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The GP Surgery will be closed on the following public holidays

EASTER - Friday 15th April and  Monday 18th April 2022

PUBLIC HOLIDAY - Monday 2nd May 2022

JUBILEE HOLIDAY - Friday 3rd June 2022

PUBLIC HOLIDAY - Monday 26th September 2022

 


Joining The Practice Nurse Team

Lochgilphead Medical Centre have been delighted to welcome Ann-Marie Houston and Loraine Darbyshire to the Practice Nurse Team. Ann-Marie comes from a background of working in Oban Hospital as an Emergency Nurse Practitioner and Loraine has recently moved to the area from Birmingham following a career in Theatres and Day Case Surgery. Both nurses bring a valuable set of skills to the Practice Team.


GP Partner Announcement

1st April 2022 - We are also delighted to announce that Dr Jock Barge, who many of our patients will be familiar with as a salaried GP for the practice since early 2020, has agreed to become a GP Partner- further assisting us in stabilising and developing our services as we look forward from the COVID pandemic. After graduating in Glasgow in 2009 and as a GP in 2020, Dr Barge came to us with extensive experience in Emergency Medicine as well as General Practice and has worked in a humanitarian capacity overseas. We warmly congratulate and welcome him also.


COVID-19 Spring 2022 Booster vaccine

Unfortunately the NHS Vaccination Team have sent out incorrect letters to our over 75 patients to appointments in Kames, Tarbert and Oban.  We have checked online and there is a clinic in Lochgilphead.  Correct appointment letters will be reissued.

If you do not receive a new letter and you are unable to rebook, please attend the clinic in Lochgilphead on 9th May 2022.  Taking your incorrect letter with you.

Scottish Vaccination Helpline 0800 030 8013

https://bit.ly/ABVacClinics

Lochgilphead Community Centre - Monday 9 May 2022 - 09:30-16:00 - All COVID-19 vaccinations

Over 75 year olds due their 2nd booster will be appointed by letter.  This clinic will accept walk-ins for all eligible cohorts for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 1st booster.   Appointments for this clinic are not available to book or re-schedule on the National Booking Service (online) website.


Announcement

Lochgilphead Medical Centre are delighted to announce that Dr Andrew Barlow has joined the Practice as a full-time GP Partner on 28th February. Dr Barlow comes from a background in the Defence Medical Services as a GP and after graduating in Scotland in 2007 and qualifying as a GP in Birmingham in 2017 has worked in the UK and overseas, most recently in Cyprus. Dr Barlow has specialist interests in sexual and reproductive health and in General Practice research and education- we are sure he will be a great asset to our team!

Andy Barlow


** IT ISSUES UPDATE TUESDAY 1ST MARCH 2022  **

Due to the recent major problems, our computer system will be upgraded on the evening of Tuesday 1st March 2022.  Therefore our system will shut down at 4pm on Tuesday until 2pm on Wednesday 2nd March 2022.

Please only contact the surgery if you have a genuine emergency.  During this time we will be unable to book future appointments, look up results or clinic letters, or generate prescriptions.

We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause patients but please be assured that patient safety is our priority and all our staff are working tirelessly in very difficult circumstances.

Thank you.


IT ISSUES UPDATE MONDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2022

 
** EMERGENCIES ONLY **
 
Due to ongoing unresolved IT issues with our clinical system, we have no option but to operate an “emergency only” appointment system. We will not at this time cancel any booked appointments.
 
We apologise for the inconvenience but we must put patient safety as a priority. Please bear with us while we work through this very difficult time. The Health Board are working in the background to try and resolve the problems.
Thank you.

IT ISSUES UPDATE FRIDAY 25 FEBRUARY 2022

We are continuing to experience significant problems with our IT system requiring us to limit the number of staff we have on our system at any one time.  We are not yet adjusting our routine daily appointment availability and will respond to all emergency calls.  The practice is still operating and here for our patients.  We are pleased to hear that Campbeltown practice has had a return to normal service yesterday and are hopeful that the same will happen in Lochgilphead as soon as possible.  Again we wish to thank you for your patience this week.


We Are With You Community Link Worker Service

The We Are With You Community Link Worker Service is scheduled to be rolled out to Lochgilphead Medical Centre in the coming months. This service will provide a dedicated worker, supported by the wider We Are With You and Practice teams, to support patients in the practice dealing with many health and other problems. In advance of our dedicated worker's arrival, the We Are With You team in other areas of Argyll and Bute are delivering online sessions focussed on wellbeing, mental fitness, sleep and managing stress. Each of these 4 sessions lasts 1 hour and can be booked directly via calendly.com/argyllbutelinks

We Are With You


News Updates

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Booster Vaccination

Notice to patients:

Important message

Primary Care Mental Health Self-Referral

Please DO NOT contact your GP as NHS Highland are organising these clinics.

Vaccination - Argyll & Bute (scot.nhs.uk)

Please be aware that we are currently struggling with unprecedented staff absence to COVID related restrictions.  We have limited appointments to offer at the moment and would appreciate your patience and understanding as we try to provide you with the best service available at present.  

Lochgilphead and Inveraray Medical Practice

Communication to PatientsThanking colleagues and residents for their continued support 

If you have a concern regarding your mental health you can now self-refer directly to the Primary Care Mental Health Service without speaking to a clinician first. Please see further information here (Who are we) and self-referral form here (Self-Referral Form) which should be sent directly to nhsh.abpcmhselfref@nhs.scot


Covid-19 Support

Covid Vaccine Drop-in Clinics

Covid Vaccine Helpline

Get a record of you COVID-19 vaccination status

As of the 5th July, all mainland health boards will be offering coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine drop-in services as the vaccination programme has nearly completed first doses for all adults in Scotland.

Everyone aged 18 and over can attend the clinics for either their first dose, or for their second dose if it is 8 weeks since the first.

https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/vaccine-drop-in-clinics

If your enquiry is related to COVID-19 vaccinations, please visit www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine or call the Scottish COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am–8pm 7 days a week). Please only contact us at this stage if you have questions about your personal medical situation, or you have already received an appointment that you wish to reschedule or cancel.

Mid-Argyll Covid Support Facebook Group

Your vaccination status is a record of the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you have received.

Your status includes your name, date of birth, and any coronavirus vaccinations you have received in Scotland. 

Do not contact your GP Practice about your coronavirus vaccination status.  GPs cannot provide letters showing your coronavirus vaccination status.

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