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PATIENT NOTICE

Dr Roger Paterson has now retired from his work at St. Margaret's Health Centre, having been with us for 30 years. We will all miss him as a colleague and a friend as part of the health care team and know that the many patients he has helped will miss him too. We wish him many happy and healthy years of retirement.

 

 COVID-19 Vaccination Programme

We are very keen to keep our patients informed of where we are in the COVID vaccination programme but occasionally we fall behind due to the current workload.

We are strictly bound by the rules on priority groups to be vaccinated set by the Scottish Government and currently have finished all 1st vaccines to groups 1 - 6 with only a few patients still to be appointed and are rapidly working our way through the 2nd vaccines.

If you are an unpaid carer and have not yet been vaccinated you can click the link below to register for a vaccine.


Self-registration portal for unpaid carers

For Patients in Groups 7 – 9 and patients 49 years and under

You will be appointed by NHS Tayside using the national ServiceNow appointing system.

This system utilises patient postcodes and appoints them into one of their vaccination centres at Dewars, Pitlochry or Blairgowrie. 

As with all new systems there may be a few patients who would prefer a different appointment, or appointment venue and the letter you receive will advise you how change this. If you cannot get through on the supplied telephone number (01382 423108) try emailing tay.c19vaxlocalenquiries@nhs.scot

Currently patients under 49 years of age are receiving their appointments.

These letters will arrive in BLUE envelopes

This is all the current information we have so please do not contact the Health Centre.

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PLEASE NOW WEAR A FLUID REPELLANT SURGICAL  MASK WHEN ATTENDING THE HEALTH CENTRE, AND ANY OTHER NHS BUILDING IN TAYSIDE .

Face Covering Exemption Card application link or call 0800 121 6240

CORONAVIRUS - If you have a persistent cough and fever or CORONA VIRUS related symptoms and are managing at home please self isolate in line with national guidelines.

If you feel you need further clinical assessment please call NHS24 on 111 at all times.

PLEASE SEE OUR Covid-19 (coronavirus) section on the right hand side of this website

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A feedback form can be found at the bottom of Contact Details page

Appointments

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We want to help patients get the best service possible from the staff and resources we have available at the health centre. We offer a range of appointments with doctors, practice nurses and healthcare assistants.

We open at 08:00 and our surgeries run from 08:00 - 17:50 daily. Currently we are unable to provide our evening surgery on Mondays.

In order to ensure you get the correct appointment you may be asked for some information about the problem by the reception staff when booking. This information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

You could be offered the following:

  • A face to face appointment with a GP
  • A telephone appointment with a GP
  • A face to face appointment with a practice nurse
  • A telephone appointment with a practice nurse
  • An appointment with a healthcare assistant
  • A telephone appointment with the practice pharmacist to discuss a medication query

Routine appointments can usually be booked up to 4 weeks in advance. We try to provide appointments with your usual GP for continuity of care but this is not always possible. There is a large team at the Health Centre and you may be offered an appointment with another healthcare professional who will be able to help you.  Please book separate appointments for each member of the family attending.

The following guidelines may help you decide which appointment is the most appropriate.  

Routine Appointments

These can be booked ahead with a GP of your choice. These are 10 minute appointments.

Standard GP consultations are 10 minutes long and it is possible to deal with 1 and sometimes 2 problems in this time. If your problem is complex or you have a list please consider booking a 20 minute (double) appointment. Double appointments may also be appropriate for gynaecological problems, emotional issues, joint injections and initial acupuncture consultations.

If the GP is unable to deal with your problems in the 10 minutes then you may be asked to make another appointment.

Longer appointments can be arranged at your GP’s discretion.

Telephone Appointments

These can be pre-booked with your GP or practice nurse.

Telephone appointments are suitable for:-

  • Results of investigations or blood tests
  • Mangement of minor illnesses
  • Medication reauthorisation
  • Urine infections
  • Emergency contraception
  • General health queries

Telephone appointments are 5 minutes.

Same Day Appointments

The GPs provide a telephone phone back system every morning, Monday to Friday, between 8.30am and 11am for patients who request to be seen that day.  The purpose of the telephone phone back system is to ensure that your request is dealt with appropriately.  It may be that you just require advice and that an appointment at the surgery is not necessary.  If the GP feels that an appointment is required they will arrange this for you whilst you are on the telephone.

Practice Nurse Appointments

Practice nurses run the chronic disease clinics which include diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma and COPD.

They also deal with complex wound problems and dressings, cervical smears, ear syringing and immunisations.

Healthcare Assistants

Daily clinics are held where you can book for blood samples, simple dressings and wound care, blood pressure monitoring, ECG’s and certain immunisations.

We have a health promotion room and encourage you to visit this. Here you can check your own blood pressure, height and weight and there is relevant and up to date health promotion literature.

Cancellations

If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.

 
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