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Riverside Medical PracticeNess WalkBallifeary LaneInverness, IV3 5PWTel: 01463 715999
**PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND YOUR APPOINTMENT UNLESS ASKED TO BY A CLINICIAN**
1300 - 1400 every day for COVID planning
Friday 25th December 2020
Monday 28th December 2020
Friday 1st January 2020
Monday 4th January 2021
Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
The Practice will only be open for pre-booked appointments on the following dates:
Monday 3rd August 2020
This means there will be no telephone or emergency service. All calls and on the day contacts will be routed to NHS24.
SMEARS - Please don’t ignore your next smear invite. And, 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. Please note that we now offer early morning appointments which many women find convenient to fit in around working patterns.
If you take regular medications then we attach a list of your medicines to each prescription. Use the latest list to let us know which medicines you require. Any amendments to the repeat prescription list can only be made with the doctor’s permission and will take longer to process.
You can then get your request to us in three ways as follows:
This following NHS Highland video explains the reasons why changes may be being made to some prescribed medicines https://youtu.be/PU0hUB36elY.
It is no longer possible to request repeat prescriptions over the phone.
Some of the pharmacies are able to accept your repeat prescription request and bring it to the practice. Check with your local pharmacy whether they offer this service.
Always indicate whether you will be collecting your prescription or wish your prescription to be forwarded to a particular pharmacy. Please allow 2 working days before collecting your prescription from the surgery.
If you request your prescription to be forwarded to a particular pharmacy, please allow an extra day before collecting from them as your chemist may not collect from us on a daily basis.
Same day requests place a considerable strain on our system so please help us to help you by ordering in advance before your medication runs out.
There is an independent partnership (Lloyds Chemist) next door to the surgery. They are open from09:00 – 18:00 weekdays and 09:00 – 12:00 on Saturdays.
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip. Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.
Please allow two full working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.
If you're taking medicines for a health condition, and you're planning on being away from home for a while, you need to be prepared before travelling.
If you are travelling outside the UK and you have a health condition which requires prescription medicines, your GP will be able to prescribe a maximum of 3 months supply.
If you are going to be away for more than 3 months, you should ask your GP to give you a letter confirming the details of the medicines you are taking. This will enable the doctor you see while abroad to prescribe the appropriate medicine. It might even be worth having the letter translated into the language of your destination country, to avoid any further confusion.
If you are travelling outside the EU you can also contact the relevant country's embassy or high commission for advice before you go.
Different countries have different rules and regulations about which medicines they allow in or how much of a particular drug you can carry. To avoid risking your health or having a nasty experience with foreign customs, make sure you check all the facts before you leave.
Some prescribed medicines, such as Temazapam and Ritalin, contain controlled drugs meaning they are subject to control under the Misuse of Drugs legislation and there are limits to the amount you are allowed to take abroad. If you need to take more than the maximum allowance, you will need a special license from the Home Office. See the HM Customs and Excise website at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/customs/ to check the permitted allowances on various drugs.
Countries such as India, Pakistan and Turkey have lists of medicines that they won’t allow in the country so it is worth visiting the UK Foreign and Commonwealth website at http://www.fco.gov.uk/ for a full list of embassy contact details that way you can check well in advance.
Further information can be obtained from the NHS 24 website at http://www.nhs24.com/.
Please allow 48 hours, excluding weekends and Bank Holidays, for your request to be processed. Any problems please telephone the surgery.
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