Highlander Family Medicine

Highlander Family Medicine Office of Dr. Scott Macleod Our desire is to be your personal Medical Home where your can find perso


On June 5 our little office will have been open for 17 years. In addition, Dr Macleod has been working in the Shenandoah Valley since 1996. Wow what a journey. It seems like yesterday, Sue, and I put Highlander Family Medicine on the map. We have a great team and look forward to continuing to care for our patients. We are no longer teaching PA students for many reasons. The Medical field has changed a lot in the last few years – most of it not for the good. It is becoming more challenging to get what people need and satisfy the constant demands for bureaucratic and insurance stuff. Despite all of this, Dr Macleod has taken on a new job as a Medical Director for Gentiva Hospice. It was needed to have a local doc in that role. It takes ½ a day a week but the rest of the time we are still in Highlander doing what we always do. Thank you for the privilege of looking after our Highlander family.

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween


We would like to thank everyone for their patience and kindness. We have been struggling with Sue’s Mom and her long battle with Alzheimer’s. She passed away the evening of August 17th. In addition with all the stress we ended up with Covid (Doc also had rebound). We recovered from Covid but the loss of Sue’s Mom will take some time. Love to all and hope you can enjoy any time that you are blessed with your families. Again thanks for understanding.

Timeline photos

Timeline photos

time is right around the corner & school buses will be taking to the roads!

When the 🛑 is out, always stop and watch for students. Stopping isn't required if the bus is on the other side of the median, but you should still be on the lookout for kids crossing. More: bit.ly/3029kHs


This is just the tip of the Iceberg called COVID. Be very careful of what risk you pick to avoid. The fear of the vaccines or the disease. I got my shots - all of them.

"A study from Washington University in St. Louis found that heart failure, coronary disease and other cardiovascular problems may be more likely to appear in COVID-19 survivors than in the general public, with risk seen no matter how mild the infection was. "Our results provide evidence that the risk and 1-year burden of cardiovascular disease in survivors of acute COVID-19 are substantial," researchers said. "



This virus has presented many new issues and concerns to the world. The struggles to understand and deal with it have been immense. COVID is not the usual flu. We are headed into year 3 of this with several mutations. Everyone is tired including those that work in health care. It seems everyone has an opinion often based on their personal beliefs (and confirmed by whatever “source” that supports your point of view). Wow. What a mess. And it is not going away. It affects every aspect of daily life. People can pretend to ignore it, but the reality is not easy to dismiss.

The Spanish flu of 1918 was also unusual. For those that read history, it left a legacy of Parkinson’s for many of those who managed to survive the original attack. Normally there is almost no post flu “long haulers”. There was for that epidemic and there is for COVID. We have all heard of long haulers with COVID. This virus, in addition to making you sick (and may even kill you), is known to attack organs and leave damage – lungs, hearts, brain, etc. So, my concern is that we will begin to see long lasting effects of this virus for many years to come. Even for those who had a mild attack. Maybe not for many years but eventually could show up, just like the 1918 Spanish Flu. History is important to learn from. Be careful out there in your day-to-day activities. Read a lot but not just from one source and be very careful about “media experts” whose job is to attract people to their company and get advertising dollars. Opinions are very plentiful while true knowledge is more elusive.


Walmart in Woodstock has Covid test in stock.

Timeline photos

Timeline photos

Planning Thanksgiving with care and love this year means adding masks, hand washing, and vaccinations to your list. Find out more at https://vaccinate.virginia.gov.

New R.1 COVID-19 variant detected in U.S. outbreak
New R.1 COVID-19 variant detected in U.S. outbreak

New R.1 COVID-19 variant detected in U.S. outbreak

A new variant of the COVID-19 virus infected 46 residents and staff in a Kentucky nursing home, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the first time the strain has been identified in the U.S. The variant, named R.1, is believed to have originated in Japan, and has...





Highlander Family Medicine will be teaching PA Students once again.
We are working with Mary Baldwin University now.
The students will be with us for 6-week rotations.
If anyone has housing for them while they are here, please let us know.
Or if you know of any other resources that could help out.
Thank you


There is a vaccine COVID clinic on Monday at SU. It is a clinic for all members of the community 16 and older who wish to protect themselves and their loved ones by getting the Covid vaccine.

Follow this link on the website to register


Please share with anyone as well. There are currently many openings.

NOT getting a vaccine is only hurting your friends, your family and other members of the community you live with.



