COVID19 Updates

3rd Aug

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE - ARRAN UPDATE ON COVID 19 – 29/07/20 14:00

Advice will continue to be updated – please look out for the national updates  

You can find up to date information on COVID 19 at NHSinform 

There have been no positive tests on Arran since the last update.  It is now over 100 days since a positive test on the island.

As expected, the increase in ferries and visitors in the last two weeks have resulted in increased presentations to A&E and the GP practice. The GP practice is providing a higher than usual number of appointments, though many of these remain by telephone. Please continue to get in touch if you need any health advice.

Services remain highly vigilant for symptoms of possible COVID infection.  It is not possible to predict with certainty when we will see more COVID cases on Arran but it remains important that our health and care services are operating with increased infection control measures in place and that we maintain the capacity to rapidly assess, treat and isolate cases as they arise. This means that many of the different ways of working will remain for some time.  The coming weeks of increased activity on the island will be an important period as will the transition to winter and the usual increase in seasonal infections and illness.

We can all continue to do our part by keeping to the Scottish Government’s advice on staying safe and protecting others.  FACTS is the acronym to remind us of advice: Wear Face coverings in enclosed spaces and Avoid crowds. Clean your hands and surfaces frequently. Keep Two metre social distancing. Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.

There will be an expanded Flu vaccination programme this year with more people eligible for vaccination. The logistics of delivering this while maintaining social distancing are being worked out it. It may prove to be the groundwork vital to delivering a coronavirus vaccine programme.

More information on how to stay safe and protect others is available here.

Thank you for your continued support and understanding of the measures needed for safe care. Thank you to everyone working in caring and supporting roles – those for whom that is their job and the very many volunteering or caring for loved ones. 

TO ARRANGE A TEST

June saw the launch of Arran’s local branch of the Test and Protect programme at Brodick Health Centre.  This means that anyone displaying any of the following symptoms of COVID 19 is eligible for a test on the island:

  • a new continuous cough;
  • a fever/ temperature of 37.8ºC or above; or
  • a new loss of sense of smell or taste;

CALL 01770 601033 to arrange a test – please do not attend without an appointment or present to A&E with these symptoms.

The aim of test and protect is to rapidly contain the spread of the virus so that it has little effect on your community, friends and family. This means it is vital that you and your household self-isolate as soon as you begin to display symptoms and until test results are available.  More specific information will be provided as you make your way through the Test and Protect process.  

More information is also available here.

22nd Jul

Sexual Health Services During Coronavirus Outbreak

Click the link below to find more information on how the NHS can help you with your sexual health during the coronavirus outbreak ➡️

https://www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/your-sexual-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak?fbclid=IwAR1kzWjVFbSvtnMBfVJ1t3kYaJAdLr1dX44LQL7xfEMgg26TCUSSxqj1QSI

3rd Jul

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE - ARRAN UPDATE ON COVID 19

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE - ARRAN UPDATE ON COVID 19 – 01/07/20 14:00

Advice will continue to be updated – please look out for the national updates 

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You can find up to date information on COVID 19 at NHSinform 

Once again it is good to be able to report that there have been no positive tests on Arran since the last update, making 10 weeks without a new case.

Arran’s local branch of the Test and Protect programme is now up and running at Brodick Health Centre.  This means that anyone displaying any of the following symptoms of COVID 19 is eligible for a test on the island:

  • a new continuous cough;
  • a fever/ temperature of 37.8ºC or above; or
  • a new loss of sense of smell or taste;

CALL 01770 601033 to arrange a test – please do not attend without an appointment

The aim of test and protect to rapidly contain the spread of the virus. This means it is vital that you and your household self-isolate as soon as you begin to display symptoms and until test results are available.  More specific information will be provided as you make your way through the Test and Protect process.

For those that do receive a test, they can expect to receive their results by telephone from the central Results Hub on the mainland in 24 to 48 hours.  Those who test positive will be contacted by the local contact tracing team to ensure a quick response to any potential outbreaks.

If social distancing has been followed then the number of contacts who will also be asked to isolate should be small and there is a much better chance that spread on the island can be contained. More information is available here

While there have been very few cases on Arran, as ferry travel increases and more businesses open we are entering a more uncertain period. Falling numbers of positive cases nationally and the preparations made on the island mean there is some cause to be hopeful that there will be modest numbers of new cases on Arran and that spread may be contained. However, it remains possible that more significant outbreaks will occur and present greater challenges.  This means it is still very important to continue to follow government advice. Frequent hand washing remains essential, social distancing rules are still in effect and face coverings are mandatory on public transport and in enclosed public spaces. Please wear a face covering if you need to attend hospital.

There continue to be daily examples of people going above and beyond to help others with health and care needs. Thank you to those doing this as part of their job and to all the volunteers on the island.

Ferry travel is a difficult area in such times. We have had assistance daily from the local Cal Mac team. Day by day we have witnessed the huge impact the personal efforts of Cal Mac staff to arrange travel has made. This has removed so much worry in some very difficult circumstances. Thank you.

The GP practice remains open and we are here to help with any of your medical concerns. Most people first have a telephone or video appointment with a doctor or nurse. Face to face appointments are arranged at Shiskine surgery, Lamlash Medical Centre or Arran War Memorial Hospital as required. Appointment numbers are close to usual levels but some services and more routine monitoring have not yet restarted and social distancing requirements will mean many changes will remains for some time.

