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We are recruiting!

Vacancy: IT & Data Quality Officer

Job type: Permanent

Salary starting range: £21,000 (pro rata)

Hours: 30-37 per week

Working pattern: Flexible

Staff group: Administrative & Clerical

Please click here for the Job Pack

If you have the relevant skills and knowledge to excel in this role, then we would be delighted to receive your application.

Your application should be emailed to before 5pm on 28/10/21 and include the following:

  1. CV with covering letter clearly stating your suitability for the role
  2. Completed skills & knowledge questionnaire

Alternatively, if you’d like to discuss this role further, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at  and a member of our team will be able to answer any questions you may have.

COVID-19 booster vaccine & FLU vaccine

5 Oct 21 We have started inviting patients aged over 65 to receive their booster Covid-19 dose at the same time as their flu vaccination.

The booster can only be given 24 weeks after the 2nd dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. We are inviting patients in an order that meets this requirement.
We will work our way through all the eligible cohorts and will be in touch with you when it is your turn. Please only call the vaccination booking line where you have received an invitation from the practice (a letter or text message) to book your vaccine appointment.

Scottish Government launches COVID-19 vaccination status scheme - see the detail here

Please note the practice cannot provide you with a username or password. This is a Scottish Government scheme. Please follow the instructions on the website. All enquiries should be directed to the Freephone Covid Status Helpline: 0808 196 8565.

Dr Walter is the Healthcare Professional Walking Champion!

Our very own Dr Katie Walter is the winner of the #ScottishWalkingAwards Healthcare Professional Walking Champion! We are thrilled and delighted for Dr Walter. This award is so deserving as Dr Walter is passionate about promoting walking and accessible routes across Highland.

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Clear your head Campaign

The Scottish Government have created a useful website with lots of support and tips on keeping well during the winter months. 

Redesign of Unscheduled Care

The way the public access urgent care is changing. This is to ensure people get the right care in the right place and to keep people and the NHS safe this winter.

From 1 December, you are asked to:

• use the NHS inform website to access advice on common symptoms, guidance for self-help and where to go if further medical care is needed
• contact your local GP practice during the day for an appointment or over the phone advice
• use the NHS 24 telephone service on 111 day or night  you think you need A&E but it is not life-threatening
• use the NHS 24 111 Mental Health Hub and Breathing Space telephone helpline to access mental health advice and guidance
• use NHS 24 111 service and NHS inform out of hours when you are too ill to wait for your GP Practice to open, or for worsening symptoms of COVID-19; and
• use NHS 24 telephone service 111 for non-life threatening but painful injuries, such as a deep cut, a broken or sprained ankle or a painful burn injury to get an appointment at your local minor injuries unit.

Further information

Just Ask enquiry line  

This enquiry line is for our parents, carers, children, young people, and those who work with them. The phone line is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm.

Staff usually available are:

  • Autism Practitioner
  • Community Learning Disability Nurses
  • Dietitians
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Speech and Language Therapists
  • Educational Psychologists
  • School nurses
  • Pre-school Home Visiting Teachers
  • Primary Mental Health Workers

Please call us on 0300 303 1365

Welcome Dr Simpson

17 August 2020

The Cairn team is delighted to share that Dr Daniel Simpson GP joins the practice today on a permanent basis. Dr Simpson was with the practice back in 2018 during his final GP Specialist Training year and it is a pleasure to welcome him back to our team.

We would like to take this opportunity to share that Dr Anne Rennie is presently on maternity leave until late Summer 2021.


WE ARE OPEN and offering patients a telephone and video appointment service

Whilst we appreciate all people are doing what they can to help the NHS during this time, it’s vital those with non-coronavirus health concerns still seek help as they would have before the outbreak.

The NHS is here for you, so don’t ignore the warning signs.  You are not being a burden, you are looking after yourself and our NHS by doing so.

If you notice deterioration in your health or someone in your household;

  • call us in normal hours (Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm) on 01463 712233
  • call 111 out of hours
  • or in an emergency dial 999

Remember your community pharmacy is also open and you can also contact them for advice or with concerns.

  • If you are concerned about a potential sign or symptom of cancer contact us to get checked.
  • If you or your child has an immunisation appointment, make sure you attend, or reschedule if you’re showing symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you have a regular appointment for a chronic condition such as asthma or diabetes you should contact us for advice.
  • If your hospital appointment has not been cancelled you should still attend.

