Changes At Medical Practice

We would like to give notice of some changes we will be making at the Medical Practice.

Effective from the start of October, there will no longer be appointments with Cairin on Friday, however there will now be appointments available with her on Wednesday afternoon.

Also from the start of October, we will no longer be holding the urgent GP or Practice Nurse surgery on Saturday morning. If however you feel you need to be seen with an urgent problem over the weekend, the doctor will continue to be available 24 hours per day.

The Saturday morning GP surgery has always been intended for urgent matters only, however we recognise that some have attended on Saturday morning, as they cannot make it to the surgery during normal working hours. From the start of October, we will therefore be offering bookable appointments from 6pm until 7pm on Wednesday evenings. These appointments will be available on request, and we would ask that they are only booked by people who are unable to attend at other times.

If you have an very urgent problem needing to be seen on the day and regular appointments are already fully booked, please explain this to the receptionist and you will be offered an urgent appointment slot during working hours.

Blood taking will still take place twice per week in the same appointment slots, but from from the middle of November, Rhona, who has been working for us in reception for some time now, will be starting work as a phlebotomist (taking blood). Rhona is a qualified nurse of many years experience, so this will be a return to work she knows well. This will free up time for more appointments both with the doctor and with Cairin.

Overall, these changes will give us a few more appointment slots in the ever busier early part of the week and better access to GP appointments for those working full time. There will be no change in the 24 hour per day availability of the doctor for emergencies.

We hope you will find this to be an improved service. Tiree Medical Practice.

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