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Coronavirus (Covid-19) - 31st Dec 2020 Update

COVID-19 vaccinations

We are delighted to learn that the University of Oxford/AstraZenica (AZ) vaccine has been approved for use in the UK.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine is safe and effective. It gives you the best protection against coronavirus. As you may have heard, the NHS is currently offering the COVID-19 vaccine to people most at risk from coronavirus. The vaccine is first being given to:

  • people who live or work in care homes

  • health care workers at high risk

Bennochy Medical Centre have been notified that patients over 80 years old will be first to be immunised in practice, with further priority groups in due course. We will release information on how vaccination clinics will be scheduled and operated as soon as we know.

Wait to be contacted

The practice will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine. It's important not to contact the practice for a vaccination before then.

How the COVID-19 vaccine is given

The COVID-19 vaccine is given as an injection into your upper arm.

It's given as 2 doses, at least 21 days apart.

How safe is the COVID-19 vaccine?

Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.

So far, thousands of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions, have been very rare. No long-term complications have been reported.

How effective is the COVID-19 vaccine?

After having both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine most people will be protected against coronavirus.

It takes a few weeks after getting the 2nd dose for it to work.

There is a small chance you might still get coronavirus even if you have the vaccine.

This means it is important to:

  • continue to follow social distancing guidance

  • if you can, wear something that covers your nose and mouth in places where it's hard to stay away from other people

COVID-19 vaccine side effects

Most side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine are mild and should not last longer than a week, such as:

  • a sore arm where the needle went in

  • feeling tired

  • a headache

  • feeling achy

You can take painkillers, such as paracetamol, if you need to.

If you have a high temperature you may have coronavirus or another infection.

If your symptoms get worse or you are worried, call 111.

Allergic reactions

Tell staff before you are vaccinated if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).

You should not have the vaccine if you've ever had a serious allergic reaction to medicines, vaccines or food.

If you do have a reaction to the vaccine, it usually happens in minutes. Staff giving the vaccine are trained to deal with allergic reactions and treat them immediately.


Coronavirus (Covid-19) - 14th July 2020 Update

Entry to the practice will be by PRE-ARRANGED APPOINTMENT ONLY.  We respectfully request that you wear a Face-Covering if you are attending the surgery and ATTEND ALONE (unless you have a carer).  Please DO NOT ATTEND more than 5 minutes prior to your appointment time, please wash your hands on arrival and departure and also please limit the number of personal effects worn/brought to your appointment (jackets, jewellery and bags). Our toilets are available for use in an emergency only. Please adhere to our social distancing rules and any additional guidance you may be given from staff. This is for everyone's safety. Thank you for your cooperation.

If you do not have an appointment and need to speak with us, please call us on 01592 263332.

Please order your prescriptions online, alternatively, come to the surgery and put your request through our outside letter box. You will find our outside letterbox to the right of our front door next to the disabled parking bays.  We regret we cannot take requests by phone.

For more information visit our Coronavirus Guidance Page

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Coronavirus Guidance

28th May 2020

As of Thu 28th May, NHS Fife have launched this video to help you to understand NHS Scotland's new test and trace scheme called Test & Protect. Click here to watch the video.

All patients with symptoms of Coronavirus - new persistent cough, fever or Anosmia (loss of or change in sense of smell or taste) should go online and request a test via If your symptoms last more than 7 days call the surgery to discuss.


  • stay at home

  • only go outside for essential food, health and work reasons

  • stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people

  • wash your hands regularly               

  • wash your hands as soon as you get home


The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are a new continuous cough and/or a fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater) and/or a loss of or change in your sense of smell or taste.

A new continuous cough is where you:

  • have a new cough that’s lasted for an hour

  • have had 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours

  • are coughing more than usual

Changes for the symptomatic individual and their household:- Individuals will need to self-isolate immediately if they develop a new continuous cough OR fever OR as of Mon 18th May, a loss or changed sense of normal smell or taste (Anosmia).

All members of their household must also self-isolate according to current guidelines, unless the symptomatic individual receives a negative test result.

People who have to isolate themselves should ask others for help.



More information can be found on: NHS Inform.

There is a free helpline if you are looking for general advice but do not have symptoms: 0800 028 2816.

available Mon to Fri 8am – 10pm and Sat & Sun 9am – 5pm


If you need an Isolation Note, more info can be found by following this link


Please order your prescriptions online, if you are not set up for our online service, please visit our Prescriptions Page and complete the form.  Alternatively, you can come to the surgery and put your request through our outside letter box. You will find our outside letter box round the corner, to the right of our front door next to the disabled parking bays. Due to pressures on our telephone system, at this time, we are still unable to take requests over the phone.

We are unable to process requests earlier than 10 days in advance, or requests for double quantities as per NHS Fife guidance.  Please indicate which chemist you want to collect your prescription from as we are asking patients not to attend the Surgery and to collect direct from a chemist instead.


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