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Self management courses and forums in Angus Apr-Jun 2018

Angus Arthritis Forum - for adults affected by any type of Arthritis.  A relevant talk by a health care or other professional and a chance to ask questions and socialise with others over a cuppie.  No need to book, no charge, and patients can bring a friend or family member for support.  This forum rotates around Angus localities, with 4 meetings in 2017. 

The next Angus Arthritis Forum will take place on Wednesday 6th June from 6.30-8-30pm, at WHCCC, Forfar, when the discussion topic will be 'Managing Pain & Fatigue associated with Arthritis', with input from the specialist pain service, occupational therapy and Pain Association Scotland.  There is the opportunity to ask questions afterwards over a cuppie.
Angus Diabetes Forum - for adults affected by Type 2 diabetes.  A relevant talk by a health care or other professional and a chance to ask questions and socialise with others over a cuppie.  No need to book, no charge, and patients can bring a friend or family member for support.  Patients may attend any forum that suits them, not just the one in their own locality. 
‚ÄčThe next Angus Diabetes Forum will take place on Thursday 19th April from 15:00-17:00 in the Health Education Room, Springfield Medical Centre, Arbroath when current diabetes research will be explored, along with the opportunity to give views on the support you would like to manage your diabetes in the future.
The forum after that is on Thursday 14th June from 18:30-20:30 in the Links Health Centre, Montrose- the topic will be 'Managing your diet' with a dietitian on hand to answer queries.
Chronic Pain Self Management Course - for adults living with persistent pain.  These courses are run by Pain Association Scotland over a 5 week period, and places must be booked in advance.  Each session lasts 2.5 hours over an afternoon, and patients will get most benefit from attending the full course.  The next course starts on Monday 9th April in MONTROSE and the one after that will begin on Tuesday 3rd July in ARBROATH  You can refer a patient who would like to attend by contacting us with their name, address and phone number.  Courses run throughout the year, rotating localities in Angus.
Other options for Chronic Pain - for patients who are unable to attend the 5 week pain course, there is the option of an online programme called Pathway Through Pain, which guides patients through a set of pain management techniques that help reduce the impact of pain on daily life.  Patients can follow this course at their own pace in their own time.
Fatigue Self Management Course - for adults living with persistent fatigue.  Courses, which are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team over a 4 week period, run throughout the year, rotating localities in Angus.  The next course will start on the afternoon of Wednesday 9th May in BrechinPlaces must be booked in advance on these courses.
If you would like further information about any of these self management options, please contact your GP or alternatively email if you would like to receive direct email updates from regarding forum topics and dates email

Vitamin D new recommendations

Dr Matthew Adam is leaving this practice on 31 January 2018.  Unfortunately we have not been able to recruit a replacement.  All Team 2 patients will be reallocated to one of the other existing teams.  From week beginning 15 January 2018 if you are Dr Adam's patient and you contact the practice you will be informed of your new team allocation.


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Social Prescribing at Academy Medical Centre - Community Development Worker

Ashley McGregor from Voluntary Action Angus has been working in Academy Medical Centre, Forfar since July 2016.  Ashley is a community Development Worker who has taken referrals from Healthcare staff in the practice to offer individual, one to one advice and provide any non-medical support they may benefit from.  This is available for anyone who could benefit, including people who's health is affected by social and environmental issues which cannot be dealt with by only a medical response, which can be called Social Prescribing.
The information and support provided is agreed between Ashley and the person, on an individual bas'is to best suit their needs.  This could include how to access support from other Third Sector organisations and services that may be able to offer help.  There is the opportunity for people to find out about local community groups, chances for socialising and getting involved.
Since starting at the Medical Centre in June 2016, until March 2017 Ashley has received 99 referrals.  The support people have received has varied in accordance with their needs and what support they feel they required themselves.  This has ranged from a 5 minute chat through to on-going, one-to-one meetings for a number of weeks.  Some of the types of support that has been accessed have been for help with housing, finances, living as a carer, experiencing bereavement, looking to get into local volunteering as well as to access volunteer transport and counselling support.  These are just some examples of the reasons for the referral to Ashley.  Most referrals are taken from GP's and other Medical Centre staff, but can also be through self-referral, or also enquiring about support if you're in the practice.
Ashley is part of each of the 5 teams at Academy Medical Centre and is based within the main Hub Area in the surgery.  This means that she has good working relationships with all staff and there is a good, strong communication with each of the referrers and the Community Development Worker.  This work is part of the holistic and more joined up way of working that the new model at the practice promotes.  The work helps to maintain and improve physical and mental health and opens up a range of opportunities for people who are referred.
For more information contact Ashley at Academy Medical Centre on 01307 462316 or at Voluntary Action Angus on 01307 466113.  Or you can email at"

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Changes to Ear Syringing Service

Please note with immediate effect GP Partners have made a decision that the Practice will no longer provide an ear syringing service. Patients should now self manage ear wax problems by self-administering Almond Oil Drops or purchasing the ear syringing kits from local pharmacies or supermarket


Unfortunately due to practice GP recruitment difficulties and increasing workloads the GPs are no longer able to accept patient referrals from Hospital consultants for the following follow up appointments:-




The GPs have written to the appropriate consultants in the following departments informing them of their decisions:-





These departments should make the necesary arrangements for you to return to either their own department or arrange for treatment locally at whitehills Community Hospiital

Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause but we no longer have the capacity to arrange appointments for this.

Your PPG News.....

APRIL IS....BOWEL CANCER awareness Month

A selection of leaflets can be found on the desk in the foyer to help you watch out for signs and symptoms and what steps you can take to help you find out more about the conditions, and where further help can be found.

7th April  is World Health Day

18-24 Parkinsons awareness month

25-1st May  Multiple Sclerosis awareness

See our leaflet "Know who to turn to " for advice for winter colds and coughs that are still around even although Spring is in the air!

APPG Notes Feb2018

APPG Notes Feb 2018

N. B. If you have received a questionnaire from the practice either via e mail or with a prescription order, I urge you to complete it and return to the surgery.  Your views are important so that efforts can be made to make improvements to the service for you.

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