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NHS Highland prepares new Covid and flu vaccination clinics for over 50s in the Inverness area

By Alasdair Fraser

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NHS Highland.
NHS Highland.

NHS Highland has revealed its vaccination hub is now free of software issues which led to difficulties for people trying to make appointments.

In an update on the next phase of the vaccination programme, the health authority described uptake of Covid-19 vaccines as “excellent” in Inverness and surrounding areas.

It also detailed the next priority groups for upcoming Covid booster and flu jabs at GP clinics in and around Inverness.

These include:

The Aird Medical Practice, Beauly (Flu and COVID);

Crown Medical Practice (COVID);

Culloden Medical Practice (Flu and COVID for those 50-70yrs and patients clinically at risk);

Drumnadrochit Medical Practice (Flu and COVID for those for clinically extremely vulnerable, clinically at risk and 50-70yrs);

Fairfield Medical Practice (COVID);

Fortrose Medical Practice (COVID 50-69yrs)

Kingsmills Medical Practice (Flu and COVID 50-69yrs)

Eligible patients with these practices will be invited by letter or asked to call the NHS Highland Vaccination Hub.

Appointments can also be rescheduled through the vaccination hub on 01463 705531 or by emailing nhsh.covidvaccine@nhs.scot.

An NHS Highland spokeswoman said: “Members of the public should only call the hub if asked to. Other clinics are being run by GP practices who will get in touch with patients directly.

“We know patients have experienced difficulty in getting through to the vaccination hub.

“The software issues experienced at the beginning of this programme have been resolved and we are pleased to say that an appeal for more colleagues to assist the hub team has resulted in offers of support which will help us in operating these phone lines.

“We will roll out vaccination over the coming weeks, prioritising the over 70s, the clinically extremely vulnerable and the severely immuno-suppressed and working through other eligible groups.”

Clinics have already been arranged at Smithton Church for patients registered with Culloden Surgery, Fairfield Medical Practice and Crown Medical Practice.

Further drop-in clinics, for patients who registered with non-participating practices, have also been arranged at Smithton Church during November.

Clinics for Beauly patients have been held and more will be arranged with details available on our website once scheduled in.

More clinics for this area will be scheduled in the near future. The majority of patients will be invited by letter for remaining clinics.

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