North Glen Medical practice
The doctors and staff at North Glen Medical practice surgery in Glenrothes are proud to offer the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare.
We run many clinics for the management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes and offer a wide variety of other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups. Please have a look around our website and do send us some feedback if you like.
Influenza Clinic 2015-2016 (Flu Clinic)
It is the time of the year again where our preparations are in place for influenza vaccinations. The practice will be running various flu clinics starting in October. Appointments may now be booked with reception for our Flu Clinic. Please do not wait for a letter to be sent to you inviting you to make an appointment. If you are eligible you may make your appointment now.
We would encourage all those in the following groups to come for a flu injection:-
Those aged 65 and over on 31st March 2016
(Born on or before 31st March 1951)
Those aged 6 months or over in a clinical ‘At Risk’ Groups
Chronic respiratory disease and asthma that requires continuous or repeated use of inhaled or systemic steroids or with previous hospital admissions. COPD including chronic bronchitis and emphysema
Chronic heart disease
Chronic kidney disease: kidney failure or transplant, nephritic syndrome
Chronic liver disease: cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis
Chronic neurological disease
Asplenia or dysfunction of the spleen
People with morbid Obesity – ie, BMI >40
Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy
Long stay residential
Those living in long stay residential care homes or other long stay care facilities
Unpaid Carers and young carers
Those who, without payment, provide help and support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without this help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.
Young carers are those under 18 who carry out significant caring tasks and assume a level of responsibility for another person which would normally be taken by an adult.
Please note that patients who do not fall into these categories or who have no other clinical reason for receiving the flu vaccination you will not be given the vaccination.
The nasal spray flu vaccine
The flu vaccine is given as a single dose of nasal spray squirted up each nostril for children two to 17 who are "at risk" from flu. Not only is it needle-free (a big advantage for children), the nasal spray works even better than the injected flu vaccine. Children under 9 who have never had the flu vaccine will be offered two doses of the vaccine.
The injectable flu will continue to be offered to those aged 65 and over, pregnant women, carers and adults and babies (aged six months to two years) with a long-term medical condition
Can I source the vaccine privately?
Those aged 16 or over, who are not eligible for free immunisation, can get the vaccine in many high street pharmacies for a small fee (contact the surgery for pharmacy details)
To find out if you are eligible for a free flu vaccine you should log onto
When you’re ill or injured it’s vital to know who to turn to for the right medical assistance.
Choosing the most appropriate service ensures that you receive the best treatment in the shortest possible time and also helps NHS services to run more efficiently.
This website will help you to select the best service for your needs when you feel unwell or are injured.
Most of the time you will be able to receive the most appropriate care from your Local Pharmacist, GP Practice or by looking after yourself.
It’s important to remember that Accident and Emergency and 999 services should only be used when people are seriously ill or injured.
Suffering from a minor illness and want some advice as quickly as possible? DID YOU KNOW...
that your local pharmacist can give you confidential advice and treatment if needed for a number of common illnesses without the need for an appointment with your GP?
Here are just some of the conditions that your pharmacist can help you with:
Coughs, colds and sore throats
Minor skin conditions and acne
Styes and minor eye infections
Pain, including backache
Pharmacists provide many other services including:
NHS emergency hormonal contraception
NHS smoking cessation support
Advice on travel injection requirements & supply of malaria prevention
In the bowel screening section below you can find out about the bowel screening programme and what it involves.
All men and women aged 50–74 are invited for bowel screening. Bowel screening involves taking a simple test at home every two years.
From April 2013, if you’re 75 or over you can still take a bowel screening test every two years if you want to. You will not be automatically sent a test kit every two years though, so you’ll need to request one.
It’s still free – just call the Bowel Screening Centre Helpline on 0800 0121 833 (textphone 180010800 0121 833).
See the leaflets section for more information.
Detect cancer early
Bowel screening has recently been the subject of an advertising campaign across Scotland as part of the Detect Cancer Early programme.
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland. Every year in Scotland, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease.
Although bowel cancer is common, it is also highly treatable if detected early. If we find bowel cancer early enough, there’s more than a 90% chance of successful treatment. The sooner it’s caught, the easier it is to treat.
GP Telephone Consultations
A number of telephone consultation slots are available each day for patients to speak with GPs if they do not need a face-to-face consultation (e.g. to discuss results, medications, problems or advice). Please understand that our receptionists will ask you what your call is about so they can let the doctor know in advance. Some conditions (e.g rash) may not be suitable for a telephone consultation and you may be advised that you need to make an appointment to come in and see your GP.
How to book a Telephone Consultation
The majority of our telephone consultations can be prebooked. To book a slot, please ring the surgery appointment line on 01592 620062 option 2 and ask for a telephone consultation. Lines are open at 8.30am Monday to Friday. ** If you have the 'Anonymous Call Barring' facility active on your phone, please ensure you TURN IT OFF that day - otherwise the doctor may NOT be able to get through to you. **
How many consultations are available and how long is each consultation?
There are up to 4 telephone consultations available per doctor each day and they are taken fairly quickly so the earlier you can ring the better chance you have of speaking to your GP. Each consultation is allocated approximately 5 minutes per call, but as with normal consultations there maybe times when this runs later.
