Jun 112021
 

As part of a programme to expand the multidisciplinary nature of General Practice within NHS Scotland, Bruntsfield is delighted to introduce our new Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP), Claire Hill.

Claire qualified in 1992 and has spent the majority of her career in NHS Lothian. She worked in A&E for 7 years, then as a District Nurse for 17 years before moving to the IMPACT (IMProved Anticipatory Care and Treatment) team. During the past 2 ½ years Claire has undertaken extensive training and recently qualified as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner .

ANPs are educated at Master’s level and are competent to work at advanced level as part of multidisciplinary teams. Their work is characterised by high-level autonomous decision-making, including assessing, diagnosing and treating (including prescribing for) patients with complex problems. ANPs have the authority to refer, admit and discharge within defined clinical areas.

Claire works from Monday-Thursday, and will be working closely with the existing GPs and nurses. Many patients who would previously have been offered an appointment with a GP may now be offered an appointment with Claire, and she will also be doing home visits. At the moment she is seeing patients for a variety of issues*, such as:

  • Any Respiratory Symptoms
  • Acute COPD/asthma exacerbations
  • Hayfever/antihistamine prescribing
  • Urinary symptoms in women
  • Catheter issues in men or women
  • Minor Injuries
  • Falls
  • Wound advice
  • Dementia
  • Confusion
  • Palliative Care questions
  • Painkiller prescribing/reviews/issues
  • Nursing Home reviews & questions
  • Frail Elderly/65+ acute issues

This list will keep growing over time as Claire develops in her role here at Bruntsfield.

We are very excited to have Claire as a member of our team and hope that our patients quickly reap the benefit of her expertise.

* Please be aware that Claire doesn’t see patients under the age of 16, or those who need help with specific mental health issues.

Apr 022020
 

Dr Peter Wands has been appointed as a GP Partner in a local Practice from the beginning of April. His last day consulting in the Practice will be Friday 3rd April 2020.

Dr Wands has been with the Practice since October 2015 and we will be sorry to see him go. He will be very much missed by both his patients and colleagues but I am sure you will join with us in wishing him every success in the future.

Dr David MacSorley is increasing his sessions to take over as Dr Wands’ successor. All patients who have Dr Wands identified as their usual GP will have Dr Dave MacSorley flagged in their records as their “Usual GP” to ensure there is a clearly identified GP to follow-up ongoing problems/correspondence/results etc. Should you regularly see one of the other doctors in the Practice then you may continue to do so. Patients can choose to see the doctor of their choice.

We are delighted that Dr MacSorley is increasing the number of sessions he works and will continue to work with us.

We are also pleased to advise that Dr Kenneth Duffy will remain with us following completion of his GP training year in August 2020.

In the meantime we will take on additional Locum cover as necessary.

Patients currently registered with Dr Wands need take no further action but be aware that he will no longer be available from Monday 6th April 2020 onwards.

Jun 262017
 

Sumer 2017 Newsletter The summer 2017 issue of the Bruntsfield Medical Practice newsletter is now available to read online.

In this issue we update parents on the current status regarding pre-school booster vaccinations being done in the Practice. We also remind you about the NHS Scotland resource ‘Know Who To Turn To’ which helps you figure out the best service to use when you need to access the healthcare sector. And don’t forget to wish Dr MacSorley some congratulations on his new role within the Practice.

Feb 262016
 

Dr Georgina Rowan is relocating to another area at the beginning of April. Her last day consulting in the Practice will be Thursday 7th April 2016.

Dr Rowan has been with the Practice since April 2014 and we will be sorry to see her go. She will be very much missed by us all but I am sure you will join with us in wishing her every success in the future.

Dr Peter Wands has been appointed as Dr Rowan’s successor.

Dr Wands is currently covering Dr Boyd’s maternity locum post in the Practice and we are delighted that he has agreed to join the team permanently.

Dr Paula Falconer has been appointed as a locum from 6th April to cover the remaining maternity leave for Dr Boyd until she returns on Thursday 21st July 2016.

All patients who have Dr Rowan identified as their usual GP on their clinical record will automatically have Dr Peter Wands flagged in their records as their usual GP from Monday 11th onwards. This ensures there is a clearly identified GP for any follow-up, ongoing problems, correspondence and results etc. Should you regularly see one of the other doctors in the Practice though, you may continue to do so. Patients can choose to see the doctor of their choice.

Patients currently seeing Dr Rowan need take no further action but be aware that Dr Rowan will no longer be available from 7th April 2016 onwards.

Please ask at Reception should you have any queries.

Sep 232014
 

Autumn 2014 Newsletter The Autumn 2014 issue of the Bruntsfield Medical Practice newsletter is now available to read online.

In this issue, we meet our new GP specialist trainee, Dr MacSorley, as well as two new nurses – Practice Nurse Angela Dean, and Community Nurse Karyn Philp. We update you a little on how the Productive General Practice programme is going, and We reinforce information already released about this year’s flu vaccination programme. Are you eligible? Have you booked your appointment yet?

