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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

**For further information on the Covid Vaccine, please click here - Covid Vaccine Information

Patients have reported having a painful shoulder for a few days following vaccination, this is NORMAL. We advice doing the following exercises 2 or 3 times a day to speed up your shoulder recovery - Click here

**Following the latest 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 unless you have a face to face appointment booked and think you need a physical examination, or without speaking to one of our team first, and 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. 

We are still waiting on news of when we we are to receive our Covid vaccine supplies but as soon as we do, we will be in touch.

We thank you for your patience during these difficult times.



Due to the increasing spread of Coronavirus, we wish to reassure all of our patients we are taking every precaution possible to minimise the risk to our patients and staff.

Following NHS and UK Government guidance, if you have a NEW and PERSISTENT cough OR fever you should stay home and self-isolate for 7 days.  Please DO NOT attend the practice. 

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

If you think you may have Coronavirus and are at risk you can phone NHS Ayrshire & Arran Health Protection on 01292 885858, Mon -Fri 9am-5pm (or outwith these times Public Health On Call 01563 521 133) for advice. 

You can find information and guidance on Coronavirus

Or telephone NHS Ayrshire & Arran Helpline for general health advice on 0800 028 2816.


If you are over 18 and identify as an unpaid carer, you may be eligible to receive a Covid Vaccination.  

For more information on eligibility, please click here to read the Scottish Government leaflet.


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:

New Parents - Baby Registrations

We understand the Registry Office are not currently registering new births. You can register your baby at the Practice in order to avoid any delays should you require access to services. To access our registration form please click here.

Practice News


Public Holidays

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

  • Friday 17th September
  • Monday 20th September

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. 

The dates for the next planned PLT events are as below:

  • 17th June (1-4.30pm)

During these afternoons 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 5th October 2021

  • Tuesday 1st February 2022
  • Tuesday 7th June 2022

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!

SPIRE (Scottish Primary Care Information Resource)

SPIRE is a NHS Scotland initiative which gathers anonymised data from GP records to help plan services and improve the quality of care provided in the future.  For more information please visit

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.

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