Coronavirus Information & Updates
Update as of 21/12/2020
We would like to inform patients that we are working extremely hard to make contingency arrangements to respond to the above situation. Advice from Scottish Government and NHS Borders is changing on a daily basis so we are having to make rapid changes to our advice and preparations. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to continue normal service whilst protecting patients and staff from spread of the virus. We ask for your tolerance of the disruption that is inevitable over the coming weeks and patience in dealing with members of our practice team. We will do our best to provide updates for patients on this site but please be advised that by the time information is posted it may already be out of date. The websites listed below provide further information.
For the foreseeable future, all appointments for both routine and urgent matters will be conducted (at least initially) by telephone. In light of the increasing incidence of Covid-19 in the Borders region and the announcement made on the 19th December about mainland Scotland entering Tier 4 measures from 26th December, the practice will be taking steps to significantly reduce footfall and patient contacts again to protect staff and patients from the significant risk of exposure to Coronavirus. Urgent and emergency problems will be prioritised as we will not be dealing with routine, non-urgent matters at the current time. As we are now primarily working over the phone, we would ask patients to kindly ensure that they remain available for a call back. Currently, we are losing a significant amount of clinical time due to missed calls, engaged callers and patients being unavailable when we return a call. We would be grateful if patients would help us to minimise this inefficiency. We have a policy of making two attempts to contact patients by phone. We are using the secure NHS “Attend Anywhere” video consultation facility where we feel this would be useful but please note that access to this is strictly by invitation only.
We are continuing to provide as many of our core services as possible whilst we are fully staffed. Some of our chronic disease monitoring (such a diabetic clinics, blood pressure checks and asthma reviews) have been postponed until we can return to normal service. Home visits will be strictly limited to those who are housebound and completely unable to attend the medical practice. All requests will remain subject to the discretion of the clinical team.
Anyone with general enquiries or possible symptoms related to Coronavirus should contact NHS24 by dialling 111 not the GP practice. NHS24 will triage calls and provide appropriate information. If NHS24 deem that a patient needs to be seen in person then attendance at a “hub” will be arranged. The practice should no longer be contacted regarding these matters. Please do not attempt to obtain advice from the practice about Coronavirus related matters as this will result in unnecessary delays for you and others as well as an increase in the workload of our reception team.
To assist with infection control, many members of the practice clinical team have now opted to wear medical scrubs rather than their own clothes. If you need to be clinically assessed regardless of your current symptoms, the clinician attending to you will be wearing a face mask, clear plastic eye visor, a plastic apron and gloves. Please do not be alarmed by these measures as they are there to keep you, other patients and healthcare workers safe.
When visiting Eyemouth surgery, where possible, please use the post boxes outside the front door to drop off specimens and medication requests to reduce footfall in the building. If you have full sharps bins to return to the health centre then please take these to the Day Hospital reception. If you need to enter Eyemouth or Coldingham surgeries then please wear a face covering (this should cover your mouth and nose) and use the hand gel provided in clearly marked dispensers mounted on the walls as you enter.
If, after your call has been triaged by a clinician, you are asked to attend the practice at a designated time, we ask that you attend alone whenever possible. If you require assistance into the waiting room then please ensure that this is limited to one person only. With immediate effect, clinicians will only permit the patient to enter into a consulting room unless there is a compelling reason for someone to accompany them during the consultation. This rule is being implemented for the safety of our team as we are only screening index patients for suitability to attend.
For the latest guidance on isolation requirements, please visit NHS Inform at the link below. This will provide all necessary information specific to your personal circumstances.
To obtain a note for your employer whilst self-isolating, please use the link below and refrain from contacting the medical practice.
Over the past couple of months, we have experienced an enormous increase in demand for medication items. There are also delays and interruptions to the availability of some items from suppliers. Please do not act irresponsibly by stockpiling or over ordering medication. We will not issues items that are deemed to be clinically unsafe. Practice staff will be monitoring medication requests such that excessive demands will be declined.
Dispensing services from our Coldingham surgery may experience periods of reduced capacity so it could take longer for medication to be made available. Please try to give us plenty of time to process your request. With immediate effect, our dispensary will only be open at the following times for the collection of medication.
Friday: 9am -12pm
If you are unable to collect your medication at the current time or can attend but not within these designated collection times then please call the dispensary on 018907 71291 so that we can attempt to make alternative arrangements.
We will resume normal service as soon as soon as possible and apologise for any inconvenience caused by these measures.
Eyemouth Pharmacy is currently operating normal opening hour. The pharmacy may also take longer than usual to dispense prescriptions at the current time.
We would like to thank the community for the support that has been offered to our team over the past few weeks. We are grateful for all the gestures of kindness that have been shown and for the concern expressed for our welfare.