Thank you for your understanding with these changes and that we remain at a stage where we must be able to increase medical and nursing staffing at the hospital, day or night, at short notice.  More information is available at the Arran Medical Group website.

5th Jun

📢𝗛𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗧𝗛 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗦𝗢𝗖𝗜𝗔𝗟 𝗖𝗔𝗥𝗘- 𝗔𝗥𝗥𝗔𝗡 𝗨𝗣𝗗𝗔𝗧𝗘 𝗢𝗡 𝗖𝗢𝗩𝗜𝗗 𝟭𝟵📢

You can find up to date information on COVID 19 at NHSinform 

 

Once again it is good to be able to report that there have been no positive tests on Arran since the last update, making 6 weeks without a new case. The total for the island remains 5 positive cases plus a small number in the community that we were unable to test. There are currently no positive cases in Arran War Memorial Hospital. The hospital is busier and providing usual services while isolating possible cases until results are available is challenging. Plans are emerging for some suspended services to resume.

 

We are now in phase 1 of exiting the lockdown measures.  This first phase relaxes the restrictions on many outdoor activities where social distancing of 2m can still be maintained.  This includes meeting up to one other household outside at a distance of 2m.  We are asked to keep any outdoor activities local where possible.  Shielding patients in Scotland are still advised to stay at home. You can read the full details of the four-phased plan on the Scottish Government Website here

 

It will be a great relief to many as lockdown eases. With time it is likely more easing will be possible, more business will be able to operate and that the government will issue advice on ferry travel to the islands. We do not yet have projected dates for these steps.

 

As lockdown measures ease the Test and Protect approach is designed to contain cases as they arise and stop spread, allowing the eased lockdown measures to continue. On Arran this will mean people with symptoms will be able to access a new Coronavirus testing station in Brodick and a local contact tracing team will rapidly respond to any positive tests and make sure contacts are isolating to help stop spread.

 

This system will hopefully start mid-June, with capacity increasing toward the end of the month. In the meantime, testing and tracing continues, as before, at Arran War Memorial Hospital.  We will communicate more detail shortly.

 

Access to community testing will mean many who currently have to isolate, and their households, will get a negative test that allows them to stop isolating much earlier.

 

It is worth reflecting on what may happen when positive cases arise.  The affected person will self-isolate for 7 days and others in their household for 14 days. The contact tracing team will be get in touch with those who meet the definition of a contact and they will also need to isolate for 14 days (but not others in their household, so long as they have no symptoms). If we don’t follow through on this advice cases will spread rapidly. Testing will not shorten this isolation period as tests may not become positive or symptoms develop until near the end of the 14 days.  More information is available here

 

People on Arran have clearly been effective in implementing the lockdown measures, protecting each other and our essential services. It is hard to ask for more and many will feel their heart sink when they get that call from our contact tracing team. However, we have seen tremendous support from so many businesses and individuals for those who need to stay at home and there is a deep pool of strength and goodwill to draw on. We will be here to support each other and get through together.

 

          

As this is a longer update we have not included the advice on accessing care, which remains unchanged.  

21st May

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE - ARRAN UPDATE ON COVID 19 📢

Advice will continue to be updated – please look out for the national updates 

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You can find up to date information on COVID 19 at NHSinform 

 

There have been no positive tests on Arran since the last update, making 4 weeks without a new case. The total for the island remains 5 positive cases plus a small number in the community that we were unable to test. There are currently no positive cases in Arran War Memorial Hospital.

 

The government has recently added a change or loss in usual sense of smell or taste to the list of COVID-19 symptoms.  It is important that you self-isolate immediately if you develop a new continuous cough OR fever OR now, a loss or changed sense of normal smell or taste.

 

Plans are advancing regards increasing testing and there should be some expansion of this on the island next week.

 

The directive to the people of Scotland is to maintain the same measures of staying at home except for essential food, health and work reasons including any local outdoor exercise alone or with members of your household.  It is clear that these social distancing measures are working – Keep up the good work.

 

             

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19 - ADVICE UNCHANGED. 

 

FIRST CHECK IF YOUR CONCERNS CAN BE ANSWERED ONLINE AT NHSinform 

Most people infected with COVID 19 will have a mild illness. In this scenario you do not need to contact health services and should follow the self-isolation advice. This will help free up capacity for more unwell people. 

 

EVERYONE NEEDING FURTHER ADVICE ABOUT COIVD 19 SYMPTOMS SHOULD PHONE 111 (NHS 24) - NOT THE GP PRACTICE.   

 

NHS 24 links to a hub based in Ayrshire & Arran, with a wide range of staff to give the most up to date advice.  If you need a telephone appointment or need to be seen this team will then liaise directly with the GP practice or hospital on Arran. 

 

PHONE NHS 24 on 111 if your symptoms:  

 

  • are severe or you have shortness of breath; 

 

  • worsen during home isolation; 

 

  • have not improved after 7 days

 

CONTACTING THE GP PRACTICE – ALWAYS PHONE FIRST 01770 600516  

 

  • In these worrying times we want everyone to remember we are still here to help if you are unwell for reasons unrelated to COVID 19. 

