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National Screening tests

The NHS offers a number of screening tests aimed either at detecting precancerous conditions [cervical smear test] or very early cancers [breast screening and bowel screening]
We strongly advise our patients to take up these tests. They are all by invitation and a letter will be sent to those who are eligible. 

If you have lost your invitation or think you have been missed out or have missed an appointment, you can still have your tests. Please speak to reception, the practice nurse or the doctor.  For replacement of bowel screening kits you can phone  0800 0121 833

Welcome to Durham Road Medical Group

September Holidays

The practice will be closed on Monday 19th September. Emergency cover will be provided by NHS 24 Tel 111.

 

Durham Road Medical Group Recent and Pending Changes

We have a new Practice Manager : 

A warm welcome to our new Practice Manager Kathleen Fox. 

Kathleen comes to us as an experienced practice and business manager and we are delighted to have her as part of the Durham Road team.

A big thank you to our retiring practice manager Anne White for all her years of hard work.

Happily Anne is not leaving us completely, she will continue to work 2 days a week at Durham Road in reception

Medical Staff

Male Doctor availability: 

We are aware that for some men an all female practice is not ideal as there may be times when they specifically wish to consult a male doctor. We are trialing a "men's clinic" once a week on a Friday, with the advance booking appointments for men only. Book on the day appointments will be for anyone who needs them.  Dr Darran Hill will do this from 8th April.  We will have other male locums from time ot time on other days, so if you particulaly wish tosee a male docotr please ask the staff and they willtry yto help.

Dr Catherine Mills and Dr Stenhouse are both on maternity leave. We wish them all the best and look forward to welcoming them back this summer! Dr Mills will be covered in her absence by Dr Alison Pirie, and Dr Stenhouse will be covered by Dr Soheliya Reichenberger. 

 Dr Gordon has now returned from maternity leave.

Nursing/Healthcare assistant

Linzi Dourley is now undertaking health care assistant duties.

Important information re  screening tests

Breast screening : Women patients of Durham Road Medical group between the ages of 50 and 70 will have been be invited last year for their 3 yearly breast screening mammogram. This is important and if you were unable to attend when invited, or have turned 50 since, you can still arrange a screening appointment  by contacting the number below. Women over 70 are still encouraged to attend for screening, although they will not receive an invitation automatically but will need to arrange this for themselves. To request a breast screening appointment please phone 0131 537 7410. 

Bowel Screening: From the age of 50 to 74 years all patients are invited every 2 years to participate in the the national bowel screening programme. Again we consider this a very important test and encourage all patients to take part. There is more information available on the test at www.bowelscreening.scot.nhs.uk or by phoning the Bowel Screening Centre Helpline on  0800 0121 833. Patients over 74 can still be screened but will need to arrange this directly by phoning the above number. The same number can also be used to obtain a new screening kit if you have lost yours. The GPs and practice nurses are happy to answer any further questions you may have.

Cervical Screening: All women between the ages of 20 and 60 are invited for cervical screening[ "smear test"] every three years. Letters are sent out from a centralised Scottish database, but the testing is carried out at the surgery, usually by our very expereienced practice nurses. If you get a letter, or if you think you are overdue a smear test, please phone the surgery and book an appointment. If you are uncertain we can check if you are due one or not. Even if you have had the HPV vaccine you do need to have smear tests, as the vaccines only cover some of the viruses that can cause cervical cancers.

Durham Road Medical Group Online We hope that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. We are still developing the website, so please let us know if there glaring errors, or if you have suggestions!

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