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EASTER MONDAY CLOSURE

Alford Medical Practice is open as usual on Good Friday (30th March), however, will be closed on Easter Monday (2nd April) 🥚🐰

 
The Know Who to Turn website offers a full directory of the services on offer and when you should use them.
 
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We wish you a happy and healthy Easter!

 

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FLU VACCINATIONS ARE STILL AVAILABLE AT ALFORD MEDICAL PRACTICE

If you are in one of the high risk groups listed below then it is very important that you protect yourself with a ‘flu vaccine:-
 
Over 65
Heart disease
Lung disease (including asthma)
Diabetes
Kidney disease
Liver disease
Previous Stroke
Degenerative disease
MS
Immunocompromising condition
BMI>40
Unpaid Carer
Child aged between 2 and 5 (not in school)
 
*IMPORTANT*
The vaccine for children aged between 2 and 5 (not in school) was only available until the end of December 2017.
 
Please call after 9am, or pop into Reception, to make an appointment to have this done at the Surgery.
 
If you do not wish to have a ‘flu vaccination it is important that you contact Reception on (019755) 62253 to let us know.

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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

Nurse Practitioners

Mrs Mhorag Mitchell

Specialist Nurses

Diabetes Nurse Specialist

A diabetes Clinic is run weekly by our diabetes nurse specialist, on Wednesdays, between 09:00 -12.00 and 13:00 – 15:00.

Nurses

Mrs Fiona Wilkie

RGN Dip Diabetes

Mrs Tammy Hunter
Mrs Faye Dunlop
Mrs Lynsey Seath

Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run a Well Person Clinic for long-term health conditions such as heart disease and hypertension.  A separate Diabetic clinic is held on Wednesdays and the Nurses also carry out cervical smears on a Tuesday afternoon.

 
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