All surgery times are by appointment. Please contact the receptionists who are available from 8:00am - 6:00pm Monday to Friday. Surgeries are held almost continuously throughout the day. Appointment slots are for 10 minutes.
General points for all appointments
- one appointment is for one patient.
- If you cannot attend for an appointment, please ring to cancel it, thereby freeing it for somebody else.
- Always make sure that the receptionist is aware that you are in the waiting room.
- Occasionally at holiday times or under special circumstances, the doctors will arrange a locum doctor to help with surgeries if we are particularly busy
If there are no appointments available but you believe you have an urgent medical problem, please make this clear to the receptionist who will add you to a doctor's surgery as an extra patient. These consultations are not for repeat prescriptions, review of ongoing problems, sick notes etc.
Requests for home visits where possible should be made before 9:00am. Patients whose illness prevents them from visiting the surgery can be visited at home. However, please remember that several patients can be seen in the practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the Medical Centre.
Patients can call and request this if they feel an appointment is not necessary or the receptionist will offer this if there are no appointments left available for that day. A GP will call the patient back and if the GP feels that after discussion this patient need to be seen they can allocate an appointment.
The practice runs various clinics to provide help and advice. For many of these clinics, you will be sent a letter requesting you to attend.
It is estimated that there are 1.4 million people in the UK today with Diabetes Mellitus and probably just as many who have Diabetes without knowing it. The Diabetic Clinic is run by Frances Stuart, Senior Practice Nurse, who will help you monitor and manage your Diabetes. This clinic runs along side the care you may receive at the Diabetic Centre at Ninewells Hospital. Contact the surgery to make your appointment for the Diabetic Clinic.
Approximately 275,000 people in the UK have a heart attack every year. Coronary Heart Disease(CHD) is a preventable disease and it is important that people with cardiac problems are seen regularly at this clinic. The Cardiac Clinic is run by Frances Stuart, Senior Practice Nurse, who can provide help and support. You should attend the Cardiac Clinic at least once a year for a checkup. Please contact the surgery to make your appointment for the Cardiac Clinic.
In the UK, there are about 16 million people with High Blood Pressure. High Blood Pressure can increase the risk of Heart problems, Kidney Disease and Strokes. It is important to have your blood pressure checked regularly and this can be done by the Practice Nurse. For those patients with Chronic High Blood Pressure (Hypertension), it is important to monitor your Blood Pressure closely. The Hypertension Clinic is run by Frances Stuart, Senior Practice Nurse, who will check your blood pressure and give advice and support. Please contact the surgery to make an appointment for the Hypertension Clinic
At least 1 in 10 children and 1 in 20 adults have Asthma. Asthma requires treatment, usually in the form of inhaled medication. In order for us to check the severity of your Asthma, and the effectiveness of your treatment, it is important to attend the Asthma Clinic at least once a year. The Asthma Clinic is run by Helen Montgomery, Practice Nurse, who will provide help and support and monitor your asthma. Please contact the surgery to make an appointment with the Asthma Clinic.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Some 600,000 people in the UK are known to have COPD. COPD is a lung disease which obstructs the airflow in the lungs. The effects of COPD are eased by medication. COPD needs to be monitored closely to prevent the worsening of the disease. Val Spasic, Specialist Nurse, runs the COPD clinic and can give advice and support. You can contact Val at the surgery for advice on Wednesday and Thursdays.
1 in 50 women and 1 in 1000 men will develop hypothyroidism at some point in their life. This is usually treated with medication that replaces the thyroxine hormone. As with taking medication, you will need to get your bloods checked at least once a year to check the effectiveness of the medication. You will normally be sent a letter by the Tayside Thyroid Register to remind you to have your blood test. If you are due for this blood test, please contact the surgery and make an appointment with the Practice Nurse.
Epilepsy affects 1.5 million people in the UK. Epilepsy can be controlled with medication. If you are taking medication for Epilepsy, it is important to have this reviewed annually. Your Doctor will help you with advice and support. If you require an Epilepsy Review, please contact the surgery and make a non-urgent appointment with your GP.
People with Mental Health problems often have thier physical health overlooked. The Doctors at Maryfield Medical Centre can help you with and problems you may be having and offer advice and support. If you feel that you need a Health Check, please contact the surgery and make a non-urgent appointment with your GP.
As well as general medical services that is provided under contract to the NHS, the practice is also contracted to provide the following additional services
» Child Health Surveillance
» Contraceptive Advice / Family Planning
» Childhood Vaccinations & Immunisations
» Other Vaccinations & Immunisations including Flu
» Maternity Services (Including a midwife clinic on Monday Afternoon)
» Minor Surgery
» Near Patient Testing
Samples are uplifted from the surgery at 10:30am and 2:00pm Monday to Friday. Samples should be handed in and blood test appointments arranged to meet these times. Please let the receptionist know when you need an appointment for a blood test so they can arrange a time suitable.
Hundreds of test results are performed each week. Please accept responsibility to contact us at the time advised by the clinician for the result rather than expect us to contact you. If you wish to see your doctor to discuss details of hospital consultations or tests, please check that your doctor has received the report before you make an appointment. Please make a routine appointment as soon as convenient.
Remember that you are responsible for your own health so please follow our advice
A self-certification is required if you have been sick for 4 or more days in a row. Your employer usually supplies these. Following this, medical certificates are issued only after the patient has seen the doctor and it is agreed the patient is not fit for work. To ensure you do not lose any benefits, please make an appointment far enough in advance so that the current certificate does not expire.
Private Medical Services
Some medical services are not covered by the NHS. These include private medical certificates, passport applications, certain medical examinations (HGV, PSV, taxis etc). Charges will be made for these in line with guidelines agreed by the British Medical Association and can be seen on our rate card. Please make it clear ot the receptionist if you are booking a non-NHS appointment.
In Case of Bereavement
If death occurs in the family at home, please inform the practice as soon as possible as a doctor will need to confirm the death. You may also inform a funeral director of your choice who will immediately be able to help you with the practical details. If death occurs in hospital, please notify your doctor, as sometimes communications between the practice and the hospital can be slow and delays may cause unnecessary distress to relatives. The patient's doctor will usually be able to issue a death certificate, for the Registrar of Births and Deaths, and a cremation form if required. In cases of sudden death, the doctor may be required to inform the Procurator Fiscal's office.