Flu season is upon us again and this year it is more important than ever to make sure you get your flu-jag. This year due to COVID-19 restrictions, the health-board will be running the flu vaccination clinics at Ballerup Hall and Hunter Health Centre. If you are eligible for a flu-jag you will receive a letter with an appointment date and time. If this appointment is not suitable, please call the number on the letter to re-arrange. We will not be running flu-clinics at the surgery this year.
For all the latests updates regarding the Coronavirus Vaccine, including current elligible patient groups please visit:
NHS inform COVID-19 vaccine page: www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine
A COVID-19 vaccination helpline, for general information about the coronavirus vaccine and its delivery, is now available from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week on 0800 030 8013. It will not be possible to book or change vaccine appointments via the helpline
PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THE PRACTICE
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Further Covid-19 advice
Due to Coronavirus NOBODY SHOULD ATTEND THE SURGERY FOR ANY REASON unless specifically told to do so by a GP or member of staff.
All face to face appointments have been cancelled as of Monday 16 March, 2020. However, any pre booked telephone consultations are unaffected and remain in place.
Please order prescriptions using our telephone ordering service. You can do this by calling the practice on 01355 227220 but please be aware the phone lines will be extremely busy due to the Coronavirus. Please leave a note of which chemist you would like your prescription to go to. We encourage you to also order via our website and through Vision online
All sick lines will be posted out to your home address. Please note that we are not issuing sick notes for patients who have been asked to self-isolate. The most up-to-date Government guidance states that patients can self-certify for 14 days.
If you need URGENT medical advice please phone the surgery. All calls will be triaged by a doctor who will decide on whether you need to attend.
If you have a high temperature and/or cough and your symptoms are mild, do not phone the surgery. Instead please see NHS Inform for updated information or call the helpline on 0800 028 2816
PUBLIC MESSAGE RE SCREENING PAUSE – WILL BE ADDED TO SCREENING PAGES ON NHS INFORM AND OTHER RELEVANT SITES/LETTERS (NHS INFORM TEAM WILL ALSO BE ALERTED TO RESPOND TO CALLS USING THIS INFORMATION)
Due to the rapidly changing situation with Coronavirus (COVID-19), its impact on clinical services and the requirement for social distancing, the Scottish Government, has taken the decision to temporarily pause the following screening programmes until further notice:
• Breast Screening (mammograms)
• Cervical Screening (smear tests)
• Bowel Screening (home test kits)
• Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening (ultrasound of abdomen)
• Diabetic Retinopathy (Eye) Screening (images taken of the eye)
This means we have now stopped inviting people for these screening tests and no more tests will be carried out until further notice. Results for those who have recently been screened will continue to be processed.
If you have a bowel screening test kit which you haven’t used yet, please keep it safe until we re-start the programme, at which point you can do the test and send it to us. If you have already completed your bowel screening test kit please return it in the envelope provided with your kit. If you have received a positive screening result and are awaiting a colonoscopy appointment then you will be contacted directly.
Please be assured that we will re-start screening programmes as soon as it is agreed safe to do so following the evidence received on Coronavirus which will be reviewed on a regular basis.
When this happens, invitations will be re-issued and appointments will be re-arranged. We will do everything we can to ensure screening invitations and appointments are prioritised appropriately.
Please remember: In between screening appointments or as you wait for your rescheduled screening appointment, please be aware of any symptoms or signs of the conditions we screen for.
Please visit www.nhsinform.scot/screening for more information on these symptoms.
Contact your GP practice if you have any of the symptoms.
Pregnancy and Newborn Screening Programmes will continue where practical – these are tests and scans offered during pregnancy and just after birth.
For more information, please visit www.nhsinform.scot/screening or call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88
Welcome to Strathcalder Practice
The practice was formed in June 2015 following the merger of Strathmore Surgery and The Calderwood Practice.
The Strathcalder practice consists of 4 GPs, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, a Practice Nurse, a Healthcare Assistant, a Staff Nurse and administrative staff. We have close links with the district nurses and health visitors attached to the practice. We provide a variety of General Medical Services including house visits, appointments, telephone advice and prescriptions.
Other services available within Alison Lea Medical Centre include physiotherapy and podiatry. We also have access to the local treatment room, based at Hunter Health centre, who are responsible primarily for blood tests, injections and dressings. The practice has close links with community pharmacists, dieticians, community addictions services, community psychiatric nurses and MacMillan Nurses.