FLU JAG CLINICS:
Open flu clinics (no appointment necessary) will be held at Benbecula Medical Practice on the following dates:
Monday 7th October, Thursday 10th October, Monday 14th October, Thursday 17th October, Monday 21st October, Thursday 24th October, Monday 28th October. All Clinics will be held from 1.30pm to 4.30pm.
For Branch Surgery patients there will be an open clinic (no appointment necessary) on Monday 7th October at the Branch Surgery in Daliburgh.
Extra clinics will be held in November, for those who missed the October clinics. Extra clinics will also be held in November for shingles vaccines, and the childhood nasal vaccines (for children aged 2-5 who are not in school). The dates will be posted at a later date.
If you are unable to attend any of the open clinics or the catch up clinics please give us a call and we will arrange a suitable date and time to have your vaccination. We will not be sending out letters this year, but will advertise in the local press, on the website, hand out flyers and have a display on the Practice notice board.
TREATMENT ROOM SERVICES:
As part of the changes to the GP contract in Scotland, treatment room services and vaccination services at our practice are changing. The changes started on the 1st July, with community staff coming in to the practice to undertake blood tests and dressings for our patients. This is a new service, so we are testing each change before rolling out further changes. We need your feedback to help us design future improvements; please contact the practice with your thoughts. The board's information leaflet on the changes has been notified to newsletter subscribers.
Realistic medicine is a concept that is being explored and developed by the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland. It looks at:
- building a personalised approach to care;
- changing our style to shared decision making;
- improving our understanding and management of value and risk;
- valuing our workforce;
- tackling unwarranted variation in care
- reducing harm and waste;
- sharing knowledge;
- Developing our capacity to innovate and improve health care
For more information, please visit NHS inform - realistic medicine. One of the partners, Dr Dawson, will be working with the Scottish Health Council to see if we can develop a model that will bring these policies to life in a community health care setting. She is writing a blog about her views on realistic medicine and her project.
STRUGGLING WITH FINANCES?
Contact the local Citizens' Advice Bureau for money advice by phoning ANNE BIRD at the Uist Office on 01870 603807. The council has also launched a financial inclusion service which aims to provide advice and support to people throughout the Western Isles.
Patients are now able to self- refer to a range of local health care services without having to get an appointment with the GP first. Please visit our clinics and services tab, or click self-referral to find forms for physiotherapy, podiatry, dietitians, chronic pain, and fatigue management.
PRIMARY CARE PHARMACIST
Pharmacist Amy MacPhee is working with local practices to provide support and advice about your medication. She undertakes medication reviews, manages medication requests, telephone advice and other queries. You can make an appointment with her by telephoning 01870 602215.