Drumchapel Health Centre80/90 Kinfauns DriveGlasgow, G15 7TSTel: 0141 211 6080/81
If you have any questions about the Breast Sceening Programme, please contact West of Scotland Breast Screening programme on 0141 800 8800 who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Louise Sermanni is responsible for the following clinics
If you wish to speak to her please telephone our receptionist on 0141 211 6080 and they will arrange this for you
Our Health Visitor’s offers health advice and support mainly to families with young children. This includes help with parenting and behaviour management and also support to women with Post Natal depression. They also see children for development checks.
There are immunisation clinics held at the community wing within the health centre. These clinics are by appointment only and patients will receive their appointment times and dates directly from the Health Board by letter.
All GP practices are contracted to provide essential services, that is, basic treatment of ill people. We also provide the following additional services:
If you are aged between 50 and 74, you will be invited to take part in bowel cancer screening every two years.
If you are aged 75 or over, you can ask for a bowel cancer screening test by calling the free bowel screening centre helpline on 0800 0121 833.
Call the screening helpline on 0800 0121 833 or visit NHS Inform for more information about bowel screening in Scotland.
Why take the test?
There are many important reasons for taking the home bowel screening test:
• Home testing prevents 150 deaths from bowel cancer every year.
• Home testing can find bowel cancer at an early stage – even if you’ve had no symptoms.
• When bowel cancer is detected early, it can often be cured.
• Bowel cancer is Scotland’s third most common cancer, with almost 4,000 people diagnosed every year.
• Bowel cancer is more common in people over 50, especially men.
• The test can find other changes in your bowel, such as non-cancerous growths called ‘polyps’. Most of these can be removed easily, and this can prevent cancer from developing.
Non NHS Fees
CHARGING POLICY FOR ADDITIONAL SERVICES
WHICH FALL OUTSIDE OF THE CONTRACT WITH THE
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge.
The NHS does not employ GPs. It has a contract with them to provide NHS general medical services for their patients. Sometimes, however, GPs are asked to provide additional services, which fall outside their contract with the NHS, and in these circumstances, they are entitled to make a reasonable charge for providing them.
WHY DO GPS SOMETIMES CHARGE FEES?
YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
Isn't the NHS supposed to be free?
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged, e.g. medical reports for insurance companies.
Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS, they are self employed and they have to cover their costs - staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc – in the same way as any small business. The NHS covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor's costs.
What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The Government's contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate.
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients are:
Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:
Is it true that the BMA sets fees for non-NHS work?
The BMA suggests fees for non-NHS work which is not covered under a GP’s NHS contract, to help GPs set their own professional fees. However, these fees are guidelines only, not recommendations, and a doctor is not obliged to charge the rates suggested.
Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his or her patients. Most GPs have a very heavy workload and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.
I only need the doctor's signature - what is the problem?
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore, the doctor might have to check the patient's entire medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor with the General Medical Council or even the Police.
The table below lists the Charges that this practice applies. Unfortunately, in order to be fair to all patients, there are no exceptions to the charges.
Dr Connelly & Dr Harkins - NON –NHS table of fees
Medical Reports – Solicitors, Employers
Medicals – HGV, Taxi, Elderly Drive Fitness Medical Employment
Legal Guardianship Forms
Private Blood Test, Paternity, DNA (via Solicitor)
PMA – Insurance (Life Insurance, Mortgages, Pensions etc)
Additional Information (PMA Insurance)
Form IHA (initial health assessment, looked after child)
Form AH (health assessment prospective carer)
Statement of Fact (including fit to travel etc)
Simple Certificates/Letters (eg. I Certify that; To Whom it may concern)
Simple Certificates/Letters (e.g. Holiday Cancellations)
Private sick line
The role of a Practice Pharmacist
Our practice multidisciplinary team has expanded to include Pharmacists, who work here at the practice alongside the GP's and the rest of the practice team. The role of the pharmacist is pivotal to improving the quality of care and ensuring patients safety. They also allow more time for GP's and Practice Nurses to focus their skills where they are most needed, for example on diagnosing and treating patients with more complex conditions.
Part of the role of the pharmacist is to contact patients directly by telephone or letter to discuss their medication etc.
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