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**New**

Starting Monday 1st July 2019

Triage appointment system

 

 

In an effort to deal with the high volume of appointment requests we are introducing a triage system for same day requests to ensure you are seen by the most appropriate healthcare professional at the right time.

 

If you are requesting a same day appointment, including urgent or home visit please call the practice between 8am and 9am. Our reception team will need to ask you to provide a brief description of the issue and take your telephone details so that a doctor can call you back before 10am.

 

The doctor will assess your health needs and direct you to the most appropriate health professional such as a doctor, nurse, pharmacist or advise you of self help. You may not always need to see a doctor, or the doctor may be able to help you over the phone. In the event that you need to be seen then the doctor will allocate one of the ‘on the day appointments’, or if your problem is more routine or on-going you will be offered one of our pre-bookable slots.

 

The doctor will attempt to phone you on the given contact number once. The doctor cannot leave messages on answer phones owing to patient confidentiality issues.

 

Requests for routine appointments will not be triaged and can be booked by telephone, online or in person at the reception desk.

 

Cancelling your Appointment

If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone reception staff at the appropriate surgery. By giving us as much notice as you can you are helping us to make sure that someone else is given your slot.

Take the life saving test

Take the life saving test

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland after lung and breast cancer. Every year, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. 95% of new cases occur in people over the age of 50 Bowel cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death for men and third for women with 1600 people dying of the disease in Scotland each year

The Scottish Bowel Screening programme will invite all men and women in Scotland between the ages of 50 to 74 for screening every two years.  A home based test kit is posted through your letterbox every two years. 5000 test kits are issued every day across Scotland   We encourage everyone who receives a kit to take part and not ignore what can be a life saving test  Television advertising and our practice encourage you to understand the importance of reporting changes in your bowel habit to your GP. IF you have concerns you can always telephone 0800 0121 833  for a confidential chat and receive advice.

What are the symptoms ?

 

You can reduce your risk by:

Blood in your stools (faeces) or bleeding from your rectum

 

Taking part in bowel screening every 2 years

Change to your normal bowel habits that persists for more than three weeks, such as diarrhoea

constipation or passing stools more frequently than usual

 

Diet – eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day

Reduce red meat consumption  and saturated fat intake and eat more oily fish

Abdominal pain especially if severe

 

Reduce alcohol consumption

Lump in your tummy

 

Doing daily exercise walking swimming gardening dancing to help keep bowels moving

Weight loss and Tiredness

 

Don’t be embarrassed to speak to your doctor



 
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