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NHS INFORM

NHS Inform has been fully redesigned bringing a range of new content and features to help people manage their own health and wellbeing.

WORK AND SICKNESS

Self-certification with form SC2 is all that is required for illnesses lasting seven days or less. This form is available from your employer. After seven days you must consult a doctor for further certification

PRIVATE MEDICALS

Insurance medicals and non-NHS examinations are undertaken by mutual arrangement with your GP (eg HGV medicals, sports medicals). A fee will be charged in accordance with BMA rates.

AMBULANCES/PATIENT TRANSPORT

To book patient transport: 0300 123 1236
To cancel patient transport: 0800 389 1333

WHEN YOUR ILL, KNOW WHO TO TURN TO

If you were ill, would you know who to turn to? NHS Ayrshire & Arran and the three Health and Social Care Partnerships in East, North and South Ayrshire are encouraging you to choose the right option for your condition.

To find out more about the campaign, visit http://www.nhsaaa.net/1778.aspx or see posters and leaflets in the waiting area.

BOWEL SCREENING:

Scottish Bowel Screening Programme

To find out more call the Helpline on 0800 0121 833

Or Visit
www.bowelscreening.scot.nhs.uk

MESSAGE IN BOTTLE

This new initiative is an emergency information scheme that is provided free of charge by the local Rotary Clubs, and supported by Health, Social, support and emergency services.

The scheme is aimed at people of all ages who feel vulnerable at home. The bottle pack gives the user the means to alert the emergency services to important medical information and contact details, should an accident or sudden illness in their home occur.

For more information or to collect a bottle, please ask at reception desk.

ARE YOU A CARER?

Do you provide help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without your help?

The person may need your help because of their age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.

If the answer is 'YES', please ask at reception for a 'Carer's Questionnaire'. For additional information, please access the South Ayrshire Carers website at www.carers.org or see leaflets in the practice reception.

BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP

The Breastfeeding Network holds a drop-in group providing breastfeeding support and advice to all new mums and babies. This informal group is held on Tuesdays 12.15pm - 2.15pm in the Carrick Centre.

Medicines in Scotland: What's the right treatment for me?

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) has produced an information booklet which explains how people can work with their doctor (or other healthcare professional) to decide whether a medicine is needed and if so, which to prescribe. It also explains about the likely benefits and possible risks of medicines.

Copies of the booklet are available from reception

For more information and a copy of the leaflet, click the link below.

www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/medicinesbooklet.aspx