Clinics & Services
The Practice contracts with NHS Tayside Board to provide the following services, which are more fully described in the General Medical Services Contract. Patients should note that they will be asked to attend the appropriate healthcare professional when accessing these services, which may not always be the GP.
All GP practices are contracted to provide core services for their patients. The practice also provides the following:
- Cervical screening.
- Contraceptive Services, including IUCD insertions, checks and removals.
- Routine Immunisation of children.
- Immunisations for adults in relation to travel (this is currently under review as not all travel immunisations are available on the NHS).
- Child Health Surveillance in conjunction with the Health Visitor.
- Maternity Services in the antenatal and postnatal period together with community midwives from Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre.
- Minor Surgery procedures of curettage, cautery, cryotherapy of warts and verrucae, and other skin lesions.
- Regular monitoring of patients on a range of drugs for arthritis and bowel problems.
- Minor Surgery – an extended minor surgery role can be undertaken by the practice for certain procedures at the discretion of the GP.
- Annual Influenza and Pneumoccocal Immunisation.
Chronic Disease Management
If you are a patient living with a chronic disease (e.g. diabetes, asthma, COPD, hypertension, mental health issues, stroke, ischaemic heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and epilepsy) we help by monitoring your health. Sometimes this involves reviewing things here at the practice.
For a lot of people with chronic diseases, what you do day-to-day can make a big difference to the management of your condition and the quality of life you experience. Making changes to your lifestyle may be a part of this, which may include changing what you're eating, stopping smoking, being more active and reducing your alcohol intake. It can be hard to make changes and know where to start. For some help with this, the following website has information and worksheets that might help you plan out and make any changes. http://www.moodcafe.co.uk/wellbeing-and-lifestyle/making-healthier-lifestyle-choices.aspx. Our practice Health Psychologists might also be able to help you, see our Staff section for more information about them.
We also know that living with a chronic disease, can be difficult. The following website has various information and resources to download around physical health problems, that you may find useful: http://www.moodcafe.co.uk/wellbeing-and-lifestyle/physical-health.aspx It also has an A-Z of health conditions, including links to relevant charities: http://www.moodcafe.co.uk/national-helplines/physical-health-conditions.aspx
Index of Healthcare Services
Asthma Management: By appointment with the Practice Nurse.
Baby Clinic: Mothers can attend any of the drop-in baby clinics held at the Forfar practices:
- Tuesday between 14:00 – 16:00 at Lour Road Surgery
- Friday between 10:00 – 12:00 at Academy Medical Centre
The Health Visitor can also see parents/babies on an individual basis at Ravenswood Surgery – please contact the Health Visitor to arrange.
Child Immunisations – routine appointment with the GP in the first instance and the immunisation team thereafter. Please note that parental consent is required before any immunisations can be given.
Cervical Smears: Appointments with the practice nurse are available for this.
Contraception/Family Planning: GPs, Practice Nurses and Health Visitors all give family planning advice including emergency contraception. Dr Catriona MacLean is also trained in Implanon and intra-uterine contraceptive devices.
Diabetic Management: By appointment with the Practice Nurse and in conjunction with Ninewells Hospital where needed.
Diet Advice: By appointment with the Practice Nurse. The Health Visitor can also provide information and advice on health related topics e.g. smoking, alcohol and exercise.
Immunisations/Vaccinations: Appointments will be sent out by the Immunisation Team; 1st child immunisation require an appointment with the GP beforehand.
New Patient Medical: By appointment with the Health Care Assistant within one month of registering. This will be the only medical information available until your notes are sent to us.
Travel Immunisations: Patients should request a travel form from reception and complete this 12 weeks prior to the appointment. Certain immunisations such as yellow fever will require to be carried out elsewhere (a charge is applicable). If your travel plans are complex, or you are travelling soon, you may be asked to attend a private Travel Clinic for advice and treatment. You will be charged for their services.
Treatment Room: By appointment with the Practice Nurse or Health Care Assistant for blood test, injections, dressings, blood pressure readings, etc. Where possible appointments before 11am are kept for blood samples which have to be sent to the lab.
Wart Clinic: By appointment with the Health Care Assistant every month.
Weight Management: By referral from your GP and by appointment with the Practice Nurse .
Paediatric Screening: All GPs are qualified to assess pre-school children. The Health Visitor will contact you and advise the parent to make an appointment with the GP to complete this.
Physiotherapy: Either self-referral or referral from the GP to services based at Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre.
Postnatal Care: Please advise the Practice on discharge. The Community Midwife, Health Visitor and GP provide care in the home. A 6-week postnatal appointment is strongly recommended and new mothers should make this appointment.
Psychologist: A psychologist from Angus Adult Psychological Therapies Team can be seen by referral.
Sleep Clinic: By referral from the GP.
Smoking Cessation: All local Pharmacies deliver smoking cessation advice and support.
Stress Management: By referral from the GP to either the Health Visitor, Counsellor or Psychologist.
Warfarin monitoring: Once stabilised patients will be referred to the service operated from Whitehills Hospital
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