February 2022 Newsletter
Dr Nicola Howland retired on Friday 11th February 2022. All at the practice thank her for her hard work and wish her well. For the latest practice information, please read our newsletter: February 2022 Newsletter
Practice Manager on Maternity Leave
The Practice Manager, Michelle Cowan, is on Maternity Leave as of 29th December 2021. In her absence, the Assistant Practice Manager, Jennifer Cairney, will be acting as the Practice Manager.
Statement for Patients November 2021
COVID Vaccine Exemption Certificates
GPs and their teams cannot issue vaccination exemption certificates, as per the Scottish Government. Further information on the vaccination exemption certificate schemes, including information on safe vaccination and routes to obtain an exemption can be found on the Scottish Government and NHS inform websites. Alternatively you can call the free NHS COVID helpline on : 0800 196 8565
The Health Board will shortly contact you with an appointment for your Flu & COVID vaccination. The Practice is not involved in the delivery of these vaccines and are unable to rearrange or make any appointments for patients. If the appointment you receive is unsuitable, please contact the vaccination helpline on the number provided on your invitation letter.
The Scottish Government requires General Practice and other healthcare settings to have different infection control and physical distancing guidance to other places such as hospitality and shops. This is to help reduce the risk to practice staff and to people attending the practice who may be at greater risk if they catch Covid-19.
From 19 July 2021, the following rules still apply in all GP surgeries:
- wearing of face coverings by patients and the public (unless exempt)
- physical distancing of 2 metres in waiting areas
- contact your practice by telephone in the first instance
- wearing of PPE by staff
- screening of all patients attending the practice for Covid-19 symptoms
Self-Referral to Physiotherapy
You can now self-refer to the NHS Lanarkshire physio service - please click the link for further information https://www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/services/physiotherapy-msk/
Proof of COVID Vaccination Letters
A vaccination status letter can be downloaded from the NHS Inform patient portal or, for those not online, requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline.
Only those planning to travel to a country or territory where a record of vaccination status is needed as an entry requirement should download the record or request it.
To download your vaccination status letter please go to www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status or if you do not have access to the internet, please call 0808 196 8565 and your letter will be posted to you.
Please do not contact the Practice for this purpose.
Please keep up to date with the latest COVID-19 information at https://www.nhsinform.scot/ and NHS Lanarkshire also have a FAQ section on their website regarding GP practices: https://www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/novel-corona-virus-covid-19/recovery-gp-faq/