For the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including protective measures, how to get a test and how to self-isolate please see links below:
Covid 19 information
Coronavirus in Scotland
Covid 19 Status
PLEASE BE PATIENT
Primary Care Teams have been on the frontline and have been working incredibly hard throughout the pandemic. Many of them are exhausted and they really are doing their best to help you. Just like you, they want to get back to as close to normal as possible, but we are not there yet.
Following the new Scottish Guidelines, all those who attend a Health Care setting in Grampian should now wear a Fluid Resistant Surgical Mask (i.e. the blue medical masks you see all NHS staff wearing). These should be worn for the duration of your visit to the practice unless otherwise instructed. This includes children from 5 yrs and above. Thank you for your continued co-operation.
MASK WEARING (WE DO NOT PROVIDE LETTERS TO ADVISE THAT PATIENTS DO NOT HAVE TO WEAR MASKS)
The wearing of face coverings is currently compulsory on Public Transport and in shops. Some people cannot wear masks because of a disability or severe distress - should you be in this position, you can access a DIY card to quickly explain that you have a legal reasonable excuse. These are available by clicking here
Shielding paused with effect from 1 August 2020 and shielding patients can now undertake activities in line with the rest of the population - they should continue to observe social distancing and hand hygiene recommendations
COVID SYMPTOMS & HELP
If you have developed Coronavirus/COVID 19 symptoms, (new continuous cough, fever and/or loss or change of taste or smell) or live with someone who has symptoms please follow the guidance on www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus where there is an interactive guide you can use.
There are many helpful resources you can use -
For the interactive patient guide for those with symptoms click here.
To print off a medical certificate if you have been off work for over 7 days click here
Assessment of whether you can keep working is your employer’s responsibility (and cannot be done by your GP) - they should be directed to Health Protection Scotland for further information by clicking here
For advice on how people with specific health conditions should manage their condition through this period click here
If you feel that you need to speak to a doctor about your COVID symptoms - please call NHS24 on 111. The team will ask questions and pass this information to a clinician who can decide if your symptoms can be dealt with by phone call or if you need to be seen. If you need to be seen, this will be organised safely.
COVID 19 VACCINE UPDATE (June 2021)
As many of you will know, the COVID 19 vaccine is currently being administered in Scotland. We would like to take this opportunity to update you on the latest information we have received from Aberdeen Health and Social Care Partnership (ACHSCP) with regards to rolling out the vaccine.
Second doses of COVID-19 vaccine brought forward for those aged 40 and over in NHS Grampian area. People aged 40 and over in Grampian whose second coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointment is scheduled more than eight weeks after their first are being encouraged to seek an earlier slot.
You can do this by going online at https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccineappointments where they can also check the status of their second appointment, by calling the vaccine helpline on 0800 030 8013, or attending one of the drop-in centres.
It follows recent advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) recommending that the interval for second doses be brought forward from 12 to eight weeks - where supply allows.
The national vaccination programme is already scheduling appointments to reflect the latest guidance. However, many people – particularly over 40s – have already received an invitation in line with the previous recommendation of a 12-week interval, and they are now being invited to reschedule an earlier appointment. Supplies permitting this will also apply to under 40s when their second dose appointments are due.
Vaccines Administered within Common Travel Areas
Citizens can now provide evidence of a vaccination from elsewhere in the UK, Channel Islands and Republic of Ireland, in order to have their full vaccination course included in their vaccination certificate.
Please note that citizens can only do this if they have had at least 1 dose in Scotland and the other dose in the Common Travel Area and if they have an existing CHI.
The VMT National Certifier (NCC) will add these records into VMT, they will then flow from the National Clinical Datastore to the COVID Status Application.
Click here for more information from the NHS Inform
As all adults should now have received their first Covid Vaccine Appointment. If you have not or you need to change this, please see below:-
You can attend one of our drop-in vaccination clinics without an appointment or you can self-register online for an appointment to be sent to you by text or email. View drop in locations here➡ nhsinform.scot/vaccinedropinclinics or self-register here ➡ nhsinform.scot/vaccineregistration
If your appointment time or location doesn’t suit, you can change it at ➡ nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccineappointments
or call 0800 030 8013
If you’re aged 18 or over you can get your first dose or – if eight weeks have passed - your second dose at one of our drop-in clinics. See dates, times and locations here: nhsinform.scot/vaccinedropinclinics
Inchgarth Community Centre is also hosting Covid Vaccine Clinics - see below.
Patients on Blood Thinning Medication
The patient information leaflet which accompanies appointment letters for COVID-19 vaccination states: People with bleeding disorders or people taking medication to thin the blood or reduce bleeding should consult their specialist for advice on vaccination. NHS Grampian advise not to phone your GP.
• Patients who are prescribed blood thinning medication including warfarin, aspirin, clopidogrel, rivarovxaban, edoxaban and apixiban should not be concerned about receiving the COVID-19 vaccine and should attend their appointment to receive this important immunisation.
• There is no need to contact your general practice for advice regarding blood thinning medication prior to attending for COVID-19 immunisation.
• Vaccinators will ask a question related to this prior to administering an injection.
• Patients on blood thinning medication may bruise more readily, the vaccinator will simply apply pressure after immunisation to the injection site for a bit longer than average. Reassuringly, the needle the COVID-19 vaccine is given with is very small and causes minimal trauma
• If the individual receives medication/ treatment to reduce bleeding, for example treatment for haemophilia, intramuscular vaccination can be scheduled shortly after such medication/ treatment is administered. Please call the number on your letter to rearrange your appointment if required.
If you have any questions with regards the vaccine please contact 0800 030 8013 or visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/immunisation/vaccines/coronavirus-covid-19-vaccine
We would like to thank all our patients for their understanding and help - keeping us all as safe as possible and allowing us to continue looking after your health at this difficult time.