NHS Lanarkshire GP Practices asked to focus on most-urgent and time critical care
Health and social care services across Lanarkshire are continuing to experience more pressure than at any other point in their history. Due to this sustained pressure, record covid-19 numbers and ongoing staff sickness absence, NHS Lanarkshire has asked GP practices to prioritise urgent care to help keep health services safe.
GPs continue to deliver services, but the reduction in the community services which support general practice – for example, treatment rooms, reduces GPs’ ability to deliver all the services that they would wish.
From Tuesday 11 January for four weeks, all local GP practices moved to a ‘managed suspension of services’ which means they will focus on the most urgent and time-critical care. This includes the assessment of people with respiratory or covid-19 symptoms, along with providing a range of other services.
Dr Linda Findlay, Medical Director, South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership, said:
“Our staff continue to work extremely hard to ensure that patients are seen and treated as quickly as possible in the most challenging of circumstances and we ask that people be kind to our staff and colleagues who are committed to caring, no matter the circumstances.”
For more information on what this means, visit www.nhslanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk/news-gps-move-urgent-care/
The Department of Work and Pensions is making legislative changes meaning that from Friday 17th December 2021 self-certification for sickness will be extended from 7 to 28 days for people accessing Statutory Sick Pay, and there will be no requirement for a fit note to access other benefits. This time limited change will end on 26th January 2022.
Please help the practice by not requesting new fit notes within your self-certification period. Thanks.
Flu Vaccination - UPDATED 21/12/21
Important Information About Flu Vaccinations
NHS Lanarkshire are prioritising Covid-19 booster vaccinations because of the rise of the Omicron variant. Therefore you will no longer routinely be given the flu vaccination at the vaccination clinics.
If you are 64 and under, and are not in a higher-risk category, you will no longer be offered a flu vaccination this season.
If you are:
- aged 65 and over
- 16 and over with an underlying health condition
- 16 and over and an unpaid carer or household contact of an immunosuppressed person
check with your community pharmacy, or check the NHS Inform website in January to see when flu vaccination may be restarting in some clinics.
If you are pregnant, speak to your midwife who can give you the flu vaccine.
Please do not contact the surgery about flu vaccinations, as we do not have access to the vaccine or vaccinations.
Coronavirus Update - December 2021
Due to the increasing prevalence of covid in the community, and the emergence of the new omicron variant, we have taken additional steps to make sure we are working as safely as possible.
We continue to adhere to all Scottish Governement and healthboard infection control guidance, including social distancing, increased cleaning, increased use of telephone appointments and triage, and the wearing of facemasks and PPE.
Patients who are acutely unwell will be assessed by telephone initially, and your clinician will arrange a face-to-face appointment where required. Many problems can be dealt with quickly and effectively over the phone. Please visit the appointments page of the website for further details.
Additionally, to keep patients safe, we are limiting the number of people waiting inside the practice. If you travel to the surgery by car we will ask you to wait in your vehicle until you appointment. Please keep an eye out for the clinician coming to escort you into the practice.
2021 Flu Campaign and Covid Booster Information
This year, the covid-19 booster and seasonal flu vaccination programmes are being delivered together. Where possible, people who are eligible for both vaccinations will receive one appointment – so they don’t need to attend two appointments within a short period of time.
To allow GP practices to continue to provide vital services to patients, they will not be involved in delivering these programmes. Please do not contact your GP practice about the covid booster or flu vaccinations as they will not be able to help.
As with the initial covid-19 vaccination programme, we are asking people to be patient as they will be contacted when it is their turn for either or both vaccines.
People who are eligible will be invited to attend an appointment in one of our seven vaccination centres, located across Lanarkshire. These are:
- Airdrie Town Hall, Airdrie
- Ballerup Hall, East Kilbride
- Banqueting Hall, South Lanarkshire Council Headquarters, Hamilton
- Braidfute Retail Park, Lanark (with satellite clinics at Abington, Biggar and Stonehouse)
- Fernhill Community Centre, Rutherglen
- Link Community Centre, Cumbernauld
- Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, Motherwell
More information is available in this Frequently Asked Questions document.
In line with Scottish Government advice, NHS Lanarkshire urges people not to travel abroad unless it is absolutely essential
GP practices in Lanarkshire will not provide face covering exemption letters for travelling purposes. For more information visit http://exempt.scot/
If you require proof of having your Covid Vaccination please visit to NHS Inform: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/after-your-vaccine/get-a-record-of-your-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-status
Similarly, we are not doing private medicals for visas at this time. A number of private travel clinics are able to provide this service.