The Practice does most additional services by appointments to allow maximum flexibility of attendance times by the patient. Some services where more than one Health Professional is being seen are run as Clinics i.e., Child Health and Antenatal.
Clinics & Services
Annual check–ups are available with the nurse/health care assistant on a range of diseases which include:
- Heart Disease
- Stroke & TIA
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Peripheral Arterial Disease
- Chronic Kidney Disease
A letter will be sent out annually informing patients that there annual review appointment is due. Patients are requested to make an appointment for this.
The Midwife can be contacted by calling 01292 285893
The Midwife is here at the surgery on a Monday afternoon between 3pm and 5pm.
Child Health and Immunisation Clinic
This clinic is run by Health Visiting Staff Nurses
Childhood Immunisations are carried out here at the Practice.
For more information on the Child Immunisation Schedule visit the NHS Immunisation website .
A Dietician is here in the practice twice a month; appointments are available with her on request.
If you are a smoker and would like help with stopping smoking please ask at the Reception Desk for more details.
Support can also be found by contacting Quit Your Way, smoking prevention and cessation service on
0800 783 9132 for free support, advice & access to nicotine replacement therapy. Further information can be found on the website, Quit Your Way
It is advisable to use oil in the ears twice a day for at least 7 days prior to your appointment. This can be purchased over the counter at the chemist. DO NOT use oil if you have had any previous ear perforations or ear surgery. In this instance make an appointment to see the nurse first.
Cervical screening is routinely offered every three years to women aged between 25 and 49 and every five years to women aged between 50 and 64. Women on non-routine screening (where screening results have shown changes that require further investigation/follow up) will be invited up to the age of 70.
The test is designed to pick up changes to the cells in your cervix (the neck of the womb) so that they can be easily monitored or treated. Without treatment, in some cases, the changes could develop into cervical cancer. By treating changes early, many cervical cancers can be stopped before they even start.
Regular screening prevents 8 out of 10 cancers from developing so it’s important to go for a cervical screening test every time you are invited.
- Cervical screening saves around 5,000 lives every year in the UK.
- Cervical screening prevents 8 out of 10 cancers from developing.
- Regular screening is your best protection against cervical cancer.
Note: Cervical screening may not pick up all changes to the cervix or prevent every case of cervical cancer.
Contraceptive advice is provided by all the Doctors, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and by our Practice Nurse. Please contact the reception desk for more information on arranging appointments for Coils and Implanons.
Information can also be found at the Gatehouse 01292 323226 (open Mon-Fri 9am – 5pm)
Contraceptive Pill Requests
Practice Nurse Vicki Smaller will deal with all routine contraceptive pill prescriptions and reviews. Once established on a suitable pill we will ask you to make an appointment for review and further prescription as well as discussing any issues you may have concerning this medication. We also offer other forms of contraception and can discuss this at your review.
If the check up is satisfactory, you will receive two six month prescriptions for the contraceptive pill from the nurse. One can be taken to the pharmacy immediately and one should be kept and taken to the pharmacy when you only have one month supply left.
As soon as you have only one month supply left, make an appointment with the practice nurse for a contraceptive review so there is plenty of time before you run out.
In an emergency we will issue a short supply or we can get a copy of a lost prescription but we will always ask you to come back to the nurse for the annual review when it is due.
Contraceptive pills may be prescribed be in the generic form rather than by a brand name.
Warts & Verrucas
Warts and verrucas can be treated by freezing. It is undertaken by the doctors. Liquid nitrogen is only available on Wednesdays when Wart Clinic appointments can be booked. An initial assessment by the Doctor is necessary
Patients Not Seen Within 3 Years
If a patient between the ages of 16-74 has not been seen for three years then they can make an appointment for a review consultation (this does not necessarily need to be with a GP). These appointments are available on request.
Patients Aged 75 And Over
Elderly patients who have not been seen for over a year can request a consultation for a '75 and over' review appointment. If the patient is unable to attend the surgery then a member of the clinical team will visit at home.
To book patient transport: 0300 123 1236
To cancel patient transport: 0800 389 1333
(Further Details Available On Request)
The practice also performs the following services as agreed with NHS Ayrshire and Arran:
- Childhood Immunisations – Primary
- Childhood Immunisations – Pre-School Booster
- Minor Surgery – Injections
- Influenza Immunisations – Over 65’s
- Influenza Immunisations – Under 65’s at risk, Carers
- Pneumococcal Immunisation – Over 65’s
- Pneumococcal Immunisation – Other at risk groups
- Cardio Vascular Disease – Risk Data
- Cancer Referral
- Services for Carers
- Services for Adults with Learning Disabilities
- Anti-Coagulation Monitoring
- Monitoring of Disease Modifying Drugs
- Contraceptive Implants – Insertions
- Contraceptive Implants – Removals
- MMR Catch – Up
- Residents of Care (Nursing) Homes
- Helicobacter Pylori Eradication
- Hepatitis Immunisation
- Repeat Prescribing
Death & Bereavement
Death & Bereavement
Sadly death, bereavement and the effects of grief affect many patients and their families.
Good Life, Death, Grief is a national website with vast supporting information.
Click the following link for more information:
By appointment with our Nurse.
Please see our Travel Vaccinations page.
Flu and Pneumovac
Clinics are run from October to February. Ask at Reception for further information about any of our vaccination programmes.
You can also visit www.immunisationscotland.org.uk/ for further information
Medical Certificates (Sick Lines)
You do not need a medical certificate for the first week you are off work.
For this period use a self certificate which you obtain from our employer.
After the first seven days you will require a medical certificate. In order for this to be issued you must make an appointment to see the doctor. The only exception to this is if you have been seen at hospital and we have a letter to confirm this.
We no longer issue certificates to declare fitness to return to work following maternity leave.
Requests By Employers For Sickness Certification
Employers asking for a doctor's statement for the first seven days of an employee's sickness are referred to the "Statutory Sick Pay Manual for Employers" - National Insurance Contributions Series CA30, Paragraph 28, which states "you (the employer) cannot ask for a doctor's statement for the first seven days of a spell of sickness".
The purpose of this regulation is to avoid the necessity for employees with minor, self-limiting illness or injury to use surgery appointments for the sole purpose of obtaining a medical certificate. We do not, therefore, issue certificates in these circumstances.
If employers have reason to inquire about a spell of sickness, they are advised to write to the doctor, including written permission from the employee concerned, when a report may be issued. A charge will be made for such a report.
Maternity Leave - Requests For Fitness to Return to Work Certificates
Doctors do not consider that pregnancy and childbirth are a disease and therefore do not consider that you require a certificate that you are fit to return to work after childbirth. If you have poor health following childbirth, your doctor will have explained what your health problem is and will indeed have issued you with a sickness certificate.
Unnecessary requests such as this take up valuable consulting time. Your doctor would be required to levy a charge for issuing such a certificate because it is classed as private work and is not covered by the NHS. Your doctor does not wish to charge for a valueless piece of paper and therefore GPs have decided to no longer issue this certificate.
If your employer causes you difficulty over the lack of availability of this certificate, we would advise that you will have to take the matter up with your representative union as this certificate is no longer obtainable.
Non NHS Services
Insurance & Medical Examinations
Insurance medicals and non-NHS examinations are undertaken by mutual arrangement with your GP (eg HGV medicals, sports medicals). A fee will be charged in accordance with BMA rates.
These take longer than a normal appointment and should be discussed with the receptionist in advance.