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Public Holidays

The Practice will be closed on the Public Holidays as below:

  • Friday 26th August 
  • Friday 16th September
  • Monday 20th September
  • Monday 26th December
  • Tuesday 27th December 

If you require urgent medical treatment which cannot wait until the next routine surgery to be seen, please telephone the Out of Hours service - NHS24/Ayrshire Urgent Call Services (AUCS) on 111.

Alternatively you can speak to your local Pharmacist who is able to advise and treat a number of minor illnesses and assist with medication queries.   


Following the news on Monday 4th January 2021, we are here to let you know that the Practice remains open for consultation.

If those patients with booked face to face appointments wish to transfer to telephone consultations, please let us know and we would be happy to make that change for you.   Please DO NOT come into the surgery if you have Covid symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate. We can support you remotely - as always we offer a prescription collection service by your preferred pharmacy, and you can have fit notes emailed to you.

If you have a medical emergency, but are in the process of self-isolating, PLEASE PHONE RECEPTION and we will arrange an appropriate consultation. 

You can find information and guidance on Coronavirus

We thank you for your patience during these difficult times - STAY SAFE!

Covid Anti-Viral Medication

Oral antivirals are now available in the community through a new national study called PANORAMIC. The PANORAMIC national study aims to help gather information on how antivirals work in a highly vaccinated population.  This will help the NHS develops plan for making antivirals available to the patients who would benefit from them the most. 

Patients can self refer for the trail.

Participant inclusion criteria includes:

  • Symptoms attributable to COVID-19 started within the past 5 days and ongoing
  • A positive PCR SARS Cov-2 test
  • Aged 50 years or older
  • OR aged 18-49 with a known underlying chronic health condition considered to make them more clinically vulnerable

Alternatively NHS Ayrshire & Arran are able to offer participation to those in the highest risk group.

For more information, please use the link below:

Covid Vaccinations 

We do not have a stock of vaccine in the practice and will not be receiving further deliveries. 

Patients can obtain information and vaccine appointments via their local Mass Vaccination Centre. The information on the site gets updated weekly.  

**For further information on the Covid Vaccine, please click here - Covid Vaccine Information or contact the Covid Vaccine Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

Facemask Exemption Information for Travel 

As per Scottish Government guidelines exemption certifications are not required, however, should you need this for travel purposes for any Airline you can request a free face covering exemption card by phoning 0800 121 6240 or through the NHS Scotland exemption card website. Face Covering Exemption Card Scotland

Covid-19 Fit For Travel Letters 

If you require a Letter of Recovery or 'Fit to Fly/Travel' letter, please seek advice from Fit for Travel website.  These letters are not available via your GP Practice.


You can now access your Covid-19 Vaccination status online, by logging on to  Alternatively, there is a Freephone number, 0808 196 8565, you can call to request your vaccination status is sent to you through the post. 


The NHS Physiotherapy service has provided further information on how to manage your symptoms at home.

Please visit the webpage above for information on various exercises and advice to help with the following:

Practice Learning Time

The Practice takes part in 3 to 4 Protected Learning Time (PLT) events a year.  This dedicated time allows the practice staff the opportunity to close for the afternoon to address learning and professional developments needs, either individually or in groups which we feel is a benefit to patient care. 

We would like to advise you that the Practice will be closed for a PLT event on the following date:

  • No further dates planned at present

If you require urgent medical treatment which cannot wait until the next routine surgery to be seen, please telephone the Out of Hours service - NHS24/Ayrshire Urgent Call Services (AUCS) on 111.

Heartstart CPR Training Session - Life 

Learn how to save a life with our 2 hour training session for the general public on life saving skills.  We run a training session every quarter and have trained over 100 people.  

A date for further training has been organised for:

  • No further dates at present

If you or someone you know would like to take part please let the reception team know and we'll add your name to the list of attendees.  You don't have to be a patient of the Practice to attend, all are welcome where numbers allow. 

Atrial Fibrillation - An Undiagnosed Condition

The Scottish Government report that thousands of people are living with an undiagnosed heart condition which makes them 5 times more likely to suffer a disabling stroke.   

Atrial Fibrillation is an irregular heart beat, that once diagnosed, can be simply treated.  Screening for AF can be done very simply using a hand held monitor.  Our Receptionists are trained to use the equipment, and will give you the result at the time.  If the result is abnormal, we will make arrangements for further testing.  

Pop into Reception today and ask to be screened.  No appointment necessary

Patient Participation Group

We are seeking patients to join our Patient Participation Group (PPG). Our meetings take place 3 times per year.

The dates for our next meetings are as below:

  • Tuesday 6th September 2022

  • Tuesday 7th March 2023 

If you would like to be involved please ask a member of our reception team or email us at:

Have your say, join our PPG today!

Weigh To Go!


Are you interested in improving your health and losing weight?  

Think about NHS Ayrshire & Arran Weigh to Go for a different weight to lose weight.  For more information, please click here

Medicines Management

This medicines factsheet has been developed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland for patients to improve transparency with regards to decision-making on medicines.  It explains how a GP or other healthcare professional decides what the right treatment is, whether or not a medicine is required, and if so, which is the right medicine to presribe.

Medicines in Scotland:  What's the right treatment for you?

Hearing Aid Battery Replacement Service

The Practice are now offering a battery replacement service for hearing aids provided by the NHS. You do not need to be registered at Barns Practice to use this service.  if you obtained your hearing aids privately then you should visit your hearing aid centre for new batteries.

Telephone Befriending Services 

There are services available that provide telephone befriending services and alert calls to the older population with the aim to reduce loneliness, social isolation and exclusion, improve mental and physical health, and safety.

Good Morning Service 

If you would like more information on this service, please visit their website by clicking here or contact them via telephone on 0141 336 7766/0333 101 0036 or email on

Age Scotland UK Friendship Line

If you would like more information on this service, please visit their website by clicking here or contact them via telephone on 0800 12 44 222.

Multiple Sclerosis Society Wellbeing Hub

The MS Society support anyone who lives with or is affected by Multiple Sclerosis.  The MS Wellbeing Hub Scotland is a one-stop-shop providing virtual information and support to help manage their physical and mental well-being.   If you would like more information, please click here.

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