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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS - The Surgery will be closed on Friday 2nd April, Monday 5th April, Monday 3rd May, Monday 2nd August.  Normal Emergency Arrangements Apply.

COVID VACCINATION - OVER 40, CARERS, PEOPLE ON THE SHIELDING LIST, PATIENTS AT RISK

If you have not been contacted and given an appointment for your vaccination, please call 0808 196 8383 or email wi.covidvax@nhs.scot as soon as possible.  The lines are busy so please keep trying.  The vaccination team will be arranging home visits to those that are unable to attend the clinics. If you are an unpaid carer for someone whose welfare depends on your help, please visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/carersregister or contact the surgery to register. There is more information on nhsinform.scot 

DALIBURGH BRANCH SURGERY

We reopened our Branch Surgery on Thursday 3rd December. The waiting room is very small and unsupervised, so please don't drop in without an appointment. Patients will only be able to get a face to face appointment after a telephone discussion with one of the clinical staff, and we are running an appointments-only service. Opening times will be 9am to 1pm Monday and Thursday.  For appointments please phone the Main Surgery number on 01870 602215.

CHANGE TO EMAIL ADDRESSES

From the 2nd of November 2020 the Practice email address will be changing.  The new address will be: wi.benbecula@nhs.scot

The email address for ordering repeat prescriptions will also change.  The new address will be: wi.benbeculaprescriptions@nhs.scot

COVID 19(CORONAVIRUS) - 01851 601151 to book a test

If you have a new cough, fever or loss of sense of smell, within seven days, you can request a test for Covid-19. Phone 01851 601151 or visit www.nhsinform.scot

HOUSE OF CARE

We are beginning to use 'House of Care' for our clinical reviews. This means you should be better prepared for your review, and more able to decide the goals of your care. More information will be provided as services restart

REALISTIC MEDICINE

Realistic medicine is a concept that is being explored by the NHS in Scotland. For any treatment, work out what suits you. Ask yourself:

  • Benefits - what are the benefits of my treatment plan?
  • Risks - what are the risks from my treatment plan?
  • Alternatives - are there any other ways of managing my problem?
  • Nothing - what happens if we do nothing?

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 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. Contact the Uist and Barra Foodbank if you have trouble feeding your family: https://uistbarra.foodbank.org.uk/ 

SELF-REFERRAL SERVICES

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 psychology, physiotherapy, podiatry, dietitians, chronic pain, and others. New forms will be added from time to time. 

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