How to cancel a Telephone Consultation
If you wish to cancel a telephone consultation then please telephone the practice as soon as you are aware the consultation is no longer needed as there may be another patient who needs to speak to a GP. You can call either the main practice telephone number (01592 620062).
When will the doctor call me?
The doctor will usually call you back as near to your appointment time as possible. However, sometimes, the doctor is held up in surgery and may not be able to call you until later. If you are in any doubt, please call back and ask the receptionist for further details.
What happens if I have to go out?
If you are out when the doctor calls you he/she may leave a message but usually they will not (or can not if you do not have a messaging service) and you will lose your appointment slot. If you have to go out before the doctor calls you, please ring and let reception know.
Mail sent from the surgery
We send mail via Royal mail using a print provider called "Docmail". Please be assured that mail received in envelopes with the "Docmail" logo on them are unlikely to be junk mail and should definitely be from the surgery. It will be delivered in the normal way by your Royal Mail postman.
As part of the change to our new provider we are currently conducting a review of our addresses. There may be slight changes in the address we hold for you, such as the addition of a county to your address. In order to use the new system successfully, our address must reflect what the Royal Mail recognises as your address.
As with any new system there may be teething issues. Please let us know if you experience any problems.
Telephone options when dialing our Telephone System
Patients should only dial 01592 620062
You will be presented with three options :_
If your call is a life threatening emergency hang up and redial using 999
Press 2 for a routine appointment request or cancellation
Press 3 for an Emergency same day, appointment and to speak to our
Triage nurse lines open 8am until 11am and 2pm and 3.30pm advise is available outwith these times
To listen to these options again press 0
Practice Controlled Drugs Policy Update
Please be aware that North Glen Medical practice has updated its policy for the prescribing of all controlled drugs in line with national guidance.
Drugs for Pain and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
e.g.Buprenorphine (Butrans, Transtec), Dexamfetamine, Fentanyl (Abstral, Durogesic, Matrifen), Methylphenidate (Concerta XL, Equasym XL, Ritalin), Morphine (MST, Oramorph, Sevredol, Zomorph), Oxycodone (Oxycontin, OxyNorm) & Pethidine.
Changes you may notice:
· The quantity of drug will be reduced to a maximum of 28 days’ supply.
· You may be asked to switch to an alternative drug or preparation.
· You may be asked to reduce your use of a particular drug, with support from your GP or other services.
· The drug may be removed from repeat prescription if it is only intended for short-term use.
· You may have to see your GP before further prescriptions will be issued.
· You may be asked to attend for more frequent medicine reviews with your GP.
Drugs for Anxiety and Insomnia – additional restrictions to those listed above.
e.g.Drugs known as benzodiazepines i.e. Chlordiazepoxide, Clonazepam, Diazepam, Loprazolam, Lorazepam, Lormetazepam, Nitrazepam, Oxazepam, Temazepam and those called Z drugs i.e. Zaleplon (Sonata), Zolpidem (Stilnoct) & Zopiclone (Zimovane).
Repeated use of these tablets over a long period of time is no longer recommended and patients will be encouraged to reduce and stop these medicines altogether.
As it is recommended that you do not stop taking these tablets suddenly, patients will be invited to attend for review with their usual GP. The dose will then be reduced slowly through a planned timetable for stopping these tablets, to minimise the withdrawal effects which can sometimes occur following long term use of this type of drug.
To ensure a consistent approach, patients will be asked to agree a ‘contract’ for the withdrawal of the drug with their GP. This outlines the planned dose reduction and any rules associated with this reduction. Patients will also be asked to nominate a pharmacy to which all prescriptions will be sent. Prescriptions for these drugs occasionally get lost or stolen, so this ensures the prescription arrives at the pharmacy safely and in time for the medicine to be dispensed.
Please note - Prescriptions for drugs for anxiety or insomnia:
· Will not be replaced if lost
· Will not be issued early.
Under these circumstances, please do not ask reception staff to request a further supply or ask triage staff for a GP appointment, as they will be unable to fulfil such requests.
Further information about any of the details above can be obtained through discussion with your GP.
Text Message Reminders.
We currently have in place a new appointment reminder text messaging service,this service is free of charge and reminds our patients about appointments booked with GPs or practice nurses. The service automatically delivers a free SMS appointment reminder to your mobile phone the day before your appointment. You will be able to text us back if you wish to cancel the appointment. We hope that patients will find this service of benefit also creating a convenient way of cancelling unwanted appointments and it will enable us to release the appointments for other patients. Remember if you have not already registered for this service please contact our reception with your mobile number.
The surgery has a ramp to enable wheelchair access to the surgery. The treatment rooms are fully accessible to wheelchairs but in some of the older rooms it is difficult to maneouvre a large wheelchair, please inform staff at the front desk if this is the case and they will ensure you are seen in a suitable room with minimal inconvenience .
If you are looking for accessible information that is easy to read, visit the NHS Fife Communication for Health website at www.nhsfife.scot.nhs.uk/easyread. This site was developed by staff working in Learning Disabilities services across Fife and features downloadable resources on a variety of health topics
(Site updated 28/09/2015)