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WE ARE OPEN FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY ON MONDAY 8th OCTOBER 2018 (all day) and WEDNESDAY 10th OCTOBER 2018 (from 1.30pm) AS WE ARE HOLDING FLU CLINICS

If you require urgent attention, please call 07909 693 683

For severe life threatening emergencies, call 999

The Know Who To Turn To website offers a full directory of the services on offer and when you should use them.

 #KnowWhoToTurnTo  

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FLU CLINICS 2018/19

 
There is a change to the way that Flu Clinics are being provided by the Practice this year. Rather than hold Saturday morning clinics, the decision has been taken to hold special all day clinics on specific days in October and November.
 
The practice will run an emergency service only on Flu Clinic days, however, the prescription line will be open as normal between 8.30am and 11am.
 
The first clinic will be held on Monday, 8 October 2018, with appointments commencing at 8.15am and the last one being 5.30pm. Appointments for this clinic will be available to book from 9am on Tuesday, 25 September 2018 by telephone (019755 62253) or in person at Reception.
 
Another change is that patients will be asked to complete a form on arrival at the Practice so we would request that you arrive 5 minutes earlier than your scheduled appointment time to allow for this.
 
The eligibility criteria for Flu vaccination are:-
 
 Over 65
 Heart disease
 Lung disease (including asthma or COPD)
 Diabetes
 Kidney disease
 Liver disease
 Previous Stroke
 Degenerative disease
 MS
 Pregnant
 Body Mass Index measurement of 40 and above
 Unpaid Carer (if you are an employed carer – please contact your employer)
 Immunocompromising condition, eg receiving chemotherapy/radiotherapy, on DMARD drug etc
 

**Child aged between 2 and 5 (not in school)**

Clinics for children aged between 2 and 5 (not in school) will be held in November as the vaccine is not being delivered to the practice until the end of October.

 
It is very important that you protect yourself with a ‘flu vaccine, even if you feel hale and hearty, and we ask that you make an appointment to have this done at the Surgery.
 
It is equally important to let us know if you do not wish to have a ‘flu vaccination and we would be grateful if you inform Reception on (019755) 62253 so that we can record this in your notes.

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WE ARE CLOSED FOR STAFF TRAINING BETWEEN 1.30PM AND 2.30PM ON WEDNESDAY, 26 SEPTEMBER 2018

If you require urgent attention, please call 07909 693 683

For severe life threatening emergencies, call 999

The Know Who To Turn To website offers a full directory of the services on offer and when you should use them.

 #KnowWhoToTurnTo  

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Termination of Morning Open Access Service

(as of Monday, 31 July 2017) 

Due to an increase in requests for urgent appointments throughout the day, the morning Open Access service has become unsustainable and the doctors have made the difficult decision to change from a morning walk-in service to a pre-booked appointment system in the morning as well as the afternoon.

The last Open Access surgery will run on Friday, 28 July 2017 with appointment-only surgeries commencing on Monday, 31 July 2017.

A few morning appointments are now available to book for Monday, 31 July 2017 onwards.

Emergencies will always be seen

The Practice will continue to offer on the day appointments for urgent matters that cannot wait until the next free pre-bookable appointment but this may not be with the Minor Ailments practitioner or GP of choice.

These appointments will be spaced throughout the day and will be given out in time order.

The Duty GP will continue to deal with telephone queries throughout the day.

For more information, please click on the link below

Patient Update Leaflet

Please note that application forms for Online Services (Appointments and Prescriptions) are not yet available for collection, either at Reception or online.  More information about the introduction of this service will be available in the coming weeks.

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Public Holiday Closures

We will be closed on the following dates in 2018/19:-

Monday, 1 January 2018

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Monday, 2 April 2018*

Monday, 7 May 2018

Tuesday, 25 December 2018

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

*Open as normal on Good Friday (30 March 2018)

Should you require medical attention during this time, please contact NHS24 on 111 or in the event of an emergency, call 999 immediately. 

In addition to providing 24 hour advice, NHS 24, along with GMED (Grampian Medical Emergency Department) provides emergency cover during the hours of 18:00 and 08:00 when the practice is closed, throughout the weekend and public holidays. If you need medical assistance between these hours, telephone NHS 24 on 111 (if you have any difficulties contacting NHS 24, please dial 100 for the operator).

A receptionist from NHS 24 will answer your call and either:

  • Arrange for you to speak to a doctor or nurse
  • Invite you to attend the centre to be seen by the doctor 
  • Arrange a home visit if you are too ill to visit the centre

Transport to and from the centre may be available if you cannot arrange this yourself. Out of hours cover is the responsibility of the local Health Board. Further advice and information can also be obtained from NHS 24, whom you can contact direct on 111 or by visiting http://www.nhs24.com/ 

For severe life threatening emergencies, call 999

Emergencies

You should call 999 for the following emergencies:-

  • suspected heart attack or severe chest pain or breathlessness
  • loss of consciousness
  • choking and you are unable to help
  • Suspected stroke

Attend the nearest A+E department/Casualty rather than coming to the surgery for any of the following:-

  • a serious injury such as a suspected fracture 
  • head injuries especially if the person has been knocked out
  • bad burns
  • road traffic accidents
  • eye injuries
  • nosebleeds not settling with first aid

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DID NOT ATTEND APPOINTMENT RATE

 Ever wondered why you couldn’t see the Doctor or Nurse sooner?

