Coronavirus (Covid-19) - 31st Dec 2020 Update
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
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.
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
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 NHSInform.scot. If your symptoms last more than 7 days call the surgery to discuss.
PROTECT YOURSELF & OTHERS:
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.