Measles: Are you protected?
The number of cases of measles is increasing across Europe and there have been outbreaks in France, Poland, Lithuania, Romania and Germany. Outbreaks have also been reported in London and during 2018 there were over 1000 cases in the UK.
Measles is highly infectious and can be a dangerous illness. A cough or a sneeze can spread the measles virus over a wide area. Measles spreads easily in schools and other places where young people gather together. Travellers to affected areas are particularly at risk if they have not been fully vaccinated.
Measles can be easily prevented by the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine. It is important that all young people have had two doses of the MMR vaccine to fully protect them against measles, mumps and rubella. It is never too late to be immunised.
Women aged 45 and under and mend aged 25 and under who haven’t had 2 doses of the MMR vaccine as a child should get their free MMR vaccine. It protects against measles, mumps and rubella – all of which can be very serious diseases and are highly infectious.
If you're unsure if you or your child have had 2 doses of MMR, please call the surgery to check and catch up if needed, especially if you are travelling to Europe this summer.
More information about the MMR vaccine is available on the NHS Inform website.
Cervical screening is also known as the 'smear test'. It is designed to check cells from your cervix so they can be monitored or treated. Without treatment these changes can sometimes develop into cervical cancer.
Cervical screening can stop cervical cancer before it starts.
All women in Scotland aged 25 to 49 are offered a test every 3 years.
Women aged 50 to 64 are offered a test every 5 years.
Contact the practice on 01224 492828 to book an appointment if you have received your invitation or if you think your test is overdue.
Cervical Screening Patient Information Leaflet
Cervical Screening Video Guide
The practice sends text message reminders to patients to remind them of their GP or nurse appointment. In order to receive these please remember to let us know your mobile phone number and tell us if it changes.
You can opt out of text messages at any time. Please phone 01224 492828 or let the receptionist know at your next visit if you wish to opt out.
Vision Online Services
We now offer an online service for our patients so you can book routine GP appointments and order your repeat medication at your convenience. Click here for the form. Please complete the form, print it off and return it to the practice in person. You will also need to bring proof of your ID, for example photo ID or your passport.
Please call before 10.00am if you are unable to attend the surgery and require a doctor to visit you at home.
People aged 70 - 79 are eligible for the shingles vaccine.
The shingles vaccine is not available on the NHS to anyone aged 80 and over because it seems to be less effective in this age group.
You can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year, though many people will find it convenient to have it at the same time as their annual flu vaccination.
Appointment Cancellation line
We have a new dedicated appointment cancellation line for use when the practice is closed. If you no longer need your appointment and do not wish to book another one, please call 01224 283934 and leave your name, date of birth, address and details of the appointment you wish to cancel. Please do not leave any other message on this number.
See information under "appointments"
All NHS buildings and ground are now smoke free. See separate page under "Policies" for more information.
New NHS24 phone number
If you require advice when the practice is closed please call NHS 24 on the free number 111
Self referral forms for Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and the Continence Clinic can be found on the Self Care page. You can also complete an application form for a Community Alarm. Please download to complete and send to address on the form.