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Due to very reduced clinical staffing levels on Monday, 8th August 2022, we are, unfortunately, unable to provide a normal service and will be operating an emergency service from 12 noon.

The phone lines will be open as normal until 12 noon with eConsult being available throughout the day, however, there may be a longer than usual wait for a call back, for which we sincerely apologise.

If, after 12 noon, you require urgent attention that cannot wait until we re-open on Tuesday, 9th August 2022, please call 07918 973 029.

For severe life threatening emergencies, call 999 please do not wait until we re-open

The Know Who To Turn To website ( offers a full directory of the services on offer and when you should use them, as does NHS Inform (

We ask that you please bear with us and we appreciate your cooperation, understanding and patience while we work through this challenging period.



You should already have received a letter from Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership, informing you that Dr Gilani and Partners will take over the running of the Practice from Tuesday 1st November 2022.

Until that date, the Aberdeenshire Health & Social Care Partnership, will continue to manage the practice.
The name of the practice will remain “Alford Medical Practice’ and the majority of GPs, nursing and admin staff will remain the same, although you may well see some new faces.
In the meantime, if you have any queries regarding the changes, please read the FAQ attached, call 03456 081206 or email

If your query relates to appointments or healthcare please contact Alford Medical Practice via eConsult or, for those with no access to the internet, by telephone on 019755 62253.

Letter to Patient


Aberdeenshire Health and Social Care Partnership have taken over the running of the Alford GP practice from Monday 13 June.  A great deal of work took take place over the weekend of 11/12 June to ensure that all computer systems were updated in preparation for the handover and the practice telephone number remains the same.  For those patients who use services they should see no material difference to the services provided and indeed the services will be provided by familiar faces.

AHSCP News Release


  • Do you for anyone else in your household have a cough or cold/flu-like symptoms
  • Do you or anyone else in your household have a temperature or feel shivery?
  • Do you or anyone else in your household have a loss of taste and/or smell?
If you or anyone else on your household has answered Yes to one or more of the above questions, you should follow public health advice and commence isolation immediately.  Further advice can be found on NHS Inform -  

There is a wealth of health information available on the NHS Inform website -

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

As we are sure you are all aware, Scotland moved beyond level 0, which means a significant change in many of the restrictions we've all been used to. However, the Scottish Government have previously asked that we maintain a higher level of protection in order to safeguard all of the patients visiting the surgery, some of whom are particularly vulnerable, and this guidance has not yet changed.

A face mask will still be required when attending the surgery and the 2 metre distancing rule will remain.

We will also ask you to answer the screening questions asked by the Receptionist. As we continue to have reduced waiting room seating we ask that only one person attend their appointment (children under 16 and those who attend with a carer excepted, of course).

Until these measures can safely be removed, we will continue to do everything we can to keep our patients and staff as safe as possible.

Thank you for your continued support, we appreciate your kindness and understanding during what is a difficult time for everybody.

Stay safe


AbilityNet is a UK-wide charity with a 20+ year history of promoting a digital world accessible to all. They work with older and disabled people to help them make the most of their devices whether it’s a laptop, tablet, desktop or phone.  If you know someone who might need support to learn how to use a digital device such as those who would struggle to know how to submit an eConsult or make a video call contact AbilityNet on 0800 048 7642 or visit

**Total Triage Service - eConsult**

The surgery has introduced a "triage" system, called eConsult, for all appointment requests. This means that appointments can no longer be booked directly by telephone. The best way to request an appointment is to submit an online consultation by clicking the GET STARTED button, below, and the surgery will review this and get back to you, either by email or telephone, usually within 2 hours if your eConsult is submitted before 12 noon. Any online consultations submitted after 12 noon will be responded to as quickly as possible with a guaranteed response of 10am the next working day.  


eConsult Live 50       

How to upload a photograph as part of an eConsultation

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Watch the eConsult demos above for more information

Further information can be found in the following link which will take you to a demonstration on how to use eConsult - (approx 52 minutes long) or (approx 2.5 minutes long)

The longer video was filmed with members of Dorset PPG groups and we would recommend watching this if you have any free time to do so.

The following is covered during the demonstration:

00:00 - Quick intro

06:39 - How to submit a clinical eConsults for medical requests or for when you feel unwell

20:40 - How to upload a photograph as part of an eConsult

27:46 - How to submit an administrative eConsult for things such as sick note requests or general questions to the practice

31:40 - How to use our Clinical Review Questionnaires to give your regular readings for conditions such as High Blood Pressure, or Asthma

Please note that CCGs, SystemOne and NHS apps are only available in England and Wales but the basic information in the demonstration is the same UK-wide

Start Video Call Appointment

If you are ready to attend your video appointment, or you want to make a test call before your appointment is due, click the start video call button below (please ensure you are using Google Chrome  on a Windows or Android device, or Safari on Apple devices). If you make a test call this tests your device, connection, speaker and camera, it does not make a call.  More details about Near Me are available on the Appointment tabs. 

