution that could allow people to access their Covid vaccination status directly
New measures in force at Nairn Healthcare Group in view of the global Coronavirus outbreak. Following national guidance, please do not come into the Practice if you have symptoms of cough, shortness of breath, cold, runny nose, fever or loss of taste/smell. Please telephone instead and we will assist you. If you have been to a high-risk area, or you have been in contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus, and you suspect you may be infected, please contact NHS 24 on 111.
General advice regarding the Coronavirus outbreak please contact NHS inform on 0800 028 2814, or visit:
Covid-19 Social Support
When you’re eligible, we’ll invite you to roll up your sleeve. You don’t need to do anything until you hear from us. nhsinform.scot
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Members of the public urged not to fall victim to Coronavirus scams
People in Scotland are asked to be alert to the potential for scam messages purporting to offer coronavirus vaccines, or asking for payment for vaccinations.
Chief Inspector Anton Stephenson, of Police Scotland's Safer Communities Division, said: "We are aware of a scam circulating involving a text message suggesting people are eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. If you are concerned you have provided personal or financial information via a link in a message of this sort, contact Police Scotland via 101.
"We will pursue anyone who sets out to cause harm and misery to our communities, and our officers work closely with partners to make Scotland a hostile environment for scammers.
"Our Take Five campaign, which launched recently, raises awareness of fraud, and highlights ways people can protect themselves and remain vigilant to this kind of crime.
"Always be aware that an unsolicited telephone call, email or text message may not be from the person or organisation which it appears to be from. Never click on a link in a message you're not expecting, and remember the NHS will never ask you for money relating to the COVID-19 pandemic."
For more information regarding Covid 19, please click: https://www.nairnhealthcaregroup.co.uk/clinics-and-services.aspx?t=6
Due to the current Coronavirus outbreak Ardersier Branch Surgery will operate on reduced opening hours for the safety of all patients and staff.
Our new hours are as follows:
Monday 08:30am – 5pm
Thursday 8:30am – 5pm
The Nairn Branch will also be closed every Wednesday from 3rd February 2021 for non-urgent care.
The practice remains open for all essential primary care problems but on the advice of Health Protection Scotland we have put in place a process whereby everyone is screened by telephone prior to being seen.
Please phone 01667 452096 if you feel you need medical advice and we will call you back.
Due to the reduced service in the Ardersier Branch Surgery as a result of Coronavirus prescriptions will be handled differently.
If you have internet access, please request your prescriptions online using the Prescriptions tab at the top of this page.
If you do not have internet access, you can continue to post through the letterbox. Please do not come into the surgery to collect it. By default all prescriptions will be sent to Ardersier Pharmacy within 72 hours from when your prescription was requested.
If you need your prescription urgently, please contact the practice on 01667 452096 and we will assist you to the best of our ability.
We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.
Access & Facilities
The Nairn Surgery is based in Nairn Town & County Hospital & Primary Care Centre. There is a large car park surrounding the building with many spaces for disabled visitors. The building provides a large waiting area, with toilets and baby changing facilities, free telephone access for booking taxis, and wheelchairs are available for use within the building for those requiring one.
The Practice reception has an electronic check-in and patient call system. As well as a good range of consultation and treatment rooms, we also have a dedicated Minor Surgery Suite and Ultrasound room. Portable hearing loops are available; please ask at reception for details. All of the Surgery rooms are based on the ground floor.
The Ardersier Branch Surgery is situated in an older building across two floors. Access to the upper floor is by a set of steep stairs; please let the receptionists know when making your appointment if this may cause you difficulties, and we can arrange for your appointment to take place in one of the ground floor consultation rooms.
There is limited parking behind the Surgery, including a disabled bay.
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PLEASE NOTE THAT PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS CAN TAKE UP TO 7 DAYS FOR THE CHEMIST TO PROCESS
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Order Your Repeat Prescription Online - PLEASE FILL IN ALL FIELDS (FAILURE TO DO SO MAY CAUSE DELAY) - PRESCRIPTIONS ONLY. FOR APPOINTMENTS OR ANY OTHER QUERIES, PLEASE CALL THE PRACTICE ON 01667 452096
Please note: we have changed our repeat prescriptions system to registration only. The registration process is very quick and simple and once registered you will be able to see your ordering history as well as ordering your repeat prescriptions.
Nairn Healthcare Group is improving how we manage repeat prescriptions for certain patients whose medicines are stable, and who always come for their treatment checks when asked.
For these patients, we are now providing a prescription which looks like a normal prescription but is called a serial prescription and lasts for up to 56 weeks (just over one year). Medicines on a serial prescription will be dispensed in instalments every 4 or 8 weeks, depending on what the prescriber feels is appropriate.
If we feel that you meet the criteria for switching to the serial prescription service, we will prescribe your medicines in this way. Your community pharmacy will keep hold of your serial prescription and have your repeat medicines ready for you to collect when your medicines are due. For medicines prescribed on a serial prescription, this means you will no longer have to request these from your pharmacy or the GP practice. You will receive notification if you are one of these patients. Please look at our FAQs for more information : FAQ - Serial Prescriptions
(Site updated 07/05/2021)