Covid Vaccination Booster Info
We have once again been inundated with queries this week and are hearing there are a lot of confusing messages going around regarding the Booster Vaccinations and venues.
We have been in touch with the local vaccinator team and can confirm that Carradale and Skipness patients CANNOT attend the Booster clinic in the Victoria Hall, Campbeltown this weekend.
The next date for a clinic in SKIPNESS is 18 NOVEMBER at Skipness village hall and is for Skipness residents over 50 and patients will receive an appointment from the Health Board.
The next date for a clinic in CARRADALE is 20 NOVEMBER at Carradale village hall for over 50s and patients will receive an appointment from the Health Board.
Other dates have still to be confirmed.
Any queries regarding Covid-19 Booster vaccinations should be directed to the NHS Highland Vaccination Hub TEL: 01463 705531
We wish to put out a special plea to please, please DO NOT telephone Carradale Surgery regarding Covid Booster vaccinations.
Further Covid Booster Update
Please see telephone number 01463 705531 (NHS Highland) for Vaccination Enquiry Hub.
We are really sorry, but…..PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE SURGERY WITH COVID BOOSTER QUERIES.
The practice has been inundated with calls today regarding Covid boosters. The high level of calls resulted in other patients being unable to get through.
Covid booster clinics are being held by NHS Highland and NOT the Practice. The practice staff are therefore unable to answer any queries regarding the booster drop in clinics.
We understand the last of the NHS Health Board letters were only sent out yesterday and that they only have vaccine for Carradale and Skipness patients who are due in October & patients will be turned away if not 24 weeks since their 2nd vaccine.
Covid-19 Booster Update
We have been informed that NHS Highland Health Board are sending out the attached letter to eligible patients regarding the Booster clinics which will take place as follows:
Skipness Village Hall on Thursday, 14 October between 2pm and 4pm
Carradale Village Hall on Saturday, 16 October between 10 am and 4pm.
Any queries regarding your booster should be directed to the telephone number on the letter.
Locum Cover - 10-15 October 2021
Dr Carsten Kornfield will be covering for Dr Elder as Locum Doctor from Monday, 10 October to Friday, 15 October 2021.
Covid-19 Booster Vaccination Programme
We have received a number of patient enquiries regarding Covid-19 Booster vaccinations. We currently do not have any further information to pass on except that NHS Highland Health Board will be arranging all the booster clinics across mainland Highland instead of GP surgeries. We understand patients will be informed by letter.
Covid boosters should be at least 6 months after 2nd vaccine.
Please do not contact the surgery about booster Covid-19 vaccinations as we will post further information when we know more. Thank you!
Winter Flu Clinics
Winter flu vaccination clinics are well underway in both Carradale and Skipness, including housebound patients.
Flu vaccination is being offered to all age 50 and over, as well as those under 50 with chronic health conditions.
We are working our way through the age cohorts and the Carradale surgery staff will contact all patients directly to arrange flu vaccinations.
Carradale Surgery Public Holiday - 27 September
The surgery will be closed on Monday 27th September. Please make sure you order your prescription in good time.
If you need to contact a doctor urgently you should telephone
NHS 24 on FREE PHONE 111 or in an Emergency dial 999
Locum Cover - 10-24 September 2021
Dr Leila Bawa will be covering for Dr Elder as Locum Doctor from Friday, 10 - Friday, 24 September.
Locum Cover - 16-20 August
Dr Doerte Pfuetzner will be covering for Dr Elder as Locum Doctor from Monday 16 August to Friday 20 August 2021.
Locum Cover - 19 - 23 July 2021
Dr Carsten Kornfield will be covering for Dr Elder as Locum Doctor from Monday, 19 July to Friday, 23 July 2021.
Lateral Flow Test Kits in Stock
Carradale Surgery have Lateral Flow Test Kits in stock, should you need one. Lateral Flow Device (LFD) also known as a rapid test is for routine testing for people that do not have symptoms. More details about the test can be found at NHS Inform Lateral Flow Tests
Please Book a PCR Online https://bit.ly/Book_PCR_Test or call 119 if you have symptoms or are told to by Test and Protect.
Holiday Closure - 5 July
Have you ordered repeat prescriptions? Don't get caught short over theJuly holiday Monday, so please order in good time.
The surgery will be closed on Monday, 5 July.
Health Board workers have arrived this morning (Monday, 21 June) to replace the pillars at the front of the surgery building. Please could all patients and visitors use the back door - there is a bell at the back door to ring for attention.
Huge Congratulations to our Administrator Maryann Gosling, who has successfully passed the Level 2 Dispensing Assistant course.
