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We are delighted to welcome Dr Lorraine McFarlane back to the team. Dr McFarlane will be completing her GP training prior to taking up a partnership with the practice.
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Scottish Health and Care Experience Survey
The next Scottish Health and Care Experience Survey goes live in November 2017. This national survey asks about people’s experiences of accessing and using their GP practice and Out of Hours services. It also asks about care and support provided by local authorities to capture people’s broader experience of care.
The practice will receive anonymised feedback on the results of the survey so we would encourage patients who receive the survey form to complete and return it.
New Recommendations on Vitamin D
The most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey shows that a proportion of the UK population has low Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is essential to keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy. Only a small number of foods provide Vitamin D so the latest guidelines suggest that many of us would benefit from taking 10 micrograms of Vitamin D daily between October and March. This can be bought from your local pharmacy. To find out more about this ask your pharmacist or read here.
Flu’ Vaccinations 2017/18
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.
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 email@example.com.