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Welcome to Cairn Medical Practice!

Please see the menu above and at the bottom of the page for detailed information

A Message from Dr Beth Macfarlane.

As many will know, now is a time where the NHS is under high levels of strain with limited resource. We are aware that this sometimes means it can be a struggle to access some services in the exact timeframe desired.  This is not a situation unique to our practice.  Indeed the accessibility of our service remains significantly better than some areas.

At this time we ask for your assistance in ensuring that our service is able to operate as effectively as possible. Firstly, we are encountering increasingly rude and intimidating treatment of our staff.  Please be assured that our staff and clinicians are doing their utmost to provide the best possible service so we ask for your understanding and that the staff’s right to be treated with respect be observed.  Secondly, at this time of great pressure we continue to lose hours every week to appointments that are not attended.  We really cannot afford this loss of productivity and would ask that all patients do their utmost to avoid wasting appointments.

Accessible high quality care provided by a happy workforce is everything we strive for.

We are a Park Run Practice!!

You may have seen Dr Rennie in the P&J - we are one of the first practices to embrace Park Run as a means to improve the health, mental wellbeing and life of our staff and patients!!!

Cairn medical practice is partnering with our fantastic local parkrun as part of a UK wide RCGP initiative. By partnering we aim to improve the health and wellbeing of practice staff, improve the health and wellbeing of patients (reducing the need for lifelong medication), help develop a local community and environment centred around wellness generation, and support the UK-wide movement to scale up social prescribing activities

So…want to improve your fitness, make new friends, cope with health problems, learn new skills or simply be outside with others?

If so, Parkrun could be the answer! Its free with 5k events for all ages from 4+, every Saturday morning, in Bught or Whin park. THIS ISN’T A RACE! walk, run, jog, volunteer or just watch.

It’s very friendly and you can come dressed wearing whatever you like – you don’t need to look sporty or be athletic to do this.

Everyone is welcome, whatever your level of activity, your underlying health conditions or if you have any disabilities.

Find out more:









We are recruiting!!

We have a requirement for a 6-session Salaried GP and for a Medical Receptionist. 

This is an entry level position and full training will be given. 

Full details of both positions, and details about how to apply, are on our Jobs page:

Travel Vaccines

If you are travelling abroad then you need to think ahead about vaccinations.  Not only can we not accommodate last minute demand, in some cases, the vaccinations may take a few weeks to become effective.  If you are travelling abroad then you can check what vaccinations are required/recommended here:

Please note: not all vaccinations are provided free on the NHS, for those that we cannot obtain free of charge there will be a cost to you.  Details of our charges are here:

If you are travelling abroad and need to be vaccinated, then we recommend that you contact us at least 6 weeks before you travel and, ideally, 8 to 10 weeks ahead.


Confidentiality - Children Aged 12+

Often we are asked by parents to discuss the medical affairs of their children.  Whilst, to a parent, this may seem a perfectly reasonable request, the law in Scotland sees things differently.  In Scotland, a child is assumed to have capacity (mental and legal) once they pass 12 years of age.  From that point on, with regard to disclosing information to others, the law requires that they be treated as an adult.  Therefore, we cannot discuss the medical affairs of children age 12+ unless we have the consent of the child.  this differs from the law in England, where a child is treated as such until they are age 16+.

More information can be found on the website of the Medical Defence Union, Here and in a brochure which can be downloaded here: Confidentiality Toolkit


SMS Appointment Reminders

With effect from 25th May 2018, if you have given us a mobile phone number, we will send you an SMS appointment reminder whenever our SMS system is operational.  We do this in your best interest as it is important that you attend your appointment.  If you do not wish to receive SMS appointment reminders then please let us know:

by telephone: 01463 712233
by email:
or in person the next time that you are in the Practice.

Antibiotics Awareness.

Each year, over 25,000 people in Europe die from infections that are resistant to antibiotics. We need to use antibiotics wisely and educate the population that they won't cure things like a cold or normal sore throat. Just as important, we need to ensure that people finish a course of antibiotics and don't stop taking the tablets because they feel better.

If you want to learn more about antibiotic resistance, and the consequences of it, watch this YOUTUBE video.

Did you know?........

Anticipating Your Care Needs.

If you suffer from an on-going condition that may result in a crisis of either a health or social care nature, then you can leave instructions about your wishes for treatment at a time when you might not be able to tell the medical staff yourself.  The instruction is called an Anticipatory Care Patient Alert, or ACPA.  They are particularly beneficial for patients in care homes, patients with conditions such as Cancer, early stages of dementia or any other condition that is likely to result in a crisis or emergency admission.  This information is shared with the NHS Out of Hours Service and NHS 24, so that the whole system is aware of your wishes.

If you would like to discuss an ACPA, please ask your doctor at your next appointment.

Cairn Medical Practice

About Cairn

Cairn is a busy, urban practice located a 10 minute walk from Inverness City centre.  We have approximately 9600 patients, serviced by 11 doctors, 3 nurses and 2 Healthcare Assistants. 

Our building is on two floors with no lift access. The building is accessible at ground floor level for wheelchair users and patients with other disabilities. For patients who cannot use the stairs, we can make arrangements for you to be seen in a ground floor consulting room. Please let us know when booking your appointment if you need to be seen downstairs

Cairn is a training practice; we participate in the education of doctors and other healthcare staff at all levels, from university students to qualified doctors who are specialising as GPs.  Occasionally, there may be a student or a trainee GP present during consultations.  If you are not happy for them to be there then please tell us - you will not offend anyone!

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