Taynuilt (Connel and Dalmally) Surgery newsletter Easter 2015

Easter Newsletter 2015
Public Holidays
The surgeries at Connel, Taynuilt and Dalmally will be closed for the Easter break on Friday 3rd April and Monday 6th April. We will be open again as normal on Tuesday 7th April.
We are also closed for public holidays on Monday 4th & Monday 18th May.
In an emergency please contact NHS 24 on 1 1 1

Staff Changes
After 15 years with Taynuilt Medical Practice, Dr Neil Bennett is leaving the practice to be with his family in Dollar.
He will be missed very much by all the staff and by the patients, whom he has cared for over the years. We are all very saddened to see him leave but I am sure you will join us in wishing him all the best for the future.
Wendy Robertson our Practice Nurse has left to take up a new post in Helensburgh. This will enable her to be closer to her family. She is looking forward to the challenges this new post will bring. She will be missed by the staff and patients and we wish her all the very best with her new post.
Moira Newiss, Business Manager will be leaving at the end of June. She has implemented new ideas and ways of working in her 2 years with us. She will be missed and we wish her all the best for her future.
The practice has plans in place to replace these members of staff and the changes should not affect patient care in any way. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Practice Manager.

Nurse Appointments
We have realised over the past couple of months that some of our patients are not aware what our Practice Nurses can do.
All the nurses at Taynuilt Medical Practice can see patients for a variety of ongoing and acute problems. Please make an appointment with one of our practice nurses for the following:
? All Bloods
? Recording Blood Pressure
? Recording Weight
? Smear appointments
? Smoking Cessation Advice
? Contraception Reviews
? Advice on diet and lifestyle
? Smoking Cessation
? Travel Vaccinations
? Asthma/Cardiac/COPD Reviews
? All Dressings
? B12/Depo/Flu Injections
? Some medication reviews
? Tick removal
? Ear Syringing
They can also see patients for chronic conditions such as asthma, COPD, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.
Our new nurse Rhona McGoogan will also be doing diabetic reviews and she is also a qualified nurse prescriber and can see patients for a variety of minor ailments.
Catriona, our Health Care Assistant can do new patient medicals, take blood, dressings and record blood pressure and weight.
Making appointments with the nurses for the above problems, will free up routine GP’s appointments. If you are in any doubt about who you should see, please speak to a member of reception staff who will advise you.


Who is Dr Anyone?
Some of you may have noticed your ‘usual GP’ on the right hand side of your prescription has recently been changed to Dr Z Anyone. In the past patients ‘usual GP’ as recorded on our computer system has rarely borne any relation to who they actually see.
The reason for this change is that we have set everyone’s GP to a default ‘Dr Z Anyone’. As time progresses, for patients with ongoing health issues, we plan to update this to the GP you see regularly. If there is a GP who you feel you see on a regular basis and the name on the right hand side of your prescription doesn’t change to reflect this, then please let us know and we will update this.
For some patients who rarely need to come to the surgery seeing any GP who is available is fine. However for patients with ongoing health issues, we would recommend if possible you try to see the same GP. This is to improve continuity and save you having to go over the same story ‘yet again!’ We appreciate that this is not always possible as several of our GP’s work part time and are spread across our 3 sites. If you need to see someone urgently, it will often have to be whatever GP is available. In addition we appreciate that some patients may want to see one GP about one problem and a different GP about another – taking into account, for example different GP’s special interests etc, then this is also fine.
Your ‘usual GP’ can of course be changed whenever you wish.
Emergency Clinic
There is an emergency clinic that runs from 11.30am – 12.00pm in Connel every day. These are 5 minute appointments and should be for acute, emergency appointments (i.e. not for routine appointments). We understand that we are sometimes short of routine GP appointments but these appointment slots must be kept for emergency ‘on the day’ appointments only.
Living it Up
Do you want to know what is going on in your area? Do you wish you could get more out of life? Perhaps you would like to find out how to do more things online or take time to get to know your neighbours?
Living it Up is a new support network that finds and creates opportunities with our community to improve health, wellbeing and quality of life. From newsletters to events, there are lots of ways for you to become involved, get more out of life and keep up to date with what’s happening in your area.
Funded by the Scottish Government and led by NHS24, with support from 8 health boards including NHS Highland, Living it Up is a free service to help you get and share information for a healthier lifestyle.
Log on and see for yourself at www.livingitup.org.uk
Trips and Falls
1 in 3 people over 65 years and 1 in 2 people over 80 years fall every year but it’s not an inevitable part of getting older. Our local physiotherapist department at the Lorn & Islands Hospital can help you with advice and practical help to reduce the risk of falling.
Keeping active will help your physical and mental health. Exercise classes are held locally in the Taynuilt Hotel on Monday afternoons at 2.00pm. Led by qualified instructors, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to learn gentle exercises to improve your strength and balance, increase your confidence and make you feel safe.
For further information and support contact the Physiotherapy Department, Lorn & Islands Hospital on 01631 788983 or speak to your GP.
Connel Surgery currently has a very informative display on this subject.

March 27, 2015   Posted in: health

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