Important Notice – please read
On March 14th we are having essential work carried out to our IT system. This means that on this day we will not be able to:
• Make routine appointments
• Process prescription orders
• Receive online prescription orders (Patient services)
• Give test results
Please can you plan ahead by ordering your medication before that day and, if you have to make a routine appointment, please do not ring on March 14th.
(Patients needing emergency intervention or advice will still have access to the care they need. Please contact the surgery and follow the instructions given).
We apologise for the inconvenience this will inevitably cause and thank you for your understanding.
Receiving calls from the practice
If you request a telephone call back from the practice, please be aware that the practice number is withheld. Therefore if there will be any difficulty receiving a call from a withheld number, please inform us.
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Closed for training
The practice will close from 1.00pm on the following days for staff training:
- Wednesday February 14th 2018
- Wednesday March 14th 2018
The practice will open as usual the following day at 8.30am. If you need urgent medical attention or advice during our training afternoons, please ring the surgery on 01330 822121 where you will be advised what do to.
Online service for appointments and repeat prescriptions.
We have an online service for ordering repeat prescriptions and booking and cancelling GP appointments at our Banchory surgery. This will allow patients to access these services via the internet even when we are closed. If you are interested in registering for this service please pick up a registration form from the surgery or download it from our information page. Click here for information.
For security and patient confidentiality each patient will require their own login name and password so will need to complete their own form and return it in person to the surgery.
Doctors in training
In August we will welcome back our GP Trainee Dr Mary Duffy, who is in her final year of specialist training (also known as the ST3 year). During her final year she will undertake a series of exams and in-house assessments in order to qualify and become a Member of The Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP).
We have been an established training practice for many years and are very grateful to our patients for their support in helping to develop the next generation of doctors. As well as GP trainees, we regularly receive placements of senior medical students from Aberdeen University and offer 'taster' experiences to newly qualified doctors. The surgery and the community nursing team are also involved with the training of both undergraduate and post graduate nursing students. More information on training at the surgery can be found here.
Heart monitoring equipment purchased from patient funds
As a result of several generous donations to our patent fund this year
the practice has been able to purchase addtitional medical equipment.
One of these items is a portable heart rythm monitor which patients can use themselves at home to try and capture any palpitations or funny turns. This is in addition to our Holter monitor which allows 24 hour recording of patients hearts Whilst this is very accurate, recording and analysing every single heart beat (typicaly 100, 000 in 24 hours) it is time limited to record for a day only. The new monitor will therefore be given to patients whom experience heart irregulaties on a more infrequent basis to take home and activate it when they feel unwell.
Another major purchase was of an automatic pulse, blood pressure and oxygen monitoring machine. This device allows our nurses and doctors to quickly assess sickly patients at the surgery when they arrive or alternatively, can be used to monitor patients whom have received treatment or are waiting for an ambulance.