Features Archive

Blood Pressure Monitoring

If you have been diagnosed with hypertension (high blood pressure) we will ask you to attend for an annual health check, including a review of your risk for  cardiovascular disease risk.

This check – as well as any other blood pressure monitoring – can be undertaken by our nurse and healthcare assistant team.  If there are any concerns about your blood or BP results, they will alert your GP who will make any necessary adjustments to your medication, or ask you to come in for an appointment.

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BASICS Prehospital Care

Our GPs, and Practice Nurse Jo Earle, are occasionally called upon to assist the Scottish Ambulance Service to provide prehospital emergency care.  This can occur when Arran’s ambulance is attending another call, or when the number or severity of casualties requires additional medical input on scene.

All of Arran’s GPs are members of BASICS Scotland, and undertake regular training in prehospital care.  We are grateful to the Sandpiper Trust for providing excellent equipment to allow us to provide this backup.  NHS Ayrshire & Arran Civil Protection Unit also help with protective equipment and accreditation.  Dr Hogg, Dr Hamill and Sr Jo Earle are tracked by the ambulance service to provide a BASICS response whenever they are available.

amg-5This supporting role to the ambulance service is a common feature of rural general practice.  We see over 30 requests per year for BASICS assistance, and this is to a variety of calls including trauma, medical and paediatric emergencies.

You may occasionally see a car with a green flashing light; this is a legal provision for doctors to alert other road users that they are attending a medical emergency.  If you see this, please don’t panic, but allow the responding vehicle to safely pass you to get to an incident.

We try to ensure that trainees and students get the opportunity to experience prehospital care during their placements, providing that it is safe and appropriate for them to do so.

Here’s a video explaining more about why BASICS Responders exist, and the role of the Sandpiper Trust in equipping doctors and other responders to provide immediate medical care.



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MCA/RNLI Medicals

For a basic MCA medical, we can provide this in a 30 minute appointment with any of our GPs.  We also do RNLI Medicals, although we recommend seeing Dr Hoelzl or Dr Campbell – as members of the Arran Lifeboat crew, they have first-hand knowledge of the requirements of this!

With the exception of RNLI medicals, there is a charge for this service.  Please note that some types of MCA medical examination require to be carried out by an MCA-approved doctor.  If this is the case, unfortunately we are unable to assist, but you can find a list of MCA-approved doctors here.

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Fracture Clinic

Dr Greg Hamill runs the fracture and A&E review clinic at Arran War Memorial Hospital, every Wednesday morning.  You can be referred to this by one of the GPs, or after being treated for an injury at the hospital by one of the nurses.


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Well Woman Clinic

Dr Faye Hamill is a GP with a special interest in Gynaecology (GPwSI). She offers a full range of contraceptive and sexual health services as well as initial fertility assessment.

She works with Julie Scobie the continence nurse to manage urinary incontinence and will see general Gynaecology problems such as prolapse, menopause, pelvic pain and problematic periods.

Well Woman Clinics are held in Shiskine Surgery, and offer a longer 20 minute appointments with the Practice Nurse.  You can book directly into these clinic appointments, or your GP or Practice Nurse may advise attendance at this clinic if they feel this would be beneficial.

You can still attend any GP or Practice Nurse for general contraception and sexual health advice, at any of our surgeries.

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Travel Advice

Due to changes with the GP contract Arran Medical  Group no longer provide a dedicated travel and vaccinations advice service on Arran.

You should seek appropriate specialist advice well before travelling abroad, particularly if it is anticipated that any vaccinations or special measures might be required.

To do this:

  • Get in touch with a travel clinic. We have listed several nearby clinics in the list below that you may wish to consider.

Information you may need:

  • A copy of your vaccination history can be requested by phoning or speaking to one of our reception team in any site. Please give at least 2 working days notice so we can ensure that the information provided is correct.

Some vaccines are available from the NHS. If you are advised that you require these by the Travel Clinic and can provide documentation to this effect, we can book an appointment with any Practice Nurse.  For this service we require at least 2 weeks’ notice and cannot guarantee availability of the vaccine due to national shortages which occasionally occur.


Vaccinations available from Arran Medical Group:

‘Revaxis’ (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Polio)


Hepatitis A &B

MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella)

Nearby Travel Clinics and Useful Information

The Travel Clinic

Room 5, West Wing, St James Business Centre, Paisley PA3 3AT. Tel: 0141 889 7656

Contact: http://thetravelclinicglasgow.co.uk

Email: info@thetravelclinic.co.uk

Boots Travel Clinic



Glasgow. Tel 0203 553 0758


Online Doctor

Tel: 0330 037 0563


Fit for Travel




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