Everyone must stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
You should only leave the house for 1 of 4 reasons:
Important - These 4 reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
There is separate advice about:
Do not leave your home if you have either:
To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay at home.
Use the 111 online coronavirus service to find out what to do.
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Garthdee Medical GroupHealth CentreGarthdee RoadAberdeen, AB10 7QQTel: 01224 208312
All GP practices are contracted to provide 'essential services', that is, basic treatment of ill people. We also provide the following 'additional services' that are detailed below.
Our practice nurse provides this service; appointments can be made for this by calling the main surgery number.
The cervical smear test is a screening test which checks to see if the cells that make up the surface of the neck of your womb (cervix) are normal. It aims to identify any abnormalities, which can be simply and effectively treated.
In order to check that no abnormalities have occurred since your last smear, it is important to have regular smear tests. This is an effective method of identifying any abnormal changes in the cells, which are present at the time you have the test. In the UK, the smear test saves over 1,000 lives every year and has prevented 8 out of 10 cervical cancers developing. However, it cannot prevent all cases.
All women between 25 and 64 years of age, who have had sex, need regular cervical smears.
In Scotland women aged 25 - 49 are routinely invited to have a smear every three years, and women aged 50 - 64 are routinely invited to have a smear every five years. If it is more than three/five (dependant on age) years since you last had a smear and you have not received a recent invitation please contact us. Remember, it is still important to see a doctor as soon as possible any time you have any unusual discharge or bleeding, including bleeding after sex, between periods or after the menopause.
The practice would encourage you to attend for a cervical smear when invited, however if you wish to opt out you must complete our Smear Refusal Form downloadable HERE. If you change your mind you can attend for a smear at any time and you will be sent a letter of invitation every three years.
This is provided by a combination of GPs and our Health Visiting team.
All the doctors offer contraceptive advice and treatment. As with all aspects of GP care this is offered in the strictest confidence. Part of our service is emergency contraception and this includes the "morning after" pill. Up to 5 days after unprotected sex you can obtain emergency contraception to prevent a pregnancy.
This treatment is much more effective if started within 72 hours.
We can provide some minor surgery procedures to our patients in a specific minor surgery clinic.
If you are thinking of pregnancy, we are happy to discuss promoting a healthy mother and baby even before you become pregnant. Please make an appointment if you would like some advice on this.
We also offer antenatal care in conjunction with the Community Midwives and the local Maternity Hospital. We perform postnatal examinations at 8 weeks after delivery.
Immunisation for adults in relation to travel. Not all travel immunisations are available on the NHS, please ask our practice nurse for details.
Click here for more information on travel health.
We also hold contracts with NHS Grampian for the following 'enhanced services':
A more detailed list of primary medical services in the area can be found on the NHS Grampian website www.nhsgrampian.org or by calling 08454 566 000.
We offer Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Hypertension and Healthy Heart clinics run by our Practice nurses, health visitors and pharmacists. There is also a doctor led Diabetic Team, running specialist diabetic clinics every week.
A travel clinic is an additional service provided by the Practice. If you are planning a trip abroad please make sure you contact us in good time. A minimum of 6 weeks before you intend to travel (3 months where possible) is required so that we can collect enough information to get you covered in time, some immunisations require more than one dose with a time gap.
Please complete the travel form (downloadable HERE) as accurately as possible. Please note we do not stock travel vaccines at the surgery and that vaccines cannot be given at any time of any current infections, or while you are on antibiotics. We are not a Yellow Fever Centre and so cannot give this vaccination. If your travel is to an area where this vaccination is required, the clinics below may be of assistance. Some of these clinics are open out with normal business hours and so may be helpful if you have difficulty taking time off work for travel clinic appointments.
Travel Clinic - Michies the Chemist Tel No. 01224 585312 GO Health Services (NHS Grampian Occupational health Service) Travel Clinic Tel No 01224 553663
MASTA Tel No. 01224 562747 Ark Travel Tel No. 01224 828391 Aon Health Solutions Tel No. 01224 669000 Aberdeen Industrial Doctors Tel No. 01224 624314
For buying medical products for travel you can discuss this with your local pharmacist or Travel with care is a useful company. Their contact details are: www.travelwithcare.com Tel no. 08707 489562
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
Many students coming to Aberdeen are away from home for the first time, and some will be in a foreign country. Parents have often looked after any health care needs, and suddenly students need to look after themselves. You are entitled to register with a GP under the National Health Service for all medical services. It is important to arrange registration with a GP on arrival in Aberdeen to ensure you are covered in an emergency. Students who have long-term conditions, for example asthma, epilepsy or diabetes are encouraged to attend the GP Practice they register with on arrival in Aberdeen. This provides an opportunity to discuss continued treatment and management of diagnosed conditions.
