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Confidentiality - Children Aged 12+
Often we are asked by parents to discuss the medical affairs of their children. Whilst, to a parent, this may seem a perfectly reasonable request, the law in Scotland sees things differently. In Scotland, a child is assumed to have capacity (mental and legal) once they pass 12 years of age. From that point on, with regard to disclosing information to others, the law requires that they be treated as an adult. Therefore, we cannot discuss the medical affairs of children age 12+ unless we have the consent of the child. this differs from the law in England, where a child is treated as such until they are age 16+.
More information can be found on the website of the Medical Defence Union, Here and in a brochure which can be downloaded here: Confidentiality Toolkit
Norovirus, which causes diarrhoea and vomiting, is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It's also called the "winter vomiting bug" because it's more common in winter, although you can catch it at any time of the year.
Norovirus can be very unpleasant but it usually clears up by itself in a few days.
You can normally look after yourself or your child at home.
Try to avoid going to your GP, as norovirus can spread to others very easily. Call your GP or NHS 111 if you're concerned or need any advice
What to do if you have norovirus
If you experience sudden diarrhoea and vomiting, the best thing to do is to stay at home until you're feeling better. There's no cure for norovirus, so you have to let it run its course.
You don't usually need to get medical advice unless there's a risk of a more serious problem.
Read More here: Cairn Health Information Page
Changes to Cervical Screening
From 6 Jun 2016, the ages for recall for screening have changed.
- The minimum age rang for screening will be raised from 20 to 25.
- The maximum age is extended from 60 to 64 and 364 days.
The frequency of routine cervical screening will continue to be every three years for women aged 25 to 50, but will change to be every 5 years for women aged over 50
The week of 13th to 19th June is Cervical Screening Awareness Week. Click Here for details
Musculoskeletal Advice and Triage Service (MATS)
The NHS Highland Allied Health Professional (AHP) musculoskeletal service (MSK) has implemented a new musculoskeletal advice and triage service (MATS) .
Please find attached a series of posters and information sheets
MSK Service information Sheet
SMS Appointment Reminders
We now offer confirmation and reminders of appointments by SMS. Please complete a consent form to activate this service. For more information, see our SMS Page
Each year, over 25,000 people in Europe die from infections that are resistant to antibiotics. We need to use antibiotics wisely and educate the population that they won't cure things like a cold or normal sore throat. Just as important, we need to ensure that people finish a course of antibiotics and don't stop taking the tablets because they feel better.
If you want to learn more about antibiotic resistance, and the consequences of it, watch this YOUTUBE video.
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Anticipating Your Care Needs.
If you suffer from an on-going condition that may result in a crisis of either a health or social care nature, then you can leave instructions about your wishes for treatment at a time when you might not be able to tell the medical staff yourself. The instruction is called an Anticipatory Care Patient Alert, or ACPA. They are particularly beneficial for patients in care homes, patients with conditions such as Cancer, early stages of dementia or any other condition that is likely to result in a crisis or emergency admission. This information is shared with the NHS Out of Hours Service and NHS 24, so that the whole system is aware of your wishes.
If you would like to discuss an ACPA, please ask your doctor at your next appointment.
Attendance at Appointments
Between 1 Jan 2016 and 25 Nov 2016, out of 62,300 appointments booked, we lost 2900 appointments because patients did not arrive. Each week, that equates to approximately 2 doctor days. If you cannot make it to your pre-booked appointment then please let us know. In that way, we can give the time to another patient.
At Cairn, we have a policy for dealing with persistent non-attendance and that policy could result in a patient being removed from our list and having to find another doctor. We are starting to be more stringent in the implementation of that policy. Full details are here: DNA Policy
Cairn is a busy, urban practice located a 10 minute walk from Inverness City centre. We have approximately 9600 patients, serviced by 11 doctors, 3 nurses and 2 Healthcare Assistants.
Our building is on two floors with no lift access. The building is accessible at ground floor level for wheelchair users and patients with other disabilities. For patients who cannot use the stairs, we can make arrangements for you to be seen in a ground floor consulting room. Please let us know when booking your appointment if you need to be seen downstairs
Cairn is a training practice; we participate in the education of doctors and other healthcare staff at all levels, from university students to qualified doctors who are specialising as GPs. Occasionally, there may be a student or a trainee GP present during consultations. If you are not happy for them to be there then please tell us - you will not offend anyone!
(Site updated 25/11/2016)