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CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR PUBLIC HOLIDAYS:
 
The Practice will be CLOSED on the following public holidays over the festive period; all other week days will open as normal.
 
Monday 25th December 2017  - CLOSED
Tuesday 26th December 2017 - CLOSED
 
Monday 1st January 2018 - CLOSED
Tuesday 2nd January 2018 - CLOSED
 
Patients requiring medical attention will be dealt with, as normal, by NHS 24 on the days the Practice is closed by phoning NHS24 directly on 111
 
Wishing all patients a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year!_____________________________________________________________________
THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT HAS CHANGED IT'S GUIDANCE ON VITAMIN D - SEE LINK:
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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

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 FOR TICK ADVICE SEE:

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

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NHS HIGHLAND STRESS CONTROL COURSE

NHS Highland is running some free six week Stress Control Courses
The course is designed for anyone who wants to learn some great and effective ways to control stress and common problems such as anxiety, low mood, panic, poor sleep, burnout, loss of confidence or low self-esteem. If you would like to speak to someone about the Stress Control Course or to book your free place, please call the Fort William Health Centre on 01397 709830. Or, if you want, simply turn up for the first session and why not bring a friend or partner along and learn these great and effective techniques together?
You get lots of free helpful materials to take home including a CD, guides to help with stress and lots of handouts. The course will take place at KILMALLIE COMMUNITY CENTRE FROM 6pm to 7.30pm each:

2nd Course:
WEDNESDAY 25.10.17
WEDNESDAY 01.11.17
WEDNESDAY 08.11.17
WEDNESDAY 15.11.17
WEDNESDAY 22.11.17
WEDNESDAY 29.11.17
3rd Course:
WEDNESDAY 31.01.18
WEDNESDAY 07.02.18
WEDNESDAY 14.02.18
WEDNESDAY 21.02.18
WEDNESDAY 28.02.18
WEDNESDAY 07.03.18

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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

Other Useful Links

Specialist healthcare support to help you remain at work, or make a
healthy return to work.

Working Health Services Scotland

DO YOU WISH TO SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE OF BEING IN CARE?

http://www.nationalconfidentialforum.org.uk/

What's the right treatment for me?

Medicines in Scotland

Raising Tick Awareness

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

See the link below for all you need to know on how NHS Scotland will use information from GP patient records from May 2017.

SPIRE- Scottish Primary Care Information Resource

Connecting Carers is a charity for, with and about unpaid carers:  see link to website for details.

Connecting Carers

NHS STRESS CONTROL COURSE

Stress Control Course

Stress Control Course further details

Please find below links to "Steps for Stress" which has been reproduced with kind permission from Steps to deal with Stress CD

© NHS Health Scotland 2010.

Click here for the accompanying booklet in English, Polish, Chinese, Urdu and Easy Read formats.  Alternative formats are also available on request via this link.

SCOTTISH FAMILIES TELEHEALTH http://www.sfad.org.uk/

Scottish Families Telehealth is a new service for families affected by others’ alcohol and/or drugs misuse in rural or remote locations throughout Scotland.

What can the service provide?

Scottish Families Telehealth will initially provide advice and support via the telephone or skype to family members and individuals who are affected emotionally, financially, socially and possibly physically by someone else’s alcohol or drug misuse. (All family members to be 18 or over)

Family members who are motivated to engage, will complete an assessment and over 6 sessions have an opportunity to:

·          Explore and understand their situation and what they themselves can change.

·          Develop and implement coping skills and strategies to manage difficult situations and behaviours.

·          Increase their own personal choices and control over their own lives that have been affected by someone else’s behaviours.

·          Improve their relationships.

·          Improve social isolation and increase their network of support.

·          Improve general health and wellbeing.

  The service will be further developed to include virtual family support via our website and utilise internet based communications.

Who can access the service?

  The Scottish Families Telehealth service is aimed at family members in rural or remote locations. The Scottish Government defines the following council areas as rural (population density is below one person per hectare):

 

 

Aberdeenshire

Orkney Islands

Angus

Perth & Kinross

Argyll & Bute

Scottish Borders

Dumfries & Galloway

Shetland Islands

East Ayrshire

South Ayrshire

Highland

Stirling

Moray

Western Isles

Family members from other council areas may be considered remote due to little or no family support services being available, mobility issues, or where transport costs may be prohibitive and preclude them from attending a family support service. 

How can family members be referred to the service?

Family members can access Scottish Families Telehealth by contacting our helpline on 08080 10 10 11 where a referral can be made.

 

NHS INFORM

 The national health information service.  Health information you can trust.

www.nhsinform.co.uk

 

HEALTH IN MY LANGUAGE

 

This website lets you find information about health related services in Scotland which has been translated into different languages.  You will find information about health and health services

www.healthinmylanguage.com

 

THE SCOTTISH WELFARE FUND

If you're on benefits or a low income and struggling to cope, help could be available from The Scottish Welfare Fund.

www.highland.gov.uk/welfare-fund

 

DEBT SUPPORT TRUST

When you need debt help you want to speak to somebody who understands what you are going through, somebody who cares and has the expertise to provide tailored expert debt advice.