“Maryann is a highly valued member of the Carradale Surgery team and has worked extremely hard through these Covid-19 times to continue with surgery work whilst at the same time completing the coursework.” Dr Malcolm Elder
“Congratulation Maryann. Due to Covid-19 the course took longer to complete than anticipated, but you remained positive and diligent throughout. It was a delight to be your tutor and I wish you well in the next step of your career.' Marjorie Leighton, Integrated Pharmacist for Kintyre
Maryann will now use her new qualification to dispense medication in the surgery alongside other team members.
Locum Cover - 2-11 June 2021
Dr Leila Bawa will be covering for Dr Elder as Locum Doctor from Wednesday, 2 June to Friday, 11 June 2021.
Covid Vaccination Record
It is now possible to access your COVID vaccination record via the nhsinform.scot website.
As the Carradale clinics were organised by the practice and not via blue letters, none of our patients have usernames, but if you click on the ‘recover username’ option it is possible to create one.
We are hearing from other practices that some patients information is unable to access. This is likely to be due to early teething problems with the nhs website and will hopefully resolve in next few days.
Dr Elder is looking to recruit a Part-Time Salaried GP
This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic GP or GP’s, at any stage of their career, to join us to cover 18 weeks per annum in 1–4 week blocks throughout the year. The position may suit a portfolio career GP incorporating other roles in the UK or overseas. Alternatively, for someone who wishes to fit around family commitments or looking for a better work/life balance. Discover the joy of being a Remote and Rural GP in a wonderful location.
More details on our Vacancies Page
May Closures - Order Repeat Prescriptions Early
Have you ordered repeat prescriptions? Don't get caught short over the two May date Holidays. Please order in good time.
The surgery will be closed on both Monday, 3 May and Monday, 10 May.
Carradale Surgery Prescription Deliveries
With Covid restrictions easing we shall be reverting back to once-a-week prescription deliveries on Thursdays, starting from w/c 3 May 2021.
Side effects of the coronavirus vaccines
Carradale Surgery are looking forward to welcoming Roisin Thom, a 5th year medical student from the University of Aberdeen who will be with us from Monday, 29 March until Wednesday, 28 April. Roisin will be splitting her placement between Carradale and Tarbert Practices and so will be in Carradale on Monday and Tuesdays and in Skipness on Wednesday. The university and students highly value these placements to learn about remote and rural General Practice. Thank you in advance to all the patients who help with developing our future doctors.
Have you ordered repeat prescriptions? Don't get caught short over the Easter Holidays. The surgery will be closed on Friday, 2 April and Monday, 5 April.
**Covid-19 Vaccination Update**
With the arrival of vaccines on Wednesday, a rapidly planned clinic was held yesterday. We are pleased to report that 70% of Carradale Surgery adult patients have now received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
Over 80’s - 100% vaccination uptake
Age 75-79 - 100% vaccination uptake
Age 70-74 - 98% vaccination uptake
Age 65-69 - 95% vaccination uptake
Age 16-64 with underlying health problems -84% uptake
Age 60-64 - 85% uptake
If you are undecided about accepting your vaccine, please contact reception as Dr Elder is happy to discuss your vaccine concerns and provide information.
Tomorrow is the last day for Felicity Reilly our Aberdeen University 5th year placement student. Felicity has been a huge help to the team and especially in the role out of covid vaccinations.
It has been great to have you in Carradale and we wish you all the best with your final few months of university placements and graduating in the summer.
A big thank you to all the patients who assisted with Felicity's placement via telephone, video or face to face consultations.
Locum Cover - 8 to 26 March 2021
Dr Richard Weekes will be covering for Dr Elder as Locum Doctor from Monday, 8 March to Friday, 26 March 2021.
**Covid-19 Vaccination Update**
We are delighted to be progressing well with our Covid vaccinations and thought you might like an update on where we are at in our area covering from Skipness in the north to Ballochgair in the south.
As of today 40% of our patients over 18 yrs old have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This is made up from the following age groups including house bound and extremely clinically vulnerable patients:
Over 80’s - 100% vaccination uptake
Age 75-79 - 98% vaccination uptake
Age 70-74 - 96.6% vaccination uptake
At risk patients (shielding) - 96% vaccination uptake
The vaccinations of the 65-69 age group, and the 16-64 age group with underlying health problems are underway.
Dr Elder said: “The progress we have made in the vaccine programme to date is amazing and has been achieved by the whole surgery team and patients working together to maximise appointments. I can confirm we have not wasted a single dose to date, as we have been able to call patients on a standby list at short notice. A big thank you to everyone as your cooperation has been and is very much appreciated. Thank you also for your patience and understanding for the slight delays in the daily surgery routine work in our quest to roll out vaccines to you all as rapidly and as safely as we can."