 Did you know that, in February 2017:

52 appointments were booked by patients who then failed to attend them

 

24 Doctor appointments – equivalent to TWO afternoon surgeries*

and

28 Nurse appointments – equivalent to TWO morning surgeries*

If, in the future, you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can offer the appointment to someone else.

 

Thank you

Alford Medical Practice

*approx

Appointments

Termination of Morning Open Access Service

(as of Monday, 31 July 2017) 

Due to an increase in requests for urgent appointments throughout the day, the morning Open Access service has become unsustainable and the doctors have made the difficult decision to change from a morning walk-in service to a pre-booked appointment system in the morning as well as the afternoon.

The last Open Access surgery will run on Friday, 28 July 2017 with appointment-only surgeries commencing on Monday, 31 July 2017.

A few morning appointments are now available to book for Monday, 31 July 2017 onwards.

Emergencies will always be seen

The Practice will continue to offer on the day appointments for urgent matters that cannot wait until the next free pre-bookable appointment but this may not be with the Minor Ailments practitioner or GP of choice.

These appointments will be spaced throughout the day and will be given out in time order.

The Duty GP will continue to deal with telephone queries throughout the day.

For more information, please click on the link below

Patient Update Leaflet (PDF).pdf

Please note that application forms for Online Services (Appointments and Prescriptions) are not yet available for collection, either at Reception or online.  More information about the introduction of this service will be available in the coming weeks.

Consulting times are 08:00-10:30 (07:30 on Wednesdays) and 14:00-17:30 

diary_appointmentThe practice runs open access surgeries in the mornings and pre-bookable surgeries in the afternoons. These can be booked by telephoning 019755 62253 or directly at the appointment desk during opening hours. Routine appointments will usually need to be made in advance. 

Please note doctors stagger their consultation days/times to allow early and late appointments.

Please arrive in good time for your appointment and always book in at reception

On occasions, surgeries can run late because earlier consultations have taken longer than normal or your doctor has been called out to an emergency.  If you have been waiting longer than 20 minutes please ask the receptionist for an explanation. Remember there are lots of reasons for the doctor to be running late; a previous patient may have arrived late or brought several problems, someone may have required a longer appointment than expected - this is very common if a patient needs to be admitted to hospital.  Very occasionally the GP may have been called out on an urgent housecall.  We would ask for your understanding and patience as such times.We ask for your understanding and patience at such times. 

Extended Hours

Extended hoursappointments are offered on Wednesday mornings between 07:30 and 08:00 and on occasional Saturday mornings, however you will not be able to contact the practice during this time. 

Please be aware that they are pre-booked appointments only, and there will not be access to nursing services (such as blood taking, ECGs etc) at the same time. You may need to book a separate appointment to arrange such investigations.

Urgent Appointments

Ring the surgery on 019755 62253 preferably soon after 08:00.  Genuine emergencies will be seen in an emergency surgery each morning, if the problem cannot wait for a routine appointment.  You may not be able to see the doctor of your choice and you may have to wait.  Please do not come into the surgery expecting to see a doctor immediately.

Practice Nurses

In a number of cases it might be worth considering an appointment with a practice nurse rather than a doctor. Practice nurses are qualified to deal with many ailments and you may be seen more quickly, however, they are unable to prescribe medication. Nurse appointments are currently available between 08:30 – 15:40 and can be made by telephoning 019755 62253 or directly at reception during opening hours.

Cancellations

If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.

Surgery Closures

The surgery is closed during public holidays and occasionally on wednesday afternoons for staff training. During these closures medical cover is provided by NHS 24 and GMED.

To access this service phone the surgery and a recorded message will give you the number to call.  Alternatively dial 111 or visit http://www.nhs24.com/.

Please note this service is for urgent problems only, routine issues should wait till the next day.

The Know Who to Turn To website offers a full directory of the services on offer and when you should use them. 

Emergencies

For severe life threatening emergencies call 999

You should call 999 for the following emergencies:-

  • suspected heart attack or severe chest pain or breathlessness
  • loss of consciousness
  • choking and you are unable to help
  • Suspected stroke

Attend the nearest A+E department/casualty rather than coming to the surgery for any of the following:-

  • a serious injury such as a suspected fracture 
  • head injuries especially if the person has been knocked out
  • bad burns
  • road traffic accidents
  • eye injuries
  • nosebleeds not settling with first aid
 
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