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Health centre and pharmacies in Huntly put cornavirus measures in place

By Pat Scott

HEALTH care professionals in Huntly are taking drastic steps to try to restrict the spread of coronavirus.

At the Bydand Medical Group, appointments have been cancelled and people told not to attend the surgery unless asked by a GP to do so.

Anyone who feels they need to be seen should phone the surgery on 01466 792116 between 8.45am and 9am or 2.15pm and 2.30pm. A member of the clinician team will call them back to discuss their symptoms.

Except in an emergency, no one should go to the Minor Injuries Unit at Jubilee Hospital although it continues to operate as normal.

A spokesman said: "If people feel they require an appointment, it will be decided whether they are to come to the surgery or if they require a home visit. We would appreciate assistance in preventing the possible spread of infection by reducing the foot fall in the health centre. Please also do not present if you have COVID19 symptoms as per NHSInform website."

A video call facility for patients is being developed and instructions will be posted at www.bydandmedicalgroup.co.uk where there will also beregular practice updates.

Patients can still hand in prescription requests and collect sick notes and are being told there is no need to order extra prescriptions. announced measures to minimise the risk to patients and staff.

The town's three care homes, Scott's Hospital, Balhousie and the Meadows all placed restrictions on non essential visitors late last week.

Both pharmacies have issued guidelines to reduce the risk of transmission to their staff and are urging people to call them if they have not already signed up for text message notifications of when prescriptions are ready to collect.

They say that if people go into either shop to collect a prescription which is not ready they may be asked to stand away from the counter or leave the building and return when it has been prepared.

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