We are working to provide a phone line for those age 75 and older who do not have internet access and wish to register to receive a vaccine. Please continue to check this page for updates. For answers to frequently asked questions, please visit this page.


COVID vaccinations

Our whole staff has had their second shots. We have done well with these shots. No bad side effects. We would encourage everyone to get theirs when it becomes available for you. Certainly a lot safer than the COVID infection that is pretty bad in the local community. This rollout is being staged and the next group is those over 75. Maybe this week at SMH for the people in the Woodstock area. The only way we all can survive this is to wear your masks, physically isolate 6 feet away, wash your hands, get the shots, and be safe........please do not fall for all the bad information that is out there. Any questions give us a call.

Our newest staff....Willow but until she is big enough to stay home

Our newest staff....Willow but until she is big enough to stay home

Congratulations to the PA class of 2020. Thank you to everyone that supported and helped to train them! Alexis Coleman, ...

Congratulations to the PA class of 2020. Thank you to everyone that supported and helped to train them! Alexis Coleman, Jen Leach, Anneliese Trader and Monica Bowler! We are proud of each and everyone of you!

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COVID-19 in Virginia: 8 new outbreaks reported Saturday
By: WTVR CBS 6 Web Staff
Posted at 2:30 PM, Nov 21, 2020 and last updated 2:32 PM, Nov 21, 2020
RICHMOND, Va. – Health officials are investigating 1,476 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Saturday. That means 8 new outbreaks were recorded since Friday's reporting.

Data show 546 (+2 change from yesterday's report) outbreaks at long-term care facilities with a total of 14,622 COVID-19 cases and 1,915 deaths. That is up 131 cases and 18 additional deaths from the previous day's report. Four new outbreaks were recorded in congregate settings. One new outbreak was reported in a healthcare setting. One new outbreak was also reported in a correctional facility. One new outbreak was reported in an educational setting: 71 (no change) outbreaks in child care centers, 47 (no change) in colleges/universities and 60 (+1) in K-12 schools.

Scroll down for complete city/county-by-county breakdown of COVID-19

The health department reported 2,348 more people tested positive for COVID-19 out of the 49,843 total tests processed since yesterday. That brings Virginia's total number of coronavirus cases to 215,679. Of those cases, 31,653 (+210 from previous day) are associated with outbreaks.

RELATED: COVID-19 in Virginia: LIVE updates for Saturday, November 21

The number of localities with COVID-19 cases that have topped 200 cases since March continue to climb in the Commonwealth:

28,060 (+328) in Fairfax County
16,724 (+129) in Prince William County
9,865 (+149) in Virginia Beach
9,216 (+67) in Loudoun County
8,540 (+89) in Chesterfield County
7,683 (+79) in Henrico County
6,268 (+53) in Richmond
6,178 (+34) in Norfolk
5,856 (+57) in Chesapeake
5,673 (+70) in Arlington
4,882 (+51) in Alexandria

3,820 (+48) in Roanoke City
3,729 (+41) in Newport News
3,675 (+94) in Montgomery
3,347 (+28) in Harrisonburg
3,067 (+14) in Portsmouth

2,960 (+38) in Stafford
2,891 (+31) in Spotsylvania
2,602 (+20) in Suffolk
2,534 (+28) in Hampton
2,500 (+40) in Roanoke County
2,469 (+23) in Lynchburg
2,197 (+14) in Manassas City
2,163 (+24) in Hanover
2,110 (+47) in Rockingham

1,788 (+11) in Charlottesville
1,786 (+19) in Albemarle
1,872 (+6) in Culpeper
1,759 (+18) in Frederick
1,712 (+24) in Henry
1,676 (+16) in Bedford
1,586 (+21) in Pittsylvania
1,558 (+14) in Washington
1,506 (+14) in Danville
1,397 (+23) in Franklin County
1,361 (+13) in Prince George
1,337 (+5) in Fauquier
1,288 (+6) in Accomack
1,279 (+11) in Shenandoah
1,114 (+17) in Wise
1,111 (+21) in James City County
1,100 (+15) in Radford
1,037 (+6) in Petersburg
1,012 (+6) in Campbell

1,018 (+33) in Augusta
968 (+6) in Mecklenburg
967 (+10) in Isle of Wight
964 (+2) in Southampton
926 (+1) in Greensville
916 (+18) in Smyth

