Over the coming weeks, women age 50 – 70 who are registered with this GP practice, will receive an invitation letter in the post inviting them to attend a routine breast screening check on a Mobile Unit at the following location:
Kirkintilloch Leisure Centre Woodhead Park Kirkintilloch G66 3DD
When you receive your letter, please contact the Breast Screening Service on 0141 800 8800 to confirm/change/cancel your appointment. Our staff will be able to answer any questions you may have. If you are able to attend your appointment it’s important to do so. Screening can find early signs of cancer and allows us to provide referral and treatment if necessary.
For more information about The Breast Screening Service and the Screening Test please visit the following links:-
It’s important you make your decision about getting the COVID-19 vaccine based on reliable information.
It’s time to roll up your sleeve for the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 can be serious whatever your age and the vaccine is your best protection against its effects. Make sure you use reliable sources when making your decision about getting the vaccine.
The vaccine will provide you with the best protection against COVID-19 and is both safe and effective. Watch below for the facts about the vaccine ➡ www.nhsinform.scot
Side effects after the COVID-19 vaccine are common and much less serious than developing COVID-19, or complications associated with COVID-19.
Not everyone will experience side effects after the COVID-19 vaccine. For those who do, these are usually mild and will go away within a few days.
The COVID-19 vaccine is regulated by the MHRA and has been through the same safety checks as all other vaccines.
The COVID-19 vaccines have been developed quickly and safely as there is a huge global need and scientist have worked together like never before. Watch below for the facts about the vaccine ➡ www.nhsinform.scot
Doses and Appointments cutdown
The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to be vaccinated, or you may be able to register for the vaccine online.
The COVID-19 vaccine works best if you have two doses, giving you the maximum amount of protection for a longer period of time.
You need two doses of the vaccine to protect yourself against COVID-19. When offered, please get both doses. Watch below for the facts about the vaccine ➡ www.nhsinform.scot
Pregnancy and Breastfeeding cutdown
There are no known risks from vaccination while breastfeeding, the vaccine does not affect fertility, and you don’t need to avoid pregnancy after being vaccinated.
All pregnant women will be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as people of the same age or risk group.
If you are pregnant you should discuss the risks and benefits of getting the vaccine with your clinician.
Faith Leaders and Ingredients cutdown
The COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective, and they don’t contain any animal products or egg.
Faith leaders representing Scotland’s many different religious communities have recommended that people get the COVID-19 vaccine. Watch below for the facts about the vaccine ➡ www.nhsinform.scot
Over the last 18 months, all GP practices have experienced a huge increase in requests for appointments. General Practice was already working under increasing pressure before the Pandemic hit, and demand is now higher than ever. We are constantly looking at the service we deliver to try to find the best way to provide care while keeping our patients and ourselves safe.
Compared with three years ago, the practice now provides another full day of GP time each week. Despite this, a recent review of workload showed that we are now dealing with more than another 100 patient contacts each week. We are doing this while trying to deal with our usual duties, maintain social distancing and using Personal Protective Equipment and wiping down all surfaces and equipment in the surgery.
We understand it is very frustrating for everyone but please understand that we, like all GPs in the country, are doing our utmost to keep our service accessible and safe. Our reception staff are working tirelessly to try to support services and signpost patient where possible to other services that may be more appropriate, such as pharmacy or Minor Injuries. We have instructed our trained and trusted staff to ask the reason for your call to best help you and direct you to the service best suited to your needs.
Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board have also put some information together to update you on the changes to General Practice to explain why these changes have been made.
Primary Care colleagues have been extremely busy throughout the pandemic, and like all services, have needed to adopt a number of new ways of working to help ensure they’re able to see and treat patients safely and efficiently.
We have created a helpful video with Dr Kerri Neylon, Deputy Medical Director for Primary Care, who explains the changes in GP services to patients, and how best patients can ensure they are using the most appropriate service for them.
Many thanks for your support and understanding as we all try to navigate these challenging times.
We are very sad to announce the passing of a very cherished member of our staff, Catherine Campbell. Cath was practice manager for many years working with Dr Mack and later Drs Davda and McGroarty. She was a much loved colleague and friend.
Cath, we love you and miss you but we will never forget you.
Rest in Peace.
Catherine Campbell1953 to 2021
Cathy’s convoy AKA Woodhead Medical Practice are taking on the challenge of virtually walking from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for Beatson Cancer Care.
Our lovely friend passed away on the 8th of February from lung cancer this year and we miss her everyday.
Although she was not a huge fan of exercise she did love walking if it was to go out shopping or for dinner and drinks.
GPs, nurses and receptionists from Woodhead Medical Practice are assisting the government of the rollout of the COVID vaccination programme. Because of this there will be less appointments available for GPs and nurses over the coming weeks.
Thank you for your patience and please only contact the surgery if you believe your health concern cannot wait.
Homeopathy isn’t widely available on the NHS. In 2017, NHS England recommended that GPs and other prescribers should stop providing it. This is because they found “no clear or robust evidence to support the use of homeopathy on the NHS”.
Homeopathy is usually practised privately, and homeopathic remedies are available from pharmacies.
There is still the Centre for Integrative Care in Glasgow (based in Gartnavel – formerly known as the Homeopathic hospital) and when a patient receives a consultation there, an integrative care assessment takes place and following this they may or may not receive a recommendation for homeopathic treatment.
The GPs at this practice have taken the decision in line with NHS England and many practices in Scotland that they will no longer be issuing prescriptions for any homeopathic medications, even if they are recommended by the Centre for Integrative Care (CIC). These prescriptions can be purchased privately or obtained from the Gartnavel pharmacy on site at the CIC.
You can request to be referred to the Centre for Integrative Care (CIC), but please not that we will not be able to provide you with any prescriptions that the CIC may recommend.
You must only attend the practice if you spoken to a member of staff first and have been asked to attend
If you have an appointment you should plan to arrive just in time for your appointment starting. This is to limit the number of people in our waiting room
You must wear a face covering
When you arrive at the practice you should press the buzzer or phone reception from your mobile (0141 776 2468). Give your name and purpose of your visit. A member of staff will allow you access to the building after checking your temperature. Please remember to maintain your distance
We have a one way system in place
Entry to the practice is now via the side door (to the left of the main sliding doors at the entrance Kirkintilloch Health Care Centre)
When exiting the practice you will be sign posted to use the fire exit directly in to the car park
Unfortunately our staff have experienced a significant increase in the amount of aggressive behaviour towards them during phone calls with patients. This will not be tolerated and as such staff have a right to end a call. Patients may also be removed from our list.
All prescriptions will be sent to your nominated pharmacy
Please remember that all prescription requests will take 2 workings days to process. Please make sure you order your prescriptions in time to allow for this
You can choose to either collect these from the door in to the practice, or have them posted to you
You can find out more about the changes we have had to make by visiting the page below