Thursday, December 17, 2015

Nairn Healthcare News December 2015

The Latest from Nairn Health Care Group


Dr Katie Reid is currently on maternity leave and we wish her well.

Dr Al Holdcroft, GP Partner, will be leaving the surgery at the end of the month after 10 years of service to take up a new post in the oil industry. Dr Holdcroft sends his best wishes to all of his patients in Nairn and Ardersier.  

Appointment System

Nairn Healthcare will be adopting a revised appointment system in January. This will allow more pre-bookable appointments and improve continuity of care. The Practice will continue to offer a range of telephone and face-to-face appointments with the GP of your choice.

Childhood Immunisation Clinic

After a 6 month trial of a drop-in clinic for childhood immunisations, Nairn Healthcare has decided to revert back to bookable appointments. We feel routine appointments saves parents and children from waiting for long periods of time. Please call the surgery on 01667 452096 to book a routine appointment with the Childhood Immunisation Clinic. 

 Christmas Jumper Day

The surgery took part in an annual Christmas Jumper Day on Wednesday 16th December. We decided this year to fundraise for The Archie Foundation. The Archie Foundation supports sick children and their families across the whole of the North of Scotland. We’ll let you know the amount raised next month.

Texting Service

Nairn Healthcare has now launched the text reminder service.
We would like as many of you as possible to provide the surgery with your mobile number so you can take advantage of this worthwhile service. Please call the surgery or email to provide your mobile number.

Reordering Prescriptions

We would like to remind patients to please have enough medication to see them over the festive period.

You can re-order your prescription by handing in your reorder form to the reception team at the desk, on our website ( or by email at Prescription requests take 2 working days to process. 



It’s the most wonderful time of the please follow these tips on how to be safe and healthy this Christmas: 


Vouchers for the food bank are available at Nairn Healthcare. Please speak to a member of the Reception Team for more information. Your request will be treated in the strictest confidence and we have interview rooms available if you wish to discuss this in private. 


Can we just remind patients to drink in moderation and sensibly this Christmas. Research shows that people tend to drink 41% more alcohol in December than any other month. Also, new laws make the legal drink-drive limit in Scotland lower than elsewhere in the UK. So if you wish to have a jovial tipple, please leave the car at home.


1. Make sure the turkey is properly defrosted before cooking. If it is still partially frozen, it could be that harmful bacteria could survive the cooking process.

2. Keep the uncooked turkey away from food that is ready to eat. If raw meat touches these foods, bacteria will spread and may cause food poisoning.  

3. The turkey is cooked when the meat is steaming hot all the way through. The meat should NOT be pink when you cut into the thickest part of the bird and the juices should run clear when you pierce the turkey.

For more information on turkey and avoiding food poisoning, please visit



Anonymous said...

Think I'll go for the nut roast again rather than risk the potential bacteria filled dead carcass of a poor bird

On a serious note may I wish all Nairn healthcare staff a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and all fellow Gurn readers as well. Mustn't forget the hardworking editorial and media teams at Gurn headquarters

😇 ☃️ 🎄

Anonymous said...

For a better chance of an even cook I like to spatchcock.

Holding my breath (not) said...

It will be interesting to see if the revised appointment system will be an improvement on the current one. Does this mean we won't have to wait for 3 weeks to see a doctor?

Anonymous said...

Nobody in Nairn who needs to see a Dr has to wait 3 weeks. Some people who would like to see a Dr might have to wait. Nairn's GP healthcare is about the best in the UK. Grateful old git I am ☺

Still Holding my breath (not) said...

I'm sorry anon@11.25, there are lots of people in Nairn who have to wait for 3 weeks to get a doctor's appointment. You, self proclaimed grumpy old git, must have been very lucky (so far)! As I said in my earlier comment let's hope that the revised system will be an improvement.

Anonymous said...

GPs will always ensure you see a health professional within 48 hours if you NEED to. "Wants" and "Needs" are very different.
Still an Old Git who thinks Nairn Healthcare are the best.

Anonymous said...

I agree with the Old Git. I have never had to wait to see a doctor, unless you specifically want to see your own doctor. If your need is urgent a doctor phones you back and will give you an appointment that day.
I think Nairn Clinic is one of the best and I wish all the staff and doctors a Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year.

Anonymous said...

Phoned yesterday at 10.30 and had an appointment that afternoon. Referral being made to Consultant same day. Many thanks NHS, many thanks Nairn Healthcare receptionist and GP. No lack of care and caring. Have a great Xmas.