Welcome to Taiglum Medical Practice
We have now received vaccines to start the second round of vaccinations. Bookings are now available for patients who had their first covid vaccination by the practice in January, to get their second vaccination. A clinic will be running on Saturday 3rd April in both Mossblown and Drongan and we will be contacting patients by phone to book appointments. Patients can also phone in to make a booking. We will also be doing housecalls over the Easter weekend for those patients who would find it very diffiult or impossible to come in to the practice.
Apart from patients who are not available for vaccination, for example currently in hospital, all patients over the age of 70 and all patients on the shielding list have been offered vaccination, we believe, and if wishing it, have been vaccinated. If any of the few patients who declined vaccination change their mind or wish to discuss this further please contact the surgery. We are now very keen to hear from patients aged over 65 or who are shielding who feel they might have been missed.
Currently (31st March) 55% of patients aged over 18 registered with the practice have had their first Covid Vaccination and 5% have had their second dose. Over 95% of all patients aged over 65 have had a first vaccination.
NHS Ayrshire and Arran will directly arrange vaccinations for most adults aged under 80. People will be invited to NHS vaccination centres by letter, prioritised mainly by age. Full details should be available on the NHS Ayrshire and Arran website or by phoning 0800 030 8013 between 8am and 8pm, 7 days a week. We believe our patients will receive appointments in Drongan community centre (beside the primary school) or in Ayr, Mauchline or Kilmarnock.
If you are unable to get to a vaccination centre once you get your appointment through please phone the number on your letter to advise the Health Board you are unable to attend. Please then contact the surgery and we will make alternative arrangements.
To make sure you will be called we would suggest ensuring the practice have up to date contact details - you can update details here or if you can't be bothered with the form attach them to your next repeat medication slip.
We have now completed the flu vaccine programme for 2020-21
Lockdown restriction to prevent Covid transmission have been incredibly effective for preventing flu as well and this year has had the lowest flu rates in living memory. Unfortunately this may mean that fewer of us have imunity to next year's flu virus, and there have been concerns the winter of 2021-22 could be particularly bad for flu. There have also been reports that those who were vaccinated against flu enjoyed some extra protection against Covid. Therefore although there has been very little influenza this year we still strongly recommend vaccination in autumn 2021 for those who are advised to get vaccinations.
(Site updated 31/03/2021)