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See 'When We Are Closed' for details of Festive Opening Times


We are recruiting! We are currently looking for a Practice Nurse and a Receptionist. Please see our Vacancies page for full details of both posts.


Tweeddale Medical Practice is closed every Wednesday from 2-2.30pm.  If you have a life-threatening emergency please hang up and dial 999.  Otherwise please call back after 2.30pm.


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

Order your repeat prescription online

ORDERING YOUR REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS ONLINE USING PATIENT SERVICES ONLINE (ACCOUNT) - 

  • Accurate, efficient, safe and secure (of course!)
  • Log in to see your most current list of repeat medicines (taken straight from your medical record)
  • Tick the items you would like to order & submit the order
  • View the status of your orders (including return messages)
  • Order direct with the practice

Register with the practice now.

PATIENT SERVICES ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

Patient Services Online Log In

If you have not yet registered for online services please complete a registration form and come to the reception at the surgery with photographic ID in order for us to arrange this for you.


REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS

The majority of our repeat prescriptions are recorded electronically which allows us to keep this under scrutiny. 

For the patients who have repeat prescription re-order forms, these can be handed in to your usual pharmacy or to us at the Health Centre.  You can also order your repeat prescription via our website (click on link at top of page).   When ordering your prescription please remember to include the FULL DETAILS of your request (drug name, dose, quantity, chemist, etc).  Missing details will cause a delay in processing your request.  Please allow 2 full working days for us to process your request.  This helps to keep the system running efficiently.  We have a  collection service with each of the three local chemists.  You can therefore collect your prescription from the chemist of your choice. 

Ordering Repeat Prescriptions & Express Repeats System

Many patients are on repeat prescriptions for tablets to control conditions such as diabetes or blood pressure.  We have noticed big reductions in the number of people having heart attacks and strokes over the past years because of these tablets, but they only work if you actually take them!  Deciding which tablets you should actually be on and keeping the list up-to-date on the computer remains a very important topic for the patient, doctor and pharmacist to work as a team!  We have to strike a balance between giving patients a long enough supply of tablets to reduce the hassle of reordering things and visits to the pharmacy but also keeping lists on the computer accurate, reviewing them and keeping them up-to-date after hospital admissions. 

There is also the huge issue of wasted drugs in the NHS which the government have been unable to fix despite some simple personal suggestions from myself!  Once the medicine packet leaves the pharmacy they can’t take it back. 

We have recently noticed problems where unnecessary supplies of drugs, or even worse drugs that have actually been stopped have been issued by the pharmacies using their express repeat systems.  There are many reasons for these mix-ups which are wasteful and potentially dangerous.  I have discussed this with our excellent local pharmacists in Lloyds and Boots. 

We feel that it is important that most patients have the responsibility for ordering their medications so that you know best what you take and why, what supplies you have and what you need to order.

We would therefore like to encourage more patients to use our Tweeddale online repeat prescription service because we know many patients already find this is the best system for them ordering repeat prescriptions and we feel is less likely to cause the errors inherent in the pharmacy express repeat systems.  Click the Repeat Prescriptions link at the bottom of the home page.

If you have not used our online ordering system before, you will need to register by following the on-screen instructions.  Once you have registered and completed your details, you just need to log on and tick which items you want each time you want to order your prescriptions.

Please allow 48 hours for your order to be processed.

Dr Douglas

 
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