Ticks and Lyme disease in Scotland
Ticks are small, spider-like creatures which feed on the blood of birds and mammals, including humans. Their size varies between 1mm to 1cm long and they have either six or eight legs.
They can be found anywhere there is wildlife, usually in woodland and moorland areas, and are particularly common between March and October.
In Scotland, the most common disease ticks transmit is Lyme disease (also known as Lyme borreliosis).
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Pre-operative Assessment Clinic
If you are due to be admitted to hospital for a surgical procedure, you will usually attend a Pre-operative Assessment Clinic. Click here for more details about this clinic.
Saliva control and your child
Saliva Control Leaflet for Parents (.pdf)
NHS Lanarkshire Minor Ailments Service
NHS Lanarkshire now runs a Minor Ailments service available at your local pharmacies. You can get more information about this service at this website here.
You require to register for this service and it is available if you are under 16 years of age or in receipt of benefits. Please speak to your local pharmacist for further information.
You will be able to get advice and often free treatment from you community pharmacist for minor illnesses and ailments such as:
- athletes’ foot
- cold sores
- eczema and allergies
- haemorrhoids (piles)
- hay fever
- head lice
- mouth ulcers
- nasal congestion
- period pain
- sore throat
- warts and verrucae
If your pharmacist feels that it is better for you to be seen at the practice, then they may refer you directly or advise you to make an appointment with your GP or practice nurse
Scottish Gluten-free Food Service
If you are diagnosed as needing gluten-free food as part of your coeliac disease and/or dermatitis herpetiformis care, you can now access your prescription through the Scottish Gluten-free Food Service.
What is the Scottish Gluten-free Food Service?
The Scottish Gluten-free Food Service (GFFS) is an NHS service that allows you to manage your gluten-free food prescription through your pharmacist instead of through your GP.
For more information about the service including how to register and how to place an order please download the NHS Scotland GFFS Patient Information leaflet.
Gluten-free Food Service in NHS Lanarkshire
Over 114 pharmacies spread throughout Lanarkshire have signed up to deliver the GFFS. This number is expected to increase to include 121 pharmacies as this valuable service grows.
Best Start Possible
Information on the Breastfeeding Support Service:
The Breastfeeding Support Service (BSS) supports breastfeeding women in NHS Lanarkshire. The Service provides additional support to breastfeeding women; however this will not replace current support given to women by health professionals.
The Service is based in Wishaw General Hospital and is staffed by Breastfeeding Support Service Assistants, who are coordinated by a Breastfeeding Service Coordinator and managed by the Infant Feeding Development Midwife.
All women being transferred home from the Maternity Unit in Wishaw General Hospital and who are breastfeeding for the first time or who are experiencing challenges will receive support from the BSS automatically. This visit will take place on the day after the community midwife’s first visit or sooner if identified on transfer home.
All women transferred home who have previously breastfed and women who have received support from the BSS at home will be offered support from a Community Mothers volunteer.
The service will accept reactive referrals from midwives, public health nurses and GP’s for breastfeeding women who require additional support at any stage of their breastfeeding journey.
The BSS can be contacted on tel. 01698 366710 (Monday-Friday, 9-5pm)
Women who deliver out with the Maternity Unit at Wishaw General Hospital and receive their midwifery care from NHS Lanarkshire midwives will have access to the above service