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**MESSAGE FROM DR A D STRUTHERS**

I wanted to let you all know that I am finishing my time as a Partner and Doctor at Southside Road Surgery at the end of May 2016. I joined the team here in 1996 and became a Partner in 1997.

I will miss working and meeting with so many interesting people and also the constant challenge that is created by working in general practice.

I know the Surgery have recruited another Doctor and she will be starting in July. I am going to keep working a bit in another area of medicine so not quite retiring altogether yet.

With best wishes,

Dr A D Struthers 

 

**MISSED APPOINTMENTS**

Due to the number of patients failing to attend appointments, it may be that you are not able to see the Doctor/Nurse on the day that you wish to. In an attempt to try and resolve this, the Surgery has developed the following policy -

If you repeatedly fail to attend appointments you may be removed from this practice list and required to find an alternative doctor.

If you cannot attend your appointments for any reason please let us know as soon as possible, giving at least 24 hours notice. We can then offer the appointment to someone else.

Thank you for your co-operation.

 

LEGAL HIGHS? NOT AS LEGAL AS YOU THOUGHT.

Recent law changes mean you could face up to a seven year prison sentance for giving or selling these drugs. With any drugs you never know what you are getting and they can be incredibly harmful.

Find out more information in the following link:

http://knowthescore.info/news-and-features/news/legal-highs-not-as-legal-as-you-thought

 

THINKING ABOUT HAVING A BABY BUT WORRIED ABOUT YOUR EPILEPSY?

Go to the Pregnancy tab on the right side of your screen.

 

ANTENATAL RUBELLA SCREENING

The offer of antenatal screening for rubella susceptibility will stop for all woman in Scotland booking on of after 1st June 2016. This change has no implications for the offer of other antenatal screening, including HIV, hepatitis B and syphilis in every pregnancy which should continue. This change is principally due to the high uptake of the MMR vaccination. For further information, please speak to your midwife.

 

DO YOU HAVE ANY OLD OR UNUSED SPECTACLES?

From now until the end of June we will be collecting any unwanted pair of glasses, these will go on to be distributed to Vision Aid Overseas by the Rotary Club of Inverness Culloden as part of their project "Be a Gift to the World". Please hand them into reception.

 

NEW WHOOPING COUGH IMMUNISTATION IN PREGNANCY

See more information about this on the right.

 

ARE YOU GOING ABROAD?

Go to the 'Clinics & Services' tab above to see all the relevant information you need for your trip.

 

EYE PROBLEMS

 If you have any problem with your eyes, you should see an Optician first rather than making an appointment with one of the Doctors. The Opticians are able to give you a more thorough eye examination and they also have specialised equipment to examine your eyes in more detail. If you need medical treatment for an eye condition, the optician may refer you to the eye clinic at the hospital. The optician will tell you and your doctor about this.

Opticians are often open in the evenings and over weekends, which means you would be seen and treated sooner.

Remember that if you are a UK resident, you can get a free NHS eye

examination in Scotland. This is not just to test your sight – it’s a thorough examination to:

  • check the health of your eyes

  • find any eye problems before they become more serious

  • look for signs of other health problems.

You can get your eyes examined free of charge by any Optician who provides NHS services. For further details -

http://www.gov.scot/Resource/Doc/321813/0103426.pdf

 

NEW PATIENTS WELCOME!

Are you new to the area or looking to change Practice?  We would be happy to help you.  Have a look at the new patients tab at the top of this page on how to register online or speak to the reception staff.

OUR APPOINTMENTS

Did you know that appointments with your Doctor are for 10 minutes only, and telephone appointments are 5 minutes?  

To get the best out of your consultation, let us deal with one problem per appointment, or at the most two. If you think you may not be able to discuss everything during a single 10 minute appointment, we ask that you book a double appointment, where available.  

Please also remember to make a separate appointment for each person to be seen – only one patient can be seen per appointment, so please do not ask the receptionist or doctor to fit in extras. 

Our telephone appointments can also be booked in advance. All we need are your contact details and ask that you are available to receive the call at the booked time. Missed telephone appointments need to be rescheduled as the Doctor will only try ‘phoning you once.  

We make every effort to run to time, but need your help to achieve this! 

If you repeatedly fail to attend appointments, you may be removed from the Practice list and you will need to find an alternative doctor.

If you cannot attend your appointments, please let us know as soon as possible, preferably giving at least 24hours notice, so we can offer the appointment to someone else. 

ANTIBIOTICS DON'T WORK FOR MOST COLDS, COUGHS AND SORE THROATS

Rather than asking for an antibiotic, ask your Pharmacist about effective treatments to relieve your cold, cough or sore throat.  For more information see leaflet below -

Patient leaflet.pdf

or visit - www.treatyourselfbetter.co.uk 

 

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