The New Couch has arrived!
The couch is wider and is hydraulically operated to allow raising and lowering which will be of great benefit to many of our patients and the GP.
May we take this opportunity on behalf of patients to thank
Cour Community Windfarm Fund for their generous donation, as well as donations from the Carradale Surgery Patient Group and Dr Elder to make this purchase possible - THANK YOU.
Covid Vaccination Underway
We are delighted to report that the over 80’s vaccination is well underway at Carradale Surgery and in the homes of house bound patients. The first to receive the vaccine from Dr Elder this morning was Margaret Campbell.
Huge shout out to the full surgery team in the preparation and implementation as well as to Monica and Iona out in the district, and not forgetting all the patients and their carers assisting in the whole process running smoothly.
Patients in Skipness will start receiving their vaccines tomorrow.
We will be following a strict schedule laid down by the Public Health Department, with patients being vaccinated in order of age brackets and those most vulnerable. As your allocated vaccine arrives at the surgery we will contact you to book you in for your appointment.
We are very much looking forward to seeing you all for your vaccine.
Attending Your COVID Vaccine Appointment
COVID VACCINATION UPDATE (20/01/21)
We are expecting our first delivery of the Astrazeneca Oxford vaccine next week. If this delivery is received as scheduled, we will begin offering vaccines to the priority groups
as outlined by NHS Scotland. Initially this will be to the over 80's either at the Surgery or at home for house-bound patients.
We will be following a strict schedule laid down by the Public Health Department. Patients will be contacted directly by the Surgery and given an appointment time to attend. As vaccine supply continues the Priority groups will be called up in order.
You may not be vaccinated at the same time as others in your household who may be in a different group from you - your friends and relatives will be invited as soon as their vaccine arrives in the Practice. This vaccine arrives in vials containing 10 or more doses, which must be used within a certain time of being opened - please adhere to your appointment time to avoid wastage.
Currently, Carradale Surgery has no control over the number of vaccines allocated to our area or when these vaccines will arrive. Updates will follow as and when we have them for you. Thank you for your continued patience, and we will be in touch with each patient as their allocated vaccine arrives.
We are looking forward to seeing you all for your vaccination.
Carradale Surgery are looking forward to welcoming Felicity Reilly, a 5th year medical student from the University of Aberdeen who will be with us from Monday, 18 January until Friday 5 March. The university and students highly value these placements to learn about remote and rural General Practice. Thank you in advance to all the patients who help with developing our future doctors.
COVID VACCINATION UPDATE (13/1/21)
Reception staff have had a number of enquiries from patients asking about vaccinations.
Please be assured, we will be in touch to arrange appointments for the first eligible group to be vaccinated (patients over 80), as soon as stocks arrive. We do not yet have a delivery date, we expect to receive vaccines in the near future. This is outwith the control of the practice.
Vaccination for all other groups will follow as soon as supplies become available.
In the meantime, it is important that you DO NOT contact the surgery about vaccinations.
Thank you for your patience. Getting everyone vaccinated will be our priority. Please stay safe and follow the current lockdown restrictions.
For more information about who will be offered the Coronavirus vaccine and its delivery, please phone the helpline on 0800 030 8013 (lines are open between 8.00 and 8.00pm, 7 days a week.
Mobile Testing in Argyll and Bute
Today (11 January), we are delighted to welcome our new receptionist Rebecca Patterson to the surgery team. Rebecca is joining us at a very eventful time and we wish her all the very best in her new role.
Lockdown & Vaccine Update
Full lockdown has begun again and we understand people are going to find this a very bumpy journey. The lockdown is to protect the vulnerable and to assist the NHS cope with Covid and Non- Covid illnesses.
Our community rose to the challenge keeping everyone as safe and supported as possible last time and are on hand to do so again. By everyone following all the rules we help our community stay safe.
The good news is the community vaccine programmes will hopefully start shortly. Much of the focus from Health Boards across Scotland has been to vaccine front line health workers, care home staff and residents first.
As yet we don’t have a date of when the vaccine will arrive in East Kintyre, but will keep you informed as soon as we know. When the vaccine does arrive we shall work day and night to vaccinate medical staff and patients.
If you have any of the Covid symptoms below - even if they're mild - you need to book a test as soon as possible
A new, persistent cough
Loss or change in taste or smell
BUT ALSO REMEMBER:
if you have symptoms such as chest pain, limb weakness, speech changes and visual disturbance do not hesitate to seek medical advice. We remain available as we have done throughout the pandemic. It is important you contact the surgery if you have ANY worries or concerns - even the “It’s just a...”.
