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Mobile testing for COVID-19 is now available for more residents of Dumfries and Galloway. Key workers (including food chain, transport, delivery, essential manufacturing, etc – full eligibility list here ), those older than 65 years of age, and household members of both of these groups can be tested at one of the mobile testing units that are being staffed by the army throughout Dumfries and Galloway.
Scottish Government notify the most at-risk Patients to Shield
The Scottish Government are notifying those patients at the highest risk of their need to Shield themselves during the Covid-19 outbreak.
If you receive a Shielding letter (EXAMPLE) then please follow the advice detailed within.
NEW COVID-19 ADVICE LINE LAUNCHES
A new advice line, supported by NHS24, has been launched today to address all COVID-19 patient enquiries. This new service is available 24 hours a day and 7 days per week.
It is part of a national approach to manage the increasing demand for GP services. This is expected to continue in the coming weeks as a result of the COVID-19 situation.
In the first instance, anyone experiencing mild symptoms should look at the information relating to COVID-19 on the NHS Inform Website www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus.
Should further advice or guidance be needed, they should call NHS24 on 111.
Anyone considered by NHS24 as requiring further assessment will be given access to the COVID-19 Hub. The new COVID-19 Hub will provide call handling, secondary triage and telephone advice for all of Dumfries & Galloway.
There will be a new COVID-19 Assessment Centre to accompany the COVID-19 Hub which will allow for the easy assessment of COVID-19 patients. Dedicated clinical space has been identified within DGRI to provide a separate patient pathway. This Assessment Centre is due to be open by Friday 27th March.
Due to the current COVID-19 crisis all GP practices in the region, working closely with NHS Dumfries and Galloway, have had to take the decision to change the way in which we deliver services in order to protect patients and staff.
Some non-urgent clinics and appointments will be suspended to allow GPs to focus on the most vulnerable patients with the most complex needs.
Greencroft South is open but all appointments will be by telephone or video consultation initially, with follow on face-to-face appointments arranged only if absolutely necessary. Online booking services have been temporarily suspended.
Please do not attend the surgery unless you have a pre arranged appointment made with the practice.
GP’s are able to deal with many problems over the phone and will be trying to deal with as much as possible in this way. Please be assured that if you need a GP, they will still be available to help you. The practice staff may need to ask more questions to ensure you are dealt with in the safest possible way.
Prescription should be ordered via the dedicated Prescription Line 01461 201201 and not be dropped off at the practice. All prescriptions will be sent to your nominated Chemist. For the safety of patients and staff please do not come to collect prescriptions from the practice. They will be sent to your nominated Chemist.
Please continue to order your medication as normal and do not order more than you need. Sick lines will be posted to your home address.
For general Coronavirus information and up-to-date guidance check out nhsinfom.scot/coronavirus.
GPs and Staff of Greencroft South Medical Group
The Partnership was established in 1986 and moved into the new Medical Centre in Greencroft Wynd in 1991. We provide a full range of services to about 6500 patients in Annan and the surrounding area.
GP Partners working at Greencroft (South) are:
Dr David Byers, Senior Partner
Dr Margo Donachie
Dr David Baker
Dr Emma Knowles
Dr Eleanor Watson
Salaried GP working at the practice is:
Dr Claire Campbell
Our aim is to provide all of our patients with a high quality medical service offering appropriate, timely, confidential and friendly advice and medical treatment. We work closely with a range of community health professionals including district nurses, health visitors, social workers, the community psychiatric team, and occupational health services.
The practice receives funding from the Health Board to provide general medical services for the patients on the practice list. We are also part of the Local Health Partnership in Annandale and Eskdale which helps in planning health services locally.
We have been a Training Practice for many years and each year a new GP Specialty Trainee (GP ST3) joins our practice team. The GP ST3 is a highly qualified, experienced doctor who has usually been working in a hospital environment for some time. They stay with us for one year during which time they gain experience in providing medical care in a General Practice setting. We also have Foundation Year 2 Hospital Doctors (FY2) and GP Specialty Trainee (GP ST1) who spend placements with us from time to time; gaining experience of General Practice as part of their higher training.