Barra Medical Practice has become the latest Western Isles GP surgery to put special measures in place to protect the community against the possible impact of a Coronavirus outbreak.

The Clach Mhile surgery has today (Wednesday 11 March) announced new procedures to take effect from tomorrow onwards, protecting staff and patients alike from the spread of any outbreak by reducing footfall into and out of the practice.

The surgery door will be locked from tomorrow (Thursday 12 March), with patients making appointments by phone and using a buzzer at the door to gain access for appointments – this will allow the GPs and practice nurse to space appointments out appropriately.

To reduce the number of paper requests for repeat prescriptions, patients are asked to order repeat medications by phone or online. Normal amounts for a monthly prescription should be requested, but patients will be issued with two months’ supply of their regular medications.

The practice said: “By taking these measures we hope to reduce the risk of the practice potentially becoming a focus for spreading the virus. We will review these changes daily. Our aim is to protect patients and staff in exceptional times. Thank you for your help and understanding.”

The practice can be contacted on 01871 810333 or via https://www.barramedicalpractice.co.uk