 

  • PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU ARE UNWELL 

 

  • PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ARRANGED – PHONE FIRST

 

  • Brodick Health Centre, Whiting Bay & LochranzaSurgeries remain closed. There are limited services at Shiskine.  

 

  • Everyone who needs an appointment will first be given a telephone appointment and those who need Face to Face or video appointments will have these arranged. 

 

  • Medicine supply from the dispensary continues to be by home delivery – thank you to all who are assisting with this.

 

OUT OF HOURS AND ARRAN WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL  

 

Please do not attend the hospital if you have symptoms - phone NHS 24 and you will be given telephone advice.  

 

Accident & Emergency will continue to function and those with injuries and urgent problems may attend as usual. In an emergency please phone 999.  

 

Most visiting is cancelled but there are measures in place to facilitate this in the small number of cases when it is most important.  

 

29th Apr

Guide for patients to access sexual health during COVID19

The Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare have launched a very helpful guide for patients to help them stay informed about accessing sexual health services during the COVID-19 Pandemic. You can find it by clicking the link below:

https://www.fsrh.org/news/new-fsrh-patient-guide-advice-for-women-seeking-contraception/?fbclid=IwAR2GIiliJwlOhp5X2-usyM0ht4cxPVmtBR6N_ATxMoLaN-XLCnwQUpXSZC4

29th Apr

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE - ARRAN UPDATE ON COVID 19 – 29/04/20 14:00

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE - ARRAN UPDATE ON COVID 19 – 29/04/20 14:00

Advice will continue to be updated – please look out for the national updates 

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You can find up to date information on COVID 19 at NHSinform 

 

There have been no further positive tests on Arran in recent days. There have been 5 positive cases in total and there continue to be several symptomatic cases in the community that are regarded as presumed positive, though unconfirmed as testing has not yet been available for community cases.

 

Accident and Emergency attendances and hospital admissions remain well below averages and we continue to encourage anyone who is unwell to get in touch. Please remember the GP practice is open and A&E is still operating for those that require it for injuries or urgent medical issues.

 

Transfers to mainland hospitals are continuing both by ferry and helicopter and new systems are in place to transport both COVID and non COVID cases.

 

The efforts of everyone on Arran to follow the lockdown advice have been working.  

 

Thank you to all.

 

Testing capacity across the country is growing day by day and will be a vital part of measures in coming months. This will include rapid expansion of those who can access tests and information is emerging day by day. We are working on how this testing can be delivered on Arran and will issue an update once this is available.  

 

             

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19 - ADVICE UNCHANGED. 

 

FIRST CHECK IF YOUR CONCERNS CAN BE ANSWERED ONLINE AT NHSinform 

Most people infected with COVID 19 will have a mild illness. In this scenario you do not need to contact health services and should follow the self-isolation advice. This will help free up capacity for more unwell people. 

 

EVERYONE NEEDING FURTHER ADVICE ABOUT COIVD 19 SYMPTOMS SHOULD PHONE 111 (NHS 24) - NOT THE GP PRACTICE.   

 

NHS 24 links to a hub based in Ayrshire & Arran, with a wide range of staff to give the most up to date advice.  If you need a telephone appointment or need to be seen this team will then liaise directly with the GP practice or hospital on Arran. 

 

PHONE NHS 24 on 111 if your symptoms:  

 

  • are severe or you have shortness of breath; 

 

  • worsen during home isolation; 

 

  • have not improved after 7 days

 

CONTACTING THE GP PRACTICE – ALWAYS PHONE FIRST 01770 600516  

 

  • In these worrying times we want everyone to remember we are still here to help if you are unwell for reasons unrelated to COVID 19. 

 

  • PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU ARE UNWELL 

 

  • PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ARRANGED – PHONE FIRST

 

  • Brodick Health Centre, Whiting Bay & LochranzaSurgeries remain closed. There are limited services at Shiskine.  

 

  • Everyone who needs an appointment will first be given a telephone appointment and those who need Face to Face or video appointments will have these arranged. 

 

  • Medicine supply from the dispensary continues to be by home delivery – thank you to all who are assisting with this.

 

OUT OF HOURS AND ARRAN WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL  

 

Please do not attend the hospital if you have symptoms - phone NHS 24 and you will be given telephone advice.  

 

Accident & Emergency will continue to function and those with injuries and urgent problems may attend as usual. In an emergency please phone 999.  

 

Most visiting is cancelled but there are measures in place to facilitate this in the small number of cases when it is most important.  

 

28th Apr

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE - ARRAN UPDATE ON COVID 19 – 17/04/20 14:00

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE - ARRAN UPDATE ON COVID 19 – 17/04/20 14:00

Advice will continue to be updated – please look out for the national updates 

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You can find up to date information on COVID 19 at NHSinform 

 

There continue to be several cases of symptomatic COVID 19 in the community on Arran. National limitations mean we have been testing only those presenting to hospital or in cases where it helps frontline staff return to duty. This has shown 3 positive tests. 

 

On most days 10-20% of health and care staff have been unable to work due to self-isolation or other reasons but all essential services are all being maintained.

 

As elsewhere, A&E attendances on the island have fallen a great deal. This was most stark through the Easter Weekend, the quietest in memory. We worry that people needing help are not getting in touch.

