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The following clinics are run and appointments can be made in the usual way:
These are run by a Doctor and a Community Health Midwife every Wednesday afternoon from 2.00 - 2.30pm and a separate clinic is run by the midwife from 1.30-3.00pm on the same day. We operate a shared-care system with the Consultants at Forth Valley Royal Hospital which gives pregnant women the convenience of receiving most of their ante-natal care at the Surgery, with only occasional visits to the hospital for scans etc.
We have a programme which covers all the necessary checks and immunisations from the ages of eight weeks to five years. All children registered for this programme receive mailed appointments when a check or immunisation is due. To register your child, please enquire at reception.
See the Family Health under Further Information for the current recommended childhood vaccination schedule.
Appointments can be arranged with the Practice Nurses on request for Well-Man and Well Woman checks. These clinics offer a health "MOT" check. They may involve answering a questionnaire, carrying out some simple checks to look for signs of preventable or treatable disease (for women this includes a cervical smear when necessary) and appropriate health advice.
This clinic is run by the Practice Nurse on Thursday mornings.
This clinic is run by the Practice Nurse on Wednesday afternoons.
Any of the Doctors will be happy to discuss all aspects of contraception during a regular surgery appointment. Dr Reid is available for the fitting of coils, implants and caps.
As a smoker, patients are at increased risk of several diseases including lung cancer, heart disease, chronic lung disease, etc. If patients are interested in stopping smoking, a specialised service is provided at the Woodside Pharmacy for a one-to-one consultation. Please contact the Pharmacy for an apointment at which a patient's motivation to stop smoking will be assessed. Patients will be given helpful information to maximise their chance of stopping smoking and will be invited for useful follow-up visits to monitor their progress and give further prescriptions. We would encourage patients to carefully consider stopping smoking and make an appointment when the time is right for them.
The Practice can arrange for an interpreter to be present during a consultation if the patient requests this. This appointment must be booked in advance, and a double appointment would be required.
Primary Care Pharmacists work in the local community supporting GPs, nurses and other healthcare professionals.
They are responsible for dealing with:
In the future you may be able to have a face to face review about your medications.
We have recently introduced a phlebotomy service on a Thursday morning for Doune patients . In the afternoon the phlebotomist will be seeing patients from Dunblane Health Centre. Already this is being well used.
A phlebotomist is a person trained to take blood samples from a patient for clinical investigations and monitoring.
All specimens to go to the Hospital Laboratory must be handed in by 12.00 noon for the morning collection and before 3.30pm for the afternoon collection.
Please telephone after 1.30pm and inform the receptionist if you are calling for a result.
Results can only be given out to the individual patient, unless permission is authorised.
There are Community Health Nurses attached to the Practice. The Nurses hold a Treatment Room Clinic, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and as demand requires in Doune at 9.00am - 10.00am for procedures such as wound dressing, suturing removal and injections etc. Please contact reception at Doune to make an appointment. The Nurses will attend to all nursing requirements of patients confined to their homes and are also closely involved with the palliative care of terminally ill patients.
The Community Health Nurses can be contacted directly at the Surgery on weekdays by telephoning the following numbers:-
The Health Visitor provides family support, antenatal and post-natal care. She can give advice on health care, especially to expectant mothers, small children and the elderly.The Health Visitor can be contacted directly at the Surgery on weekdays by telephoning 01786 842451.
The Chiropodist runs a clinic on a Friday as appointed by the Community Chiropodist. Appointments are by referral from the Doctors.
The Physiotherapist runs a clinic on a Tuesday afternoon from 1.30 - 5pm. Appointments are by referral from the Doctors (no longer by self referral).
Campbell Shimmins, BSc MRPHARMS-SP is our local pharmacist who also provides a Smoking Cessation Advice Service as well as other services. Please contact the Pharmacy for details.
The Stirling Locality Pharmacist Facilitator visits the practice on a regular basis to give advice and support to the Practice on medication and prescribing issues.
The above service is for people who meet the appropriate criteria. This means that if your pharmacist thinks you need it, they can give you a medicine for a minor illness or complaint without you having to pay for it. It will save you making an appointment with your GP simply to get a prescription for a minor complaint. The Pharmacy First Service is another service provided by the Pharmacy. For further information ask at reception or at the Woodside Pharmacy.
