A Fond Farewell
We say Goodbye to Dr. Neil Anderson this week when he hangs up his stethoscope after 30 years practising at Laurencekirk Medical Practice.
Neil joined Dr Dawson in 1990 following the retiral of The Lyalls. Neil and family had moved down from Aberdeen to take up the post. Prior to Neil commencing the surgery was based out of a porta cabin which was behind the old community clinic on Blackiemuir, due to the unusual premises it was reported within a GP Magazine along with a photograph. It was a small Practice with a strong team at the core.
New Premises were built (now Poppy’s Nursery). The team grew in size, continued to be long days including nights and weekends. There was an impact on family life too as any weekend and out of hour calls were directed and dealt with by the supportive wives whilst the Doctor was out on call. Infact, Neil was on call the evening his wife Margaret went into labour!!
When Dr Dawson retired Neil welcomed Dr Pat Mulcahy, who retired earlier this year also. Neil and Pat continued the success of Laurencekirk Medical Practice and ensured it’s growth with staffing and their third and final premises change where we remain herein.
Neil has certainly seen major changes over the years and been an integral part of these within Laurencekirk.
I know that all our Patients, past and present staff will send Neil a fond farewell and best wishes on what is his next and exciting adventure.
We will miss all the smiles Neil.
20.10.20 - Important Flu Vaccination Clinic Update:
With effect from 09:00a.m. this morning the telephone number has been changed to : 0345 337 9899
This number is for those who have received an appointment that they wish to rearrange.
NHS Grampian have given reassurance that those eligible for free immunisations will be given an opportunity to get it and further clinics will be running until early December.
13.10.20 - FLU Vaccines 2020
Please note this years flu vaccine immunisation programme is shifting from GP practices to dedicated clinics. Anyone who previously got their free flu vaccine from their GP will now be invited to attend a local vaccination clinic at Mearns Academy. Letters will be sent to individuals shortly advising of this. Additional groups are also being offered the vaccine this year. For further information please visit www.nhsinform.scot or call NHS Grampian Flu Call Centre on 01224 555999. Please pass this information on the anyone in your family who may not access facebook. Many thanks.
Please visit Grampian’s Flu Website, this is a very informative site which includes, those who are eligible and how the flu clinics will work:
Please find below a link with information provided by NHS Grampian today regarding this year's Flu Vaccination Programme.
NHS Grampian Flu Update 21.09.20
Please see attached important Notice following recent developments with Coronavirus within Aberdeen Area:
Covid-19 Update to all Patients
You will be aware that Aberdeen City has gone into Lockdown following a cluster of positive cases in the area.
GP Practices at this time are putting a pause on any increase in services and we are reducing where possible face to face contact, this is to protect our most vulnerable patients.
We are still here to support patients as best as possible and ask that you continue to use our current Triage system and telephone us. We will Triage and the most suitable clinician will contact you.
We ask that you do NOT visit the Practice unless you have a pre-arranged appointment. We will be contacting patients in advance to ensure that you are physically well and have not been contacted by the Test and Trace Team prior to any pre-arranged appointment.
Please be aware that we are doing this to ensure the best safety to patients and staff. The Team at Laurencekirk Medical Practice have been working continuously throughout this pandemic to provide the best service we can during these uncertain times.
It’s important that anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should stay at home and book a test. Do not leave your house until a negative result is received or – if COVID-19 is detected - after the required isolation period has ended.
If you are told you are a contact of a COVID-19 case and do NOT have symptoms, do not try to arrange a test. Please follow the self-isolation guidance provided by the Test & Protect team or visit www.nhsinform.scot
If you believe you may be a close contact of a detected case but have not yet been contacted by the Test & Protect team, please do not worry unduly. It is a comprehensive service and the team are getting in touch with confirmed contacts as promptly as possible.
You can find more information on Scottish Government Page below:
You can keep up to date with any changes to the Practice on our website:
Please find below a copy of our June Newsletter, informing patients of changes within the Practice and important contact numbers and web links for additional services.
We will be issuing our Newsletter no less than Quarterly. We appreciate any feedback in regards to them.
Advice and information about COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse help is available as follows:
Call Scotland's Domestic Abuse 24hr helpline on 0800 027 1234
Visit the following website: https://safer.scot/
If you feel you are in danger or someone you know is in immediate danger then call 999
We are now at Level II of COVID 19 Pandemic management. This means we will be reviewing and suspending various non-urgent activities including routine blood tests, chronic disease monitoring and minor surgeries. We will advise patients via our Triage Consultation.
We are likely to experience a shortage of staff due to illness and self isolation over the coming weeks and months, please consider this.
If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus (High Temperature, new and continuous cough or shortness of breath) then you MUST NOT come into the Surgery.
For more advice or support please see the following :
Health Protection Scotland on: 0800 028 2816
Please do not contact the Surgery unless you require medical assistance.
The Government has advised that any individual showing any of the above symptoms must self-isolate for 7 days from when your symptoms commenced. Any other household members must remain at home for 14 days, starting from day 1 of the infected individual.
We are continuing to review and reassess the best way to support our patients through this difficult time and we have moved to a Triage Appointment System which will include telephone/video communication.
Please continue to monitor this website for updates
We have temporarily suspended online appointments, this is a precautionary measure for the safety of patients and staff.
We will continue to review and advise in due course when this service will resume.
You can still phone in to make appointments via the Admin Team on 0345 337 3356
Open for Public Holiday
The practice will be OPEN on the Public Holiday on Friday, 8th May, 2020.
If you require urgent medical attention please contact NHS 24 on 111 or in the event of any emergency please dial 999 or telephone the Medical Centre on 0345 337 3356 for the correct number.