Latest News

STAFFING CHANGES - Dr Macdonald has asked that I inform you all that he will be leaving the Practice soon.  Due to family reasons he is returning to England.  He has enjoyed his time at the Practice and on Benbecula. He will be back to visit family and will do some locum work for us.  He passes on his best wishes to you all.  (Sheena MacKinnon, Practice Manager)

FREE LATERAL FLOW TESTS: 

You can now collect lateral flow tests from the dispensary at the practice. They can also be ordered for delivery to your home at https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or by calling 119

PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP RESTARTS

The PPG has started meeting again. Please email the PPG: benbecula_medical_practice_ppg@hotmail.com with your details if you wish to get involved. Not all members want to go to meetings, but could be involved in other ways. Here is some information to look at: https://www.hisengage.scot/ppg 

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

The Surgery will be closed on Monday 2nd August.  Normal Emergency Arrangements Apply.

COVID VACCINATION - EVERYBODY OVER 18 AND PEOPLE WHO WILL BE 18 BY OCTOBER 2021

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. Opening times will be 9am to 1pm Monday and Thursday.  For appointments please phone the Main Surgery number on 01870 602215.

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. Your letter inviting you to your review will be more colourful. It will also ask you to consider what might be the most important thing to discuss at your appointment. 

REALISTIC MEDICINE - IT IS OK TO ASK

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

  • 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/ 

Health News from the BBC and the NHS

BBC Health
NHS Choices Behind the Headlines
NHS ScotlandThis site is brought to you by My Surgery Website