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EASTER PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Please note that the practice will be closed on Good Friday, 19th April 2019.  If you have an urgent medical matter which can not wait until the practice re-opens please call NHS 24 on 111.  If you have a life threatening emergency please call 999.  The practice will re-open on Monday 22nd April at 8am as normal.  Please ensure you have sufficient repeat medication to cover the long weekend.  HAPPY EASTER!


Tweeddale Medical Practice is closed every Wednesday from 2-2.30pm.  If you have a life-threatening emergency please hang up and dial 999.  Otherwise please call back after 2.30pm.


Please note that the GP will not usually issue you with a fit/sick note unless you have been off work for more than 7 days. For the first 7 days your employer should be able to provide you with a 'self certificate'.

https://www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave

We have recently reviewed our process for “sick lines” – now known as Fit Notes.

If a Fit Note is to be issued, it is important that it is done in a proper appointment so that the GP can carry out a full assessment of your care.

If you think you may need another Fit Note, please book a follow-up appointment with your usual GP. This can be either a bookable telephone appointment or a face-to-face appointment in the surgery. Please phone in advance.

 


Support if you are suffering from sight loss can be found at:

See the link below for the Highland Hospice Bereavement Support Service:

THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT HAS CHANGED IT'S GUIDANCE ON VITAMIN D - SEE LINK:

NHS Scotland is conducting its biennial patient survey.  If you receive this survey through the post please complete and return it.  NHS Scotland values your opinion.

NHS SCOTLAND PATIENT SURVEY


FOR TICK ADVICE SEE:

http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/activities/walking/check-for-ticks

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See the link below for information regarding how NHS Scotland will use information from GP patient records from May 2017.

SPIRE - Scottish Primary Care Information Resource

Connecting Carers Website

Musculosketel Advice and Triage Service

When We Are Closed

Please note:

The practice will close every Wednesday afternoon from 2pm-2.30pm. 

Between these times, the telephone system will be diverted to a message and the reception desk will be closed. In the event of a life threatening emergency, please call 999.  Otherwise please call back after 2.30pm.

These short closures will allow the whole practice team to get together so we can work on improving our appointment system and availability.

We will keep you updated on progress and changes.

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OUT OF HOURS :

clockThe practice closes at 6pm. Between 6pm and 8am Monday to Thursday and after 6pm Friday until 8am Monday morning please phone 111 (NHS24, freephone) . The staff at NHS24 will ask you for information about your health and condition and will advise on the most appropriate course of action. This may include offering advice over the phone or advising you to attend a pharmacy. If they feel you need to be seen they will pass your case to Highland Hub who will be in touch to arrange for you to attend the Urgent Care Centre or in some cases provide a home visit.

In an emergency please phone 999 and speak to the ambulance service, Chest pains/shortness of breath constitute an emergency.

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PROTECTED LEARNING TIME (PLT)

Several afternoons per year, the practice is closed from 1pm for Protected Learning Time to allow for education/training for all staff.  The dates for PLT afternoons during 2019 are :

  • Tuesday 21st May
  • Wednesday 4th September
  • Wednesday 30th October
  • Tuesday 12th November

For urgent medical advice/assistance that cannot wait until the practice re-opens, please contact NHS24 on 111. 

 

 



 
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