Today, Carradale Surgery said a heartfelt farewell to Sue Stansfield.
Sue has been receptionist and dispenser at the surgery for twenty years and is retiring to move south to be nearer family.
A huge asset to the surgery and community, all will miss her singing, sense of fun, story telling and hard work over the years.
Dr Elder handed over a retirement gift on behalf of the surgery team.
Festive Closures - Don't run out of repeat prescriptions, only order what you need in plenty time!
The practice will be closed on Friday, 25th and Monday, 28th of December, as well as being closed on the Friday, 1st and Monday, 4th of January. Please think ahead in regards to ordering your prescriptions to ensure you have enough to see you through the festivities.
Scottish COVID-19 vaccination helpline
The Scottish Covid-19 Vaccination Helpline has been set up to answer general enquiries the public might have in relation to the Covid Vaccine.
If you have an enquiry related to COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine or call the Scottish COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am–8pm 7 days a week).
During the first phase (December to March) the helpline will only be able to support general enquiries.
Day number 3 for the village advent calendar!
Happy Advent everyone
If you think you need to visit A&E, but it is not life-threatening, call NHS 24 on 111.
The NHS24 telephone service is available – day and night – to direct you to the service you need, often closer to home and without the need to travel to A&E. This could include self-care, GP, pharmacy, minor injuries or a referral for clinical assessment.
If you still need to attend A&E following this assessment, you will be given a safe time for this to happen.
From 1 December 2020, you are asked to:
• use the NHS inform website to access advice on common symptoms, guidance for self-help and where to go if further medical care is needed
• contact your local GP practice during the day for an appointment or over the phone advice
• use the NHS 24 telephone service on 111 day or night if you think you need A&E but it is not life-threatening
• use the NHS 24 111 Mental Health Hub and Breathing Space telephone helpline to access mental health advice and guidance
• use NHS 24 111 service and NHS inform out of hours when you are too ill to wait for your GP Practice to open, or for worsening symptoms of COVID-19; and
• use NHS 24 telephone service 111 for non-life threatening but painful injuries, such as a deep cut, a broken or sprained ankle or a painful burn injury to get an appointment at your local minor injuries unit.
In emergencies, you should continue to call 999 or go directly to A&E
Phase 2 of the Flu Vaccination Programme
The Scottish Government has announced that individuals aged 60-64 years, who aren't otherwise eligible for vaccination during Phase 1 of the programme, can now be invited to attend for immunisation. We understand that a decision will be made in late December on when to invite people aged 55-59 years who aren't otherwise eligible for vaccination.
Locum Cover - 2 - 13 November
Dr Doerte Pfuetzner will be covering for Dr Elder as Locum Doctor from Monday, 2 November to Friday, 13 November 2020.
Tomorrow is the last day for Eilidh Seaton our Aberdeen University 5th year placement student. To mark the occasion we arranged a surprise delivery of Drumfearne cupcakes with a special 2020 medical theme. It has been great to have you in Carradale and we all wish you good luck with your final few months of university placements and graduating in 2021.
A big thank you to all the patients who assisted with Eilidh's placement via telephone, video or face to face consultations.
Locum Cover - 14-16 October
Dr Doerte Pfuetzner will be covering for Dr Elder as Locum Doctor from Wednesday 14 October to Friday 16 October 2020.
We now have our vaccines in stock and have started contacting all eligible patients to book appointments. We will be running Flu Vaccine Clinics for Carradale Surgery registered patients starting from Friday, 2 October. The 5-minute appointments will be on a Friday morning for Carradale patients and on a Wednesday for Skipness patients.
Due to the increased numbers receiving vaccines this year, the Covid-19 regulations, and limited car parking we are issuing Flu Clinic Guidance to assist clinicians and patients.
We THANK YOU in advance for your help in making the flu clinics run smoothly.
Flu Clinic Guidance
If you have Covid symptoms or feel unwell, please do not attend your flu clinic appointment. Telephone 01583 431376 to advise ASAP
Surgery staff will telephone eligible patients to book appointments as clinics will be by appointment only.
Wear a short sleeved top and/or loose clothing for easier administration of the vaccine.
Arrive promptly at the surgery, but only 1-2 minutes prior to your appointment time as there will be no indoor waiting room in operation. If you are late your appointment will need to be rescheduled.
Please wear a face mask/covering on arrival and during your appointment.
