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Welcome to Cairn Medical Practice!

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Tue 6th Oct 2015 - Unfortunately, Dr Macfarlane is unwell and will not be in the Practice today.  We are trying to contact patients to re-arrange appointments.

Flu Vaccinations 2015/16

We have received our first batch of vaccines. 

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you: 
  • are 65 years of age or over   
  • are pregnant 
  • have certain medical conditions (See below)
  • are very overweight (BMI 40+)
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility 
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill 
  • are a healthcare worker with direct patient contact, or a social care worker

Express Clinics on Saturday 17th October and Saturday 21st November - theses are In/Out clinics for vaccinations, not a consultation. 

Additional clinics every Tuesday afternoon from 2pm to 2:45pm and most Tuesday Evenings.


If you are visiting the Doctor or Nurse for something else, then please ask about getting your flu jab at the same time.

Over-65s and the flu jab

You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2015-16) if you are aged 65 and over on March 31 2016 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1951. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2016, you do qualify.

Pregnant women and the flu jab

If you're pregnant, you're advised to have the injectable flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you've reached.

That's because there's strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu.

If you're pregnant, you will benefit from the flu vaccine because:

  • it reduces your chance of getting serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia, particularly in the later stages of pregnancy
  • it reduces your risk of having a miscarriage, or your baby being born prematurely or with a low birth weight because of the flu
  • it will help protect your baby as they will continue to have some immunity to flu for the first few months of their life

It's safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. The vaccine doesn't carry any risks for you or your baby. Talk to your GP or midwife if you are unsure about the vaccination.

Read more about the flu jab in pregnancy.

Flu jab for people with medical conditions

The injected flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to anyone with a serious long-term health condition. That includes these types of illnesses:  

Children and the Flu Vaccine

An annual flu vaccine for children is available on the NHS from autumn 2015 for all two, three and four year olds.

Eligible children are those aged two, three and four on August 31 1 2015. That is, children with a date of birth on or after September 1 2010 and on or before August 31 2013.

The flu vaccine for children, which is given as a nasal spray, will also be offered to children in years one and two of primary school. In some parts of the country, all primary school children will also be offered the vaccine.

Most children will receive their flu vaccination at school, although in some areas it may be through alternative schemes such as community pharmacies and general practice.

Over time, potentially all children between the ages of two and 16 could be vaccinated each year against flu using the nasal spray.

Children with long-term health conditions

Children aged two to 17 who are at extra risk from flu because they have a long-term health condition, such as diabetes, heart or lung disease, will have the annual flu nasal spray instead of the annual flu jab, which they were previously given.

Children at extra risk between the ages of six months and two years will continue to receive the annual flu jab.

Which children should delay having the nasal spray flu vaccine?

If a child has a heavily blocked or runny nose at the time of vaccination, it might stop the vaccine getting into their system, so it’s best to postpone the flu vaccination until their nasal symptoms have cleared up.

If a child is wheezy or has been wheezy in the past week, vaccination should be delayed until they have been free from wheezing for at least three days.

Which children should NOT have the nasal spray flu vaccine?

The nasal spray flu vaccine is not recommended for children who have:

  • severe asthma and are being treated with oral steroids or high dose inhaled steroids
  • a severely weakened immune system
  • severe egg allergy
  • an allergy to any of the vaccine ingredients, such as neomycin 

There’s a small risk that the viruses in the nasal spray may be harmful to other people who have severely weakened immune systems (who will be in protective isolation at home or hospital). This is because there's a very small chance that the vaccine virus may pass to them.

For children in this situation, it may be possible for them to have the injectable flu vaccine instead.

Did you know?........

Anticipating Your Care Needs.

If you suffer from an on-going condition that may result in a crisis of either a health or social care nature, then you can leave instructions about your wishes for treatment at a time when you might not be able to tell the medical staff yourself.  The instruction is called an Anticipatory Care Patient Alert, or ACPA.  They are particularly beneficial for patients in care homes, patients with conditions such as Cancer, early stages of dementia or any other condition that is likely to result in a crisis or emergency admission.  This information is shared with the NHS Out of Hours Service and NHS 24, so that the whole system is aware of your wishes.

If you would like to discuss an ACPA, please ask your doctor at your next appointment.

Attendance at Appointments

Each week, we lose approximately 1 doctor day to patients that fail to attend for appointments.  If you cannot make it to your pre-booked appointment then please let us know.  In that way, we can give the time to another patient. 

At Cairn, we have a policy for dealing with persistent non-attendance and that policy could result in a patient being removed from our list and having to find another doctor.  Full details are here: DNA Policy 

Cairn Medical Practice

About Cairn

Cairn is a busy, urban practice located a 10 minute walk from Inverness City centre.  We have approximately 9500 patients, serviced by 11 doctors, 3 nurses and 2 Healthcare Assistants. 

Our building is on two floors with no lift access. The building is accessible at ground floor level for wheelchair users and patients with other disabilities. For patients who cannot use the stairs, we can make arrangements for you to be seen in a ground floor consulting room. Please let us know when booking your appointment if you need to be seen downstairs

Cairn is a training practice; we participate in the education of doctors and other healthcare staff at all levels, from university students to qualified doctors who are specialising as GPs.  Occasionally, there may be a student or a trainee GP present during consultations.  If you are not happy for them to be there then please tell us - you will not offend anyone!

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