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The flu jag clinics this year will be run by the Health Board.  The Community Staff will carrying out the vaccinations at various locations.  A system will be in place for booking your appointment.  Letters are being generated to those in the 'at risk' groups and should be out very soon.  In this letter you will be given a telephone number to call to book your appointment (01851 763304).  If you feel you have been missed, please phone 01851 763304.  If you are not in the at risk groups, and usually have the vaccine at the recommendation of a Nurse or Doctor, please let us know so that we can arrange for you to get an appointment.  The Surgery will no longer be carrying out open clinics as before and we will no longer be sending out invitations to attend for your flu jag.  We encourage you to have your flu jag, as before.  We are happy to answer any questions about the flu jag vaccine, if you have any.

DALIBURGH BRANCH SURGERY - The Branch Surgery in Daliburgh has now closed (from 29.9.2020).  Due to the increase in cases of Covid 19 and for the safety of  patients and staff we feel the need to do this.  We have been liaising with Resiliant Uist and they will, as before, do two lots of prescription pick collections from the Practice here in Benbecula.  This will be on a Monday and on a Thursday.  If you require your prescription collected please call Paul Steele on 07976 416 811 and he will make the arrangements with you.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

COVID 19(CORONAVIRUS) - Worried about the virus? Check on or call 0800 0282816 or 01851 601151. If you are sick, call 111. Do not visit the surgery unless advised to do so by a medical professional. 

TEST AND PROTECT - If you have a new cough, fever or loss of sense of smell, within seven days, you can request a test for Covid-19. Visit or phone 111 or phone 01851 601151. 

VIDEO CONSULTATION - We are now offering video consultations on NHS Near Me (also known as Attend Anywhere) - check this link to NHS near me

BIRTH MONTH RECALLS - We are moving our recalls for reviews to your birth month. If you think you need a review, please contact the surgery

HOUSE OF CARE - We are going to start using '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. 

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

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