Feb 272014
 

Dr Fraser Uytman is to move to a new post at the beginning of April and his last day with us in the Practice will be Wednesday 26th March 2014.

Dr Uytman has been with the Practice since August 2008 when he commenced his GP “training” year with us. He will be very much missed by us all but I am sure you will join with us in wishing him every success in the future.

All patients previously registered with Dr Uytman will be transferred to Dr Georgina Rowan who has been appointed to replace Dr Uytman from 1st April 2014. Should you regularly see one of the other doctors in the Practice then you may continue to do so. Patients can choose to see the doctor of their choice.

Dr Rowan is currently covering a maternity locum post at another practice and we are delighted that she has agreed to join the team.

Patients currently registered with Dr Uytman need take no further action but be aware that Dr Uytman will no longer be available from April 2014 onwards.

Please ask at Reception should you have any queries.

Jun 282013
 

We say a fond farewell to Practice Nurse Barbara Stark today, after eight years as a Practice Nurse at Bruntsfield Medical Practice, she sees her last patients on the afternoon of Friday 28th June.

Barbara has been with the Practice since leaving Lanark in 2005 after a career that has seen her working in hospitals, travelling with the West of Scotland Blood Transfusion Service, as well as some time in A&E in Glasgow during the time of the Cardowan Colliery disaster in 1982, before turning to Practice Nursing.

As nurses we have the satisfaction of working with patients, empowering them in their health choices. I particularly enjoyed contributing to their asthma care“.

Barbara’s experience as a respiratory nurse has been invaluable to the practice, and her work with asthma and COPD patients especially has been greatly appreciated by everyone, even if the level of her thoroughness with every patient she sees has occasionally caused frustration.

I wish to thank all my patients for their forbearance with regard to my timekeeping at their appointments, it has never been my forte. However, I do hope that each person has felt that they received the care and attention they deserved.

My thanks also extends to colleagues at BMP – it has been a pleasure working with the team. My fondest memory is of having joined a friendly and dedicated team.

With the prospect of more time on her hands, Barbara has plenty of ideas on how she wants to spent it.

My plans include spending lots more time in the great outdoors cross country cycling using old tracks and forest ways, as well as some hillwalking. Poor weather doesn’t bother me – skin can always dry out, and a hot bowl of soup completes the recovery process for me.

As everyone knows, weeds grow apace, and dealing with mine will be a pleasure when I have lots more time.

My grandchildren live in Biggar and Turkey, so I also hope to spend some time dotting back and forth visiting them.

Barbara’s expertise and good nature will be sorely missed by us all.

Apr 052012
 

By Dr Sue Galloway.

I am sorry that it has not been possible to write to all of you individually with news of my retirement from the Practice, but I hope that you will forgive me.

I have been very touched by the kind messages, cards and gifts that have been arriving over the last couple of weeks, and I shall be acknowledging these personally. I am also delighted that we have raised a significant sum for the Fairmile Marie Curie Centre, which provides such wonderful support for both our patients and our Nursing and Medical teams.

I joined the Practice in 1986, when Dr Herbert Gold was Senior Partner, and our Medical team was the same for the next 10 years, with Drs Denison, Brown, Illingworth, Anderson, McCall Smith and myself. Since then the names have changed but the aim of the Practice has been the same, namely to offer our patients the highest standard of GP care with the help of our nursing colleagues and administrative team.

While NHS General Practice has seen two major reorganisations, in 1992 and 2004, the immediate needs of our patients have not changed. But GPs are now also responsible for delivering far more preventive care as well as the routine care for chronic conditions such as Asthma and COPD, Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease and Mental health, which was previously provided by the hospital services. This has required constant innovation and has greatly extended the roles of our Doctors and Practice and District Nursing colleagues.

We started to computerise our patients’ medical records and prescriptions in 1990. By 2006 we were in a position to become ‘paperlite’ with all our patients’ previous notes summarised electronically, a huge project for the medical staff and a succession of medical student assistants who ploughed through approximately 11,000 files. We are now beginning to make all hospital outpatient referrals, and receive discharge summaries, hospital clinic letters and test results electronically, requiring further refinement of our computer systems and our own IT skills. As well as the support of our Nursing teams we have a magnificent admin team led by our Business Manager, Brenda Mair and her deputy, Rob Easton and IT lead Karen McDonald.

We have twice been awarded the Royal College of GPs’ Quality Practice Award, meeting strict criteria for performance in clinical, administrative and governance areas of General Practice. I was closely involved with the preparation of both applications, the first mainly a paper exercise in 2002, and the re-application in 2008 almost exclusively electronic.

The Practice move from premises in Bruntsfield Terrace to our purpose-built Health Centre in 1980 was mainly due to the vision of Dr David Illingworth, former Senior Partner. This project accommodated Practice-attached District Nurses, Health Visitors and Social workers, and some Health Board staff too. By 2000, the Health Centre was becoming tired and cramped and the Practice bought the premises from the Health Board and undertook a complete refurbishment programme, resulting in our present light and pleasant working environment for patients and staff.