894 (+16) in Tazewell
855 (+8) in Wi******er
845 (+4) in Prince Edward
842 (+20) in Carroll
839 (+1) in Buckingham
817 (+11) in York
794 (+3) in Salem
789 (+6) in Lee
772 (+14) in Halifax
749 (+3) in Warren
734 (+1) in Russell
715 (+5) in Amherst

692 (+3) in Manassas Park
689 (+17) in Scott
685 (+9) in Botetourt
659 (+1) in Sussex
649 (+6) in Fredericksburg
624 (+16) in Martinsville
622 (+4) in Dinwiddie

580 (+4) in Hopewell
562 (+14) in Staunton
551 (+2) in Page
549 (+19) in Wythe
538 (+7) in Caroline
534 (+1) in Franklin City
530 (+25) in Pulaski
527 (+25) in Waynesboro
524 (+6) in Galax
518 (+3) in Orange

483 (+6) in Grayson
478 (+3) in Nottoway
474 (+1) in Bristol
472 (+1) in Fluvanna
467 (+3) in Louisa
454 in Brunswick
422 (+7) in Patrick
400 (+9) in Powhatan

395 (+2) in Westmoreland
392 (+1) in Gloucester
392 (+3) in Goochland
382 (+2) in Richmond County
374 (+5) in Colonial Heights
373 (+2) in Appomattox
364 (+5) in Buchanan
361 (+8) in King George
351 in New Kent
341 (+1) in Greene
335 in Northampton
321 (+6) in Lexington
311 (+2) in Emporia
307 (+4) in Floyd

279 (+4) in Williamsburg
271 (+9) in Alleghany
267 (+1) in Charlotte
264 (+1) in King William
247 (+1) in Northumberland
234 (+1) in Dickenson
234 (+11) in Giles
224 (+1) in Essex
224 in Lancaster
220 (+6) in Rockbridge
219 (+10) in Bath

As of Saturday's update, 14,017 (+103 from previous day) people had been hospitalized and 3,938 (+26) people had died as a result of COVID-19-related illnesses, according to VDH data.

More women have been infected by the virus at 110,719 cases versus the 103,303 cases reported in men. No gender was reported for 1,657 cases in the Commonwealth.

The coronavirus first most impacted people aged 50 to 69, which currently accounts for more than 23.5 percent of cases in Virginia.

However, people aged 30 to 49 now account for 32 percent of cases, data show.

Additionally, people in their 20s account for nearly 21 percent of cases in the state.

City/County-by-County Breakdown of Cases

Accomack: 1,288 (+6)
Albemarle: 1,786 (+19)
Alleghany: 271 (+9)
Alexandria: 4,882 (+51)
Amelia: 174 (+4)
Amherst: 715 (+5)
Appomattox: 373 (+2)
Arlington: 5,673 (+70)
Augusta: 1,018 (+33)

Bath: 51 (+3)
Bedford: 1,676 (+16)
Bland: 115 (+2)
Bristol: 474 (+1)
Botetourt: 685 (+9)
Brunswick: 454
Buchanan: 364 (+5)
Buckingham: 839 (+1)
Buena Vista City: 219 (+10)

Campbell: 1,012 (+6)
Caroline: 538 (+7)
Carroll: 842 (+20)
Charles City: 134 (+9)
Charlotte: 267 (+1)
Charlottesville: 1,788 (+11)
Chesapeake: 5,856 (+57)
Chesterfield: 8,540 (+89)
Clarke: 179 (+1)
Colonial Heights: 374 (+5)
Covington: 112 (+6)
Craig: 81 (+2)
Culpeper: 1,872 (+6)
Cumberland: 142 (+1)

Danville: 1,506 (+14)
Dickenson: 234 (+1)
Dinwiddie: 622 (+4)

Emporia: 311 (+2)
Essex: 224 (+1)

Fairfax: 28,060 (+328)
Fairfax City: 197 (+4)
Falls Church: 88 (+2)
Fauquier: 1,337 (+5)
Floyd: 307 (+4)
Fluvanna: 472 (+1)
Franklin City: 534 (+1)
Franklin County: 1,397 (+23)
Frederick: 1,759 (+18)
Fredericksburg: 649 (+6)

Galax: 524 (+6)
Giles: 234 (+11)
Gloucester: 392 (+1)
Goochland: 392 (+3)
Grayson: 483 (+6)
Greene: 341 (+1)
Greensville: 926 (+1)

