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New local support service for people affected by Cancer
When you are affected by cancer, having the right kind of information and support, at the right time, is vital. The MacMillan Cancer Information and Support Service at Oban Library is a weekly drop-in service available each Wednesday afternoon.
Starting in November 2015, experienced and trained volunteers will provide support and information to anyone affected by cancer; family members, friends, carers, work colleagues or employers and of course, the patient themselves.
Are you fit for travel?
Fitfortravel is a website provided by NHS Scotland. It gives travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK. You can get vaccination, disease and malaria advice for your chosen destination.
Remember - always discuss your particular needs with the practice travel nurse at least 6 weeks before you travel.
Notification of Death - New Changes
As from 13th May 2015, death certification in Scotland has changed. Every death in Scotland must be certified by a doctor who completes a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death (MCCD). When you register a death you must take the MCCD to a registrar. This should be done as soon as possible. Once registration is complete, you will be given a Certificate of Registration of Death, this is required before arrangements for a burial or cremation can go ahead.
A random selection of certificates will be selected for review. These reviews are designed to check the quality and accuracy of certificates; to improve how this information is recorded. If the death you are registering is selected for review, you may not be able to complete the registration until the review has taken place. The registrar will explain this process and the timescales involved.
For further information visit: www.healthcareimprovementsscotland.org/deathcertification or contact the surgery.
Do you Care?
Have you told us you are caring for someone?
Are you providing help and support to a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who could not manage without your help due to age, sickness, addiction or disability?
You may not realise you are acting in a 'caring role’, let alone realise the benefits; whether emotional, physical or financial; available to help and support you in your role.
We have introduced a 'Registration of a Carer' form within the practice. The form will allow us to note you are a carer on your records. Our doctors will be aware of your role and are here to help. We can offer you an annual health check, annual flu immunization, arrange appointments to fit around your caring role, send repeat prescriptions direct to your pharmacy and provide information on access to practical and emotional support for you. We hope you, our patient, will feel supported rather than isolated, in what can be a challenging, frustrating and stressful role.
It is important to tell us and find out what help is available for you. Please ask for a Carer Registration Form from Reception.
Living It Up
Do you want to know what is going on in your area? Do you wish you could get more out of life? Perhaps you’d like to find out how to do more things online or take time to get to know your neighbours? Living It Up aims to support people to Shine, Flourish, Discover and Connect
On-Line Appointment Booking
If you would like to book your own appointments using the internet you can. Next time you come into the surgery please ask the reception staff to register you for on-line appointment booking.
The practice staff will print out a letter with details of your Access Identification Number and Password. Once you are registered you will immediately be able to book and cancel your appointments on-line. Further information about our on-line booking facility are available at:http://www.taynuiltmedical.co.uk/making-appointments.aspx
As with all new systems we have had a few teething problems but we believe these are now completely resolved. If you have been unable to access the on-line booking system please contact Reception to receive new registration details. Log on to our website from your home computer, follow the prompted steps and you will be able to book your own appointments in no time!
Free Eye Tests
Andrew Heaney, Optometrist, is available on a monthly basis to offer eye examinations, free of charge.
For further details click: http://www.taynuiltmedical.co.uk/info.aspx?p=10
111- the New free number for NHS 24
The freephone telephone number for NHS 24 changed to 111 on 29th April, 2014. http://www.nhs24.com/111 If you are ill when the surgery is closed, either through the night or at the weekend, and you can't wait until it re-opens, you can call NHS 24 free on 111.
A nurse will access your needs (or those of the person you are calling for) and you will be connected to the right care service. This may be your local out-of-hours GP service, Accident & Emergency department or the Scottish Ambulance Service. You may be given advice on steps you can take to look after yourself at home. http://www.nhs24.com/
If you think someone's life is in danger and you need an ambulance, don't delay, call 999 immediately.