Over the years we have faced many new challenges, both organisational & clinical, including most recently preparations for the H1N1 epidemic in 2010, and the need for services to permit the increasing numbers of frail elderly people to remain ‘cared for’ in their own homes, since the closure of many acute and long-stay NHS hospital beds.

The Scottish Government has announced that the GP ‘Contract’, the terms and conditions under which we work as self-employed contractors to the NHS, will gradually be adjusted to better address the health needs of the Scottish people, and to reflect a determination to preserve an NHS which is free at the point of access in contrast to some current changes in other parts of the UK. The introduction of the Smoking Ban in Public Places by the Scottish Health department was ground breaking, and there is also the political will to reduce the damaging effects on Public Health of both excess alcohol use and also poverty and unemployment.

It has been a great privilege to work at Bruntsfield Medical Practice for the last 26 years. I have been so lucky to have work that I have loved and such great colleagues and patients. I am confident that the Practice will continue to provide the same high standard of care in the hands of my remaining partners, Drs Cash, Penny, Walls, Boyd, Calvert, Uytman and my successor, Dr Susie Carswell. Please let them know your views on the further development of the Practice via the Comments Book in the foyer, in writing, or via the practice website.

Feb 022012
 

Dr Susan Galloway will be retiring from Bruntsfield Medical Practice on 31st March 2012 having been a partner in the practice for 26 years.

We will all miss her very much but I am sure you will join with us in wishing her a happy and well deserved retirement.

All patients previously registered with Dr Galloway will be transferred to Dr Susie Carswell, who has been appointed as our Salaried GP from 1st April 2012. If you regularly see one of the other doctors in the Practice then you may choose to see the doctor of your choice.

Some of you may already know Dr Carswell, who has worked with us for some time as a locum for both Drs Calvert and Boyd. We are delighted that she has agreed to join the team.

Dr Caroline Calvert has been appointed as a partner from 1st April 2012, and will commence this role on return from her maternity leave on 13th June 2012. In the meantime we are arranging to appoint a new locum to cover her leave from April.

Patients currently registered with Dr Galloway need take no further action but be aware that Dr Galloway will no longer be available from April 2012 onwards.

Please phone or ask at Reception should you have any queries.

Nov 092010
 

Dr Bernadette Gage joins us as a GP Returner from 15 November 2010. Dr Gage has been engaged in non medical activities for the last 8 years and is intending to resume her career in General Practice, starting with a six month refresher period at Bruntsfield. We are delighted to have another experienced doctor joining the team.

She will be in the practice Monday afternoons, and all day Tuesday and Wednesday. The doctors profile page will be updated with her details within the next couple of weeks.

Oct 252010
 


The practice has recently welcomed a new member of staff to our clinical team, who will be helping out the Practice Nurses by running the blood test clinic in the morning. Hannah Brown is a recently trained phlebotomist, and will be taking bloods for a couple of hours each weekday morning.

Please note that the appointments with Hannah are for taking blood only. If you require anything else, or if you need to discuss a medical matter, you will need to make an appointment with a GP or one of the Practice Nurses.

Oct 112010
 


Everyone in the practice is delighted to see the return of Dr Joanna Loudon to the practice today after her six months off on maternity leave.

Dr Loudon joined the practice in April 2009 under the GP retainer scheme, doing 4 sessions per week. Her usual schedule will be to see patients in surgeries on Monday mornings, Tuesday afternoons, and all day on Wednesday.

Aug 312010
 

As Bruntsfield is a training practice, we regularly have medical students visiting for four weeks at a time to teach them about General Practice.

We have a new medical student joining us from today called Thomas Fraze. He will be with us until Friday 24th September.

He will be taking part in some of our surgeries during this time, and we hope that you will allow him to be present during your appointment for training purposes. If you are at all unhappy or uncomfortable with this then please just let your doctor know, and the student will leave the consultation room without embarrassment or hard feelings.

Occasionally, during the Open Surgery, patients may be invited to discuss their symptoms with the medical student alone, prior to further consultation and treatment with the doctor. Should you feel uncomfortable with this proposal please let the Doctor know

We assure you that medical students respect confidentiality in exactly the same way as the others doctors in the practice.

Aug 252010
 

We say a sad, but fond farewell this week to Practice Nurse Jennie Waddell, who leaves us after a year with the practice covering for Nurse Shona Swain, who is currently on Maternity Leave.

Everyone here at the practice will miss working with Jennie a great deal, and we have no doubt her patients will miss her bubbly, caring nature.

Nurse Swain is due to return from her Maternity Leave in mid-November, and the practice will have a couple of locum nurses helping out a few days a week during September and October.

We will also have a new Phlebotomist starting with us in late-September, working 5 mornings a week taking bloods. We will update the website with more information on that next month.