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COVID vaccinations

While many of us are eager to receive this Covid vaccine as soon as possible, we are asking that everyone is patient so that we can deliver this complex programme as effectively as possible. This will be in waves, starting with those aged 80 plus from January 2021 onwards and working down the age groups towards spring and early summer.

You will be contacted directly when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Anybody under the age of 64, not already vaccinated, will be sent an appointment by post. These appointments will arrive in a blue envelope and will give you instructions on how to re-schedule or cancel your appointment. Please don't call the practice about these appointments as we have no control over them.

If you feel you have missed being invited for your vaccination please click on this link for further guidance.

https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/missing-appointment-details

For general information about the coronavirus vaccine and its delivery visit, NHS Inform: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine


Welcome to Strathmore Surgery Online

At Strathmore surgery in Blairgowrie the doctors and nurses take pride in offering the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare.We run many clinics for chronic disease care and offer a wide variety of other medical services such as antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups.

In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the menu on the right hand side. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like.

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Dear Patients,

We would like to reassure you all at this difficult time that we are still open and seeing patients who require medical intervention and help. The current Coronavirus pandemic has meant that we have had to change how we work to protect all our patients, doctors, nurses and all other members of the practice team.

If you feel you need to be seen or speak to a doctor or nurse please call the surgery on 01250 872552. All patients who require medical help will be telephoned by a clinician and those patients who do need to be seen and have no symptoms of the virus will be allocated an appointment. Many problems and queries can be dealt with over the telephone and this is the preferred option at the moment. We urge all patients to follow government advice, it is the only way we will slow down the spread of the virus.

The inner doors are locked at the surgery and only patients with allocated appointments are permitted to enter the building. All patients will be asked if they have any symptoms of COVID19 before they enter the building and will be required to use hand sanitiser on entering and leaving the building. You are required to wear a face covering to enter the surgery.

Prescriptions and samples can still be handed in but now just leave them in the box in front porch. You can also pick up new sample bottles, condoms and forms for self certification from here.

Prescriptions
Please can all patients order their prescription in the normal manner, either online, by email to tay.strathmoreprescriptions@nhs.scot or by handing in their slip to the pharmacy or surgery. As always we will accept phone calls from patients who are housebound and unable to use the online methods. Please can you make sure you order only what you need and do not stock pile medication. This will only create shortages and prevent those who need medication from getting it.

COVID19 Symtoms
We ask all patients who do have symptoms of the virus such as a new continuous dry cough, a high fever or loss of smell and taste to stay at home for 10 days or until 2 days after your fever has gone. Please book a test online, see details below.  All members of your household will need to isolate for 10 days or longer if they also catch the virus. If you feel very unwell please call the practice between 8am and 6pm and NHS24 on 111 outwith these times.

COVID19 Testing

If you are experiencing symptoms of Covid19 everyone in Scotland over the age of 5 years can now be tested. Please click on the link below and follow the instructions.

https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test

EXEMPTION CARD for those not who cannot wear a face covering

The use of face coverings is now mandatory in Scotland in shops and on public transport. Disability Equity Scotland have developed an exemption card which can be printed for use by those who may not be able to wear a face covering for health reasons. There is no requirement to obtain evidence in the form of a letter from a doctor that you are exempt.

Please see the link to the Disability Equity Scotland website for more information and the printable posters / exemption cards.

https://disabilityequality.scot/news/face-covering/


Employment and other queries
If you have any queries regarding your employment or any other queries to do with the virus please go to www.nhsinform.scot.  If you need to self isolate there is a self isolation form you can complete to send to your employer. I’m sure that you can understand that the doctors and staff at the surgery are under great strain at the moment and cannot deal with all these enquiries.

If you are intending to travel abroad you should:

· check the entry requirements for your destination country on the UK foreign travel advice pages

· get up-to-date information from the website of your destination country

· check the re-entry requirements for your return to Scotland

· only request a vaccination record if it is absolutely required and you are due to travel in the next 21 days

Proof of Vaccination

People will be able access their Covid-19 Vaccine Status online, by logging on to www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status.

People who have lost or forgotten their username or password will be able to create new ones by selecting 'forgot username' or 'forgot password' options.

A Freephone Covid Status Helpline will allow people to get the record posted to them. It can be contacted on 0808 196 8565.

The Scottish Government continues to urge a highly cautious approach to international travel, given the risk of new variants. The four UK Chief Medical Officers have said that green-list status should be the exception, rather than the rule, with countries added to the list only where there are very good reasons for doing so.

(Site updated 09/06/2021)
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