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Welcome to Cairn Medical Practice!

Dr Macfarlane Ill

Dr Macfarlane is ill and will not be consulting until Monday, 24th Oct 2016

Planned Closure - 15th Nov 2016

All GP Practices in Inverness will close from 12:30 on Tuesday 15th November; the closure is to facilitate training for staff and clinicians.  The practice building will be closed, so if you need to collect a prescription then please ensure that you do so before 12:30.  A duty GP service will be available and that can be accessed by calling NHS 24 on 111, free from any UK mobile phone or landline.

2016 Flu Vaccination Programme.

We are offering Saturday flu vaccination clinics on 22nd and 29th October.  Bookings can be made online or thorough our Reception team.

The children's vaccination is a nasal spray - not an injection!!  learn more about it here:

Changes to Cervical Screening

From 6 Jun 2016, the ages for recall for screening have changed.

  • The minimum age rang for screening will be raised from 20 to 25.
  • The maximum age is extended from 60 to 64 and 364 days.

The frequency of routine cervical screening will continue to be every three years for women aged 25 to 50, but will change to be every 5 years for women aged over 50

The week of 13th to 19th June is Cervical Screening Awareness Week. Click Here for details

Musculoskeletal Advice and Triage Service (MATS)

The NHS Highland Allied Health Professional (AHP) musculoskeletal service (MSK) has implemented a new musculoskeletal advice and triage service (MATS) .

Please find attached a series of posters and information sheets

MSK Service information Sheet


SMS Appointment Reminders

We now offer confirmation and reminders of appointments by SMS.  Please complete a consent form to activate this service.  For more information, see our SMS Page

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.

Attendance at Appointments

Between 1 Jan 2015 and 3 Dec 2015, out of 61,500 appointments booked, we lost 3200 appointments because patients did not arrive.  Each week, that equates to approximately 2 doctor days.  If you cannot make it to your pre-booked appointment then please let us know.  In that way, we can give the time to another patient. 

At Cairn, we have a policy for dealing with persistent non-attendance and that policy could result in a patient being removed from our list and having to find another doctor.  We are  starting to be more stringent in the implementation of that policy.  Full details are here: DNA Policy 

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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