 

We all rely on a great many people to keep vital links in place. The processes to allow the transfer of unwell people by ferry are working well. Thank you to everyone at Cal Mac, Police Scotland and the Scottish Ambulance Service for the tremendous work in coordinating these and rapidly putting new systems in place. Helicopter transfers also continue and our Coastguard do a huge amount of work year round to support this.

 

STAY AT HOME - THANK YOU  

 

The longer the lockdown has continued the more confidence we have that the measures have been effective on Arran and that this is limiting spread.

 

It remains very important to stay at home and for anyone with symptoms to self-isolate. As there are some cases in the community here people could unwittingly spread the virus to others.

 

Please keep up all the good work in following the government advice.

 

We continue to prepare for the possibility of increased numbers of cases and any changes when lockdown measures are adjusted.

 

             

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19 - ADVICE UNCHANGED. 

 

FIRST CHECK IF YOUR CONCERNS CAN BE ANSWERED ONLINE AT NHSinform 

Most people infected with COVID 19 will have a mild illness. In this scenario you do not need to contact health services and should follow the self-isolation advice. This will help free up capacity for more unwell people. 

 

EVERYONE NEEDING FURTHER ADVICE ABOUT COIVD 19 SYMPTOMS SHOULD PHONE 111 (NHS 24) - NOT THE GP PRACTICE.   

 

NHS 24 links to a hub based in Ayrshire & Arran, with a wide range of staff to give the most up to date advice.  If you need a telephone appointment or need to be seen this team will then liaise directly with the GP practice or hospital on Arran. 

 

PHONE NHS 24 on 111 if your symptoms:  

  • are severe or you have shortness of breath;   
  • worsen during home isolation;  
  • have not improved after 7 days.  CONTACTING THE GP PRACTICE – ALWAYS PHONE FIRST 01770 600516  
  • In these worrying times we want everyone to remember we are still here to help if you are unwell for reasons unrelated to COVID 19.  
  • PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU ARE UNWELL  
  • PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ARRANGED – PHONE FIRST 
  • Brodick Health Centre, Whiting Bay & Lochranza Surgeries remain closed. There are limited services at Shiskine.  
  • Everyone who needs an appointment will first be given a telephone appointment and those who need Face to Face or video appointments will have these arranged.  
  • Medicine supply from the dispensary continues to be by home delivery – thank you to all who are assisting with this. OUT OF HOURS AND ARRAN WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL  Please do not attend the hospital if you have symptoms - phone NHS 24 and you will be given telephone advice.  Accident & Emergency will continue to function and those with injuries and urgent problems may attend as usual. In an emergency please phone 999.  Most visiting is cancelled but there are measures in place to facilitate this in the small number of cases when it is most important.   
28th Apr

Helpful Links

Below are some helpful links and contact details for Wellbeing Scotland

8th Apr

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE - ARRAN UPDATE ON COVID 19 – 07/04/20 14:00

Advice will continue to be updated – please look out for the national updates

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You can find up to date information on COVID 19 at NHSinform

There are several cases of COVID 19 in the community on Arran. National limitations mean we have been testing only those presenting to hospital or in cases where it helps frontline staff return to duty. This has shown 2 positive tests. We will have more positive cases and testing capacity is expanding. For reasons of confidentiality we will not be able to provide more detail about cases.

STAY AT HOME - THANK YOU

Thank you once more to everyone following the government guidance. There are some signs that measures may be slowing spread on Arran, but it remains vitally important to continue to follow government guidelines and to stay at home. If people choose to ignore this an outbreak could spread rapidly on the island.

The last few weeks has seen a great deal of work to keep services going when many staff have been affected by the need to shield, self-isolate or have been unwell. So many have gone above and beyond to keep services going and make sure we are as well prepared as possible.

Thank you to all those who helped with the work at the hospital and other sites. Thank you to the 90+ people who have come forward to offer to join the workforce and to all the staff who have switched to new roles or shifts and who are working extra hours. Thank you to all the local businesses who, in such difficult times, have helped with work, donations and support. Thank you to everyone else who has given, sent messages of support or stood clapping on the doorstep. We are immensely proud of the people of Arran.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19.

FIRST CHECK IF YOUR CONCERNS CAN BE ANSWERED ONLINE AT NHSinform

Most people infected with COVID 19 will have a mild illness. In this scenario you do not need to contact health services and should follow the self-isolation advice. This will help free up capacity for more unwell people.

EVERYONE NEEDING FURTHER ADVICE ABOUT COIVD 19 SYMPTOMS SHOULD PHONE 111 (NHS 24) - NOT THE GP PRACTICE.

NHS 24 links to a hub based in Ayrshire & Arran, with a wide range of staff to give the most up to date advice. If you need a telephone appointment or need to be seen this team will then liaise directly with the GP practice or hospital on Arran.

