Covid Updates

Arran Medical Group - Service Update - 23/06/2022

COVID-19 infections are, regrettably, having an impact on Health and Social Care Services and staffing levels on the island.  In particular, this is affecting Arran Medical Group with 7 team members currently absent. 

We are continuing to offer both ‘telephone’ and ‘face to face’ appointments for those who need it.  However, we are seeking the support of our patients to only contact the practice after considering other healthcare options first, this will ensure that clinical appointments are available for those most in need.  Self-help advice is available by using the Practice’s eConsult service.  Advice, care, and, on many occasions, medicine if needed, at no cost, is available from community pharmacies through Pharmacy First Scotland.  NHS Inform can also provide information and self-care advice as well as how to access the Right Care, in the Right Place at the Right Time.

All practice staff are working tirelessly to ensure patients continue to receive safe and effective care. We would ask people contacting the GP practice to please be patient and kind as the staff continue to work hard to improve the situation.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this difficult time.

COVID-19 vaccine – Arran clinics

Vaccination teams will be holding clinics on the island in June, to allow eligible groups to come forward for COVID-19 vaccine.

Appointments are being allocated at clinics in Brodick Health Centre on Friday 10 June and at Arran High School on Saturday 11 June. These clinics will welcome those eligible for their second booster dose, which includes the following groups:

  • Those age 75 years and older
  • Those age 12 and older who are immunosuppressed

Home visits will be carried out for eligible people living on Arran who are housebound and vaccination teams will also be vaccinating those who live in care homes. Visit NHS Inform for more details on the second booster dose and the eligibility for this vaccination: https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/the-vaccines/coronavirus-covid-19-booster-vaccination

People living on Arran who are due a second booster of COVID vaccine should receive a blue envelope with details of their appointment. If you believe you are eligible for your second booster dose and you do not have an allocated local appointment, please call 01563 826540 to discuss.

In addition to the scheduled appointments, there will be drop-in opportunities for anyone age 12 or over who is due a vaccine. First, second and first booster doses will be available (depending on eligibility) at the following times:

  • Friday 10 June, Brodick Health Centre, from 11.30am - 3pm,
  • Saturday 11 June, Arran High School, from 1pm – 2.30pm.

Families with children aged 5 – 11 years old who would like to bring them for a first dose of COVID vaccine can do so on a drop in basis:

  • Saturday 11 June, Arran High School, from 9am – midday.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran Public Health Director Lynne McNiven said:

“Preparations are well underway for our immunisation teams to welcome people to clinics in Brodick and Lamlash next month. Vaccination continues to be our best protection against coronavirus, which can be serious at any age. I would encourage anyone eligible for vaccination to take up the offer to have the number of doses recommended to maintain protection levels against the virus.”

All the vaccines licenced for use in the UK have been through the normal rigorous steps to ensure their safety and efficacy before being rolled out to the public. When you come for vaccination you will receive information about common side effects as well as the chance to discuss any concerns you might have with a member of the vaccination team on the day.

 

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