Family-debt-free-web

Debt Support Trust is a not-for-profit debt advice charity with trained, friendly debt advisors who can advise you on suitable debt solutions. We are a national debt advice charity helping people across the UK. Whether you live in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, we can help you with debt advice. (money, finances)

http://www.debtsupporttrust.org.uk/

 

BENEFITS, GRANTS AND ALLOWANCES - THE HIGHLAND COUNCIL

The Council offers advice on and can represent you at an appeal hearing involving a wide range of benefits and entitlements which are designed to assist individuals or households. (money, finances)

http://www.highland.gov.uk/livinghere/benefitsgrantsandallowances

 

FAMILY FUND - HELPING DISABLED CHILDREN

Family Fund is a registered charity and the country's largest provider of grants to families, living on the lowest incomes, raising disabled or seriously ill children.  They can allocate grants for essential items such as washing machines, cookers, bedding and much-needed family breaks. (money, finances)

www.familyfund.org.uk

 

SCOTTISH AMBULANCE SERVICE - PATIENT TRANSPORT SERVICES

Almost 1.3 million patients are taken to and from hospital by the SAS Patient Transport Service each year. They take patients with a medical need or with limited mobility to and from their pre-arranged hospital appointments, or for their admission and discharge to hospital.  See their website for full details of qualifying criteria and how to request transport.

http://www.scottishambulance.com/WhatWeDo/pts.aspx

HEADWAY HIGHLAND

Headway is a charity set up to give help and support to people affected by brain injury.

Headway Highland in Fort William

In March 2010 a local support group was opened in Fort William as part of Headway Highland. The local number to contact for this area is Shirley McNeill on 07748 013507. The meetings will be at the An Drochaid Centre, Claggan, Fort William PH33 6PH on the first Monday of the month from 7.00 pm until 9.00 pm.

https://www.headway.org.uk/branches/headway-highland.aspx

 

LOCHABER SENSORY CARE

Lochaber Sensory Care is a charitable organisation that supports people with sight or hearing loss. In addition to offering support during their hours of opening they visit residential and nursing homes and medical centres in many outreach areas of rural Lochaber. They provide batteries, tubing, make minor repairs, make appointments, offer general advice.

The Office is located in Caol Shopping Centre and is open Monday to Friday 10am-1pm.  Contact 01397 704889.

Or find them on Facebook         

https://www.facebook.com/lochabersensorycare         

 

LOCHABER COUNCIL ON ALCOHOL

Based in Caol Shopping Centre, this voluntary organisation offers free, confidential one-to-one counselling for anyone over the age of 16 who is worried about the effects of Alcohol and/or Drugs on themselves or someone they care about.

Open Monday to Friday 11am-5pm.  01397 702340

www.lcacaol.co.uk

 

ACTION FOR CHILDREN SCOTLAND - LOCHABER FAMILY SERVICE

We work with children and young people:

- whose families need support

- who cannot live with their birth families

- who are disabled

- who experience severe difficulties in their lives

http://www.actionforchildren.org.uk/our-services/projects/lochaber-family-service

 

VOLUNTARY ACTION LOCHABER

Funded by the Scottish Government, we exist to support, develop and engage in all charitable, volunteering and community based activity throughout Lochaber.

http://valochaber.org/

 

IMMUNISATION SCOTLAND

Immunisation helps protect against serious diseases such as measles, mumps, whooping cough and polio.

Find out why immunisation is important, when to immunise, what vaccines are available and what they protect against.

http://www.immunisationscotland.org.uk/index.aspx

 

LOCHABER HOPE

Lochaber Hope offers hope, we provide a service that supports Lochaber people to cope with a wide range of sensitive and personal issues

http://www.lochaberhope.org.uk/

 

NHS HIGHLAND EATING DISORDER SERVICE

NHS Highland Eating Disorder Service Leaflet

 

JOG SCOTLAND

jogscotland has been urging the people of Scotland to don their trainers and adopt a healthier and more active lifestyle since 2002. Since then, over 25,000 people have taken up jogging through our local community and workplace groups by using simple, gentle walk/jog/run programmes to encourage everyone to get out and be active.

Lochaber Group meetings Mondays and Wednesdays at 6pm.  See the "Local Groups" section of the website for more details.

http://www.jogscotland.org.uk/

 

ACTIVE SCOTLAND

Looking for ways to get active, but not sure where to start? Active Scotland is here to get you going. Put your postcode or town in the search box and we'll find activities close to home, from easy to extreme. There are many ways to a more active life: choose a category for some new ideas, or explore the map and see what's available near you. We can help find active groups in your area too: clubs and teams involved in activities from archery to yoga.

http://www.activescotland.org.uk/

http://www.takelifeon.co.uk/

SURVIVOR SCOTLAND

Childhood sexual abuse:  Information for survivors, their families and friends

http://www.survivorscotland.org.uk

 

SILVER LINE SCOTLAND

Helpline for Older People - 0800 4 70 80 90

No question too big. No problem too small. No need to be alone. Information. Friendship. Advice.  Free, confidential and open 24 hours.

www.thesilverline.org.uk

 

STONEWALL SCOTLAND

Stonewall Scotland works to achieve equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.  Their "Health" page looks at the individual health needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

http://www.stonewall.org.uk/scotland/at_home/health/default.asp

 
GAY-NESS

Highland LGBT Forum - For the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender community in the Highlands & Islands.
Click on the link below to see their section on "Health & Wellbeing"
http://www.gay-ness.org.uk/health.html

 

ALZHEIMER SCOTLAND
A Guide for Families Living With Dementia in Argyll, Bute and Highland

The guides are for families that are supporting a family member or friend with dementia. They aim to make sure that no-one goes through dementia alone.

The guides have been produced from listening to families living with dementia across Argyll, Bute and Highland. We are indebted to the time and commitment given by them.

Visit www.alzscot.org/familiesguide or telephone 01463 711707.  There is also a free phone 24hr Helpline number 0800 808 3000.

 

 

 

 

 



 
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