Fochabers Medical Practice12 High StreetFochabers, IV32 7EPTel: 01343 820247
Consultations with doctors and practice nurses are by appointment only. To make an appointment, please telephone the surgery on 01343 820247, or call in at reception. Our staff will make every effort to ensure that you are seen within a timely manner. You may be asked for a reason for your appointment in order to ensure you are seen by the most appropriate person.
Appointments are available both in the morning and afternoon, from Monday to Friday. You may make an appointment to see any doctor or nurse. However, please remember that you may have to wait a little longer to see a specific doctor at a specific time, e.g. after school/work. Please be flexible and our staff will make every effort to give you a convenient and early appointment.
If you feel you need to see your doctor urgently, please make this clear to our staff. They will ask for full details of the problem and offer you the most appropriate appointment. In some instances the doctor may ring you back.
If you need to speak to your doctor, please call the receptionist, who will arrange a telephone consultation for you. You may find it useful to supply the surgery with a mobile phone number, if available, as it is not always possible to give an exact time that the doctor will call.
In a number of cases, it might be worth considering an appointment with a Practice Nurse rather than a doctor. Practice Nurses are qualified to deal with many ailments, and you may be seen more quickly.
Please inform us as soon as possible if, for any reason, you cannot attend an appointment. This will allow us to offer the appointment slot to someone else.
It's always safer for the doctor to examine you at the surgery; and remember that the doctor can see three or four patients in the surgery in the time it takes to do a home visit. If, however, you are unable to come in, the doctor may visit you at home if it's medically appropriate.
We would ask patients who are housebound, or too ill to come to the surgery, to telephone between 08:00 - 10:00 in order to request a home visit. Please provide our staff with as much information as possible so that the doctors can prioritise their calls. Please remember that the visiting doctor may not be your usual doctor.
You can also be visited at home by a Community Nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby; or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may, however, require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor, is strong evidence that you are sick, and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
If you feel that you need a medical certificate or a continuation of a medical certificate, it would be helpful for our GPs if you could print off and complete the attached "Request Form for Medical Certificate" (see below), and send/hand it in to the practice. The certificate may then be issued, or you may be invited to come in for a GP appointment or to book a telephone consultation, depending on your illness.
Please allow at least 2 working days for this.
Request for Medical Certificates
The practice supports placements for nursing students from the Robert Gordon University, as well as medical students from Aberdeen University. Student nurses may sit in with practice nurses, or attend home visits with the community nurse or health visitor.
Medical students may see patients, but consultations will always be overseen by one of our GPs. We will always ask you, when making an appointment or attending the surgery, if you mind seeing a student. Please tell us at any time if you would prefer not to do this.
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