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NHS Scotland have developed a new system called SPIRE - Scottish Primary Care Information Rescource. SPIRE will help medical professionals to improve the quality of care for all patients, plan services, develop new treatments, find out about side-effects and respond to major epidemics.
SPIRE moves information electronically and securely by encryption, from GP records to NHS National Services to give better information to the NHS in Scotland and to their approved researchers.
Patients can 'opt out' if they do not want their health information to be used, there is a form available which should be completed and returned to the GP practice.
Videos explaining the benefits of SPIRE can be viewed at: http://spire.scot/
Are you fit for travel?
Fitfortravel is a website provided by NHS Scotland. It gives travel health information for people travelling abroad from the UK. You can get vaccination, disease and malaria advice for your chosen destination.
Remember - always discuss your particular needs with the practice travel nurse at least 6 weeks before you travel.
Do you Care?
Have you told us you are caring for someone?
Are you providing help and support to a relative, partner, friend or neighbour who could not manage without your help due to age, sickness, addiction or disability?
You may not realise you are acting in a 'caring role’, let alone realise the benefits; whether emotional, physical or financial; available to help and support you in your role.
We have introduced a 'Registration of a Carer' form within the practice. The form will allow us to note you are a carer on your records. Our doctors will be aware of your role and are here to help. We can offer you an annual health check, annual flu immunization, arrange appointments to fit around your caring role, send repeat prescriptions direct to your pharmacy and provide information on access to practical and emotional support for you. We hope you, our patient, will feel supported rather than isolated, in what can be a challenging, frustrating and stressful role.
It is important to tell us and find out what help is available for you. Please ask for a Carer Registration Form from Reception.
Living It Up
Do you want to know what is going on in your area? Do you wish you could get more out of life? Perhaps you’d like to find out how to do more things online or take time to get to know your neighbours? Living It Up aims to support people to Shine, Flourish, Discover and Connect
On-line Appointment Booking
If you would like to book your own appointments using the internet you can. Next time you come into the surgery please ask the reception staff to register you for on-line appointment booking.
The practice staff will print out a letter with details of your Access Identification Number and Password. Once you are registered you will immediately be able to book and cancel your appointments on-line. Further information about our on-line booking facility are available at:http://www.taynuiltmedical.co.uk/making-appointments.aspx
As with all new systems we have had a few teething problems but we believe these are now completely resolved. If you have been unable to access the on-line booking system please contact Reception to receive new registration details. Log on to our website from your home computer, follow the prompted steps and you will be able to book your own appointments in no time!