PUBLIC HOLIDAYS: Benbecula Medical Practice and the Daliburgh Branch Surgery will be closed on the following public holidays: Monday 6th May, Monday 5th August 2019.
LYME DISEASE STUDY: Islanders are being asked to help in a Lyme Disease Study
Western Isles residents are being asked to take part in a local study being undertaken on 'the impact on quality of life since the diagnosis of Lyme Disease'. The study is being carried out by NHS WI Health Protection and Screening Nurse Specialist, Isabell MacInnes. Anyone with a diagnosis of Lyme Disease is invited to participate (those with a positive serology & confirmed by erythema migrans rash). If you are interested please contact Isabell by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone 01870 603366/07624912900. The closing date is Friday 31st May 2019.
We have some medical students coming to us on attachment this year. Joseph Anderson from Edinburgh University is here for a few weeks in April/May. 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 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.
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.