Wednesday, 1 February 2017

An eye opening experience

NES run a number of core workshops in areas trainees may find difficult to cover during their training. 
We recently had an ophthalmology course which was really useful and interesting. 
We are lucky in Aberdeen to have good links between Primary and Secondary care with minimal hassle when referring.  There is an email for advice which is usually replied to within a few hours. 
We also have the Clinical Decisions Unit, which is the Hospital’s telephone referral line and also covers ophthalmology. 
If you are unsure or have a question, you can phone the CDU and speak to an experienced nurse practitioner or ophthalmologist.  They provide advice on how to further manage the patient, whether they need referred and where the most appropriate place would be. 
Grampian also have the Grampian Eye Health Network which allows easy referral between Primary Care, optometry, pharmacy and ophthalmology.  Optometrists in Grampian are well equipped and highly skilled and provide services which many Primary Care centres cannot such as foreign body removal. 
The service is a good one and is a great asset to Grampian, making things easier for doctors and improving patient experience.
Dr Linda White, ST3, Elmbank Group Practice

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

A tribute to our national bard.....

To our ST1s a fond farewell,
As off you go again,
To the darkest depths of ARI,
The Health Village or Woodend,

Remember in the next few months,
Where your heart truly lies,
Stay connected to your practice,
So the hospital time flies!

To our ST1s a warm hello,
An exciting time awaits,
Starting at your practice,
Day release and also cakes! (fruit didn't rhyme!!)

The adventure's just beginning,
We'll help guide you on your way,
Through assessments and the CSA,
Just don't forget to play!

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Mock Recruitment Sessions

Successful Mock Recruitment sessions for the FY2s today, trying out some consultations and looking at the written exercise.
Good luck for recruitment week in February....

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Orkney 'second best place to live' in UK

Orkney Island, Stromness, Coastline
How about a move to the 'second best place to live' in the UK for your GP training?
Have a look at the Remote and Rural Track rotations for your chance to move to these beautiful and historic islands...

Friday, 16 December 2016

City Snapshot: Inverness in Winter

Inverness looking amazing in this Visit Scotland video, check out the Caledonian Programme which includes hospital rotations in this vibrant highland city..............

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

All the World's a Stage.......

Portrait of Shakespeare, William.
Thinking about the humanities and medicine today whilst planning out the next part of the GP Trainees' Day Release Education Programme.

This William Shakespeare poem really sums up our patient's journey through life. A journey which, as GPs, we are privileged to accompany them on - from cradle 'the infant, mewing and puking in the nurse's arms' to grave 'sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything'.'s-A-Stage