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We would like to inform our patients and colleagues that Dr Massie has decided the time has come for him to hang up his stethoscope and retire after 35 years in Tweeddale!

 

Dr Massie will officially retire from medicine on Friday, 28th September 2018 although his last working day will be a few weeks before this.

 

A time of very mixed emotions for us in the practice – we are delighted for him personally to start the next chapter in life but he will, of course, be very much missed.



 

Please note that the GP will not usually issue you with a fit/sick note unless you have been off work for more than 7 days. For the first 7 days your employer should be able to provide you with a 'self certificate'.

https://www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave

We have recently reviewed our process for “sick lines” – now known as Fit Notes.

If a Fit Note is to be issued, it is important that it is done in a proper appointment so that the GP can carry out a full assessment of your care.

If you think you may need another Fit Note, please book a follow-up appointment with your usual GP. This can be either a bookable telephone appointment or a face-to-face appointment in the surgery. Please phone in advance.

 


Support if you are suffering from sight loss can be found at:

See the link below for the Highland Hospice Bereavement Support Service:

THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT HAS CHANGED IT'S GUIDANCE ON VITAMIN D - SEE LINK:

NHS Scotland is conducting its biennial patient survey.  If you receive this survey through the post please complete and return it.  NHS Scotland values your opinion.

NHS SCOTLAND PATIENT SURVEY


FOR TICK ADVICE SEE:

http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/activities/walking/check-for-ticks

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See the link below for information regarding how NHS Scotland will use information from GP patient records from May 2017.

SPIRE - Scottish Primary Care Information Resource

Connecting Carers Website

Musculosketel Advice and Triage Service

Training of Doctors

TRAINING OF DOCTORS AND MEDICAL STUDENTS

diaryThe practice is an accredited practice for training medical students and doctors as General Practitioners.

Dr McArthur is the Educational Supervisor for GP Speciality Trainee (GPST) doctors in the practice. 

Dr Munro is in charge of training Foundation Year 2 doctors (FY2) as well as being the Deputy Trainer for medical students.

Dr Douglas is the Training Programme Advisor for all the GPST doctors in Lochaber.

The doctor may have a GP Trainee or a medical student present during consultations at the surgery or on home visits.   We understand that patients may not wish to discuss sensitive subjects in the presence of another doctor or medical student. Therefore, you will be informed accordingly when you report to the reception desk. Please inform the reception if you prefer to see the doctor alone. You don’t have to give a reason and the doctor will understand.

The GP may have a "doctor in training" or a medical student present during consultations at the surgery or on home visits.

We understand that patients may not wish to discuss sensitive subjects in the presence of another doctor or medical student.

Therefore, you will be informed accordingly when you report to the reception desk. Please inform the reception if you prefer to see the doctor alone. You don’t have to give a reason and the doctor will understand.

Occasionally the doctors will ask patients for consent to record your consultation on video for training purposes. The video is reviewed, only by those directly involved in the supervision of that doctor, in order to observe and improve communications between doctor and patient. The practice adheres strictly to the national guidelines for consent, confidentiality and usage of such videos.

Your consultation can only be recorded with your written consent beforehand and you will be asked for your written consent again after the consultation to make sure you are still happy for it to be used. Again the doctors concerned will understand if you change your mind and decide you want it to be erased. Video recordings are an important means of improving doctors skills but we understand and respect your rights, without question, to refuse anything which you might find intrusive to your own health care which remains our foremost priority.

Click on the links below for further information

Video Consultations - Patient Information Leaflet

Video Consultations - Patient Consent Form

GMC - the Regulatory body for all stages of doctors' training and professional development in the UK.



 
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