Extra flu clinics will be held throughout November. We were unable to send out our usual annual letter, for which we apologise. This was outwith our control, as our software supplier EMIS, were unable to send us the searches we needed for sending out invitations to those in at risk groups. We still have vaccines available - if you have not had yours yet - please give us a call and we will arrange a date and time for you to have it done.
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 undetakes medication reviews, manages medication requests, telephone advice and other queries. You can make an appointment with her by telephoning 01870 602215.