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Please read the bulletin below and if you feel it applies to you then you may wish to discuss this with your most appropriate Cairn health care professional to arrange the required evidence by calling the practice on 01463 712233.

To access the mesh fund guidance and claim form, visit the NSS website.

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COVID-19: Facial Coverings and Exemption Cards

From Friday 10 July, it is compulsory across Scotland to wear a face covering in all shops, including pharmacies and on public transport. We also ask patients and visitors to wear a face covering when attending the practice unless medically exempt. Wearing a face covering will further help to stop the spread of covid19. Together we can protect each other and especially, the most vulnerable in our communities.

A doctor’s letter is NOT needed for facemask exemption. If you have a disability or are distressed by wearing a mask you can print one of these cards at home. Click here to download these.

If you have asthma the below link from asthma UK may be useful. This gives links to travel companies and also has a graphic regarding breathing issues which can also be used by those with COPD. 

SMS Communication

During the Covid-19 pandemic the practice has realised the value of the ability to communicate quickly and effectively with our entire patient population by SMS.  From June 2020 we plan to make SMS our default means of communication. Please see our SMS Service page to understand the advantages of SMS and what information you can expect to receive by SMS.

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11 March 2020

Cairn Medical: New logo underpins Practice ethos

Cairn Medical Practice (previously Ardlarich) is delighted to share the rationale behind their new logo and vision for their 57 year old Practice.

For some time now Cairn has promoted active health and wellbeing and works very closely with the local community in championing initiatives to improve people’s health and welfare. Following ongoing monitoring and review of its service the Practice has also been focussing on improving the patient experience which includes improvements to the appointment booking process and telephone system. The Practice is also active in reducing its carbon footprint and in 2018 agreed an environmental action plan. Since then the Practice has successfully introduced several changes targeting waste and energy reduction and promoting environmentally and ethically conscious purchasing.

Dr Beth Macfarlane, Practice Chairperson, explained: “We made the decision to introduce a logo which depicts our ethos of care, community, compassion and conservation.

“The blue C turns into a hand that cradles two figures.  This represents care and our desire to support our patients holistically. The two figures represented in the centre depict our patients – at the centre of what the whole Cairn team does. The leaves above the two figures represent our keenness to support activity in the outdoors as a vital health intervention as well as recognition that we take our responsibility as a business in terms of the environment seriously.”

Cairn has embraced a range of initiatives such as Park Run, Couch to 5K, Spokes for Folks, Wheelness and Health Walks to encourage active health and wellbeing and has worked in partnership with Paths for All, Cycling Scotland and Cycling UK to develop new initiatives. Staff members and patients alike participate in these projects and clinicians also use the Practice Ebikes to attend home visits and local meetings. Practice Partners regularly lobby local influencers around active travel opportunities for the community too. The Practice was closely involved with local social enterprise Velocity in setting up a national pilot ‘Active Health’ link worker project, which gives motivational support to patients struggling to become more physically active.

Dr Macfarlane continued: “Many of our patients and friends of the Practice are avid supporters of these wellness projects; whether as active participants or volunteers and it is this community spirit that ensures project effectiveness and popularity. In addition to reflecting the high quality care and compassion we endeavour to offer our patients, it is our hope that our new logo resonates with our staff, patients and friends as we are so grateful for their support in representing the vision of our Practice.”

Cairn Medical Practice is excited with the direction the Practice is taking as it looks ahead to many more years of caring for the local community and promoting health and wellbeing in the broadest sense.

Our SMS alert service is now LIVE

We are pleased to announce that the new patient SMS alert service is now live. This means patients who have registered their mobile phone number with the practice will receive appointment reminders. Please note this is an opt-out service. This is because Cairn Medical Practice does not use patient SMS communication for any commercial or private gain but rather for individual healthcare benefits. The data opt-out option allows patients to opt-out of receiving SMS appointment reminders and alerts. To register for our SMS service please complete our consent form.


Changes to Our Online Service

Our Online Appointment Booking and Repeat Prescription Ordering system is changing, read more about it here:

Our 'On The Day' Appointment Service.

Please click here for full details about how we allocate appointments to patients who request to be seen immediately.  

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