GLEN MOR SURGERY, FORT WILLIAM, SCOTLAND

Loch Linnhe

Approved Educational Supervisor.
Dr Elvire Feeney

Glen Mor Medical practice
Fort William Health Centre
Camaghael,
FORT WILLLAM
PH33 7AQ
Tel: (01397) 703773
Fax: (01397) 701068


E-mail: administrator@gp55610.highland-hb.scot.nhs.uk

PARTNERS

Dr D Joe Tangney (FormerEducational Supervisor x 10 years)
Dr Elvire Feeney (Educational Supervisor)
Dr Craig Macmillan
Dr Lesley McGlynn
Dr Jane Hemm(Salaried GP)
Dr Finlay Wild (Salaried GP)

 

L-R ,Dr Lesley McGlynn, Dr Elvire Feeney,Dorothy Fraser, Dr Joe Tangney,Dr Craig Macmillan,

We are a four partner group practice in the West Highland town of Fort William and we have a list of over 5,500 patients who are largely concentrated in the communities of Fort William, Caol and Corpach. We are situated in west end of the Great Glen, close to Ben Nevis and 3 miles from the Aonach Mor Ski Centre.

Fort William is the Outdoor Capital of the UK and offers a vast choice of activities all year round.Thousands of climbers and walkers come to Fort William each year. Ben nevis is majestic all year round. Aonach Mor is three miles from the surgery if you are interested in skiing/snowboarding.

There is tremendous scenery and outdoor facilities which attracts many tourists, especially in the summer who swell our patient numbers. Employment in the town also centres on the local Aluminium factory Alcan, the BSW sawmill and Marine Harvest salmon farming industries.

We consider ourselves a very "patient orientated" practice and we believe we have a lot to offer a GP Registrar in general practice.

PREMISES

We moved to new purpose built premises on 18 th May 2007, the Fort William Health Centre which is near the Lochaber High School. We have our own wing which is a delight to work in and has a warm welcoming atmosphere.

All the three town practices share the building as well as District Nurses, Dietitions, Chiropody, Community Dentist, Art Therapy, Child Health,Physio, Community Mental Health team, Health Visitors, Learning Disability, etc.

PRACTICE & PARTNERS

We are non dispensing group practice, covering a vast geographical area. Many of our patients live more than three miles from the practice and a number of more distant communities, one of which is reached by ferry or a 70 mile round trip at night time. Another small community is reached on 23 miles of forestry road!

Dr Joe Tangney formerly provided Medical Services to a local Salmon Farming Industry and is an approved GP Trainer since 2002. He is also a medical student tutor for Aberdeen and Dundee Universities.

Dr. Elvire Feeney is an approved GP Trainer since 2005 and has a interest in homeopathy and hypnosis. Dr Feeney has successfully passed part two of MFHom in Nov 2007.

Dr Craig Macmillan joined our partnership in Aug 2008. Craig is highly qualified and has three memberships MRCGP, MRCP and MCEM. An impressive achievement to say the least. Craig has settled in very well to our surgery/ Fort William and we are delighted to have him join us as partner. He is a keen piper and a member of a local pipe band.

Dr Lesley McGlynn has a special interest in Diabetes and currently doing a Diabetes Management BA in Health Studies in the UHI.

Dr Jane Hemm works with us as a part time salaried GP and has an interest in womens health and family planning.

Dr Finlay Wild works with us as a part time salaried GP. Finlay has now won the Ben Race 6 times in a row and has an interest in sports medicine.

RECORDS

We are paperlite since Jan 2007 and now use Vision / Docman software. This has been a great success and a very efficient way of working for both the partners and practice staff.

We have had A4 records for twenty years and all patient notes are summarised and coded on Computer. We were the first practice to be computerised in the Highlands in 1984 and we remain IT enthusiasts.

There is tremendous potential to tap the vast database, which we now have "on line" and we would hope that the GP Registrar would be interested in exploiting this.

