A CHANGE TO HOW WE MANAGE APPOINTMENTS AT THE SURGERY
As you will be very much aware, the demand for GP appointments is increasing steadily to a point where it is putting a distinct strain on the service we aim to provide at the surgery.
Most people do not realise that there are other professionals who are better placed to deal with the many symptoms for which patients attend their GP. We therefore feel it is important to ensure that we provide you with the information you need in order to make an informed choice. Often, it will allow you to see a nurse or a pharmacist far sooner than you might see a GP.
In order to assist with this, the Doctors here at the surgery have asked that the Receptionists now ask you for the reason you wish an appointment. This will allow them to advise you of any options available to you to ensure you are seen by the RIGHT person at the RIGHT time. We should be grateful if you would share this information with them and we assure you that all discussions with the receptionists are treated with the same confidentiality as those with the Doctor or Nurse.
Please also remember that we are not wishing to prevent you from seeing a Doctor (you will always have the right to do so if you choose) – we are simply trying to ensure you have a full understanding of all the services that are available to you and that appointments with the GP are made appropriately. Please click on the link for some helpful guidance.
FLU VACCINES ARE NOW AVAILABLE
All patients over the age of 65 years or under 65 years with an underlying medical condition such as heart disease or diabetes (please check at the surgery for a full list of qualifying conditions if you are unsure of your eligibility) are entitled to a FREE FLU VACCINATION. Please call the surgery to arrange an appointment with the practice nurse to have this done or call in to our DROP-IN surgery on ANY FRIDAY IN OCTOBER between 11.30am - 1.30pm. Children aged 2 - 5 years and not yet at school can attend for the Fluenz nasal vaccine. These are administered at set appointments on Thursday & Friday mornings or similarly by means of utilising the Drop-in service on Fridays during October between 11.30am - 1.30pm.
Scottish Government advises that NHSScotland is improving the way it uses information from GP records. SPIRE is a service that will allow small amounts of information from GP practice records to be used to help doctors' surgeries, NHSScotland and the Scottish Government to improve care and plan services and to help researchers to learn more from patient information held at GP practices.
A campaign is underway to inform patients across Scotland of the benefits of the service and the confidential and secure way in which GP records will be used to help plan and improve healthcare services.
You have a choice about your record being used in this way. To find out more, go to spire.scot
or call NHS Inform on 0800 224488
If, after further investigation of SPIRE, you wish to have your records excluded from this process, please ask at reception for an exclusion form so that your record can be marked accordingly.
Been off sick?
You do not need a Doctor's line for absences from work of less than 7 calendar days. Please click on this link http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/forms/sc2.pdf to download a self certificate.
Bowel Screening Information
Bowel screening is offered to everyone in Scotland aged between 50 and 74 years.
A testing kit is posted to your home address shortly after your 50th birthday.
The screening programme has been shown to reduce the death rate from bowel cancer.
However there are some risks involved with subsequent investigation of a positive test result.
It is important to make an informed decision before returning the bowel screening testing kit. The following statistics may help:
Death rates from bowel cancer per 10,000 patients without screening:
Men aged 50 - 22
Men aged 60 - 70
Death rates from bowel cancer per 10,000 patients with screening:
Men aged 50 - 18.5
Men aged 60 - 58.8
The usual investigation of a positive result is a colonoscopy – a thin flexible tube with a camera is passed through the back passage to look at the large intestine to identify any source of bleeding.
This test is usually well tolerated but can have some complications including:
Heavy bleeding requiring further investigation or medical advice - 1 in 150 chance.
Perforation (the colonoscope causes a hole in the wall of the bowel) - 1 in 1500 chance.
In extremely rare cases colonoscopy may result in death – 1 in 10,000 chance.
Any questions regarding the programme can be directed to the doctors at the practice or addressed at the following website: