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Posted on October 25th, 2023
Free period products are available in Highland to everyone who needs them. Riverside Medical Practice are proud to be a designated pick-up point in Inverness.
Who can access free period products?
Everyone can access the free period products. Whether you need them for yourself or for someone else, if you live or work locally, or you are visiting the Highlands, you are welcome to take what you need at our collection points.
What types of products are available?
You can access disposable pads and tampons at collection points and through the home delivery service. You can also order reusable products such as cups and pads through the home delivery service.
For further information or to order for home delivery, visit https://www.highland.gov.uk/freeperiodproducts
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However, we are aware that things can go wrong resulting in a patient feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint. If this is so, we would wish for the matter to be settled as quickly, and as amicably, as possible.
To pursue a complaint please contact the practice who will deal with your concerns appropriately. Further written information is available regarding the complaints procedure.
If you wish to put a complaint in writing via email, please contact the practice on the following address: nhsh.GP55841firstname.lastname@example.org
** NEW – SURGERY ABROAD WITHOUT NHS REFERRAL**
NHS Scotland does not recommend choosing to pay to travel abroad for surgery as part of a packaged holiday. This is sometimes called surgical or cosmetic tourism. Surgical options in Scotland can appear more expensive. But you should think about the potential savings against the potential risks of travelling for surgery.
Decisions about surgery
The most important decision to make about any operation is whether it is the right one for you. You should always talk to the surgeon who would carry out your operation about the best way to get the results you want.
To help you make an informed choice, you should ask:
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Many clinics abroad do not offer a consultation with your surgeon until the day of surgery. This does not allow enough time for you to make decisions. You should have time to think about what was said, and to decide what’s right for you.
A common alternative offered by these clinics is an appointment with an advisor. The advisor may or may not be medically qualified. This is unsafe, as the only person who can advise you properly is the surgeon who will operate.
You may also be offered video consultations. Video consultations do not allow for a proper physical examination, which is key to deciding the best operation for you. In the UK, the medical regulators (General Medical Council) require a face-to-face consultation before planning cosmetic surgery.
Packages of care
You should fully understand what’s included in any private treatment package, either at home or abroad. The operation is only one part of treatment. You’ll need routine care before and after the actual operation. NHS Scotland is under no obligation to provide this.
Complications of having surgery abroad
Most surgical procedures go well but there can always be complications. You should understand what’s included in your treatment package in the event of complications. One cause of problems after surgery abroad is the holiday that comes with the surgical package. A key part of recovery after surgery is rest. Taking part in activities such as swimming and sunbathing can have a negative effect on healing. You should not fly soon after surgery as the risks of clots in the legs is much greater. It’s possible for clots in the legs to spread to the lungs, which can be life threatening.
NHS Scotland recommend you do not fly for:
NHS Scotland will always provide emergency care where needed. But there’s no obligation for NHS Scotland to provide further routine treatment. It’s important that you know where to go for the routine care needed before and after your operation, and in the event of any complications.
Why does UK treatment cost more?
The benefit of using UK services if you’re choosing to pay for treatment is that hospitals and clinics are all regulated. This means that they may appear to be more expensive than abroad. But you do not have the reassurance that services outside the UK are regularly inspected. Meeting regulatory requirements comes at a cost, and contributes to the relatively higher price of UK treatment.
Also, most UK centres provide all required aftercare as a part of the package, including follow up visits with your surgeon. In the event of complications, your surgeon is available to deal with any issues if they happen.
You should ask what is included in any package abroad compared with one available locally. All extra care before and after surgery should be provided. Any tests or appointments not included within the original package of care you pay for may prove more expensive to buy later as extras.
Choosing to pay to travel abroad for surgery is not recommended by NHS Scotland, or by the surgical specialist associations in the UK.
If you still wish to do this, be aware that NHS Scotland is under no obligation to provide pre and post-operative care other than emergency care.
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