FLU VACCINE IS IN! Please contact the Medical Centre
The Flu vaccines have arrived at the Medical Centre. The first group of patients, in line with NHS Highlands guidelines, will be our patients aged 65+ years, and patients 18 to 64 who usually get their flu vaccine at the practice. These patients are in specific "at risk groups" and have a flu vaccine annually.
If you have received a letter from the Scottish Government or NHS please feel free top contact the practice to enquire about our Flu clinic.
Please keep an eye on the website for further updates.
No more telephone prescription requests
From 1st January 2019 we will no longer be able to accept requests for repeat prescriptions by telephone. Please help the Practice by registering asap and ordering your repeat prescriptions by our preferred option, online via our website www.foyers medicalcentre.co.uk or by handing in or posting your repeat prescription slip to the surgery. These are the only ways we will be taking any orders for medication after the 1st January 2019
If you are having problems registering with the online service, please contact the surgery and we can offer you a time and date to pop in, and one of the Practice team can talk you through the straight forward process.
Why do we ask what's wrong?
Please assist our receptionists when you are asked for what may seem like
personal information. This is to help the doctor, nurse or healthcare assistant
who is going to be dealing with your problem.
All staff are bound by confidentiality protocols.
Scottish Bowel Screening Programme
The NHS will send out to everyone between the ages of 50 and 74 a bowel screening test kit by post every two years. Please take up the test. It is quick, if smelly and it could be a lifesaver.
Bowel cancer is the third commonest cancer in Scotland after lung and breast cancer. Every year over 3000 people in Scotland are diagnosed with it. The good news is bowel screening reduces bowel cancer deaths so please take up the test.
To find out more either call the Helpline on 0800 0121 833 or visit the website www.bowelscreening.scot.nhs.uk
Men Only :-
One of the first signs that your arteries are hardening could be that other parts of you stop hardening first!
Research now shows that erectile dysfunction, especially in men under 65, could predict that there are early changes in mens arteries which in a few years time could cause symptoms of cardiovascular disease. (At least doubling the risk of cardiovascular disease compared to a man without erectile dysfunction).
One third of men in our practice are between the ages 45 and 64. Most are fit and healthy and rarely go to see their GP until they have a health problem. One of the biggest health risks we all face is cardiovascular disease which causes sudden death, heart attacks, angina and strokes. Unfortunately it is difficult to predict who will get it. High blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, abdominal obesity, excess alcohol, lack of exercise and a family history of cardiovascular disease all put you at increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
So if your willie doesn't work see your GP as you are better to have a health check up now, to try to prevent serious problems developing in the next few years.