Welcome to Tam's Brig Surgery
Tam's Brig Surgery has been on this site since the 1940s. It has been extensively enlarged and modernised over the years and is owned by the doctors.
The building accommodates the Primary Care Health Team of doctors, nurses, Health Visitors and Midwives and their staff.
Prescription Line - telephone number 01292 262697, option 2, open from 1100 - 1400 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and from 1100 - 1230 and 1330 to 1400 on Wednesday.
A minimum of two working day’s notice is required and prescriptions can be collected at reception. (Prescriptions will be available 48 hours after ordering).
Email and Text Messaging
We are asking our patients to give us their email addresses so that we can contact patients by email as well as texts. Please use the Quick Links - Further Information Email and Text Messaging to the right, to ensure we have your up to date details. Your details will not be shared with anyone else and will only be used by ourselves in connection with your care by the Practice.
Public Holidays - The practice will be closed on the following public holidays
Friday 22nd September 2017.
Monday 25th September 2017.
Monday 25th December 2017.
Tuesday 26th December 2017.
Monday 1st January 2018.
Tuesday 2nd January 2018.
IF A PATIENT IS VIOLENT OR ABUSIVE
The Practice operates a zero tolerance policy towards any incident in
which a person working in the health care sector is verbally abused,
threatened or assaulted in circumstances relating to their employment by a patient or member of the public, involving explicit or implicit challenge to their safety, well-being or health. This includes telephone abuse.
The Practice has the right to remove patients from the list because of persisting unacceptable behaviour. Where a patient is not registered with a GP practice for any reason, the period of non-registration may invalidate specific policies e.g. a travel insurance policy.
Emergency Appointment Slots
Our appointment system enables you to pre-book appointments. Our on the day appointments are only for emergency situations where you need to see a doctor urgently and you cannot wait for a pre-bookable appointment. However these ten minute appointments are used very quickly. In order to offer more appointments, all of our doctors now have two extra appointments in the morning and the afternoon. These emergency slots are offered to you at a specific time, are for five minutes, and are only for one urgent problem.
FOR OUR PATIENTS REQUESTING LETTERS FOR THIRD PARTIES
Below is the text of a letter that we can give you if you are asked to supply a letter from your GP, please enquire at Reception for a copy.
In this Practice, we receive frequent requests for medical information by numerous organisations.
Often this is reasonable. However we strongly object to the culture of “Get a letter from your doctor.”
Often patients themselves are perfectly able to provide a description of their medical problems and how these affect their needs. This has the advantage that the information is given to the organisation in lay terms which should be easily understood by the non‑medical staff who assess their relative priority. There should only rarely be a need to approach the GP for a more detailed report.
The NHS does not fund medical reports by GPs, and GPs will charge a fee for such reports, as is done for any other private medical report. However, GPs have no wish to provide reports where the information can be easily obtained from the individual themselves. Patients should not have to pay for reports to organisations when they can, in most cases, provide the necessary information themselves.
The routine request for “Get a letter from your doctor” simply adds to the ever increasing burden of paperwork which detracts from the time GPs can spend with their patients.
An efficient system of self reporting of medical and functional problems will reduce the administrative burden on the NHS and allow an equally effective prioritisation of needs for those organisations that request this information.
The GPs in this practice will therefore not routinely provide third-parties with medical reports or letters, which are requested via our patients.
However, if the organisation that has requested “Get a letter from your doctor”, would like to write to us directly we will respond quickly.
Please give this letter to the person/organisation that has asked you to “Get a letter from your doctor”, and instruct them:To write directly to us, requesting the information they require. Why they require it. And to whom we should reply.
They will need to enclose a mandate which is signed by yourself, where you give them permission to receive medical information about you.
They will be expected to pay a fee for this report, and we will send them an invoice.
Drs McCabe, Brown, Lunan, Burns and Roy.
(Site updated 14/08/2017)