NEW INFORMATION LINE FOR PATIENT TRANSPORT
THInC (Transport to Healthcare Information Centre can help patients by providing practical transport advice for people who have difficulty getting to and from medical appointments in Grampian.
The service provides a dedicated telephone service offering guidance on accessing suitable transport options to get to and from appointments when they have no means of personal transport. The centre can provide details of suitable bus or train times, contact telephone numbers and other services such as local dial-a-bus or voluntary car schemes.
Please note that THInC does not book transport but can assist with travel advice.
The centre is the first of its kind in the UK and is a joint initiative between Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Moray Council, NHS Grampian, The Scottish Ambulance Service and Nestrans.
THInC is one of the projects taken forward as part of the Health and Transport Action Plan.
Please call THInC on 01343 567839 between 9am-4pm, Monday to Friday.
Calls are charged at local rate.
KEEP WELL PROGRAMME FOR PATIENTS
OVERVIEW OF KEEP WELL
A Keep Well health check is free, and takes anywhere between 30 and 40 minutes. The check takes a holistic approach and considers the ‘whole person’ and what individuals can do to help to maintain ‘wellness’.
The checks are targeted at a core population (40 - 64 years and living in identified areas of deprivation who are smokers, carers or income deprived) and individuals in vulnerable groups who are aged 35 – 64 years and :
• South Asian
• Black or Afro-Caribbean
• Substance Misuse
• Gypsy -Traveller
The health check records aspects of physical health and covers areas relating to mental, emotional and social wellbeing. Support or advice may be needed to help the individual improve their future health outcomes.
Areas the check covers includes:
• Family history • Smoking
• Medication • Cardiovascular disease risk score (ASSIGN)
• Current medical conditions • Mental health
• Blood pressure • Alcohol
• Pulse • Literacy
• Weight, height & BMI • Employment
• Physical activity • Benefits
The check is carried out by a health professional who is able to offer advice and guidance as to where individuals might be able to access help and support if an issue arises as part of the check. Data generated by the Keep Well check is incorporated into patient’s medical records in their GP practice.
Individuals who are not eligible for a Keep Well check can still have a lifestyle check at an NHS Grampian Healthpoint: High St, Fraserburgh and Hotspot, Peterhead.
Keep Well is a national programme operating across Scotland:
NOTICE TO PATIENTS - IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A LETTER FROM US FOR A KEEPWELL APPOINTMENT, PLEASE TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME ALONG. ITS LIKE A ONE STOP SHOP M.O.T.!!
BOWEL SCREENING FOR PATIENTS
The Scottish Bowel Cancer Screening Programme will invite all men and women between the ages of 50 and 74 years who are registered with a GP. It is therefore vital that you inform your doctor’s surgery of your latest address so we can send you regular invitations for screening.
Other eligible individuals who are not registered with a General Practice such as prisoners, armed forces, homeless and individuals in long-stay institutions wi ll also be able to participate.
How will the screening programme be run?
All men and women aged between 50 and 74 will receive a Faecal Occult Blood test (FOBt) kit by post to their home address. The kit is completed at home and returned to the national Bowel Screening Centre for Scotland, which is based in Dundee at King’s Cross Hospital.
The centre tests all the completed screening kits and then notifies:
•all participants of their results
•all GP practices of positive FOBt results
•all NHS Boards of positive results requiring further investigations.
If the overall result of screening is positive, then the individual will be referred to their local hospital for further assessment and may be offered a colonoscopy, if appropriate.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION - www.bowelscreening.scot.nhs.uk/about-the-screening-programme
NOTICE TO ALL PATIENTS - INVITATIONS FOR THE BOWEL SCREENING PROGRAMME WILL BE SENT OUT SHORTLY, BUT YOU CAN ALSO DO IT ONLINE IF YOU CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW.
REMEMBER THIS SMALL TEST CAN SAVE LIVES!!
NEW GENERAL PRACTITIONER PARTNER
As one door closes another opens, and it is with great pleasure that we introduce you to our new Partner, Dr Thomas Kirkpatrick, who will be joining us in August 2014, taking over from Dr Robert Murray.