For those students attending RGU, the university has implemented a self-certification process to accommodate situations arising from COVID 19. These relate to both absences and assessments. The relevant forms have been made available to all students and are available at https://www.rgu.ac.uk/coronavirus-guidance this includes a FAQ Section.
You can register with any medical practice, but if you are looking at this website you may be considering Garthdee Medical Group. We are associated with The Robert Gordon University and are located on the Garthdee campus.
If you wish to register with Garthdee Medical Group, you will need to complete our registration forms. You can download these on our registration page.
They are also available at reception. Please return completed forms in person to the practice, and we will advise you whether you need to make an appointment.
If during the course of your studies you change your address (or any contact details), you must inform the practice as soon as possible so that our records are accurate. This can be done in person, or by posting us the change details form [downloadable HERE]. Failure to do so may result in your name being removed from the practice list. Please note that if your new address is outside our practice boundary you will be advised to change practice.
Students are required to update their contact details at the practice at the end of the term to ensure that their registration remains current.
If you have any medical problems or worries you can obtain advice from the surgery once you are registered. Consultations are by appointment only, we also have telephone consultations. Advice can also be obtained from NHS 24 either by using the website for self-help or by phoning 01224 655 555.
Contraceptive advice and prescriptions are available by seeing your GP or from the Family Planning Clinic at:
Aberdeen Community Health & Care Village,
50 Frederick Street,
Aberdeen, AB24 5HY
Tel: 01224 655 555
If you are worried about sexually transmitted infections please arrange an appointment either with your GP or at the Genito Urinary Medical (GUM) Clinic . Tel: 0345 337 9900.
You can seek help with personal worries or stress by contacting the Student Counselling Centre and arranging to speak in confidence with a counsellor. Tel: 01224 262120 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you become unwell whilst away from Aberdeen, you can be seen by a local medical practice as a temporary resident. This is also what you should do if at home during vacations.
During the time you spend at university you may experience an episode of illness. This may impact on your ability to attend lectures, tutorials or complete some of your course work. The university has procedures in place to offer you help and support and you should make yourself familiar with these.
If you are requested to complete a medical evidence support form, this can be obtained from the practice or downloaded below.
Normally there will be a fee for providing written evidence.
Download RGU Evidence Request Form
If you are in employment where you are entitled to Statutory Sick Pay, a Med 3 form may be required by your employer after 7 days of continual absence.
All female patients registered with the practice age 25-64 will be sent a letter on behalf of the practice from Practitioner Services, inviting them to attend the surgery to have a cervical smear performed every 3 or 5 years depending on age.
The Practice would encourage you to have this screening but you have the right to opt out. Should you decide not to have a smear performed the practice requires written notification that you do not wish to participate in screening.
It is extremely important that you respond to this letter (either to make an appointment or opt out) as failure to do so may result in practitioner services removing your name from the practice list.
Cervical Cytology Students
Smear Refusal - Opt Out Form
Change of Address Form
Smoking Status Form
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
If you require a medical for employment, driving etc. the receptionist will arrange a 30 minute appointment.
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
Please telephone the results line on 01224 551656 between 11:30 and 14:30 for the results of tests.
Patients are reminded that hospital reports and results of tests can take up to 2 weeks to reach the Practice. Some results can take longer and the doctor or nurse will usually have advised you of this at the time that the test was undertaken. If the result is normal the receptionist will tell you but if any more information is required she will pass your call on to one of the GPs or she will arrange for a GP to call you back.
If you wish to discuss the result with the doctor then please make an appointment.
You will be advised in writing of any normal/abnormal cervical smear results and of the action that needs to be taken.
The practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. We will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of the results or they are not capable of understanding the results.
Fear of flying
Garthdee Medical Group would advise against taking Benzodiazepines for Fear of Flying. See leaflet above for further information.
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