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LATEST NEWS  - APRIL 2016


APPOINTMENT SYSTEM UPDATE



DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS


As of Monday 20th June 2016, we are operating a telephone triage system whereby you can speak directly to a doctor when calling the Practice.  If you telephone 01555 665522 between 08:30 and 10:30 and 14:30 and 16:30 and select OPTION 6 your call will be directed to one of the doctors on duty.


 


The doctor on duty will ask for clinical details and then agree the most appropriate care with you.  If your problem can be dealt with during the phone call, for example issuing a certificate regarding Fitness to Work, then it shall be.If a face to face consultation is required then it will be arranged.


 


Please try to avoid coming to the Practice to make an appointment during our opening hours.  You should, instead, phone as outlined above.


 


This system has proven to be successful in other practices of a similar size that have also faced access issues.


 


There are no changes to making an appointment with the Practice Nurse.


Appointments for the Treatment Room and for blood tests are now made by calling Lanark Health Centre on 01555 667150 from 8.30am.


Please click on the "Letter from GPs"option on the left hand side menu to view.



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Bowel Screening

HEALTH PROMOTION

BOWEL CANCER SCREENING PROGRAM

 

You may be aware of the national bowel screening program amongst 50-74 year olds in Scotland. All men and women aged 50-74 years are sent a home screening kit every two years. Over 74 year olds can refer themselves to the screening program every two years by calling -

0800 0121 833.

 

The Practice would encourage all eligible patients to participate in this program:–

 

  • Bowel cancer is Scotland’s third most common cancer with almost 4,000 people diagnosed every year. Bowel screening is the most effective way to find bowel cancer early, when it is most treatable.

 

  • Bowel cancer is more common in people over 50, especially men.

 

  • If detected early enough, there’s more than a 90% chance of successful treatment.

 

  • Home testing prevents 150 deaths from bowel cancer every year. Whatever your age, don’t ignore symptoms! See your GP.

 

  • Changes in your bowel can happen between one screening test and the next so it’s important for you to repeat the screening test every 2 years.

 

  • There’s no need to be embarrassed, you can do the test in the privacy of your own home.

 

Information leaflets, in various formats, are available within the surgery. Any member of staff would be willing to discuss with you and give you any information you need and refer you to clinical staff where required. Patients also have access to extensive information on the http://www.bowelscreening.scot.nhs.uk/ website.



 
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