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August Newsletter Posted on 6 Dec 2019


World Breastfeeding Week is now in its 22nd year and is celebrated in more than 170 countries. Its aim is to promote and provide education on the benefits of breastfeeding. Visit the World Alliance for Breastfeeding website- for details


The practice will be accommodating Glenn, a 4th Year Medical Student from Glasgow University from Mon 27th July-Fri 21st August. Glenn will be sitting in with GP’s and Nurses at Nithsdale Rd. He is, of course, fully aware of the rules of patient confidentiality. Glenn will also be doing some surgeries where he will see patients but all such patients will be aware of this and be subsequently be seen by one of the doctors.


Everyone will be aware of the current financial climate, especially where the NHS is concerned. We all have a responsibility to prescribe and use medicines as cost effectively as possible. People may be surprised that the cost of paracetamol prescriptions in Scotland amounts to £10 million per year. Paracetamol is very cheap to buy and should only be prescribed for particular patients (mainly elderly patients with chronic condition.) The Health Board is also trying to help by recommending which medicines are most cost effective for each condition. One area we have discovered could make a significant difference to NHS prescribing costs is moisturising creams for simple dry skin. Virtually all moisturisers can be purchased from pharmacies and supermarkets and NHS prescriptions should generally be reserved for specific skin problems such as eczema or psoriasis. Where prescriptions are clinically indicated, we will be reviewing the prescribing of moisturisers and prescribing the most cost effective items with the support of our practice pharmacist. Thank you for taking the time to consider this important issue.

Completion of certificates, letters

Please be aware that completion of certificates for insurance purposes is not covered by the NHS and a fee will be charged. This also applies to non NHS related GP letters such as fitness to fly or school/University letters.


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