STAFF

Our staff consist of Practice Manager, three Practice Nurses , eight Receptionists/Secretarial Staff. We have District Nursing Sisters and Health Visitors attached to the Practice and regular "in-house" sessions from the Community Psychiatric Nurse, Dietician and Physiotherapist.


EQUIPMENT

The practice has a portable defibrillator, pulse oximeter x 5 , portable ECG, 24 hour BP Machine, Spirometer and Doppler sonicaid for foetal heart and vascular flow; also a digital camera, microscope and nebulisers.

For teaching purposes, we have equipped 2 consulting rooms with digital video cameras and monitors, an extensive practice library, access to the internet from each consulting room.

HOSPITAL ACCESS

We are two miles from the local Belford Hospital which has acute Medical and Surgical beds together with a Rehabilitation Unit and in addition a six bedded Midwife led Maternity Unit, in which are delivered between thirty and fifty babies per year.

Outpatient Clinics are held in all the usual specialties, the Consultants coming from our District General Hospital, 66 miles away in Inverness. We have open access to X-ray and ultrasound locally.


RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

In 1988-90 the Practice carried out an extensive study of 750 of our 20-50 year old male patients to elucidate risk factors for our high incidence of coronary heart disease. This was published in the Scottish Health Bulletin. We were pleased with a 74% response rate from our patients.

In 1998/99 this cohort was re-visited and 500 of the same group were revisited. The outcome was published in the British Journal of General Practice in September 2002. We are keen to continue our research and audit activities and hope a GP Registrar would be equally enthusiastic.

PRACTICE CLINICS

The Practice runs chronic disease clinics whic are nurse led. CHD, COPD, Asthma and Diabetic Clinics and with two partners offering enhanced Minor Surgery. Homeopathy and hypnosis are available. Two partners and Dr Tregaskis fit implanon and coils
Joint injections is also available, mainly shoulder and knee.

POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION

There are day release courses in Inverness throughout the year and video conferencing is available. Locally the GPST group has regular scheduled meetings facilitated by the trainers from each of the three training practices. Also we have two Practice Based Small Learning Groups (PBSG) and we have approximately eight meetings each year.GPSTs are encouraged to attend all courses and meetings in Inverness and locally .Previous GPSTs have taken full advantage of these opportunities.

Attendance at consultant outpatient sessions in the Belford Hospital in ENT, Dermatology, Paediatrics and Ophthalmology are arranged to suit the GP Registrars requirements.

The Lochaber Medical Society has been established for many years and also has monthly meetings with invited speakers from near and afar. This has changed in it's format recently but is under review.

GPST ACCOMMODATION AND ROTA

The practice will assist the GPST obtain suitable accommodation in Fort William if required etc.

Fort William town GPs can work in OOH if they wish on an individual basis as all the practices have opted out since the new GP contract in 2004. The OOH service has a receptionist and a PCEC consulting room in the Belford Hospital outpatient Dept.

All telephone call are triaged through NHS 24 .

The GPST is expected to do approx 25 sessions over a twelve month period as directed by the North Deanery.

The practice meets every morning before surgery. Formal tutorial sessions take place twice a week and are with the Trainer and other partners in rotation. Much training is also informal, by the whole team.

We have a weekly journal club which has been very helpful for our GPSTs. Also a significant event and Global team meeting once a month.

We have been a Training Practice since 1972 and in addition take Students on a regular basis from London, Aberdeen, Dundee, and Glasgow and have had three American and one German student in recent years.

In Sept 2006 we had our first phase 4 medical students from the University of Aberdeen for a six week training block. One of the other two training practices in Fort William take phase 4 students which helps with the day release programme.

Since Sept 2015 we also have a final year Dundee medical student placement for four weeks once a year.

Local accommodation is arranged by the University for medical students.

Six of our previous GPSTs have found jobs as Principals in Fort William.

We feel we have a Practice in a most attractive area of Scotland and have much to offer a prospective GPST or medical student.


 

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