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NHSScotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records. SPIRE is a service that will allow small amounts of information from GP practice records to be used to help doctors’ surgeries, NHSScotland and the Scottish Government to improve care and plan services, and to help researchers to learn more from patient information […]

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Updated information on the MyBus service

Following some work within our Patient Participation Group, we have clarified the arrangements regarding the MyBus service. The MyBus service is designed to provide transport to people and communities that do not have a local bus service. On that basis bookings are not accepted in cases where there is an existing timetabled bus service which provides […]

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Emergency skills week about to begin

As most of our patients are aware, GP work on Arran includes a fair amount of emergency care – delivered at the hospital A&E or to support our ambulance colleagues in the prehospital setting.  Maintaining the emergency skills necessary for this is a continuous responsibility of the GP team, and one way we do this is […]

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Vacancies: Admin Assistant & Modern Apprenticeship

Arran Medical Group is advertising vacancies for Administrative Assistants and Modern Apprentices. We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join the Arran Medical Group team. As an Administrative Assistant you will be required to work across all our sites but will be based mainly in Brodick, Lamlash and Whiting Bay surgeries. You should possess strong […]

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How to obtain condoms from AMG

You may be aware that we used to provide condoms in all our site toilets.  In March we were required to change this practice as new guidelines dictated that condoms should be issued using the C-Card scheme. We have noticed that since then, there has been very little uptake of the scheme. We have therefore […]

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Missed appointments

Did you know… that up to 40 appointments per week are missed at Arran Medical Group. In an earlier news article, we highlighted the pressures that Arran Medical Group is facing with recruiting GPs and trainees, and the impact that this is having on availability of appointments. We anticipated that this will place more pressure on […]

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Weathering the storm of rural GP recruitment

Behind the scenes at Arran Medical Group, we have been working hard to keep our services sustainable and equitable across the island.  Many of our patients will be aware of the shortage of GPs across Scotland, and so far we have weathered the storm without too much impact on our services.   From August 2016 […]

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Patient travel arrangements (re Red Cross news)

We are aware that the Red Cross patient transport service is due to be withdrawn from June 30th. Arran Medical Group has sought to clarify arrangements via the Arran Operational Group.  We have also asked for a simplified flowchart to be made available to help patients decide which services/options they can access for transport to […]

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Sign up for our trial of online prescriptions

We have been working on our online services at Arran Medical Group, with the aim of offering online prescription ordering (and later, appointment booking), to all our patients who wish to use our services in this way. Following a successful pilot which involved our Patient Participation Group, we are now able to provide up to 50 patients […]

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Advice and speedier referrals for the self-employed and small-business employees

Working Health Services (WHS) is a free, professional, and confidential service which aims to assist the self-employed and employees of small to medium enterprises (SMEs – employing less than 250 staff) whose health is affecting their ability to work. The service provides one to one telephone support, health and wellbeing assessments, and advice. Where appropriate, […]

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