PHONE NHS 24 on 111 if your symptoms:

  • are severe or you have shortness of breath;
  • worsen during home isolation;
  • have not improved after 7 days.
  • CONTACTING THE GP PRACTICE – ALWAYS PHONE FIRST 01770 600516
  • In these worrying times we want everyone to remember we are still here to help if you are unwell for reasons unrelated to COVID 19.
  • PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU ARE UNWELL
  • PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ARRANGED – PHONE FIRST

 

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  • Brodick Health Centre, Whiting Bay & Lochranza Surgeries remain closed. There are limited services at Shiskine.
  • Everyone who needs an appointment will first be given a telephone appointment and those who need Face to Face or video appointments will have these arranged.
  • Medicine supply from the dispensary continues to be by home delivery – thank you to all who are assisting with this.Please do not attend the hospital if you have symptoms - phone NHS 24 and you will be given telephone advice. Most visiting is cancelled. Please see further information on the Community Hub by clicking here.Please check the website for updates and changes to timetables.Guidance and local support are being implemented to help shield those people, including children, most at-risk as well as their family, friends and carers. Further guidance on shielding can be found at NHS Inform.
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  • SHIELDING PEOPLE AT RISK
  • CALMAC
  • ARRAN COMMUNITY HUB
  • Accident & Emergency will continue to function and those with injuries and urgent problems may attend as usual. In an emergency please phone 999.
  • OUT OF HOURS AND ARRAN WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
1st Apr

COVID19 UPDATE

Can we ask any people who are returning to Arran from abroad within the last 14 days or who are due to return to follow strict
isolation procedures for fourteen days from their return.

This also includes not going to the Co-Op, please take advantage of their home delivery service.

31st Mar

Social Distancing

Please note – In order for Arran Medical Group to adhere to Social Distancing, we now have limited staff within the Practice. This may result in it taking longer for you to make contact with our team. We appreciate your patience and will answer your call as soon as possible.

If you are suffering with any Coronavirus symptoms, please visit NHS Inform or call NHS24 on 111.

Thank you.

31st Mar

Regarding Pharmacies & Medication

Our GP practices and Community Pharmacies are working incredibly hard to keep their services operating and medicine supply flowing in this extremely challenging time.  

Medicines are NOT in short supply. Please only order the medicines that you need from your GP practice. Do not order all of your medicines automatically every time. Please tell the practice which pharmacy you wish to collect medicines from. GPs and Community Pharmacies will work together to ensure you get your medicines when they are due.  Pharmacies are extremely busy, please allow at least FIVE days from ordering your medicine to collection from the Community Pharmacy.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms (new continuous cough, fever, shortness of breath) or had contact with someone with corona virus DO NOT go to your Community Pharmacy. Stay at home and self-isolate.  Please ask someone else to collect your medicines

30th Mar

COVID19 UPDATE

Please share and pass to those without access to social media. You can find up to date information on COVID 19 on the NHSinform website.

29/03/20 - This weekend saw confirmation of the first coronavirus case on Arran and emphasises the need to follow government advice.

THE MOST IMPORTANT ACTION – PLEASE STAY AT HOME
It is vital that it is understood that no one is exempt from the advice to stay at home. We must all play our part, follow the national
advice and encourage others to do so. This is hard but very important – PLEASE do not meet others – this includes your friends, partners
and family not in your household. You can spread the virus even if you do not have symptoms. You should only leave the house for very
limited purposes:

· shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as possible.
· one form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household.
· any medical need, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
· travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home.

There are extra measures for those SELF ISOLATING or in SHEILDING categories and the advice is available at NHSinform.
Like community hospitals all over Scotland we are without intensive care facilities. We are dependent on ferries and helicopters to
transfer seriously unwell people to mainland hospitals. No one on Arran needs to be told that weather, mechanical issues and demand
can quickly pressure these services. We still have a chance to slow the epidemic on Arran and to save lives. This will only happen if
we all follow the advice stay at home and stop the spread of the virus.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS

 FIRST CHECK IF YOUR CONCERNS CAN BE ANSWERED ONLINE AT NHSinform

 Most people infected with COVID 19 will have a mild illness. In this scenario you do not need to contact health services and should follow the self-isolation advice. This will help free up capacity for more unwell people.

EVERYONE NEEDING FURTHER ADVICE ABOUT COIVD 19 SYMPTOMS SHOULD PHONE 111 (NHS 24) - NOT THE GP PRACTICE.

 NHS 24 links to a hub based in Ayrshire & Arran with a wide range of staff to give the most up to date advice. If you need a telephone appointment or need to be seen this team will then liase directly with the GP practice or hospital on Arran.

PHONE NHS 24 on 111 if your symptoms:

· are severe or you have shortness of breath;

· worsen during home isolation;

· have not improved after 7 days.

CONTACTING THE GP PRACTICE – ALWAYS PHONE FIRST 01770 600516

· We are here to support you with all health problems and make sure you still can get the help you need.

· PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ARRANGED

· Brodick Health Centre, Whiting Bay & Lochranza Surgeries remain closed. There are limited services at Shiskine.

· Everyone who needs an appointment will first be given a telephone appointment.

· Medicine supply from the dispensary is now by home delivery – thank you to all who are assisting with this.

OUT OF HOURS AND ARRAN WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Thank you to all the staff, local trades and volunteers have moved mountains this week to create space for more beds at our hospital. We are doing all we can to prepare.

Please do not attend the hospital if you have symptoms - phone NHS 24 and you will be given telephone advice.

Accident & Emergency will continue to function and those with injuries and urgent problems may attend as usual. In an emergency please phone 999.

Essential visits only. Please consider the need to visit carefully as reducing footfall will help reduce the spread of viral infections

30th Mar

Community Hubs

 The following link brings you to a useful PDF file on the new community hubs.

