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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. Please wait until you are before attempting to make an appointment or turning up at the practice.


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



Strathmore Surgery Hypnotic and Anxiolytic Prescribing Policy

NOTICE TO ALL PATIENTS


Prescribing of hypnotics and anxiolytics (benzodiazepines).


 


These are medicines which are highly addictive and open to abuse. The UK medicines regulatory body, the MHRA, advises that doctors should avoid long-term prescribing of this type of medicine which includes the following examples:


                   Diazepam                                Nitrazepam


                   Lorazepam                             Temazepam


                   Loprazolam                            Zopiclone


                   Lormetazepam                      Zolpidem


                   Oxazepam                              Zalepon


                   Chlordiazepoxide


These medicines will no longer routinely be started by the practice.


Prescriptions for these medicines:



  • Will be for short term use only (up to 2 weeks maximum)

  • Will require regular follow up/return to the practice prior to issuing


 If you are already taking any of the above medicines then you may be invited to the practice for a review with your doctor to discuss a plan to step down/stop the medicine. As part of treatment with these medicines the practice will carry out random urine testing. If you would like more information please discuss with your doctor.



 
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