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Currently 20% of GP appointments could be dealt with by another healthcare professional 

Know who to turn to helps you get the right medical assistance when you're ill, injured or have a long term condition.

NHS Inform provides helpful information on a wide range of services.

First Aid provides help on some of the most common injuries that need emergency treatment in the UK and information about how to deal with them.

Reception- for any queries about your hospital appointment or investigation results you should first contact the hospital.

If you need further help after asking the hospital, please speak to our receptionists

Health care assistants -  can provide new patient assessments, blood and urine sampling, weight monitoring, suture removal and some wound care.

In addition our HCAs can provide COPD screening, hypertension, mental health and diabetic reviews including diabetic foot screening and blood glucose monitoring education  

Nurse - you can see our nurses for COPD and Asthma annual reviews. In addition we offer  Contraception including emergency contraception, cervical screening tests and vaccinations 

Remember that for minor ailments we run a nurse–led Minor Illness service – if you think this would be appropriate, please ask the Receptionist.

Community Midwives - for all pregnancy advice & support call 01307 475255

Health Visitors - provide professional care, support and advice to antenatal women, pre-school children and their families. Contact our team on 01307 468888

Pharmacy - remember your pharmacy can deal with a wide range of minor illnesses, emergency contraception, smoking cessation, ear syringing kits for home use, & provides a Minor Ailment Service

Dentist- for all conditions involving your mouth or teeth. Emergency dental care out of hours contact NHS 24 free on 111.

Optician -There have been significant changes to primary eye care since the 2006 General Ophthalmic Services Act Scotland. All people in Scotland are now entitled to a free eye check every 2 years.

In addition, optometrists are now offering a free NHS service to see patients with acute/new eye problems for assessment and further management as appropriate. This means that you can refer yourself, or your GP can refer you if appropriate, for various eye problems. This is a new and developing scheme which was introduced to make better use of community optometrists, who have significant expertise and sophisticated equipment, to deal with more eye problems in the community. Phone your local optometrist or check with the practice if you have an eye problem which you think may be dealt with by your optometrist who can also refer you directly to an ophthalmologist if required.

Physiotherapist  adults with muscle or joint problems can self refer to Physiotherapy  or patients can self refer to our First Contact Physiotherapy service which is help every afternoon in the Practice - please ask at reception for an appointment.

Podiatry - you can self refer to the podiatry service at Whitehills Hospital. Please ask at reception for a referral form 

Sickness Certificate- Visit  Been Off Work  for further information

Sexual Health - Clinics are run in Ninewells Hospital, Dundee or Abbey Health Centre, Arbroath 

Local Self-Help Groups
Angus Arthritis Forum - for adults affected by any type of Arthritis.  A relevant talk by a health care or other professional and a chance to ask questions and socialise with others over a cuppie.  No need to book, no charge, and patients can bring a friend or family member for support.  This forum rotates around Angus localities, with 4 meetings per year.
 
The next Angus Arthritis Forum will take place on Wednesday 20th March 2019 from 6.30-8-30pm, at Angus Carers Centre, Arbroath, when the topic will be 'Medicines Commonly Used in Arthritis', led by a rheumatology specialist pharmacist.  There is the opportunity to ask questions afterwards over a cuppie, as well as a taster relaxation session.
 
Angus Diabetes Forum - for adults affected by Type 2 diabetes.  A relevant talk by a health care or other professional and a chance to ask questions and socialise with others over a cuppie.  No need to book, no charge, and patients can bring a friend or family member for support.  Patients may attend any forum that suits them, not just the one in their own locality. 
 
‚ÄčThe next Angus Diabetes Forum will take place on Thursday 25th April 2019 from 15:00-17:00 at the Springfield Medical Centre, Arbroath - the topic will be 'Food and Exercise', with a dietitian on hand to answer questions.
 
The forum after that is on Wednesday 12th June from 18:30-20:30 at the Links Health Centre, Montrose.
 
Chronic Pain Self Management Course - for adults living with persistent pain.  These courses are run by Pain Association Scotland over a 5 week period, and places must be booked in advance.  Each session lasts 2.5 hours over an afternoon, and patients will get most benefit from attending the full course.  The next course starts on Tuesday 9th April 2019 in Arbroath.  You can refer a patient who would like to attend by contacting us with their name, address and phone number - please explain to them that these details will be shared with Pain Association Scotland, who will be in touch with full joining instructions.  Courses run throughout the year, rotating localities in Angus.
Pain Association Scotland also run free monthly chronic pain self-management training sessions in Arbroath, Forfar and Dundee, for which no referral is required.  Patients can attend at any point in the year, and the topics for each session are advertised in advance - further details can be found via their website http://www.chronicpaininfo.org or by phoning 0800 783 6059
 
Other options for Chronic Pain - for patients who are unable to attend the 5 week pain course, there is the option of an online programme called Pathway Through Pain, which guides them through a set of pain management techniques that help reduce the impact of pain on daily life.  Patients can follow this course at their own pace in their own time. You can refer a patient for this course by providing their name and a contact telephone number to achppatientcourses.tayside@nhs.net
 
Fatigue Self Management Course - for adults living with persistent fatigue.  Courses, which are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team over a 4 week period, run throughout the year, rotating localities in Angus.  The next course will start on 8th May in Brechin Places must be booked in advance on these courses, and this can be done by providing the patient's name and email address / contact phone number to achppatientcourses.tayside@nhs.net 
 
Online Self Management course for any Long Term Condition - to support adults to develop the tools, techniques and confidence to better manage their condition on a daily basis.  A 6 week internet based course run by Self Management UK, with participants logging on at times to suit them, for a total of 2 hours per week.  You can refer a patient for this course by providing their name and a contact telephone number to achppatientcourses.tayside@nhs.net
 
If you would like further information about any of these self management options, please contact the Primary Care Development Team on 01307 474889 or achppatientcourses.tayside@nhs.net
 
If patients would like to receive direct email updates from Angus Health & Social Care Partnership regarding forum topics and dates, they can also contact us at this email address.

 
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