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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.


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 basis 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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The practice nursing team at Academy Medical Centre are playing an increasingly important role in the management of minor illnesses.  The practice has increased the number of practice nurses over the last year and has supported significant additional training for the nurses to prepare them for their expanded role within the practice team. In addition to being trained in the assessment and management of minor illnesses some are also independent prescribers which enables them to issue a prescription should you need one.

Dr MacCallum told us:

'The practice nurses are providing an invaluable service in the practice, supporting the management of minor illnesses every day in the practice. This not only allows the patient to have quick access to appropriate support for the management of their problem, but also frees the GP’s up to spend with people with more complex health problems.'

'In order for the most appropriate person to deal with a request the patient will be asked for a brief description of the problem when they contact the practice'

Eleanor McIntosh, one of the practice nurses continued:


‘We feel that we are using our skills fully supporting patient care within the practice in this way. It is really satisfying for us to be able to ensure people with minor illnesses that require input from a healthcare professional get seen promptly. There is always a GP available on the rare occasion that we decide following assessment that medical input is urgently required.’


‘ Minor illnesses that are commonly dealt with by our nursing team include allergies, minor burns, coughs, cold sores, earache, emergency contraception (morning after pill), eye infections, urine infections, sunburn and thrush.’


Dr MacCallum concluded:

‘While this is a great service that has greatly improved patient access in the practice, we would remind patients that many minor illnesses are self-limiting. Coughs and colds normally get better in a week or two in an otherwise healthy person and we have little to offer in such situations. Community pharmacies also now offer an extended range of services and can be a really useful first point of contact if you have a minor illness and are not sure whether you need to see someone in the practice or not.’

 ‘We are aware that the patients within the practice have experienced significant change over the last year as we have implemented and fine-tuned our new service. We are grateful for all of your feedback that has allowed us to continue to make small improvements. Please continue to provide us with feedback by using or contacting Diane Meek, Practice Manager either in person or via telephone.

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 Hospital.

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


Your PPG News......

February IS....National Heart Month

A selection of leaflets can be found on the desk in the foyer to help you discover good heart food and a guide to an Eat well plate! eg. help with counting your calories, help with healthy eating and how to quit smoking.  There are many others that may assist you plan to eat for your heart's sake.

Winter Health is still important especially in this recent cold spell.

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

February is also Sexual Health Awareness month...pick up leaflets from the desk or look at the posters on the board.

APPG Notes 2018

APPG Notes 2018

Public holidays and Practice Closures:

If you take regular medications, please ensure you check you have enough left to cover the holiday period. It’s also important not to over order, so only request what you need, and make sure you don’t run out of anything during that time.

If on regular medications please discuss the Chronic Medication service with your pharmacist.

If you need help over holidays…
If you are ill on a day or time when the surgery is closed and you can’t wait until it reopens, call NHS24 on 111 who can arrange for you to be seen at your local out of hours services or whatever is most appropriate.
If its an emergency… always dial 999 in the event of an emergency

Please contact NHS 24 on 111 if you require urgent medical advice or treatment during these 

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