Annual Flu Vaccines

This year all flu vaccines will be managed by the Health Board. All patients under the age of 16 will be managed by Child Health. 

Everyone entitled to a flu vaccine over the age of 16 will receive an appointment by post from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

GP practices are no longer involved in delivering this service and cannot help with enquires.

Please check www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/ for more information and updates. 

NHS Breast Screening at Leisure Centre, Kirkintilloch

Over the coming weeks, women age 50 – 70 who are registered with this GP practice, will receive an invitation letter in the post inviting them to attend a routine breast screening check on a Mobile Unit at the following location:

Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre
Woodhead Park
Kirkintilloch
G66 3DD

When you receive your letter, please contact the Breast Screening Service on 0141 800 8800 to confirm/change/cancel your appointment. Our staff will be able to answer any questions you may have. If you are able to attend your appointment it’s important to do so. Screening can find early signs of cancer and allows us to provide referral and treatment if necessary.

For more information about The Breast Screening Service and the Screening Test please visit the following links:-

Information in this article has been provided by : 

West of Scotland Breast Screening Service
Stock Exchange Court, 77 Nelson Mandela Place,
Glasgow, G2 1QT
Tel: 0141 800 8800

Physical Distancing in GP Practices

The Scottish Government requires General Practice and other healthcare settings to have different infection control and physical distancing guidance to other places such as hospitality and shops.

This is to help reduce the risk to practice staff and to people attending the practice who may be at greater risk if they catch Covid 19.

From 19 July 2021 (when we go to Level 0) the following rules still apply in General Practice

  • wearing of face coverings by patients and the public (unless you are exempt)
  • physical distancing of 2 metres in waiting rooms
  • contact your practice by telephone in the first instance
  • wearing of PPE by staff
  • screening of all patients for Covid 19 symptoms

Please support your local practice team by complying with this guidance.

COVID-19 Vaccine Explainer Videos

It’s important you make your decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine based on reliable information.

It’s time to roll up your sleeve for the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 can be serious whatever your age and the vaccine is your best protection against its effects. Make sure you use reliable sources when making your decision about getting the vaccine.

The vaccine will provide you with the best protection against COVID-19 and is both safe and effective. Watch below for the facts about the vaccine ➡ www.nhsinform.scot  

Safety cutdown

Side effects after the COVID-19 vaccine are common and much less serious than developing COVID-19, or complications associated with COVID-19. 

Not everyone will experience side effects after the COVID-19 vaccine. For those who do, these are usually mild and will go away within a few days. 

The COVID-19 vaccine is regulated by the MHRA and has been through the same safety checks as all other vaccines.

The COVID-19 vaccines have been developed quickly and safely as there is a huge global need and scientist have worked together like never before. Watch below for the facts about the vaccine ➡ www.nhsinform.scot  

Doses and Appointments cutdown

The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to be vaccinated, or you may be able to register for the vaccine online. 

The COVID-19 vaccine works best if you have two doses, giving you the maximum amount of protection for a longer period of time. 

You need two doses of the vaccine to protect yourself against COVID-19. When offered, please get both doses. Watch below for the facts about the vaccine ➡ www.nhsinform.scot  

 

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding cutdown

There are no known risks from vaccination while breastfeeding, the vaccine does not affect fertility, and you don’t need to avoid pregnancy after being vaccinated. 

All pregnant women will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as people of the same age or risk group. 

 If you are pregnant you should discuss the risks and benefits of getting the vaccine with your clinician. 

 

 

Faith Leaders and Ingredients cutdown

The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and they don’t contain any animal products or egg. 

Faith leaders representing Scotland’s many different religious communities have recommended that people get the COVID-19 vaccine. Watch below for the facts about the vaccine ➡ www.nhsinform.scot

 

 

Message from Partners regarding access to General Practice

Dear Patients

Over the last 18 months, all GP practices have experienced a huge increase in requests for appointments. General Practice was already working under increasing pressure before the Pandemic hit, and demand is now higher than ever. We are constantly looking at the service we deliver to try to find the best way to provide care while keeping our patients and ourselves safe. 

Compared with three years ago, the practice now provides another full day of GP time each week. Despite this, a recent review of workload showed that we are now dealing with more than another 100 patient contacts each week. We are doing this while trying to deal with our usual duties, maintain social distancing and using Personal Protective Equipment and wiping down all surfaces and equipment in the surgery. 