There is a one-way system in operation for patients at Carradale Surgery – enter via the front door and exit via the side fire door which is at the end of the corridor.
You will be met at the front door by one of the receptionists who will direct you to one of the two clinicians at your appointment time.
All coats, clothing and walking aids etc to be with you at all times as items cannot be left at the entrance.
The surgery toilet will only be available for emergencies.
Please adhere to the 2-meter social distancing at all times.
Carradale Surgery Public Holiday
The surgery will be closed on Monday 28th September. Please make sure you order your prescription in good time.
If you need to contact a doctor urgently you should telephone
NHS 24 on FREE PHONE 111 or in an Emergency dial 999
Covid Testing Locations
Adults and children with symptoms of Covid-19 should be tested as soon as possible and within 5 days of symptoms appearing. These symptoms include a new and persistent cough; a high temperature; or a change in ability to taste/smell.
Members of the public should book a test here (it is best to do this after 7pm for next day locations):
Anyone without internet access or unable to travel to a testing centre should call NHS 24 on 0800 028 2816 to book a test.K
Map of Testing Locations
Carradale Surgery are looking forward to welcoming Eilidh Seaton, a 5th year medical student from the University of Aberdeen who will be with us from Monday, 7 September for seven weeks.
The university and students highly value these placements to learn about remote and rural General Practice. Thank you in advance to all the patients who help with developing our future doctors.
Locum Cover - 28 August
Dr Grace Gibson will be covering for Dr Elder as Locum Doctor on Friday 28 August 2020.
Locum Cover - 10-14 August
Dr Doerte Pfuetzner will be covering for Dr Elder as Locum Doctor from Monday 10 August to Friday 14 August 2020.
Please find attached updated arrangements for the covid-19 mobile testing from 20 July until further notice.
Carradale Surgery Public Holiday
The surgery will be closed on Monday 6th July
Please make sure you order your prescription in good time
If you require to contact a doctor urgently you should telephone NHS 24 on FREE PHONE 111 or in an Emergency dial 999
Locum Cover - 26 June 2020
Dr Grace Gibson will be covering for Dr Elder as Locum Doctor at Carradale Surgery on Friday, 26 June 2020.
Important Message from Dr Elder
Please Remain Vigilant
If you have any of the following symptoms (however mild) you should immediately go online to the NHS Inform Scotland Website and apply to be tested for Coronavirus or telephone the helpline on 0800 0282816. You should aim to get tested in the first 3 days of your symptoms appearing, although testing is considered effective up until day 5.
• a high temperature or fever
• a new continuous cough
• a loss of, or change in sense of smell or taste
Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. You should remain isolated at home until you get the result of the test, and then follow the advice you will be given based on the result.
It would be very useful if you could also quickly feedback to the surgery on 01583 431376 that you have symptoms, are being tested and also the outcome of your test once received. This allows us to be immediately aware of the coronavirus situation in Carradale Surgery Practice area and act accordingly.
Only phone 111 if:
- • your symptoms worsen during home isolation, especially if you’re in a high or extremely high-risk group
- • breathlessness develops or worsens, particularly if you’re in a high or extremely high-risk group
- • your symptoms haven’t improved in 7 days
If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have coronavirus symptoms.
If you have had a positive test result you should follow all the NHS Inform Scotland guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.
Locum Cover - 12 June 2020
Dr Grace Gibson will be covering for Dr Elder as Locum Doctor at Carradale Surgery on Friday, 12 June 2020.
Face CoveringsAs of a Monday, 8 June we would like to request patients who are visiting the surgery for face to face consultations to wear a face covering. This is to protect you as a patient as well as the surgery staff. If you arrive at the surgery without a face covering we will be able to provide you with a disposable surgical mask.
The surgery has been and will continue to provide face to face consultations when appropriate following telephone triaging. Please do contact the surgery on 01583 431376 should you have any medical concerns.
Test and Protect
Locum Cover - 28 May 2020
Dr Grace Gibson will be covering for Dr Elder as Locum Doctor at Carradale Surgery on Friday, 28 May 2020.
Near Me Video Consultations
We are pleased to inform you that our Practice Nurses are now also set up to use the video-consulting system “Near Me”. This will allow you to have video consultations from the comfort of your own home using your own computer, smartphone or tablet device. Video appointments are not suitable for every type of appointment, so the Practice will advise you when it can be used. All video consultations are by appointment only.
Details of how you book a video consultation with Dr Elder or the Practice Nurses are available on this surgery website at the Appointments (Near Me) tab above.
As our Practice Nurse Jill Denton also runs Smoking Cessation clinics from Carradale Surgery, these can also now been done via video consultation as and when required.