Halifax: 772 (+14)
Hanover: 2,163 (+24)
Hampton: 2,534 (+28)
Harrisonburg: 3,347 (+28)
Henrico: 7,683 (+79)
Henry: 1,712 (+24)
Highland: 14
Hopewell: 580 (+4)

Isle of Wight: 967 (+10)

James City: 1,111 (+21)

King George: 361 (+8)
King and Queen: 101 (+1)
King William: 264 (+1)

Lancaster: 224
Lee: 789 (+6)
Lexington: 321 (+6)
Louisa: 467 (+3)
Loudoun: 9,216 (+67)
Lunenburg: 162 (-1)
Lynchburg: 2,469 (+23)

Madison: 173 (+2)
Manassas City: 2,197 (+14)
Manassas Park: 692 (+3)
Martinsville: 624 (+16)
Mathews: 152 (+1)
Mecklenburg: 968 (+6)
Middlesex: 152
Montgomery: 3,675 (+94)

Nelson: 164 (+5)
New Kent: 351
Newport News: 3,729 (+41)
Norfolk: 6,178 (+34)
Northampton: 335
Northumberland: 247 (+1)
Norton: 69 (+4)
Nottoway: 478 (+3)

Orange: 518 (+3)

Page: 551 (+2)
Patrick: 422 (+7)
Petersburg: 1,037 (+6)
Pittsylvania: 1,586 (+21)
Poquoson: 125 (+3)
Portsmouth: 3,067 (+14)
Powhatan: 400 (+9)
Prince Edward: 845 (+4)
Prince George: 1,361 (+13)
Prince William: 16,724 (+129)
Pulaski: 530 (+25)

Radford: 1,100 (+15)
Rappahannock: 75
Richmond City: 6,268 (+53)
Richmond County: 382 (+2)
Roanoke City: 3,820 (+48)
Roanoke County: 2,500 (+40)
Rockbridge: 220 (+6)
Rockingham: 2,110 (+47)
Russell: 734 (+1)

Salem: 794 (+3)
Scott: 689 (+17)
Shenandoah: 1,279 (+11)
Smyth: 916 (+18)
Spotsylvania: 2,891 (+31)
Southampton: 964 (+2)
Stafford: 2,960 (+38)
Staunton: 562 (+14)
Suffolk: 2,602 (+20)
Surry: 156 (+2)
Sussex: 659 (+1)

Tazewell: 894 (+16)

Virginia Beach: 9,865 (+149)

Warren: 749 (+3)
Washington: 1,558 (+14)
Waynesboro: 527 (+25)
Westmoreland: 395 (+2)
Wi******er: 855 (+8)
Williamsburg: 279 (+4)
Wise: 1,114 (+17)
Wythe: 549 (+19)

York: 817 (+11)

*NOTE: This data is provided from the Virginia Department of Health daily at 9 a.m. Officials said their cutoff for data is 5 p.m. the previous day. So your local health department may have issued an alert about a case before it is added to the statewide tally released the following day.

COVID-19 Precautions

Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

Virginia health officials urged the following precautions:

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer only if soap and water are not available.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Stay home when you are sick.
Avoid contact with sick people.
Avoid non-essential travel.
Avoid non-essential travel.

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Just to let people know.
We are still taking Anthem insurance.
Not a problem so do not panic.

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Herd Immunity

We are continuing to learn about COVID and gaining virus knowledge. It has become obvious through the different countries and how they have handled the pandemic, that herd immunity is not acquired by letting diseases just rip. The only way we can get a handle on any infectious disease is through vaccination and public health measures. Facts do not change just because you want to believe something. Science is continuing to grow and learn, as is the very nature of that process. So COVID will not be resolved by just letting it rip. Time and time again it has been proven that public health measures and vaccination are the only ways to stop infectious disease. We have gotten rid of smallpox and polio this way. We could have done a lot better with others if vaccination rates were much better than they are. Unfortunately, science is no longer valued by too many people. I am dreading the day polio, measles, etc. come back.

For COVID it remains that: 1. Staying 6 feet away, 2. Wearing a mask when out in the public, 3. Washing your hands, 4. Not touching your face, 5. Getting the vaccine when a safe one is ready. It is that simple.

This information is the current science and has nothing to do with politics. Please look after yourselves and each other...
Covid-19: What we now know about the disease caused by the novel coronavirus — CNN

This information is the current science and has nothing to do with politics. Please look after yourselves and each other.

