Practice Closures: 

1300 - 1400 every day for COVID planning 

Friday 1st January 2021

Monday 4th January 2021

Apologies for any inconvenience caused. 

SMEARS - Please don’t ignore your next smear invite.  If you missed your last smear test, contact us to find a time that suits you.  All women aged 25-64 across Scotland are invited to have a cervical screening test every three years from age 25-49 and every five years from age 50-64.

Flu Season 2020/2021

Practice Flu Newsletter September 2020



How does COVID-19 affect my flu vaccination?


The Surgery has to run our flu clinics differently this year due to the requirements for social distancing and stricter hygiene measures. This means we can’t allow too many patients in at any one time so you may be asked to wait outside until there is space available inside. We will also be operating a one way system throughout the practice.


Am I eligible for a flu vaccination at the practice?


As in previous years the first cohort to be invited will be those patients who are aged 65+ (by 31 March 2021) followed by those who are considered to be high risk due to pre-existing medical conditions. For more information please visit the NHS Inform website.


I’m pregnant; can I get the flu vaccine at the surgery?


The community midwives are giving pregnant patients their flu vaccines. Please ask the midwife at your next appointment.


When will the vaccination programme commence?


  • Our flu clinics will commence on Tuesday 29th September.


When will I be able to book a flu appointment?


  • We are taking flu appointment bookings now. If you are registered for online appointments then please book your flu appointment online:

Otherwise please contact the surgery on 01463 715999 to book an appointment. 

When are the clinics being held?


We are running flu clinics every Tuesday afternoon (2.15pm onwards), all day Friday 16th October and on the following Saturday dates:

  • Saturday 3rd October
  • Saturday 10th October
  • Saturday 17th October
  • Saturday 24th October
  • Saturday 31st October
  • Saturday 12th December  

Do I have to wear a face covering when I attend my flu appointment?


We are asking all patients who visit us to please wear a face covering.  This is guidance to help protect our staff and patients, however, we appreciate that there will be some circumstances in which patients are unable to wear face coverings. 


Should I attend the practice alone?


We would ask that, where possible, you attend the practice alone unless you are a parent/guardian or need to attend with a carer.


I am a shielding patient; can my household member/s get the vaccine at the same time?


  • If you share your household with someone who is not normally eligible for a flu vaccine, they can contact their own medical practice and get vaccinated there. If they are also registered at Riverside Medical Practice, they should make an appointment as we don’t have capacity for patients to turn up without an appointment.

What safety measure do you have in place?


We will be taking the following measure to help keep our team and patients safe:

  • We will be operating a one way system within the building so you will be asked to exit from a different door to the usual front door.
  • Signs all around the building will guide you around the building
  • Floor markers will mark out a 2m distance from other patients
  • All Staff will be wearing appropriate PPE as per Government guidelines
  • All patients will be asked to wear a face covering unless exempt
  • All patients will be temperature checked at the door before entering
  • There will be various hand gel dispensers situated around the practice. Patients will be asked to use these when entering and leaving the practice
  • A number of protective screens will be up around the practice for patient safety

Can I discuss any other medical problems with the Doctors/Nurses whilst I’m there?


We will only be undertaking flu, pneumococcal and shingle vaccination at the clinic. No other health issues will be discussed and there will be no opportunity to request prescriptions or any other advice from clinicians.


I’m pregnant; can I get the flu vaccine at the surgery?


The community midwives are giving pregnant patients their flu vaccines. Please ask the midwife at your next appointment.


Can I park at the surgery?


Yes, the surgery has a large car park however if you are unable to find a space, please take your time and park safely and responsibly. Please don’t worry that you will be late for your appointment, you will still be seen for your vaccine.


I’m not eligible for a flu vaccine but would like one, can I get one?


Patients who are not eligible for a free flu vaccine can access flu vaccinations via their local pharmacy. This is also being run on an appointment based system and there will be a charge of around £11.99.



If you have a persistent cough, fever and/or loss of/change in taste or smell, please phone the practice to re-schedule your appointment and follow the Governments advice on testing and self isolating.

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