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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.

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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

Referrals

If it has been agreed with your GP that it would be appropriate to refer you for further advice/investigation/treatment, you may find the following information useful;

What happens next?

Your GP will now send a referral letter to the appropriate department.  As well as relevant information about your current condition, the referral will include information about your past medical history and current medications.  A Consultant will read your referral and assign your case with a priority level and your name will be added to their waiting list accordingly.

Waiting times for secondary care appointments vary greatly between departments.  You can expect to receive notification of your appointment anytime within the next 18 weeks – please make a note of this timeline on your calendar at home – if by then, you have not been given notice of your appointment – please contact our practice Secretary to inform us.

In the meantime, if you have any queries regarding your appointment date, please contact the relevant hospital and ask for the Appointments Office

  • Belford – 01397 702481
  • Raigmore – 01463 704000

 

Please also note - If you change your address whilst waiting for your appointment, it is very important that you let both the surgery and the hospital appointments office know.

For more information on the NHS Scotland 18 Weeks Referral To Treatment standard, click here



 
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