Thursday, May 19, 2016

Nairn Health Care news May 2016

Information below supplied by Nairn Health Care


Nairn Healthcare is sad to say goodbye to GP Partner, Dr Malcolm Simmons who will be leaving us on the 27th May for a new post in Forres. We wish Dr Simmons all the very best. 

Dr John Pitman has been with the Practice as a locum GP since the end of 2014 and we are delighted to announce that he is now a permanent member of the NHG team.


Nairn Healthcare would like to recommend to patients with internet access to try out ALISS (A Local Information System for Scotland). Almost like a search engine, ALISS lets browsers search for groups and clubs within Nairn and the surrounding areas. So if you are looking for an exercise class, something for relaxation or would like to join a friendship club, ALISS is able to tell you of your options. Please visit to make use of this worthwhile website.

Home Fire Safety Visit

Did you know that every hour of every day there is a house fire in Scotland? It is important to know how to reduce the chances of fire happening in your home and if it does, how to protect yourself.

Cooking accidents, overloaded sockets, faulty appliances and smoking are just some of the reasons why there are so many house fires in Scotland.

Fire can happen to anyone however, Scottish Fire and Rescue Service offer a FREE Home Fire Safety Visit and FREE Smoke Alarms to make sure your home is as safe from fire as it can be. The visit takes around 20 minutes and can be organised at a time that suits you, day or night. To book a free Home Fire Safety Visit, please call 0800 0731999, text “CHECK” to 61611 or visit Information booklets are available at Nairn Healthcare’s reception desk.

Loch Ness Etape

The Practice wishes to congratulate Dr Jonathan Ball and Dr Adrian Baker on their fantastic effort in the Loch Ness Etape.

The Loch Ness Etape is a 66-mile cycle around iconic Loch Ness supporting Macmillan Cancer Support. They completed the course in 3hrs 2m and 3hrs 13m respectively.

Sun Protection

Recently, the UK has been experiencing some of the hottest days of the year so far. Although it’s great to have some sun shining, we still need to protect our skin with suitable clothing, seeking shade and applying sunscreen.

Sunscreen should be suitable for your skin type and block both UVA and UVB radiation, at least SPF15 should be applied and the product shouldn’t be applied if after its expiry date. 

Children and babies have more sensitive skin than adults so please take extra care to protect them. Children under 6 months should be kept out of direct strong sunlight. There are sunscreens available that are formulated for children and babies, these are less likely to irritate their skin. 

If you do happen to get sunburnt, paracetamol and ibuprofen will ease the pain by helping to reduce inflammation. Sponge the sore skin with cool water and apply aftersun lotion. If you feel unwell or the skin swells or blisters, please seek medical help and stay out of the sun until all redness has gone.

For more information on sun protection, please visit

Home Visits

Requests for home visits should only be made if you are unfit to travel to one of the surgeries. Home Visits are at the Doctor’s discretion and are not a patient entitlement. Visit requests are handled by the receptionist who will ask for a little information to pass onto the Duty GP

During the month of April, GPs visited 129 patients that required to be seen in their own home. They also saw 110 patients who are cared for in one of the local care homes and the health care assistants visited 41 patients requiring blood tests who can’t come into the surgery.

If possible, please request a home visit before 10.30am

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