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Dr Massie's Retirement

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 at the end of August.

 

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

Research

health_tech1The practice has a very keen interest in participating with in general practice research projects. We have already conducted and published projects in occupational health and diving medicine.

All patients are personally informed and/or invited by the practice to participate in any project.  We would also like to reassure patients that research projects will not interfere or hinder ordinary medical care within the practice.

All research projects are carefully planned to ensure safety and medical confidentiality. All projects are rigorously scrutinised by an independent committee from the Highland Health Board which ensures the interests of individual patients are protected.

Research is very much a team effort which involves the whole practice team. If you have any questions about research in the practice, please feel free to contact us and you will be directed to the most appropriate person who will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

The practice is not currently participating in any research project but here are some of the most recent we have been involved in;

 

NHS HIGHLAND & SCOTTISH PRIMARY CARE RESEARCH NETWORK

1. COSMOS (March 2013)

This MS Society funded study looked at the experiences of people with Multiple Sclerosis who had used intermittent self-catheterisation, with the aim to better understand the issues and impact of using intermittent catheters on patients and determine the support and training needs required to help improve patient care.

2.  SEARCH (March 2012)

Cancer Research UK funded study to carry out research into genes which may predispose patients to melanoma, male breast, endometrial or ovarian cancer.

 

UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN CENTRE OF ACADEMIC PRIMARY CARE

1.  Chronic Pain (March 2013)

Dr Leila Bawa, conducted this research project locally.  We invited patients with chronic pain to take part in her Mindfulness-based programme, and she explored the barriers and facilitators perceived and experienced by participants in engaging with the programme. The aim is for the development of a modified Mindfulness programme that will be practical and acceptable to people who suffer from chronic pain, to improve uptake and engagement with the programme.

 

NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH RESEARCH

1.  Early estimation of pandemic influenza Antiviral and Vaccine Effectiveness (EAVE) Project (Dec 2013)

a Scottish project, to enhance current flu systems in Scotland and help provide information in the event of any new pandemic of influenza.

 

NHS NATIONAL SERVICES SCOTLAND IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE UNIVERSITIES OF EDINBURGH AND DUNDEE

1.  Acute Pancreatitis (Dec 2013)

 

To identify risk factors associated with progression to multiple organ failure amongst individuals with acute pancreatitis.



 
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