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STARTING UNIVERSITY THIS YEAR?

From 1 August 2014, young people aged under 25 who are starting University for the first time, should have a catch up booster of the MenC vaccine before they start University.

Students starting University for the first time are at an increased risk of Men C disease because they are more likely to stay in halls of residence and have more close contact with new students, especially during freshers’ week. You are eligible for the vaccine if you are under 25 years old, attending University for the first time, and have not previously had any Men C vaccination since the age of 10. If you can’t remember, make a ‘phone appointment the Practice Nurse who can check your vaccine history.

It is important that eligible university entrants receive the immunisation at least 2 weeks before attending University to boost their antibody levels before they start – you can book an appointment with the Practice Nurse for August now.  

If you did not get immunised before leaving for University you can register with a new GP practice once you arrive and arrange to get the vaccine there as soon as possible, ideally in freshers’ week and no later than 31 October.

For more information visit Immunisation Scotland -

http://www.immunisationscotland.org.uk/vaccines-and-diseases/menc.aspx

 

KEEP WELL HEALTH CHECKS

Keep Well is a national programme of health checks that are being offered to people aged 40-64 in certain parts of NHS Highland.  In Inverness, health checks are being offered for patients living in the following areas - Merkinch, Kinmylies, Dalneigh, Hilton and Raigmore.  A Keep Well health check is free, takes 30 minutes and is a chance to make a positive difference to your health. The check is to assess your risk of developing heart disease and to help you keep well in general.  The Surgery will send out letters to patients living in the relevant postcode areas, inviting you to make an appointment.  Further information on the Keep Well programme is available at -

www.keepwellscotland.com

 

EVER WONDERED WHY YOU'VE WAITED SO LONG?

The number of patients needing to see their GP is increasing, yet funding for general practice is falling year on year.  This means patients are waiting a week or more to see their GP and the amount spent per patient is in decline.  To protect high quality services for all patients, the Royal College of GPs and the National Association for Patient Participation are campaigning for the Governments of the UK to increase funding for general practice.  To support the campaign to put patients first and back general practice, visit -

www.putpatientsfirst.rcgp.org.uk

 

NHS24 - NEW PHONE NUMBER FROM 29TH APRIL 2014 

The new free NHS24 contact number is 111. You can visit www.nhs24.com and use our Self-Help Guide which will help to direct you to the right care.

 

MOBILE 'PHONE NUMBERS

If you change your mobile 'phone number, can you remember and let us know, please?  This makes it easier for us to get in touch with you and allows you to receive text reminders for your appointments - thanks!


BOWEL CANCER AWARENESS

The Scottish Government recently launched a "Detect Cancer Early Bowel Screening" campaign in order to improve cancer survival rates by increasing the number of Scots diagnosed in the earliest stages of the disease.  For further information on this screening, please click on Bowel Screening Programme on right hand side of this page.

Suffering from a minor illness and want some advice as quickly as possible?

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New Patients Welcome!

Are you new to the area or looking to change practice? We would be happy to help you. Fill in our registration forms and come see us.Find out more

**FREE** Text Reminder Service

We can now remind you of your appointments by sending a text to your mobile 'phone - simply register for this free service at reception or online.

Repeat Prescriptions

Do you need to re-order your medication? Visit our prescriptions page and complete the online form.  Please remember that requests for repeat medication will not be taken over the 'phone. Find out more

Opening Hours

Find out when our practice is open, what the GP consulting times are and what to do if you need help when the practice is closed.Find out more

(Site updated 12/08/2014)
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