Stay 6 feet away. Wash your hands. Don’t touch your face. Wear a mask when you go out. Get the vaccine when it is available.

The latest on who's at risk from coronavirus, how it spreads, signs and symptoms, when you are contagious, if you can catch it again — along with a few common sense tips on prevention.


I am disappointed and scared. Too many people are not wearing face masks when out in the public. The masks do not protect yourself but prevent you from spreading COVID-19. You may be carrying it or about to get sick (and maybe luckily only have it mild). No matter who you talk to about the “kill rate” the COVID -19 virus is very infectious and can be very deadly to some. It already has killed over 68,000 in the US and 660 in Virginia, all in a couple of months. Locally it has not reached its peak as we are seeing more infected every day. It is only going to get worse for some time. Immunity that is truly protective once you have recovered, is still a big unknown. Drinking and driving is not acceptable for our society. Smoking in public is not permitted. Killing others by any means is just not acceptable in our community standards. We need to look after each other in a civilized culture. So, if you are out in the public please wear a mask. Don’t be the cause of someone else’s death. Otherwise there will be a second wave that will make this one look mild.


Join us in wishing Dr Macleod a very Happy Birthday!!




We are living in historical times.


This virus remains a critical factor in all our lives. What you can do for yourself and your family is still the same. 1. Stay 6 feet away from others and avoid groups of people, 2. Wash your hands for 20 seconds frequently, and 3. Don’t touch your face (hard to do huh). Masks should be worn when you go out. They DO NOT protect yourself. They only work if everyone is wearing them. Their use is that they do help reduce what a person with infection spreads to others. Gloves are not useful except for health care people who are working with sick patients. They may even make things worse for you. A BIG THANKS to all those folks who are busy sewing cloth masks.

In our Valley there is a coordinated system to deal with people who get COVID. If you have any suspicions about your symptoms please call you primary care physician FIRST. (Us if you are part of our family at Highlander Family Medicine) We can help you through this process. Unfortunately, this process does change as knowledge about this virus grows. The availability of testing is still limited so not all can get tested yet. The best source for general information is the CDC and VDH (Virginia Department of Health). News media and politicians sometime may not be accurate. Social Media is even worse. We at Highlander Family Medicine and many other primary care offices are the best source if you have any concerns.


Whether any us like it or not the usual health issues are still very active. People still have to be concerned about their health beyond COVID 19. DO NOT NEGLECT THIS. Health care is one of the most essential services and is still ongoing. Virtual visits help some but you can NOT be examined or have labs through that method. Health Care will always be a hands-on process and should be. The stress of COVID can even affect regular diseases so again do not neglect them. People are still having heart attacks, strokes, renal failure, worrisome blood pressure, Diabetes that is not in good control and that list goes on and on. With the area COVID system in place we are keeping infectious diseases out of our offices. So they are probably safer than going to the grocery store. If you need to be seen about possible COVID there are office in this region to do this. However, it all starts with a call to your primary care office.

EVERYONE please be safe and call us if you have any concerns. Do not neglect your regular health care. COVID- 19 and its effect will not be gone in just a few weeks or even months.


COVID - 19

WOW this is a scary virus. Highlander Family Medicine is keeping up to date with daily briefings from several reliable medical sources. Unfortunately there is a lot of bad "information" out there as well. This Pandemic may last longer than people would like(not weeks...may be months. We are working with the area healthcare system in this region to handle what needs to be done locally. It is becoming clear that SOCIAL DISTANCING and HAND WASHING are the crucial components. General use of a mask is not as important and can cause harm if not worn correctly. Even more critical is the extreme lack of these for those looking after people with COVID. Please call us by phone if you have any questions or concerns. Having said all of that, please continue to look after your regular health problems. These are just as critical for your life. Social isolation does not mean to neglect your ongoing care. We are keeping anyone with infectious respiratory disease out of the office. Patients with infectious disease still needs to call us and we can connect you with how the whole area is helping with that. We want you all to stay healthy and safe in this very stressful and scary time. Our office is still open for all your needs. Please stay safe.

Dr. Scott Macleod, Sue, Danielle and Courtney
Your Highlander Family Medicine Team


1195 Hisey Avenue Ste 100
Woodstock, VA

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1pm - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 12pm
1pm - 5pm
Friday 8am - 12pm
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