Greyfriars Medical Centre takes an active role in training new GPs, junior doctors and medical students. You may be offered and appointment with a trainee, or asked if a trainee may sit-in on your consultation with a Clinician.
Our trainees are closely supervised in their practice. If you would prefer if a trainee does not sit-in on your consultation, please inform reception staff.
All doctors in conjunction with the Practice Nurses offer an organised programme of follow-up for patients with these conditions.
We recommend that all women in age group 25-65 years should have regular cervical smears at the intervals recommended by your doctor. Patients will be sent appointments for this clinic which is conducted by our Practice Nurses. You may, however, make appointments yourself if your wish.
We strongly recommend that all children are fully immunised wherever possible. The clinic is normally held on a Tuesday and appointments can be made by contacting the Patient services team. The clinic is conducted by our Immunisation Nurse.
Our Health Visitors and Doctors work together to provide a Child Health Surveillance Service. We recommend a series of health and developmental checks on all children from birth to the age of five years. Information about these can be obtained from your Health Visitor.
Our district nursing team performs a wide variety of nursing tasks in the patient’s home including wound dressings, continence care, medication reviews, administration of injections and palliative care.
Our Emergency Team consists of Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Nurse Prescribers and GPs. The Emergency Team provide on the day advice and appointments for those who seek rapid access to a Clinician out with the availability of their own GP.
Our female GP’s offer this clinic to all female patients. Services offered include: contraception advice, incontinence advice, fitting of ring pessaries and guidance on HRT. Dr Swalwell also fits and removes coils. There are generally two clinics per month. Please specify you require this clinic when booking your appointment. Contraception and family planning advice can be obtained from your Usual GP.
The Health Visitor service is available to give advice on health care, particularly for expectant mothers, small children, the elderly and the handicapped. The Health Visitors can be contacted during normal working hours by telephoning 01387 220003.
If you require a home visit, please contact the practice early. You will be called by a Clinician to briefly describe the nature of the problem – this allows the Clinician to determine the urgency of the request and to prioritise the visits by need.
Home visits are strictly for housebound or palliative patients only. We would encourage you to attend the surgery if at all possible – we can review a number of patients in the practice in the time it takes for one home visit.
We recommend that all adults have effective tetanus, diphtheria and polio immunisation.
The Influenza Campaign is run every Autumn offering protection against the flu virus for all patients over the age of 65 years, young children and eligible patients at particular risk. This is run by the Vaccination Transformation Programme team.
Information on eligibility can be found at:-
Are you over 18 years old and have an intellectual disability? The Health Facilitators can help and support you on 01387 244244.
Macmillan nurses offer advice and support to many people affected by cancer. They help make informed decisions about treatment and guide patients through the maze of different services. They also offer emotional support and help people with cancer deal with their symptoms and pain.
People who are under the care of the Integrated Drugs Service for NHS Dumfries & Galloway, once stable and no longer needing intensive specialist input, may be provided with methadone prescriptions for substitution therapy by their GP. A nurse from the specialist unit in Dumfries, attends a clinic once a week to provide a liaison service.
Certain minor surgical procedures can be carried out at the Surgery. Details of minor surgical procedures available can be obtained from your own doctor and appointments can be once your doctor has advised this is necessary.
The Minor Ailment Service is an NHS service for children, people aged 60 years or over, people who hold a Medicial Exemption Certificate and people on certain benefits. If eligible you can register at your local Pharmacy. They can give you medicine for a minor illness or complaint, if they think you need it. You will not have to pay for this service.
Greyfriars Medical Centre is not a commisioned Minor Injuries Unit. If you have sustained a minor injury then we will endeavour to treat you in the practice if we are able. This may not always be possible and you may be directed toward our local minor injury unit at Accident & Emergency in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, A75, Cargenbridge, DG2 8RX.
Optometrists are highly skilled and have spent many years studying eye conditions. You can get advice, diagnosis and treatment for many eye conditions such as blurred or loss of visions, sore, infected or dry eyes. You do not need to see your GP first.
Please arrange a special appointment for services such as private medical examinations, private sickness certificates, etc. The Patient Services Team can advise you of the appropriate fee where applicable.
Our Practice Nurses form an important part of our Practice Team. They perform a wide range of duties including the follow-up of patients with diabetes, asthma and hypertension preventative medicine and routine nursing duties in the form of immunisations and well person clinics. They have undergone extensive additional training to enable them to perform these more specialised tasks
Greyfriars Primary care Pharmacist are experts in medication and can answer your medication queries. If you wish to speak to one of our Pharmacists please ask a member of the Patient Services Team.
You can make an appointment with one of our Primary Care Mental Health Nurses if you experience low mood, anxiety, depression or stress. Have trouble controlling your emotions or difficulty sleeping?
• Single Access Point is a “one stop shop” for referrals
• It streamlines non-emergency Health and Social Care referrals
• Is for anyone living in Dumfries and Galloway who is over 16 years of age
• Referrals are triaged and the correct service will respond
Want to quit?
Talk to your GP,
contact your local NHS stop-smoking services,
or call the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0800 328 8534
GPs are delighted to help people who have decided to quit smoking. About 40% of smokers will die from a smoking-related condition, so they know that stopping is one change that will make a big difference to your life.
Patients will see health benefits within days, such as improved taste and smell, while important benefits, such as lower risks of heart attack, stroke, lung cancer and improvements in breathing will happen in the first year or two.
Your GP will probably have been chasing you to stop smoking if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, circulation problems or history of stroke, heart attack, angina, asthma or chronic lung disorders.
There are excellent local NHS stop-smoking services. These NHS services are very good at tailoring treatment to your lifestyle habits. With medication and the support of these services, you’re four times more likely to give up successfully.
We offer a nurse-led Travel Clinic for travel health information and vaccinations there will be a charge for checking and advice, the cost is £15.45 plus £5.15 for any additional family members when forms handed in together. This processing fee is payable at the time of handing in your travel form to be checked by our Practice Nurse. Your form will not be processed until payment is made. Please be aware that if you are travelling within 2 weeks of your request we will be unable to process this due to short notice.Depending on our advice, there may be a charge for various vaccinations. A member of the Patients Services Team can advise you of the appropriate fee where applicable. Please Note – Holiday immunisations require to be planned about two months in advance to be fully effective.
We are a registered Yellow Fever Centre. This is a non-NHS service.
If you require additional repeat medications to cover your holiday, please make this request in ample time for this to be processed.
Contraception, family planning, hormone replacement therapy, IUD and implant removals/insertions, sexual health, gynaecological problems as well as any female concerns can be discussed by making an appointment.
Emergency contraception advice is available.