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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: Benbecula Medical Practice and the Daliburgh Branch Surgery will be closed on the following public holidays:

Friday 19th April, Monday 22nd April, Monday 6th May, Monday 5th August.

MEDICAL STUDENTS:

We have some medical students coming to us on attachment this year. April Covington is coming on the week beginning 11th March for two weeks, and Aimee McCreedy is here for two weeks at the start of April. As well as sitting on on consultations, we have arranged for them to accompany some of the community staff, so they will be out and about during their stay. 

REALISTIC MEDICINE

Realistic medicine is a concept that is being explored and developed by the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland. It looks at:

  • building a personalised approach to care;
  • changing our style to shared decision making;
  • improving our understanding and management of value and risk;
  • valuing our workforce;
  • tackling unwarranted variation in care
  • reducing harm and waste;
  • sharing knowledge;
  • Developing our capacity to innovate and improve health care

For more information, please visit NHS inform - realistic medicine. One of the partners, Dr Dawson, will be working with the Scottish Health Council to see if we can develop a model that will bring these policies to life in a community health care setting. She is writing a blog about her views on realistic medicine and her project.

STRUGGLING WITH FINANCES?

Contact the local Citizens' Advice Bureau for money advice by phoning ANNE BIRD at the Uist Office on 01870 603807. The council has also launched a financial inclusion service which aims to provide advice and support to people throughout the Western Isles. 

SELF-REFERRAL SERVICES

 Patients are now able to self- refer to a range of local health care services without having to get an appointment with the GP first. Please visit our clinics and services tab, or click self-referral to find forms for physiotherapy, podiatry, dietitians, chronic pain, and fatigue management. 

PRIMARY CARE PHARMACIST

Pharmacist Amy MacPhee is working with local practices to provide support and advice about your medication. She undertakes medication reviews, manages medication requests, telephone advice and other queries. You can make an appointment with her by telephoning 01870 602215. 

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