Welcome to Brechin Health Centre
The doctors and staff at Brechin Health Centre are committed to providing a high standard of patient-centred healthcare to our patient population.
We hope that you will find our website easy to use and helpful. We offer a wide range of services and the website will give you all the information you require about the practice and the services provided by our Primary Health Care Team.
The entrance pathway to the health centre is suitable for wheelchairs and leads to automatic doors. All corridors, doors and toilet facilities are also suitable. A hearing loop system is available at reception as is a wheelchair.
There are designated disabled parking spaces in our car park.
BRECHIN HEALTH SERVICES UPDATE
We know that the services provided at Brechin Health Centre are valued by the communities in and around the area. We want to ensure everyone is informed and kept up to date with the progress of what the NHS Tayside teams and Angus Health and Social Care Partnership teams are providing at the health centre and our plans to do everything we can to keep providing a full range of health services in Brechin, including GP services. We will be issuing regular updates on the progress to local communities through the media and on our online and social media pages, to our patients and their families.
Service update – how the GP surgery is operating
Please do not present in person at the health centre if you want to see a GP.
- Please call the practice on the normal number 01356 624411 with any general practice related enquiries, including if you want to be seen by a GP.
- You will then be triaged. Triage means assessing need and it is a tried and tested way in which we can manage our patients’ health needs effectively.
- Triaging all phone calls into the practice allows the practice staff to manage urgent demand and means more issues can be dealt with on a patient’s first phone call to practice. It also means people may not have to take time off work for issues that can be dealt with by phone.
- A receptionist will gather basic information to ensure the most appropriate clinical member of staff handles the request or will address any non-clinical requirements e.g. booking nurse appointments.
- When the member of the clinical team calls the patient back, they may be able to handle the request on the phone, they may signpost the patient to a range of services, or invite them into the practice to be seen.
- The call back may come from an 0800 number, so please stay near your phone and be sure to answer calls from an 0800 number if you are awaiting a call back.
- As normal, emergency calls should continue to be passed to Scottish Ambulance Service on 999.
What other services operate in the health centre?
There are many health services provided at Brechin Health Centre by nursing staff and Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) and there is no change to how they are running. For your routine nurse and clinic appointments at Brechin Health Centre, please call 01356 624411 in the usual way.
Services provided at Brechin Health Centre:
Our Advanced Nurse Practitioners can deal with many of the problems you may at one time have seen a GP about. They are highly qualified nurses and can assess and examine patients, make a diagnosis, prescribe treatment and discharge. They work closely with other members of the practice team to provide you with the optimum care.
Our Practice Nurses provide a comprehensive range of services including:
- Wound care
- Long term condition review
- Smear tests
- Warfarin clinic
- Electrocardiograms (ECGs) - a test to check your heart's rhythm and electrical activity
- Carers’ reviews
- Basic screening including blood pressure, taking blood etc
The physiotherapy-led MSK clinic runs four mornings per week (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings). Patients can be assessed by advanced physiotherapy practitioners who will provide a short physiotherapy assessment and advice session with appropriate onward management. Conditions seen include any musculoskeletal problem e.g. neck or back pain, joint or muscular pain, sporting injuries, whiplash etc.
A pharmacy team supports the practice and will be available all week from 9am until 5pm should you have any medicines-related enquiries.
District nurses and health visitors are based within the practice and provide all the normal range of services that they usually deliver. District nurses support the care of housebound patients and those with complex healthcare needs. Health visitors support care of babies and children.
Voluntary Action Angus provides social prescribing support in the waiting area to help signpost patients to a wide range of social support and service supports available in the area.
You can also go to the practice to drop off and collect prescriptions in the usual way.
Minor Injury and Illnesses Unit (MIIU) Update
On Tuesday, 19 July, the MIIU moved from Brechin Infirmary next door to Brechin Health Centre and is now operating as normal.
This test of change will be continued and the MIIU will continue to operate from the health centre until November 2016.
Access to the MIIU is through a separate entrance in the grounds of Brechin Infirmary to the upper level of the health centre. It can also be accessed through the main entrance to the health centre when the centre is open.
There are benefits in co-locating MIIU services and staff within the health centre and it means there will be a strengthened healthcare team over this challenging period for staffing.
The service is able to treat a wide range of minor injuries and arrange x-rays for suspected broken bones. The operating hours will remain the same when the MIIU moves to the health centre with the service open daily from 9.00am - 4.30pm.
To contact the MIIU, please call 01356 666076.
We must make it clear that there are absolutely no plans to close Brechin Health Centre. It is an extremely important healthcare facility in Angus and NHS Tayside and Angus Health and Social Care Partnership are committed to providing a long-term future for health services in Brechin and at Brechin Health Centre.
Please also see our most recent community update bulletin (link below)
Brechin Health Services Community Update 7 - 21 December 2016
Previous update bulletins:
Brechin Health Services Community Update 6 - 20 October 2016
Brechin Health Services Community Update 5 - 12 September 2016
Brechin Health Services Community Update 4 - 8 August 2016
Brechin Health Services Community Update 3 - 1 August 2016
Brechin Health Services Community Update 2 - 20 July 2016
Brechin Health Services Community Update 1 - 15 July 2016
(Site updated 25/01/2017)