25th Mar

ACVS - Delivering to those in self-isolation

**COVID19 UPDATE**
The link below is a list of businesses offering delivery to those in self-isolation.

This list will be updated daily as it changes. A handy piece of knowledge for those in self-isolation or ill.

https://www.arrancvs.org.uk/clw

25th Mar

Medication Requests

Currently our pharmacies are being flooded with requests for medication. Please be aware that medication supplies are not an issue at the moment but may become a problem if stockpiling occurs. There is no need to stockpile, doing this may deprive other people of medication they urgently need. Any repeat medication requested within 18 days of the last request will not be fulfilled.

24th Mar

Pharmacies

The Lamlash and Brodick Pharmacies are now operating a locked door system. 

Please order your prescriptions, as usual, through the Practice and allow 4/5 days for preparation.  For collection – please telephone the pharmacy to check your prescription is ready, on arrival – knock on the door and wait, staff will be bring your prescription to you.

Opening Hours

Brodick Pharmacy  - Tel. 302250

Lamlash Pharmacy – Tel. 600275

Open  time     9am – 3pm

Open time     9am – 5pm

24th Mar

Call For Help

CALL FOR HELP

 

We are making every effort to prepare for COVID 19 on Arran and want to ask for help from our community.

We very much hope all the efforts made by people on Arran to follow the government advice will slow the spread of the virus and pressures on our services.

However, the predications regards numbers affected and the care they may need are worrying - we want to make sure that we are doing all we can to ensure we maintain all the usual essential services on Arran.

 

We want to rapidly build a bank of people, across a wide range of skills, who could help keep our services running to the most vulnerable in our community. We may need their help if we are using the expanded capacity we are now putting in place, if usual staff cannot come to work and we have exhausted all efforts to reallocate staff across the island. There are processes being put in place to rapidly employ people and to quickly re-employ those who have retired in the last 3 years or who need professional registration to work. We know everyone has different circumstances and many may not be able to help. 

 

If you have been previously employed in the following areas please get in touch:

 

  • Health Care Assistant
  • Care at Home
  • Residential Care
  • Administration
  • Catering
  • Cleaning
  • Portering
  • Nursing
  • Doctor

 

Please contact us with your CV and send to Clinical_ArranWarMemorialHospital_AA@aapct.nhs.uk

We will then be in touch about recruitment into our Arran Bank/Relief register. If you do not have an email account please call on 01770 601033. This number will not always be answered but please leave your contact details and we will be in touch as soon as we can.

24th Mar

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE. ARRAN UPDATE ON COVID 19 – 24/03/20 09:00

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE. ARRAN UPDATE ON COVID 19 – 24/03/20 09:00

Advice will continue to be updated – please look out for the national updates

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You can find up to date information on COVID 19 on the NHS inform website:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

There have not been any cases testing positive for COVID-19 on Arran as of 09:00 24/03/20 and there is no one in our hospital awaiting test results.

STAY AT HOME

Thank you to everyone for making every effort to follow the government advice. This will give us the best chance of 1) preparing for and caring for those with COVID 19 and 2) keeping our essential services staffed and running. These measures will save lives.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS

FIRST CHECK IF YOUR CONCERNS CAN BE ANSWERED ONLINE AT NHSinform

Most people infected with COVID 19 will have a mild illness. In this scenario you do not need to contact health services and should follow the self-isolation advice. This will help free up capacity for more unwell people.

CHANGE – EVERYONE NEEDING FURTHER ADVICE ABOUT COVID 19 SYMPTOMS SHOULD PHONE 111 (NHS 24) - NOT THE GP PRACTICE. 

This is the advice across Scotland. NHS 24 links to a hub based in Ayrshire & Arran with a wide range of staff to give the most up to date advice.  If you need a telephone appointment or need to be seen this team will then liase directly with the GP practice or hospital on Arran.

PHONE NHS 24 on 111 if your symptoms:

  • are severe or you have shortness of breath;
  • worsen during home isolation;
  • have not improved after 7 days.

This especially relevant if you:

  • are 60 years old or over;
  • have underlying poor health;
  • have heart or lung problems;
  • have a weakened immune system, including cancer;
  • have diabetes.

CONTACTING THE GP PRACTICE – ALWAYS PHONE FIRST 01770 600516

  • PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ARRANGED
  • Brodick Health Centre, Whiting Bay & Lochranza Surgeries remain closed. There are limited services at Shiskine.
  • Everyone who needs an appointment will first be given a telephone appointment and those who need Face to Face or video appointments will have these arranged.
  • Medicine supply from the dispensary is now by home delivery – thank you to all who are assisting with this.

OUT OF HOURS AND ARRAN WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Please do not attend the hospital if you have symptoms - phone NHS 24 and you will be given telephone advice.

Accident & Emergency will continue to function and those with injuries and urgent problems may attend as usual. In an emergency please phone 999.

Essential visits only. Please consider the need to visit carefully as reducing footfall will help reduce the spread of viral infections.

23rd Mar

Flowchart for reference

Guidance on Self Isolation and Social Distancing for COVID 19


This has been written to help you understand the difference between self isolation and social distancing and who is being advised to do which. We strongly suggest that you read this and work out which applies to you as an individual. It would be really sensible to discuss this with everyone who lives in the same house as you, your line manager at work and those who you would normally wish to socialise with. If need be, print this off & show it to them.

