Clinics & Services

About our clinics, most of which are nurse-led, and related services

We run a wide range of clinics at the practice, most of which are led by our practice nurses. We are keen to promote health education and preventive medicine.

Covid Update: Routine Review of Long Term Conditions

Those living with long term conditions in Angus may have experienced delays to their routine long term conditions reviews over recent months. This is due to the Covid pandemic and the national guidance issued to general practices about how to reduce risks to patients by avoiding all but essential consultations.

In line with most recent updated national guidance general practices across Angus will be starting to gradually reintroduce routine reviews for those requiring them through a mix of telephone, video consultation and face to face reviews.

A great deal has been learned during the Covid pandemic about how much more can be done by telephone or video conferencing using Near Me. While we know some of these options are not suitable for every condition or ever individual, patients who have had consultations with their healthcare practitioners by phone or video conference are very positive about the experience and most would be keen to use again.

Many people who receive routine reviews of their long term conditions would normally receive them on their birthday month. This will be affected this year but practices are considering safe ways to prioritise those patients who need their reviews soonest​ as well gradually catching up with reviews over the next few months.

Should anyone living with a long term condition have concerns about their condition, they should not wait for their invitation for a review but instead contact their general practice directly to discuss.

Our clinics and related services include:

Antenatal Clinic

All pregnant women can now self-refer their pregnancy to NHS Tayside online at Badger Notes, as soon as they have a confirmed pregnancy test (home test kits are sufficient).

Further information about self-referral is available in the patient information guide Newly Pregnant? Your Electronic Maternity Record.

During the first antenatal appointment the midwife will discuss medical history and plan antenatal care accordingly. Patients can expect to have their first scan between around 12 to 14 weeks.

You can call the Community Midwife at Whitehills Community Centre on 01307 415225 if you need to speak to a midwife.

Patient's can also self refer to the TOP (Termination of Pregnancy) service on a direct telephone number 01382 496762 (Monday to Friday 8am-5pm). This is offered to patients up to 11 weeks and 6 days gestation.

Cardiovascular Clinic

Review appointments will be organised by your case management team for patients with a history of hypertension, stroke, atrial fibrillation and peripheral arterial disease. For further help and advice on heart disease and stroke visit the information point.

Cervical Cytology (Smear)

We recommend that all women aged 25 to 49 years that are or have been sexually active should have regular smears carried out every 3 years, and those women aged between 50 to 64 years every 5 years.

The Practice Nurse usually performs these. You will normally be sent a reminder when your smear is due but if you have any doubt, please ask.

Child Health Surveillance

Regular assessments by your doctor and health visitor. Child Health Surveillance assessments are held by appointment.

Child Immunisation Clinic

Child Immunisation Clinics are run during the week in conjunction with NHS Tayside. You will be informed of their 6 weekly immunisations and subsequent appointments by SIRS (Scottish Immunisation and Recall Service) by post.

For more information on children's immunisations visit the NHS Inform's When to immunise or contact the Immunisation Team on 01382 432111 or 01307 475267.

Coronary Heart Disease Clinic

Review appointments will be organised by your Case management for the annual review of patients with a history of Coronary Heart Disease.

Diabetic Clinic

Review appointments will be organised by your case management team to discuss the management of your diabetes, or if you wish more information please visit Tayside Diabetes Managed Clinical Network.

Family Planning

Your case management team will be happy to discuss all forms of contraception with you. For further information on sexual health and local services visit SH & BBV Tayside.

The Sexual Health Clinic in Arbroath or Ninewells can fit the IUD (coil) you can contact the department on 01382 425542.

Our GP, Dr Thomas, is trained in Nexplanon implant insertion.

Our Health Visitors and some of our Practice Nurses can offer advice on post–coital contraception – the Morning After Pill.

Emergency contraception can be provided by your local pharmacy. Find out more about emergency contraception on NHS Inform.

Minor Illness Clinic

The nurse prescribers and provide many hours of minor illness consultations over a week. They are specially trained in the management of common minor illnesses and can see and treat a variety of problems, including:

  • back pain
  • boils/abscesses
  • cellulitis
  • conjunctivitis
  • cold/flu symptoms
  • coughs
  • cystitis
  • diarrhoea
  • earache
  • hay fever
  • minor cuts and bumps
  • head injuries
  • nose bleeds
  • rashes
  • shingles
  • sore throats
  • sinusitis
  • minor burns and scalds
  • urinary symptoms
  • emergency contraception

Minor Surgery Clinic

Minor Surgery Clinic attendance is by arrangement with your own doctor. Dr Thomas holds regular minor surgery sessions on Thursday mornings here in the practice.

Physiotherapy Clinic

The practice offers patients who are experiencing joint problems access to a fast access Physiotherapy Clinic.

The fast access Physiotherapy Service is held every weekday afternoon from 12.45pm to 3.15pm (except Thursdays 1.15pm to 3.15pm). Patients should book a 20 minute appointment slot for this clinic as numbers will be restricted for each clinic.

The following complaints are suitable to be dealt within this service:

  • Back pain/problem
  • Neck pain/problem
  • Shoulder pain/problem
  • Elbow pain/problem
  • Wrist or hand pain/problem
  • Hip pain/problem
  • Knee pain/problem
  • Ankle pain/problem
  • Foot pain/problem
  • Any other musculoskeletal problem (Problem with joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons)

Respiratory Clinic

Respiratory Clinic review appointments will be organised by your case management team to discuss the management of your asthma or COPD. It would be helpful if you complete the asthma annual review questionnaire before your appointment. For more help and support find out about the British Lung Foundation Helpline.

Skin Clinic

Cauterising skin lesions.

Warts and verrucas can be treated by your local pharmacy under the NHS Minor Ailment Service. For more information, please see the Warts and Verrucae Patient Information Leaflet.

Stop Smoking Support

Free support to help you stop smoking is available from the local pharmacies or by visiting NHS Inform's stopping smoking.

Travel Vaccinations

Travel vaccinations are by appointment. Find our more about travel advice and vaccinations, including when to make an appointment and what vaccinations you may require for your destination(s).

Do you have a chronic condition?

Patient forums and support services provide the opportunity to access support, information about self-management, and meet with like minded people in the local community.

Read more about patient forums and support.

Health Advice: eConsult

Whatever your health concern
eConsult is here to help:

  • Get self-help advice for hundreds of common conditions
  • Request advice and treatment from the practice online
eConsult

Don't forget the Surgery Pod!

The Surgery Pod allows you to perform checks of your blood pressure, height and weight at your own convenience, any time during surgery opening hours. No appointment is required.

Health Advice: NHS Inform

NHS Inform is Scotland's national health information service.

It aims to provide people in Scotland with accurate and relevant information to help them make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for.

If you have questions about your health, visit www.nhsinform.scot or call 0800 22 44 88.

They can provide general health information, including advice on tests, treatments, illnesses, injuries, healthy living, support and health rights.

NHS Inform
Academy Medical Centre

We are one of the largest GP practices in Tayside, Scotland, with approximately 10,000 patients on our list.

The surgery is open Monday to Friday from 8am - 6pm (except public holidays).

Academy Medical Centre
Academy Street
Forfar
DD8 2HA
Tel: 01307 462316
Email: academymc.tayside@nhs.scot