TILLICOULTRY MEDICAL PRACTICE
Appointments & Enquiries: 01259 750531
District Nurses: 01259 752261
Health Visitors: 01259 750350
** We currently have no text messaging service, there will be no reminders sent at present. **
Health Centres and Medical Practices across the UK are dealing with an increase in enquiries due to Coronavirus. The increased workload during this rapidly evolving situation puts increased pressure on the services and staff members. We are working very hard to ensure we offer up to date advice.
Information on Covid Vaccination 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.
GUIDE TO GP SERVICES - please click on this video link containing information regarding GP services during the pandemic.
1st: 80 year olds and over (completed in January)
2nd: 75-79 year olds
3rd: 70-74 year olds and clinically vulnerable (including shielding patients)
4th: 65-69 year olds
5th: 16-64 year old at risk patients (only patients with chronic diseases and at higher risk)
All new appointments will be sent by the Health Board and will be at the Covid vaccination hubs. They are working through the rest of the risk groups. Patients who have had their first Covid vaccination at the practice will have been given an appointment to have their second vaccination done at the practice. Our first vaccination clinics have been well attended and a great success. Housebound patients have been vaccinated by the district nursing team over the past few weeks.
ALL OTHER AGE GROUPS (the largest number) will be done at the local Covid Vaccination Hub depending on vaccine supplies. You will also receive an invitation directly from the Health Board, not from the practice.
The Covid vaccination register for unpaid carers is now available. If you are a carer and would like to register for a vaccination please follow the link nhsinform.scot/carersregister
If you are experiencing a high temperature, new continuous cough, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, even if these symptoms are mild, please self isolate and obtain further guidance. Please do not come in to the Practice. Advice is available via the NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot where you will also find information on testing. Alternatively, you can call NHS24 on 111 for advice and assessment. Fit note (sick lines) are not required for the first 7 days. If you have been advised to certify after 7 days please follow this link https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
The Practice appointment system has changed. All appointment requests will be telephone triaged by a Clinician, if a face to face appointment is required this will be arranged by the clinician. You should not attend for an appointment if you have any symptoms of Coronavirus. Please can you attend the Practice alone unless you are bringing a child or require assistance. We kindly request that all patients attending the Practice for appointments wear a face covering.
We cannot issue extra or early medication as the supply chain will not cope. Routine prescriptions will all be sent to your usual pharmacy unless otherwise agreed. Please tell the receptionist when you request your prescription which pharmacy you would like your prescription sent to, they require 3 days to dispense the medication. Arrangements for clinically urgent prescriptions will be discussed on an individual basis.
It is with heavy hearts that we put these changes into place and we understand that this is a significant change to the way you access care from us. We are lucky to have such a compassionate and responsible community. We believe that with your support and understanding through this unprecedented time we will be able to keep the practice running and support you. We will keep you updated with any further changes.
NEAR ME VIDEO CONSULTATIONS
We are using video consultations in some cases during the Covid 19 pandemic. THE USE OF THIS FACILITY IS BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT ONLY. Patients who require medical advice (that does not include symptoms of Covid 19) should phone the practice first. Further information on the service is available at https://www.nearme.scot/ The link to our waiting room is
If you have been asked by a clinician or member of staff to email photographs or information please use this email address firstname.lastname@example.org
This facility must not be used unless you have had a telephone consultation with a clinician or spoken with a member of staff. Prescriptions received in this mailbox will not be processed.
SPIRE (Scottish Primary Care Information Resource)
NHSScotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records. SPIRE is a service that will allow small amounts of information from GP practice records to be used to help doctors’ surgeries, NHSScotland and the Scottish Government to improve care and plan services, and to help researchers to learn more from patient information held at GP practices.
A new campaign is underway to inform patients across Scotland of the benefits of the service, and the confidential and secure way in which GP patient records will be used to help plan and improve health care services.
You have a choice about your patient record being used in this way. To find out more go to spire.scot or call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88.
If you decide you would like to opt-out the form is available from reception.
Norovirus causes diarrhoea and vomiting and is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It's also called the "winter vomiting bug" because it's more common in winter, although you can catch it at any time of the year. It can be very unpleasant but it usually clears up by itself in a few days. You can normally look after yourself or your child at home. Try to avoid going to your GP, as norovirus can spread to others very easily. Call your GP or NHS 111 if you're concerned or need any advice.
For full details of the symptoms of Norovirus and what to do visit
Public & Local NHS Holidays 2021/22
Good Friday 2 April 2021 & Easter Monday 5 April 2021
Monday 3 May 2021
Monday 7 June 2021
Monday 6 September 2021
Monday 11 October 2021
Monday 27 & Tuesday 28 December 2021
Monday 3 & Tuesday 4 January 2022
CREATE 2020 (staff training) - doors close at 12.30pm
No dates available at present.
(Site updated 18/06/2021)