Under today's NHS structure, the way in which GP practices provide their services means that each service is divided into a different category. All GP's must provide essential services, however the range of additional and enhanced services that practices provide will differ. It works like this:
All GP practices are contracted to provide "essential services", that is the treatment for people who are unwell.
Old Machar Medical Practice also provide the following “additional services”:
● Child health surveillance, together with the Health Visiting team.
● Contraceptive services including general contraceptive advise, oral contraceptive pills, contraceptive injections and implant fitting, and IUCD (coil) insertion.
● Maternity services in the ante-natal and post-natal period, together with the midwives from the Aberdeen Maternity Hospital.
● Routine immunisation of children, together with the Health Visitors team.
● Immunisation for adults in relation to travel. (NOTE: Not all travel immunisations are available on the NHS, please ask our practice nurse for details).
● Cervical smears.
● Occasional Cryotherapy Clinics for the freezing of various small skin lesions.
● Minor Surgery Clinics:for the removal of various small skin lesions.
Old Machar Medical Practice also hold contracts with NHS Grampian for the following “enhanced services”:
● An annual flu immunisation programme to protect the elderly and other "at risk patients".
● Regular monitoring, by blood and urine tests, for patients on a range of drugs for arthritis and bowel problems.
● Regular monitoring, by blood tests for patients on warfarin.
● Annual comprehensive reviews for patients with heart disease.
● Annual comprehensive reviews for patients with diabetes.
● Alcohol screening
● Extended hours consulting for doctors and nurses
● Palliative care
● A methadone substitution programme for patients with drug abuse problems together with nurses from the Substance Misuse Service
● Minor Injuries assessment and treatment.