TREATMENT ROOM SERVICES:
As part of the changes to the GP contract in Scotland, treatment room services and vaccination services at our practice are changing. The changes started on the 1st July, with community staff coming in to the practice to undertake blood tests and dressings for our patients. This is a new service, so we are testing each change before rolling out further changes. We need your feedback to help us design future improvements; please contact the practice with your thoughts. The board's information leaflet on the changes has been notified to newsletter subscribers.
We have some medical students coming to us on attachment this year. Ewan Harper from Glasgow University is here for a few weeks in August. As well as sitting on on consultations, we will be arranging for him to accompany some of the community staff, so he will be out and about during his 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.