You can contact the Practice between the hours of 8.30 am - 6.00 pm Monday to Friday.
To make an appointment call 01556 505900.
Castle Douglas Medical Group
2 Garden Hill Road
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We aim to provide a caring, efficient and friendly practice that works with our patients to ensure a quality service that meets your needs.
We are a modern, family friendly five partner training practice with an excellent multi-disciplinary team based in an impressive purpose built surgery on the outskirts of Castle Douglas.
There is ample parking with spaces for the disabled adjacent to the rear entrance.
There is a an onsite pharmacy and we work closely with other health care professionals including:
District Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Mental Health Nurses, Dentists, Podiatrists, Speech Therapists, Social Services and local Health Services Management
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We hope you enjoy our latest newsletter. Copies are available at the surgery and local pharmacies.
If you have any suggestions for the next newsletter, please let us know either by telephone on 01556 505900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are holding our annual flu clinic on Saturday 3rd October, 2015. If you are aged 65 or over or in an 'at risk' group, it is advisable that you have the vaccine. We can also offer appointments with our nursing team for vaccinations throughout October and November. Please phone and book an appointment. This year, in addition to the 'at risk' groups, vaccines are being offered to all children aged between 2 and 5 on 1st September, 2015. Over fives will be vaccinated through the school programme. If you are unsure whether you qualify for a vaccine, please contact us and we will be happy to advise.
Keeping Appointments - We need your help!
It is everyones responsibility to inform the surgery or hospital if they are not able to keep an appointment.
Contacting the Practice
Can we please request that patients or carers avoid telephoning the surgery between 8.30 am - 9 am and 5 pm - 6 pm for non urgent enquiries.
If you have difficulty getting through at any other time, please let us know. You can email us if you prefer to order prescriptions and enquire about results if that is more convenient for you on email@example.com.
Your co-operation is appreciated and please feel free to make suggestions to improve communication.
Liquid Nitrogen Clinics
Freezing of warts can be carried out a our Liquid Nitrogen Clinic.
Challenging Financial Times Ahead
Please help us to make savings in the National Health Service. Any suggestions are welcomed.
Customer Care at CDMG
Our motto is:
"to be treated with and to treat others with respect at all times"
Unfortunately due to recent incidents involving a very small minority of patients registered with the Practice, there is a need to raise awareness of this subject.
The Practice team appreciate how difficult it can be sometimes for patients and the following guidance is given to them to help patients:
- Provide an explanation about why they are asking questions
- Importance of determining symptoms to assist with clarifying needs and expectations
- Stress the importance of patient safety by always checking if not sure, e.g. medication
- Prompt answering of phone pre-empt emergency calls and anxious callers
- Consider patient anxiety/nervousness
- Consider how long it has taken someone to call/attend and perhaps how they are feeling
We hope you will find this information helpful and recall this when dealing with any member of our team in a respectful manner to prevent any unnecessary upset.
Non NHS Requests
On occasions we are asked to undertake non NHS treatment or administrative work. There is a charge for this service as this involves additional work for the doctor and administrative team.
Do You Need A Housecall?
The Practice has seen a rise in its workload including the amount of housecall requests from patients. This has therefore impacted on how the practice functions. If you feel you need to see a doctor and are unable to attend the surgery, a member of our admin team will take your details and one of the doctors will call you back to assess your condition before deciding on a home visit. We hope that this will assist us in dealing with the demand for services and make best use of the doctors' time.
Minor Injuries Unit at Castle Douglas Hospital
If you disagree with the way your GP wants to treat you, or you are unhappy about the service provided by your GP surgery, tell them openly.
However, if you feel unable to do so or you are unhappy with the response you receive, you may wish to make a complaint.
All GP surgeries should have a written complaints procedure and you will find this at reception or on the practice website.
As a first step, speak to the practice manager. You can complain to the practice verbally or in writing.
If this does not resolve the problem, or you would rather not raise the issue directly with the practice, you can complain to the Health Board via the Complaints Department.
Please contact Mr Campbell Watt, Practice Manager by telephone on 01556 505990 or in writing.
Dr Alison McDonald
It is with sadness that we have to report that Dr McDonald will be leaving the practice in September. For personal reasons, she and her family have decided to return to Glasgow.
We will all miss her but wish her and her family every happiness with their move.
Who are the New Team Members?
We currently have two doctors in training with us at Castle Douglas Medical Group. Dr Efua Evans-Appiah is in her third year Specialist GP training and was with us for 6 months in 2014. Dr James McMenamin is in his second year Foundation training. Dr Evans-Appiah is with us for one year and Dr McMenamin for four months.
Liz Black has newly joined our secretarial team. Liz was previously ENT secretary at Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary and brings with her twenty years experience in secondary care. We hope she enjoys her new role and she is looking forward to her new role.