Monifieth Medical Practice
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Newsletter - Winter - 2017-18


Winter is most definitely upon us!  

The clinical team has been bolstered with the arrival of Dr Ruth McCullagh who has joined the practice as a salaried GP.  She will be with us all day Mondays and Tuesdays. We are also happy to announce the arrival of Lesley Torano who joins the nursing team.  We wish them both every success in their roles.

Nurse Practitioner
The practice has introduced the welcome addition of a Nurse Practitioner (NP). Lorraine McIntosh joined the team at the beginning of March 2018 and we have been setting out her role in the practice. A NP is a nurse who has a nursing degree and who is able to see and diagnose patients, refer patients to secondary care and prescribe drugs. Lorraine is a very capable NP and joins us with over 8 years experience in the role. We see this as an opportunity for Lorraine to care for those who present with more acute problems, and we are building a system that, in time, will release our GPs to be able to care for patients with long-term conditions.    Lorraine will help bolster the efforts of our existing Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Cindy Kelly.

Help Us to Help You
To be able to differentiate and identify acute illness, the GPs partners have asked the reception team to ask you the reason for your call to the practice. Please don’t be offended or worry about this, it is so we can put you in with the most appropriate clinician and this information is simply added to your appointment booking. This can also greatly assist the clinician when reviewing your notes. The receptionists are all fully aware of their responsibilities within the cloak of data protection and patient confidentiality.

South West Angus Locality Improvement Group
Yours truly is now the Chair of the Locality Improvement Group and my role is to help facilitate the transformation of health and social care in South West Angus. This is in line with the main strategic priorities for Angus as a whole:
Priority 1. Improving health, wellbeing and Independence.
Priority 2. Supporting care needs at home.
Priority 3. Developing integrated and enhanced primary care and community responses.
Priority 4. Improving integrated care pathways for priorities in care.
The group comprises both Monifieth Medical Practice and Carnoustie Medical Group; together with partners from social care, health, the voluntary sector and care providers. Clearly, behind each of these higher level priorities, lies the real work to be done and we have taken our first few steps to achieving some of the underpinning aims and objectives. If you would like any further information regarding the work of the group, please let me know.

Patient Advisory Group (PAG)
The Advisory group continues to meet on a quarterly basis. The group provides help and guidance by ensuring that the ‘voice’ of the practice population is heard when it comes to decisions being made about such things as the telephone system and ways to make the appointment system better. The chair of the group now sits on the South West Angus Locality Improvement Group and has already provided some useful insight from a patient perspective into the decision/action process. If you think you would like to become a volunteer working with the practice as part of the PPAG, please contact me here at the practice.

At the advisory group meeting on Wed 20th September 2017, it was suggested we incorporate SMS text reminders for appointments.  We have decided to utilise this and hope to have this running by January 2018.

Vision Online Services
We have experienced some real issues with the smooth running of this services and I can only apologise for this and thank those who have persevered. However, at long last we have a working solution and all is back up and running. Please remember that we offer an online appointment booking/cancellation service, together with a prescription-ordering module for those on repeat medicines. If you would like to sign up for this free service, please enquire at the reception desk and one of team will take some details and provide you with the necessary paperwork. Please note that a current email address is required in order to enable the service. Also, due to patient confidentiality, the email address should be individual and not a group or family email e.g.

Flu Season
Iif you are a patient of the practice and are 65 years old or over (or under 65 and in a clinical risk group) please ensure you make an appointment with the nurse and pop in and get it done; it's still not too late!

Eric Blyth
Practice & Business Manager




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