Your Doctors are busy trying to save lives, so please DO NOT contact them asking for letters which justify your need to Self-Isolate or Social Distance. The flow chart below shows what you should be doing and what paperwork is available:

flowchart

What is SELF ISOLATION and what should I do or not do?

You MUST stay at home and NOT leave the house. If possible, you should not go out even to buy food or other essentials. If you need to leave the house to do some exercise, it must be at a safe distance from others (more than 2 metres away).

More info here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance
& here:
https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19


What is SHIELDING and what should I do or not do?

You are strongly advised to stay at home at all times and avoid any face-to-face contact, with anyone, for a period of at least 12 weeks. This period of time may change.

More info here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protectingextremely-
vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protectingextremely-
vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

Hospitals and GP surgeries have been given this additional information:
https://www.cas.mhra.gov.uk/ViewAndAcknowledgment/viewAttachment.aspx?Attachmen
t_id=103481

What is SOCIAL DISTANCING and what should I do or not do?

Please note that this applies to EVERYONE who is not in self isolation or shielding.
1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).
These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport when possible
3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this.
4. Avoid large and small gatherings in public spaces, noting that pubs, restaurants, leisure
centres and similar venues are currently shut as infections spread easily in closed spaces
where people gather together.
5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as
phone, internet, and social media
6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
More info here:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-andfor-
vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-andprotecting-
older-people-and-vulnerable-adults
Additional Information from the World Health Organisation:
https://www.who.int/health-topics/coronavirus#tab=tab_1

20th Mar

20/03/20

***COVID19 UPDATE***

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE - ARRAN UPDATE ON COVID 19 – 20/03/20 09:00

Advice will continue to be updated – please look out for the national updates.

Thank you to all staff and volunteers for all the efforts made this week as we escalate preparations for COVID 19. Please continue to be understanding of the necessary changes to services.

It is very important that people on Arran follow the national advice on social distancing and self-isolation. Slowing the spread of disease will give our small system time to prepare and the best chance of coping.

As well as preparing for the COVID 19 epidemic it is vital that we maintain access to essential health and care services for all those with urgent needs unrelated to COVID 19. As many staff are self-isolating or have to work from home most routine and less urgent work is suspended. All essential services are fully staffed today.


There have not been any cases testing positive for COVID 19 on Arran as of 09:00 20/03/20

CONTACTING THE GP PRACTICE – ALWAYS PHONE FIRST 01770 600516

- Our telephone systems are under strain – please try not to call if your issue is not pressing as this may prevent others who need more urgent help getting through, or force at risk people to attend the surgery. Please first check if your queries can be answered by visiting www.nhsinform.scot
- Many people will have mild or no symptoms and can self-isolate without a need to seek medical advice. Please see the previous update for advice on when and how to call for help
- PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ARRANGED
- Brodick Health Centre, Whiting Bay & Lochranza Surgeries remain closed.
- Medicine delivery from the dispensary in now in place for most villages.

OUT OF HOURS AND ARRAN WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Please do not attend the hospital if you have symptoms - phone the practice or NHS 24 and you will be given telephone advice and it will be arranged for a GP to see you if needed.

Accident & Emergency will continue to function and those with injuries and urgent problems may attend as usual. They will be screened for COVID symptoms. In an emergency please phone 999.

Visiting is stopped unless essential

HOMECARE – we apologise that some people may see a reduction in service if it is necessary to prioritise care for those most in need.

DENTISTS – service reduced to emergency only. For dental emergencies please call your dentist and follow the advice Please do not telephone the GP practice about dental issues.

CAL-MAC
We want to offer our full support to all Cal-Mac staff. There are significant changes to how ferry travel with be prioritised – including ensuring that those needing urgent care and all essential goods, equipment and staff can travel. This
will clearly, at times, impact others wishing to travel, especially when services are reduced. More than ever, they will need our support.

A WORD ON KINDNESS
We are already seeing the best of our community but this is understandably a worrying time for many. There have been reports from other areas about unfortunate ‘fake news’ and misinformation, particularly when the first cases are identified. Please think carefully about what you post on social media and try to use trusted sources for information.

 
19th Mar

19/03/20

If you've developed a cough or fever in the last 7 days you should self-isolate for 7 days from the day your symptoms started. You can return to work after 7 days if you're improving. You don't need to be symptom-free to return to work. You do not need to attend or contact your GP Practice.

If your symptoms don't improve after 7 days, contact your GP. You can phone Arran Medical Group on 01770600516 or the NHS 24 helpline on 0800 028 2816. You can find the most up to date information about Coronavirus on www.nhsinform.scot website https://www.nhsinform.scot/wuhan-novel-coronavirus#

 

18th Mar

COVID19 Update

HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE. ARRAN UPDATE ON COIVD 19 – 18/03/20 09:00

Advice will continue to be updated – please look out for the national updates

Please share:

You can find up to date information on COVID 19 on the NHS inform website: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

The changes to national advice regards COIVD 19 has increased the number of health and care staff who are isolating at home and as a result contingency plans have been activated to ensure essential services on Arran are maintained. This will mean many routine services will be suspended.

