Clinic asks for patience from patients

Joanna Macdonald, Agyll and Bute HSCP chief officer.

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Campbeltown Medical Practice practitioners are asking members of the public to be patient as the Covid vaccine roll-out gets underway.

Starting on Friday, January 29, the clinic will be offering vaccines to all patients over the age of 80 to whom appointment letters were sent this week.

Relatives and friends of people in this age group are being asked to check that the letters have been received by Monday, January 25.

In line with the Public Health Department guidelines, the clinic is following a strict schedule which it is unable to deviate from. Patients will be vaccinated in order of age brackets and those most vulnerable.

‘Please do not wait to be vaccinated at the same time as others in your household who may be in a different group from you – your friends and relatives will be invited as soon as their vaccine arrives in the practice,’ said a clinic spokesperson.

‘We are unable to accommodate changes to times/dates as easily as we could with the individual flu vaccines.

‘This vaccine arrives in vials containing 10 or more doses, which must be used within a certain time of being opened.

‘We will do our best to accommodate those unable to attend their appointment due to circumstances outwith their control, for example hospital appointments or illness, and advised not to have the vaccine on that particular day.’

Patients who are currently housebound will receive a phone call from the practice to arrange a date and time for a home visit.

The clinic also stressed the importance of patients attending at the time given in their letter and not to arrive early.

The vaccination clinics are currently being held in the health centre and patients will enter via the main entrance and exit via the fire doors at side of the building. Staff will be on hand to direct patients where to go.

Patients who are planning to drive to the clinic are advised not to drive for 15 minutes after vaccination.

‘Please wait in your car, and let us know if you feel unwell,’ said the clinic spokesperson.

‘We may receive vaccine supply at short notice and therefore it may result in
some patients being contacted on the day to attend.’

Joanna Macdonald, chief officer for Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership, thanked GPs and their local teams for their hard work and commitment in ensuring that the region was moving forward with the vaccinations as quickly as possible.

‘We are currently working our way through the priority groups as per the national guidance and I am delighted to say that our vaccination teams have already visited all care homes in Argyll and Bute, which is really good news,’ she added.

‘I would remind the public of the importance of continuing to follow national guidance on social distancing, self-isolation and mixing indoors and that they should stay at home and only leave the house for essential purposes.’