We understand it is very frustrating for everyone but please understand that we, like all GPs in the country, are doing our utmost to keep our service accessible and safe. Our reception staff are working tirelessly to try to support services and signpost patient where possible to other services that may be more appropriate, such as pharmacy or Minor Injuries. We have instructed our trained and trusted staff to ask the reason for your call to best help you and direct you to the service best suited to your needs.

Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board have also put some information together to update you on the changes to General Practice to explain why these changes have been made.

Primary Care colleagues have been extremely busy throughout the pandemic, and like all services, have needed to adopt a number of new ways of working to help ensure they’re able to see and treat patients safely and efficiently.

We have created a helpful video with Dr Kerri Neylon, Deputy Medical Director for Primary Care, who explains the changes in GP services to patients, and how best patients can ensure they are using the most appropriate service for them. 

Many thanks for your support and understanding as we all try to navigate these challenging times.

COVID-19 Vaccination Status Scheme

Important

Do not contact your GP practice about your coronavirus vaccination status.
GP’s cannot provide letters showing your coronavirus vaccination status.


A service that allows people travelling abroad to access a record of their vaccination status has been launched.  This is an interim solution if you are travelling in next 21 days.
 
A vaccination status letter can be downloaded from NHS Inform at the link below : 

For people not online, they can requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline:

  • 0808 196 8565

 

In Memory of Catherine Campbell


Cathy’s convoy AKA Woodhead Medical Practice are taking on the challenge of virtually walking from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for Beatson Cancer Care.

Our lovely friend passed away on the 8th of February from lung cancer this year and we miss her everyday.

Although she was not a huge fan of exercise she did love  walking if it was to go out shopping or for dinner and drinks.

Catherine Campbell
Catherine Campbell

Service Disruption

GPs, nurses and receptionists from Woodhead Medical Practice are assisting the government of the rollout of the COVID vaccination programme. Because of this there will be less appointments available for GPs and nurses over the coming weeks. 

Thank you for your patience and please only contact the surgery if you believe your health concern cannot wait.

Homeopathic Prescriptions

Homeopathy isn’t widely available on the NHS. In 2017, NHS England recommended that GPs and other prescribers should stop providing it. This is because they found “no clear or robust evidence to support the use of homeopathy on the NHS”.

Report : Clinical evidence for homeopathy (PDF)

Homeopathy is usually practised privately, and homeopathic remedies are available from pharmacies.

There is still the Centre for Integrative Care in Glasgow (based in Gartnavel – formerly known as the Homeopathic hospital) and when a patient receives a consultation there, an integrative care assessment takes place and following this they may or may not receive a recommendation for homeopathic treatment.

The GPs at this practice have taken the decision in line with NHS England and many practices in Scotland that they will no longer be issuing prescriptions for any homeopathic medications, even if they are recommended by the Centre for Integrative Care (CIC).  These prescriptions can be purchased privately or obtained from the Gartnavel pharmacy on site at the CIC.

Important Information

You can request to be referred to the Centre for Integrative Care (CIC), but please not that we will not be able to provide you with any prescriptions that the CIC may recommend. 

Important Information for Patients

Important Information

Due to recent increase in COVID-19 cases locally we have had to make further changes to how the surgery operates in order to help protect both patients and staff. This includes :

Attending the practice

  • Do not come to the practice if you have any of the COVID-19 symptoms 
  • You must only attend the practice if you spoken to a member of staff first and have been asked to attend
  • If you have an appointment you should plan to arrive just in time for your appointment starting. This is to limit the number of people in our waiting room
  • You must wear a face covering
  • When you arrive at the practice you should press the buzzer or phone reception from your mobile (0141 776 2468). Give your name and purpose of your visit. A member of staff will allow you access to the building after checking your temperature. Please remember to maintain your distance
  • We have a one way system in place 
    • Entry to the practice is now via the side door (to the left of the main sliding doors at the entrance Kirkintilloch Health Care Centre)
    • When exiting the practice you will be sign posted to use the fire exit directly in to the car park

Abusive Behaviour

Unfortunately our staff have experienced a significant increase in the amount of aggressive behaviour towards them during phone calls with patients. This will not be tolerated and as such staff have a right to end a call. Patients may also be removed from our list. 

Prescriptions

  • All prescriptions will be sent to your nominated pharmacy
  • Please remember that all prescription requests will take 2 workings days to process. Please make sure you order your prescriptions in time to allow for this

Fit Notes

  • You can choose to either collect these from the door in to the practice, or have them posted to you

You can find out more about the changes we have had to make by visiting the page below

Coronavirus COVID-19 Information