Welcome to Loch Leven Health Centre
Loch Leven Health Centre is home to two GP practices, Orwell Medical Practice and St Serf's Medical Practice, and a large team of allied healthcare professionals. Together we provide primary care medical services to the people of Kinross-shire. We hope that you will find the information about our services useful. Quick links to our on-line services are at the foot of this page.
News - October 2013
Annual Flu Campaign
The autumn is fast approaching so we are organising the annual flu campaign. As in previous years, the flu clinics will be on Saturday mornings. The clinics will run from 9:00 a.m. until 1 p.m. on the following dates:-
| Saturday 19th October - Clinics full |
| Saturday 2nd November - Clinics full |
| Saturday 30th November |
Appointments may now be booked with Reception. If you are eligible for the flu vaccination, you can make an appointment today. You do not need to wait for a letter of invitation.
We would encourage all those in the following groups to come for a flu injection:-
|Over 65s||Those over 65 by 31st March 2014|
|Those aged 6 months or over in a clinical 'At Risk' group|
Chronic respiratory disease and asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous hospital admissions
Chronic heart disease
Chronic kidney disease
Chronic liver disease
Chronic neurological disease
|Pregnant women ||Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy|
|Long stay residential||Those living in long stay residential care homes or other long stay care facilities|
|Unpaid carers and young carers|
Those who, without payment, provide help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend, or neighbour who could not manage without this help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.
Young carers are those under 18 who carry out significant caring tasks and assume a level of responsibility for another person which would normally be undertaken by an adult.
Please note that patients who do not fall into these categories or who have no other clinical reason for receiving the flu vaccination will not be given the vaccination.
Flu for 2 and 3 year olds
This year the flu campaign is being extended to 2 and 3 year olds. The vaccine is administered via a nasal spray rather than an injection. The qualifying dates of birth are as follows:-
|2 year olds ||Those born on or after 2nd September 2010 and on or before 1st September 2011|
|3 year olds ||Those born on or after 2nd September 2009 and on or before 1st September 2010|
Letters have been sent to parents of eligible children by NHS Health Scotland and appointments can be booked at Reception. Clinics will be run on Saturday 30th November from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Patients who have just become 65, or will be 65 by 31st March 2014, will also be offered the pneumovax vaccination. The vaccination is generally only required once and it can be given at the same appointment as the flu vaccination.
Shingles is a debilitating condition, which occurs more frequently and tends to be more severe in older people. A new vaccine is being introduced for the over 70s this autumn to provide protection against shingles. Initially, only those aged 70 on 1st September 2013 or 79 on 1st September 2013 will be vaccinated. This is because there is a limited supply of the vaccine. The following table shows the dates of birth of those who are eligible for the shingles vaccination:-
|70 year olds||02/09/1942 to 01/09/1943|
|79 year olds ||02/09/1933 to 01/09/1934|
We have arranged a special clinic for the adminstration of the shingles vaccine. This clinic is on Saturday 30th November. If you are eligible for the shingles vaccine, you may make an appointment now. The flu vaccination can be administered at the same appointment.
For more information on the shingles vaccination, please see the Immunisation Scotland website
Compliments and Complaints
We are always keen to hear from patients about the services that we provide. It is gratifying to hear when things go well, but we accept that sometimes we could improve. We therefore encourage comments or suggestions which will enable us to identify problems and correct them.
We are aware that rather than addressing us directly, some patients are choosing to put comments or complaints onto Facebook or Twitter. Some of these comments have been rude and offensive. We would encourage patients not to do this, but to talk to the Practice Manager or put their comments in writing. This give us the opportunity to investigate the issues raised, respond to them in full and put in place changes where necessary. If patients continue to use social media to post offensive or derogatory remarks about any members of staff or the GPs, we will consider taking action against those patients. We hope that patients will understand and respect this. Thank you.
(Site updated 01/11/2013)