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We are also running a Flu Clinic during this time

If you require urgent attention that cannot wait until we re-open on Thursday, please call 111

For severe life threatening emergencies, call 999

The Know Who To Turn To website offers a full directory of the services on offer and when you should use them.


FLU CLINICS 2019/20 🤧

Our Flu Clinic on 30 October 2019 is now fully booked, however, there is another one being held on Monday, 4 November 2019, with appointments available from 1pm.

The practice will run an emergency service only on Flu Clinic days.

The eligibility criteria for Flu vaccination are:-

Over 65
Heart disease
Lung disease (including asthma or COPD)
Kidney disease
Liver disease
Previous Stroke
Degenerative disease
Body Mass Index measurement of 40 and above
Unpaid Carer (if you are an employed carer – please contact your employer)
Immunocompromising condition, eg receiving chemotherapy/radiotherapy, on DMARD drug etc

**Child aged between 2 and 5 (not in school)**

Two clinics for children aged between 2 and 5 (not in school) are already fully booked with the next one being held on the morning of Thursday 5 December 2019. There may be another clinic on Thursday 19 December 2019 but this has yet to be confirmed.
Appointments for this clinic are available to book now by telephone (019755 62253) or in person at Reception.

It is very important that you protect yourself with a ‘flu vaccine, even if you feel hale and hearty, and we ask that you make an appointment to have this done at the Surgery.

It is equally important to let us know if you do not wish to have a ‘flu vaccination and we would be grateful if you inform Reception on (019755) 62253 so that we can record this in your notes.

Please keep an eye on this page (, the Practice Facebook page ( and posters in the surgery for up to date information about upcoming clinics.



If you require urgent attention that cannot wait until we re-open on Thursday, please call 111

For severe life threatening emergencies, call 999

The Know Who To Turn To website offers a full directory of the services on offer and when you should use them.



Termination of Morning Open Access Service

(as of Monday, 31 July 2017)

Due to an increase in requests for urgent appointments throughout the day, the morning Open Access service has become unsustainable and the doctors have made the difficult decision to change from a morning walk-in service to a pre-booked appointment system in the morning as well as the afternoon.

The last Open Access surgery will run on Friday, 28 July 2017 with appointment-only surgeries commencing on Monday, 31 July 2017.

A few morning appointments are now available to book for Monday, 31 July 2017 onwards.

Emergencies will always be seen

The Practice will continue to offer Emergency appointments for urgent matters that cannot wait until the next free pre-bookable appointment but this may not be with the Minor Ailments practitioner or GP of choice.

These appointments will be spaced throughout the day and will be given out by the Duty Team in time order.

For more information, please click on the link below.

Patient Update Leaflet

Please note that application forms for Online Services (Prescriptions) are available for collection, either from Reception, online or at N S Wilson (local Pharmacy).  


Public Holiday Closures

We will be closed on the following dates in 2019:-

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Monday, 22 April 2019*

Monday, 6 May 2019

Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Thursday, 26 December 2019

*Open as normal on Good Friday (19 April 2019)

Should you require medical attention during this time, please contact NHS24 on 111 or in the event of an emergency, call 999 immediately. 

In addition to providing 24 hour advice, NHS 24, along with GMED (Grampian Medical Emergency Department) provides emergency cover during the hours of 18:00 and 08:00 when the practice is closed, throughout the weekend and public holidays. If you need medical assistance between these hours, telephone NHS 24 on 111 (if you have any difficulties contacting NHS 24, please dial 100 for the operator).

A receptionist from NHS 24 will answer your call and either:

  • Arrange for you to speak to a doctor or nurse
  • Invite you to attend the centre to be seen by the doctor 
  • Arrange a home visit if you are too ill to visit the centre

Transport to and from the centre may be available if you cannot arrange this yourself. Out of hours cover is the responsibility of the local Health Board. Further advice and information can also be obtained from NHS 24, whom you can contact direct on 111 or by visiting 

For severe life threatening emergencies, call 999


You should call 999 for the following emergencies:-

  • suspected heart attack or severe chest pain or breathlessness
  • loss of consciousness
  • choking and you are unable to help
  • Suspected stroke

Attend the nearest A+E department/Casualty rather than coming to the surgery for any of the following:-

  • a serious injury such as a suspected fracture 
  • head injuries especially if the person has been knocked out
  • bad burns
  • road traffic accidents
  • eye injuries
  • nosebleeds not settling with first aid




Ever wondered why you couldn’t see the Doctor or Nurse sooner?


Did you know that, in August 2019:

75 appointments were booked by patients who then failed to attend them


39 Doctor appointments – equivalent to THREE morning surgeries*


36 Nurse appointments – equivalent to TWO morning surgeries*

If, in the future, you are unable to attend, please let us know in advance so that we can offer the appointment to someone else.


Thank you

Alford Medical Practice


In addition to the General Medical Services provided by the Nurses and GPs, our practice is actively involved in promoting good health. Often this will be done as part of the routine consultation with the doctor or nurse, but appointments can also be made at the clinics shown below.

Diabetes Clinic

We have a dedicated clinic for our diabetic patients which  is run by Practice Nurse, Fiona Wilkie, with the support of Dr MacDonald.  This is usually run on Wednesdays, between 09:00 -12:00 and 13:00 – 15:00. 

Minor Surgery

Dr Shanks offers appointments for minor surgery.  This includes removal of simple skin lesions such as warts and lumps and bumps, toenail surgery, cryotherapy to skin lesions and joint injections.

Family Planning

The GPs offer a full range of contraceptive choices.  Dr Blues has additional training in Family planning and performs coil/IUS and implant fittings and removals. 

Midwifery and Antenatal Care

Midwife clinics are held on a Thursday.  The Midwives are largely responsible for all routine antenatal care.  Approximately 6-8 weeks after delivery you will be asked to make an appointment with the GP for a post natal check.  At 8 weeks, a baby check is carried out by the GP before the first immunisations can be given by the Health Visitor.


The Practice Nurses perform a range of immunisations.  Routine childhood vaccinations are performed by the Health Visitors.

Child Health Surveillance & Childhood Immunisations

Regular child health surveillance clinics are run at the Alford Clinic.  It is very important that your child has these vaccinations to prevent these serious illnesses. Click here to see the programme.

Drug monitoring

We offer systematic monitoring for people on certain medications that require blood monitoring, this includes Warfarin.  The Health Care Assistants are chiefly responsible for performing blood monitoring. 

Cervical screening

The GPs and Nurse Practitioner can perform cervical smear tests.  Please let the Receptionist know when you book the appointment so the clinician can be prepared.  Please state if you require a female and if you wish to have a chaperone present.


You can self refer to the physio by calling 0800 917 9390.  For a problem where you have already seen the GP, a referral will be made for you should the GP feel this is required.


We have an NHS podiatrist who sees patients by appointment one day a week.  Please ring 019755 62481, if you need to change/cancel your appointment date. The Podiatrist has an answer phone for any messages when not available.

Retinal Screening

Retinal screening for diabetic patients is performed at the surgery.


The optician sees patients by appointment every Tuesday at the surgery.


There is a dental service attached to the surgery.  Please call 019755 63657 to make an appointment.

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