Falkirk medical centre shut for ‘deep clean’ as NHS issues coronavirus reminder

A Falkirk medical practice has been closed to allow for a “deep clean” to be carried out.

By Jonathon Reilly
Monday, 16th March 2020, 4:39 pm
Updated Monday, 16th March 2020, 4:44 pm

NHS Forth Valley has shut Graeme Medical Centre in Western Avenue and issued a public reminder, stating those displaying coronavirus symptoms must not visit healthcare facilities.

The facility will be open as normal tomorrow.

A spokeswoman for the local health board said: “Graeme Medical Centre is currently closed to routine appointments for a short time to allow a deep clean.

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Graeme Medical Centre in Falkirk has been closed temporarily for a "deep clean", the NHS has confirmed. Picture: Michael Gillen

“The practice can still be contacted by telephone for triage and processing of repeat prescriptions as normal.

“In order to protect the vulnerable it is important that people with symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) do not attend healthcare premises.”

The spokeswoman added: “Can we remind people that if they develop a new continuous cough and/or high temperature (37.8 degrees centigrade or higher) to stay at home for seven days, even if they think their symptoms are mild.

“Those with mild symptoms do not need to call their GP or NHS24. If you are concerned about more serious symptoms or symptoms worsening, you should seek medical advice from your GP in hours, or NHS24 out of hours on 111.”

More information and up-to-date advice can be found at www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus.