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Closure of list to new patients

As from 22 October 2018 all Forfar GP practices' lists will be closed.  Any new patients seeking to register with a GP in the area should make contact with Practitioner Services Division by one of the methods listed below in the first instance.
The contact details are:
Telephone: 0845 300 1654
Patients can write to:
Practitioner Services
1 North Esplanade West
AB11 5QF
Patients will need to provide their name, address and date of birth for themselves, and any family/household members, as they will be kept together. 
Practitioner Services will inform each patient/family which GP practice they are being allocated to so they can approach that nominated GP practice to register.  Practitioner Services will also notify the GP practice to let them know which patients to expect.
It should be noted that this arrangement is for unregistered patients only and patients currently registered with a Forfar GP practice who wish to change will only be actioned subject to exceptional circumstances. 

Dr Urwin patients - Team 4

As Dr Urwin is leaving the practice on 13 August 2018 his patients will be redistributed to the the remaining 3 GP teams.  Therefore from Monday 30 July 2018,  any Team 4 patient   will be informed which team they have been allocated to the next time they contact the practice.

Chronic Pain Self Management Course
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

Media Release regarding Flu

Shingles Eligibility

Check if you are eligible for the Shingles Vaccine this year by clicking on the link below:

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"

Local Group Presents GP Practice with Equipment and Cheque


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..... 



Breast Cancer awareness month

1st International day of the Older Person

9-15 Baby Loss awareness week

10-16 Scottish Mental Health week

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

See our leaflet "Know who to turn to " for advice for advice on coughs and colds.

 If you are reading this, please consider becoming a member of the committee or indeed a volunteer at the desk.  The PPG strives to make your visit to the surgery a pleasant one with up to date facilities.  Please think bout this.  If you can give up some of your time please contact the surgery where your name will be given to member of the committee, who will contact you. 

Notes Sept. 2018

Notes Sept 2018

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