GP practices stay open for phone triaging

While all GP practices in the Borders have suspended their usual appointment booking arrangements due to the lockdown, all such facilities will remain open for the bank holiday tomorrow.

Thursday, 7th May 2020, 10:25 am
Community pharmacies, health centres and doctor surgeries will remain open for tomorrow's bank holiday.

Practices and treatment rooms continue to provide services via telephone triaging and, where absolutely necessary, via face-to-face appointments for patients who require urgent clinical attention.

Borderers are reminded they should not attend their GP practice unless advised to do so by their GPs following telephone triage.

If you require urgent care for a minor injury that you cannot self-care for, please contact your GP practice or NHS 24 on 111 if your GP practice is closed.

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Some community pharmacies and medical centres will be also be open for the public holiday.

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Pharmacies continue to operate, dispensing prescriptions and providing self-care advice and over-the-counter medicines to the public.

Borderers are asked to be considerate when attending their pharmacy, in that if you have been told to self-isolate or if you have symptoms of coronavirus (new continuous cough and/or high temp of 37.8°C or greater) do not go yourself but stay at home and make arrangements for either someone else to pick up your medication or ask your pharmacy to have your prescription delivered to your home, as you may unintentionally be putting yourself, pharmacy staff and others at unnecessary risk.

If you need a sick note due to coronavirus, do not contact your GP or NHS 24.

You can download a sick/isolation note directly from the NHS Inform website.