Please telephone 01324 673554. The triage nurse will make you an appointment. If you wish a family planning appointment please call 2 days before you wish to be seen and an appointment will be arranged at your nearest location.
There is a drop in session for under 21s from 3.30 -5.30pm on a Tuesday at Stirling Community Hospital.
There are three Practice Nurses, based in Doune. Linda Keay holds clinics Monday to Wednesday mornings, Silvy Deuchar is available all day on Thursdays and Lynne Bryce is available on a Wednesday afternoon.
Their duties include giving travel advice/immunisation, ear syringing, flu vaccination, cervical smears and phlebotomy (blood sampling). They share responsibility for carrying out health checks through running various clinics that include - Chronic Heart Disease, Blood Pressure Monitoring, Diabetes, Asthma & COPD, Ischaemic Heart Disease and the Child Immunisation Programme.
When making your appointment with the Practice Nurse for Travel Immunisation/ Advice, please complete a Travel Health Form, available from Reception or online from the practice website - www.dounehealthcentre.co.uk
Our Practice Manager, Mairi McGrandles, is responsible for the financial management of the Practice and is involved in the business development. Mairi is able to help with any non-medical or administrative aspects of your health or treatment and will be pleased to receive any suggestions for improving our services.
Lynn Stevenson is responsible for the daily supervision of the non-medical staff within the Practice and assists in the general smooth running of the Practice.
The Receptionist/Administrator’s job is to take all messages on behalf of the Doctors and help in the day-to-day running of the Practice, so that the Doctors can spend as much time seeing patients as possible. They may need to ask you for further details if you telephone, this is to ensure that the Doctors can assess the urgency of your request. Please be assured that they are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the Doctors.
Certain non-NHS (private) medicals (e.g. HGV) may be arranged by special request.
It is a legal requirement for a Doctor to confirm that someone has passed away. There is no need to move the patient. If your doctor has recently seen the patient and knows their history, a medical certificate of cause of death (MCCD) will normally be issued. However, in the event of an unexpected death, or in unclear circumstances, the doctor may need to notify the Procurator Fiscal. Approximately 1 in 10 deaths will be randomly reviewed by the medical reviewer who may wish to clarify details and circumstances with the doctor and family before burial or cremation can take place.
If death occurs at home:
If death occurs in hospital:
Our Practice Nurse will be pleased to give advice to those patients going abroad. Please collect a travel questionnaire from Reception, complete it and hand it back to Reception. The Practice Nurse will then advise accordingly and arrange any prescriptions necessary for certain vaccines. It is advisable to allow adequate time for any vaccines to become effective, (normally about three weeks prior to a short trip and for longer stay holidays or more complex destinations at least two months is advisable). Travel questionnaires can also be completed online on the practice website – www.dounehealthcentre.co.uk.
Well before travelling abroad, check with your Travel Agent or the Tourist Office/Embassy of the country you intend to visit on any special precautions you may need to take. At least two months before departure, find out about any vaccination requirements from the Practice Nurse. Pack a small first aid kit containing adhesive dressings, insect repellent, antiseptic cream and water purification tablets etc…..ask at your pharmacist.
Check on the quality of the drinking water. If in doubt drink only bottled water, or use water purification tablets. Avoid ice in drinks, as this may well have been made from suspect water. Raw vegetables, salads and fresh fruits should be carefully washed in clean water. If in doubt, stick to freshly cooked food. Beware of the sun! Use a high factor sunscreen, particularly in the first few days of exposure. Children in particular should be closely monitored in this respect.
In hot climates, drink plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. If you are not passing water regularly, you are not drinking enough.
If you fall ill, don't forget to tell your doctor that you have travelled abroad.
If you have received treatment, tell your own doctor on return.
When donating blood, tell the Transfusion Staff which countries you have visited.
We encourage all our patients to share the responsibility for their health, both in preventing disease and in treating existing diseases. Prevention really is better than cure.
Many of the most serious diseases can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle and without the need for drugs. Please feel free to discuss general health and your lifestyle and ask for advice.
Interested in finding a fun and easy way to get fit, lose weight and meet new friends? If yes, come along and take part in one of Active Stirling walks. To help promote a healthier lifestyle, log on to the Active Stirling website http://www.activestirling.org.uk/Walk-About-Stirling/
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