Dr Kirkpatrick may be known to people, as he currently works as a General Practitioner in the local area. He was born in Aberdeen and is married with two young children. His wife is also a Docto r and the family live locally. He has worked in General Practice for the last 11 years, and as well as passing his General Practitioner exams he has also gone on to complete his Diploma in Child Health. Along with these excellent qualifications, he has a special interest in Orthopaedics and can perform a wide range of joint injections.
We are sure that everyone will welcome Dr Kirkpatrick to the Medical Centre and we very much look forward to him joining our team here in August and making a valuable addition to the Practice.
RETIRAL OF DR ROBERT MURRAY
All great things have to come to an end, and this is certainly the case with the retirement of Dr Robert Murray from Crimond Medical Centre after 35 years service to the local communities of Crimond, St Combs, Inverallochy, Cairnbulg, St Fergus, Rathan and the rest of the surrounding area.
From his start here at Crimond as Partner to Dr John Kinnon, he went on to become Senior Partner when Dr Kinnon retired several years ago. He then welcomed his current Partner, Dr Nitin Maheshwari to the fold and the two have put Crimond on the map as an excellent establishment for the training of doctors that will hopefully go on to become General Practitioners in the future.
Dr Murray has been an empathetic and professional doctor to the local community for a great many years, indeed he has seen many people born, grow up and also go on to have their own families while he has been a resident doctor in the area.
Dr Bob, as he is affectionately known by many will be a great miss to the patients and staff here at Crimond Medical Centre. He has been an exemplary role model for many who have been fortunate to meet him and we speak on behalf of everyone when we wish him much health and happiness in his retirement.
Further details of a Public Retirement Ceremony will be available in due course.
STEEL WORK OF NEW HEALTH CENTRE IS ERECTED
Staff at the practice, along with patients, were getting excited before Christmas with the new "swing" that was erected at the site of the new build. This modern piece of architecture is indeed the new glass atrium for the entrance of the new build. As of today (09.01.14) more steel work is arriving and we very much look forward to seeing how it progresses over the next few weeks and months!
DESIGN OF NEW MEDICAL CENTRE
We are thrilled to see the foundation work starting on the new Crimond Health Complex over the last couple of weeks. This fabulous opportunity for the whole of Crimond and the surrounding community is due to the outstanding generosity of Charles Ritchie and SCORE GROUP PLC (http://www.score-group.com/). This new build will give the community not just a brand new state of the art Medical Centre, but also encompass a Pharmacy, Community Cafe, Gym, Dentists, Social Work and Police, with hopefully many more opportunities over future years. We believe the unison between SCORE GROUP PLC and NHS GRAMPIAN is one of a kind, never been done before, and we are delighted to be a part of this new exciting development. Below is a drawing of what the building will look like once complete.
Seasonal Flu Vaccination Time
We are hoping to have our Influenza vaccinations into the practice by the end of September with Flu Clinics starting thereafter. More information will be available soon.
Parents please note from 2013 all children aged 2 to 3 will be eligible for Influenza Vaccination. This vaccine comes in the form of a nasal spray rather than an injection. Other children who are "at risk" will still be eligible for the Influenza vaccination, but this will be done by the usual injection.
New Shingles Vaccination
As you will all have heard in the press there is a new Shingles Vaccination that will be available. The Government is being VERY specific about who is eligible for this vaccination due to stock levels. So if you are aged 70 and 79 you will be eligible for this new vaccination in 2013. All other patients who are aged within these two ages will be in a rolling programme for the vaccination.
Welcome to new Salaried GP Dr Duncan McKerchar
Crimond Medical Centre are delighted to welcome the very respected and knowledgable doctor, Dr Dunan McKerchar to the team. Dr McKerchar takes over from Dr Cathy Welch who left us to take up a new post on the Isle of Arran (and we wish her much luck in her new post). Dr McKerchar brings a lot of qualities to the practice and we are sure that patients will welcome him to the Team.
Welcome to the new website for Crimond Medical Centre
Crimond Medical Centre is a friendly rural practice situated in an idyllic area of the Grampian countryside not far from the Loch of Strathbeg Nature Reserve. This practice has existed in Crimond since the turn of the century and serves the local populations of Crimond, St Combs, Inverallochy, Cairnbulg, Rathen, Lonmay and St Fergus with all the areas in between.