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FURTHER CHANGE TO APPOINTMENT SYSTEM

Unfortunately due to an unforeseen  reduction in GP and Advanced Nursing Practitioner resources the Practice is unable to offer as many appointments per week as has previously been the case.     Advertisements have already been placed and every effort is being made to recruit a GP/Advanced Nursing Practitioner.

With effect from Wednesday, 25 September 2019 the majority of appointments will be bookable only on an “on the day” basis. There are some appointments available between 7.30am and 8.10am and a few will be bookable online up to one week in advance.  If you telephone and there are no appointments left for that day, regrettably we can only ask that you try again the following day.

The triage system, whereby anyone who requires urgent medical attention will remain in place.  Anyone who requires to see a Doctor should give the fullest details to the receptionist who will pass on this information without delay to allow a Doctor to call the patient back and consider how best to proceed.  PLEASE DO NOT ABUSE THIS AND ONLY ASK FOR A DOCTOR TO CALL BACK IF IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

Requests for HOME VISITS must be made before 10.30am in order to enable the Doctors to prioritise these visits.

Finally please remember that the Doctors and staff at the Practice are as concerned as you are that this situation has arisen.  If unfortunately there are no appointments left when you call there is nothing we can do but ask you to try again the next day.  Venting your frustration on the reception staff by being rude or abusive will not remedy the situation, suddenly create the appointment you desire or lessen the stress for you or them.    It is all the more important that you ensure you attend any appointment you have booked and if you no longer require that appointment please telephone at the earliest opportunity to cancel it.

Travel Vaccination Policy

If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel, you need to make an appointment with the Practice Nurse at least six weeks before your date of departure to discuss your travel arrangements.  Please note that individual appointments must be made i.e. one person cannot represent a family or group.

Adults are required to make a DOUBLE APPOINTMENT and children under 16 require a SINGLE APPOINTMENT. 

You will be required to collect and complete a travel risk form from Reception prior to your appointment.  

No vaccines are given at your initial appointment.  The purpose of this is to carry out an accurate risk assessment and establish which vaccines and anti-malarial medications are required.

Where patients are travelling for more than one month and/or have complicated travel schedules, it is advised that they see the Practice Nurse at least three months prior to travel as normally they will also have to arrange an appointment at the Travel clinic.

Patients who have certain allergies/medical conditions may be referred to the Brownlee Centre at Gartnavel Hospital.

If no appointments are available at the Surgery for last minute travellers, patients will be asked to attend a Travel clinic to ensure optimal protection.

Prescriptions for Hepatitis A boosters can be issued without a consultation, provided a Hepatitis A vaccine has been given within the last 6-12 months.

Immunisations supplied

Travel medications issued on NHS prescription are:

  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Combined Hepatitis A / Typhoid
  • Combined Hepatitis A / Hepatitis B
  • Cholera (as per NHSL Guidelines 05.2017)
  • Hepatitis B vaccines can be supplied by the Surgery but this will incur a private prescription charge (administration fee) there will be additional cost of the vaccine and dispensing fee by the Pharmacist.  This can also be purchased and administered at the travel clinic.

The following vaccines can only be supplied and administered at the Travel clinic:

  • Japanese Encephalitis
  • Tick Bourne Encephalitis
  • Yellow Fever
  • Meningococcal Meningitis
  • Rabies
  • Anti-malarial medication

Chloroquine / Proguanil can be purchased over the counter at any Pharmacy
Doxycycline / Mefloquine (Larium) / Malarone (Atovaquone + Proguanil) issued via private prescription with the additional cost of Pharmacists dispensing fee.  It can also be issued by a Travel clinic.


Supply of medication

The Surgery follows the national guidelines supplying a maximum of three months medication for foreign travel.

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below

Europe Europe & Russia North America North America
Central America Central America South America South America
Caribbean Caribbean Africa Africa
Middle East Middle East Central Asia Central Asia
East Asia East Asia Australasia Australasia and Pacific

Travel Health Questionnaire

To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the Practice Nurse.

 

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