There have not been any cases testing positive for COVID 19 on Arran as of 09:00 18/03/20

CONTACTING THE GP PRACTICE – ALWAYS PHONE FIRST 01770 600516

There are significant changes to how you will access GP services but be assured we will make every effort to ensure you get the help you need.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT ARRANGED

Brodick Health Centre, Whiting Bay & Lochranza Surgeries will be closed from Wednesday 18th March 2020.

 Everyone who needs an appointment will first be given a telephone appointment and those who need Face to Face or video appointments will have these arranged.

 Please be aware that the GP or Nurse may be calling on an unfamiliar number –consider removing call blocking on your line.

 Medicine supply from the dispensary will be moving to a prescription delivery service – more detail to follow

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS

If you've developed a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature in the last 7 days, stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms even if you think your symptoms are mild.

 If you live with other people and have symptoms, they'll need to stay at home for 14 days from the start of your symptoms even if they don’t have symptoms themselves (to cover the incubation period)

 If they develop symptoms within the 14 days, they need to stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms began. They should do this even if it takes them over the 14-day isolation period.

WHEN TO ASK FOR HELP

You do not need to phone the practice or NHS 24 to inform them that you are self isolating and do not need to arrange testing for COVID 19.

If you have questions there is good information available at NHSinform and we would ask those who are able to look this up before phoning.

PHONE THE PRACTICE (or NHS 24 on 111 when the practice is closed) if your symptoms:

  • are severe or you have shortness of breath
  • worsen during home isolation
  • have not improved after 7 days

This especially relevant if you:

  • are 60 years old or over
  • have underlying poor health
  • have heart or lung problems
  • have a weakened immune system, including cancer
  • have diabetes

OUT OF HOURS AND ARRAN WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Please do not attend the hospital if you have symptoms - phone the practice or NHS 24 and you will be given telephone advice and it will be arranged for a GP to see you if needed.

Accident & Emergency will continue to function and those with injuries and urgent problems may attend as usual. In an emergency please phone 999.

Visiting hours have been restricted to 1830-2000 and will likely shortly move to essential visits only. Please consider the need to visit carefully as reducing footfall will help reduce the spread of viral infections.

OTHER SERVICES

Routine Dental services at Arran War Memorial have been suspended.

Visiting at Montrose House and Corriedoon Nursing home has stopped.

Stronach Daycare has been suspended.

Most physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hospital day cases, and many outpatient clinics have been suspended.

 

17th Mar

COVID-19 UPDATE

Below is a summary of advice provided by the government. Please use this as guidelines to keep safe. More advice to follow.

 

a screenshot of a cell phone
16th Mar

ARRAN MEDICAL GROUP UPDATE ON COVID 19 – ARRAN 16/03/20

Please share this information to anyone living on Arran who may not see it on social media.

We are working as hard as we can on preparations to deal with possible COVID 19 infections on Arran, including at Arran War Memorial Hospital, the GP practice and at home. This involves some changes to the usual way of getting medical advice.

There are many people who will need access to the medical care for conditions unrelated to COVID 19, please be assured we will be doing our very best to ensure everyone who needs help continues to get the advice and care they need.

The response already offered on Arran to help those who are more vulnerable or isolated has been fantastic already.

This is a summary of advice today, 16 March 2020 - please look out for the national updates as changes are likely soon. There have not been any cases testing positive for COVID 19 on Arran as of 08:00 16/03/20

CONTACTING THE PRACTICE

You are able to phone the practice as usual (01770 600516) but there are some changes to how we will care for you. There will be a reduction in face to face consultations and telephone and video consultations will be used more often. Please be aware that this may be on an unfamiliar number – we may need to use mobile phones and some of our lines route through Ayr so have a 01292 prefix – consider removing call blocking on your line.

Everyone who needs an appointment will first be given a telephone appointment and those who need Face to Face appointments will have these arranged. Please bear with us in the next few days as we continue to work through these changes with already booked appointments.

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS

If you have a new cough or fever please follow the national advice to self isolate for 7 days.

You can check your symptoms and find information on how to self isolate at

https://www.nhsinform.scot/self-help-guides/self-help-guide-coronavirus-covid-19   .

You do not need to phone the practice or NHS 24 to inform them that you are self isolating and do not need to arrange testing for COVID 19. For the moment, only the person with symptoms is advised to isolate but it appears likely that this advice will change shortly and the whole household will need to isolate.

As it currently stands, Health Protection Scotland are advising that testing for Covid-19 should only be carried out on patients requiring admission to hospital. This means that if you are self isolating at home then you DO NOT require to be tested for the Covid-19 virus.

PHONE THE PRACTICE (or NHS 24 on 111 when the practice is closed) if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

If you need to be seen this may be at home, in the practice or occasionally in your car outside the practice. You will be asked to wear a face mask and the doctor/nurse will be wearing some protective equipment.

OUT OF HOURS AND ARRAN WAR MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Please do not attend the hospital if you have symptoms - phone the practice or NHS 24 and you will be given telephone advice and it will be arranged for a GP to see you if needed.

Accident & Emergency will function as usual and those with injuries and urgent problems may attend as usual. In an emergency please phone 999.

You will be screened for COVID symptoms before entering the hospital building.

Visiting hours have been restricted to 1830-2000. Please consider the need to visit carefully as reducing footfall will help reduce the spread of viral infections.

We are planning the steps that may need to be taken as cases start to appear on Arran and will try to keep you informed as changes occur.