Monday, September 19, 2016

Nairn Healthcare News September 2016


Nairn Healthcare is sad to say goodbye to two loyal members of admin staff. June Watt, medical secretary, retired after 35 years of service to the surgery and we wish her a long and healthy retirement. Receptionist Marion is also leaving the desk after 12 years. We wish Marion well in her new post. 

We are delighted to welcome Dr Katie Reid back after maternity leave. Dr Reid is available for appointments now. We will also be welcoming two new Advanced Nurse Practitioners to Nairn Healthcare. Anni Campbell and Amy Mackay will be joining Hayley Shepherd and Kevin Stuart as part of the duty clinician team from 3rd October. 

We have also said goodbye to GP Registrar, Dr Gina McRobbie, whose placement came to an end. We have welcomed Dr Lori Cruickshank who will be with Nairn Healthcare for 6 months. 

Art in Health Care

Nairn Books and Arts festival goers were invited to attend a private view of the Art in Healthcare Exhibition which includes artwork from emerging and established Scottish artists such as TG McGill Duncan, David Michie and also Christopher Gilvan Cartwright, whose series of paintings were inspired by recovery following illness.

The event took place in the waiting area of Nairn Healthcare Group and attendees were also joined by the chief executive of the Art in Healthcare charity, Margaret O’Connor. 

Pictured right are Dr Debbie Miller, Dr Calum Macaulay, Margaret O’Connor and Dr Audrey Banks.


Nairn Healthcare is launching a new alternative way of contacting the GP through the method of eConsult.

eConsult is available now and can be accessed through our website –

You just log on, click on the eConsult banner and fill in the form that relates to your condition. This can save you waiting in the phone queue for a telephonist. The eConsult will be given to the duty clinician and you will receive a response by 6.30pm the next working day.

We would like to stress that this is an additional service and will not replace current services available at NHG.

The picture left illustrates the first “eConsult” dated 21st October 1774. It was from Dr William Cullen who helped found the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh.

Ear Syringing 

Earwax is normal and is produced inside your ears to keep them clean and free from bacteria. Impacted ear wax is common, and the chances of wax accumulating are increased by the use of hearing aids and cotton buds. Possible complications of syringing include perforation of the ear drum, otitis externa (inflammation of the external ear canal), damage to the external canal, pain, deafness, vertigo and tinnitus (“ringing in the ears”).In most cases you can self-treat using eardrops bought from the pharmacy. The ear drops should be used several times a day for 2 weeks to soften the earwax so that it falls out by itself. This is a safe and effective treatment which should avoid the need for syringing however if this fails to resolve your problem, please contact the Practice to discuss further.

Training Practice

The Practice regularly hosts Medical Students, most from the University of Dundee.

The students are supervised during their attachment by one of our experienced GPs. All of the Doctors take an active role in the students’ attachments to the practice.

During a student’s attachment, you may be asked if you mind seeing the student on their own before your appointment with the GP. If you agree, we will ask you to complete a consent form and you will see the Doctor immediately after. 

Training in general practice is a crucial part of all medical students’ training and we urge you to co-operate with the students if you can.

We will be joined by Blair Wallace and Iona Robertson (Dundee University) from mid-September who will be completing a placement year with Nairn Healthcare.

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