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.
Routine Review of Long Term Conditions
Those living with long term conditions in Angus may have experienced delays to their routine long term conditions reviews over recent months. This is due to the Covid pandemic and the national guidance issued to General Practices about how to reduce risks to patients by avoiding all but essential consultations.
In line with most recent updated National Guidance, General Practices across Angus will be starting to gradually reintroduce routine reviews for those requiring them through a mix of telephone, video consultation and face to face reviews.
A great deal has been learned during the Covid pandemic about how much more can be done by telephone or video conferencing using Near Me. While we know some of these options are not suitable for every condition or every individual, patients who have had consultations with their healthcare practitioners by phone or video conference are very positive about the experience and most would be keen to use again.
Many people who receive routine reviews of their long term conditions would normally receive them on their birthday month. This will be affected this year but practices are considering safe ways to prioritise those patients who need their reviews soonest, as well as gradually catching up with reviews over the next few months.
Should anyone living with a long term condition have concerns about their condition, they should not wait for their invitation for a review, but instead contact their General Practice directly to discuss.
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.
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. Referrals can also be made to Lour Road for the insertion and removal of 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: Are no longer provided by GP Surgeries.
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: First Contact Physiotherapy appointments are now available and can be booked by our Reception Team. Please ask for more details.
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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