Forres Neighbourhood Care Team (Hanover Project) Open Day Friday 7th July 11am – 7pm

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Changes to Nursing and Phlebotomy Appointments from Monday 5th June 2017

From the week commencing Monday 5th June 2017, the Nursing and Phlebotomy appointments timetable has been revised to enable us to offer a smoother, more efficient service that meets the expectations and needs of our patients.  this will not affect the majority of patient appointments.

Our aim is to continue to provide an effective and efficient service. 

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SPIRE – NHS Scotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records

SPIRE – Scottish Primary Care Information Resource

NHS Scotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records. SPIRE  is a service that will allow small amounts of information from GP practice records to be used to help doctors’ surgeries, NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government to improve care and plan services, and to help researchers to learn more from patient information held at GP practices.

A new campaign is underway to inform patients across Scotland of the benefits of the service, and the confidential and secure way in which GP patient records will be used to help plan and improve health care services.

You have a choice about your patient record being used in this way. To find out more go to

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NHS Scotland – Don’t Get Scared, Get Checked.

New resources regarding cancer, including lung cancer, breast cancer, cervical cancer, bowel cancer, skin cancer,  prostate cancer, head and neck cancer  are available  are available at


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Change to age range for Cervical Screening

Changes to the Cervical Screening Programme

From 6th June 2016 the age range for women invited for cervical screening will be raised from 20 to 25 and extended from 60 to 64 and 364 days.  The frequency of routine cervical screening will continue to be every 3 years for women aged 25 to 60 but will change to be every 5 years for women aged over 60.

 The changes will be introduced on 6th June 2016 and follow recommendations made by the UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) the body that advise Ministers and the NHS in the four UK countries on all aspects of screening.

A review of cervical screening held in 2012 by the UK MSC concluded that screening women under the age of 25 is not effective at preventing cervical cancer.

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New NHS Minor Ailment Service

NHS Minor Ailment Service

What is the NHS Minor Ailment Service?

Everyone can go to their pharmacist for advice or to buy a medicine for a minor illness or ailment. This is a new NHS service. It means that if your pharmacist thinks you need it then they can give you a medicine on the NHS. It will also save you making an appointment with your GP simply to get a prescription.

Who is the service for?

You can use the NHS Minor Ailment Service if:

  • You are registered with a GP surgery in Scotland, and you don’t live in a nursing or residential care home

How does it work?

  • You register for the service with the community pharmacy of your choice
  • You don’t have to make an appointment. You can go along at a time that suits you
  • Your consultation will always be with a qualified pharmacist
  • If your pharmacist thinks that you need a medicine or product to treat your symptoms, this will be dispensed to you

How do I register?

You can register for the NHS Minor Ailment Service at a community pharmacy of your choice. You can do this at any time.Your pharmacist will ask you for some details – your name, date of birth, gender, and postcode.Your pharmacist completes a form which you must sign to register for the service.Your pharmacist will print a separate form for each member of your family, including children.
You can only register with one community pharmacy at a time for the NHS Minor Ailment Service.

If you want to go to another community pharmacy for the NHS Minor Ailment Service, you can. But you will need to register with the new pharmacy.

If you do register with a new community pharmacy you will no longer be registered at the pharmacy where you were registered before.

You still have to go to your GP if:

  • Your pharmacist suggests you should, or you need a medicine that you can only get on prescription from your GP

For a copy of this document please go to NHS Minor Ailment Service where you can view or download this leaflet.

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Protected Learning Time Closures 2016

Varis Medical Practice will be closed from 1.30pm on the following days for Protected Learning Time.
Wednesday 10th February 2016
Wednesday   9th March 2016
Cover will be provided by the Out of Hours Service. (Telephone Number 111 – the free to call number for Out of Hours)

Further dates will be added as and when we receive notification from NHS Grampian.

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GP Practice Public Holidays 2017/2018

Varis Medical Practice will be closed on
Monday 17th April 2017
Monday 1st  May 2017
Monday 10th July 2017
Monday 25th September 2017
Monday 25th December 2017
Tuesday 26th December 2017
Monday 1st January 2018
Tuesday 2nd January 2018
These are all NHS Grampian Public Holidays and cover will be provided by the Out of Hours Service. (Telephone No 111- the free to use telephone number for NHS 24)

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Ebola outbreak


If you feel unwell and have travelled to an Ebola affected country within the last 21 days, (particularly Liberia, Sierra Leone or Guinea) PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE HEALTH CENTRE.  Please call the practice and choose option 2 and advise a member of staff of your situation and then await a call back from a member of the duty team who will advise on further action.  This is to minimise any risk of spreading illness to other

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