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Dr Thomson will be leaving the Practice at the end of November.  Patients of Dr Thomson can be seen by any of the doctors working in the practice.

Dr Thomson’s message – Thank you to all my patients; you have shared some difficult times with me and I feel privileged to have cared for you.  My work colleagues have been great and I am sad to move away from what I consider to be my family in the work place.

Flu’ Vaccinations 2017/18

Flu vaccination

If you are eligible for an annual flu vaccination and have missed the clinics on Saturday mornings, please call the practice on 01334 476840 to make an appointment with one of the practice nurses.  See the Seasonal Vaccination page for more details.



In the News

Changes to the GP Team.

We have recruited two new GP Partners, Dr Joanna Burgess and Dr Lorraine McFarlane.


Originally from Helensburgh on the West Coast of Scotland, Dr Joanna Burgess trained to be a doctor at St Andrews and Manchester Universities in the 1990s.  Dr Burgess then remained in the North West of England, working latterly as a GP for the last sixteen years at a Practice in Cheshire.  Dr Burgess will be joining Pipeland as a GP Partner in February 2018.


Dr McFarlane may already be known to you as she is completing her GP training with the practice.  Dr McFarlane will finish her training in the new year prior to taking up her position as GP Partner.

New members of the Nursing Team

We are delighted to welcome Gregor Robertson and Gail Trewartha to our team of Practice Nurses in October and November respectively.

Clinical Topics

Coughs, Colds and Sore throats.

At this time of year many of us suffer from minor illnesses which can be prolonged and cause inconvenience. However, most of these illnesses don’t need specific treatments requiring you to see a GP. For guidance on treating coughs, colds read our handy hints . Why don’t we prescribe antibiotics for colds? – read Getting Better without antibiotics.

If your symptoms are prolonged, you suffer from other chronic health conditions or you are worried you should call the practice for advice.

Get to the bottom of Bowel Cancer

The National Bowel Screening Programme offers a simple screening test to everyone aged 50-74. One in twenty of us over 50 years of age will get bowel cancer at some point in our lives. Screening aims to find bowel cancer at an early stage in people with no symptoms. If bowel cancer is detected early enough there is a 90% chance of treating it successfully. Don’t delay take the test today.

If you have questions about the test, or require a replacement test kit you can contact the Bowel Screening Helpline on 0800 0121 833 or email


Going On Holiday?

pipeland-travelVaccinations and medical advice, prior to travel, are as important as packing the right clothes or remembering your passport! Read more – Travel Advice

Telephone Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

Living Life is a telephone service for people suffering from low mood, depression or symptoms of anxiety. They provide self help coaching and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Call their free confidential phone line on 0800 3289655 Monday to Friday 13:00-21:00.

Sexual Health

pipeland-coupleConcerned about Sexual health? Worried you may have a Sexually transmitted infection (STI)? Read about how to access local services.


Need some advice about treating conjunctivitis? Learn more here