Please do not start a video call unless you have pre-booked an appointment via our patient adviser or clinician

For Technical Requirements to run an NHS Near Me video call click here Technical Requirements  

For Troubleshooting tips if you experience difficulties using NHS Near Me click here Troubleshooting tips  

Due to Covid 19, the practice is no longer able to allow patients to directly book an appointment with a GP, Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Practitioner or Healthcare Assistant at the practice. All contacts and queries are triaged by the clinical team and the most appropriate course of action decided. This is a system known as total triage.

While some of the lockdown restrictions are likely to ease in the near future, it is important that the practice only deals with patients face to face when it is absolutely essential or urgent for staff and patient safety. We remain open and available for your health concerns but due to obvious restrictions will try to manage patients by telephone and video consultations (using NearMe) whenever possible.

The system has worked very well ensuring patients are dealt with promptly and by the appropriate member of the team. This means that to continue to protect public safety total triage will remain in place long term as the practice deals with Covid and works towards finding a new normal.

The preferred route into the surgery would be by completing an eConsult but details can be taken over the phone for patients who cannot do this.

We will shortly be providing details about how to book nurse appointments for such things as chronic disease reviews and smears, etc.

Please don't hesitate to contact us with any worrying or urgent concerns you may have.

What is eConsult?

eConsult has several functions:- It can help you with self diagnosis using its symptom checker and gives detailed self-help information; it can help you determine the most appropriate place to go seek help, which may be your local pharmacy or the national 111 help line; and it provides a mechanism to submit a secure eConsult direct to the GP 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means you don't have to wait for the practice to open to submit an eConsult, it can be done anytime including evenings and weekends to beat the morning rush. The practice will then reply by the end of the next working day.

If you wish to submit an eConsult to the practice:

  • Click on the "Get Started" banner above
  • Click on "I want help for my condition" and then select your condition from the list. If you can't find a good fit, select "I want general advice"
  • Work through the questions and then submit to the practice. We will respond within 2 hours if you submit your eConsult before 12 noon.  Any online consultations submitted after 12 noon will be responded to as quickly as possible with a guaranteed response of 10am the following working day.  Please be aware that we will respond either by email or telephone.

You can add photos to your eConsult (important if you have rash to diagnose you more easily) if you complete any of the following templates:

Adult Templates:

Acne, Athlete’s foot, Bites and stings, Breast problems in men, Breast problems in women, Flu, Cold or Flu, Conjunctivitis/Sticky eye, Contact dermatitis, Eczema, Elbow pain, Hives/Urticaria, Mastitis, Mouth ulcer, Rash, Stye, Warts and verrucae

Child Templates:

Conjunctivitis/Sticky eye, Eczema Hives/Urticaria, Impetigo Rash, Ringworm, Warts and verrucae.

Latest Update about Coronavirus

GP Practices have remained open throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic. Urgent medical problems are still dealt with by GPs, nurses and other staff.
As we move into a phased recovery, most medical services will start to come back on stream, but this does not, and cannot mean a return to normal.
Just as the supermarket, the coffee shop and the office is a very different place, so too is the GP surgery. Much of what you may need to contact the surgery about can be dealt with without attending there, so people across the country are being asked to phone or e mail first, with telephone or video calls arranged, and only those who need face to face contact are asked to attend to keep you and others safe with as few people as possible in the buildings.
Because it's likely that those attending will have health problems, it's even more important to ensure safety than it is in the supermarket or office so staff will wear PPE, and you will be asked to wear a face covering/ mask.
Contact time will be kept to a minimum for everyone’s safety but despite this each appointment needs to be longer, and flow through the buildings will be controlled, and waiting rooms will seem very different.
The way they are delivered will stay changed for a very long time to come. We all need to feel safe when we use the NHS and need our NHS staff to be safe.

Face Coverings

Following on from the Scottish Government guidance, the Practice asks that patients who are attending the surgery could come wearing a face covering – e.g. scarf or cloth. This is not currently mandatory, but patient co-operation would be very much appreciated to protect both patients and staff. Thank you!

Click here for more information - 


People are not required to carry proof that they are exempt for medical reasons. They do not need exemption letters or certificates and their word should be accepted by relevant organisations.

However, you can access DIY cards to help deal with public situations that might happen - click on the link below for more information.


The surgery was purpose built and designed to accommodate all the needs of disabled patients. There is full wheelchair access throughout and suitable toilet facilities.  Car parking at or near to the surgery is not usually a problem. There is a good-sized car park on site. Use of the car park is entirely at patient’s own risk.

Zero Abuse

We operate a zero abuse policy and ask that you respect the team that looks after you.

Both physical and/or verbal abuse towards any member of our team will not be tolerated and patients found in breach of this policy may have to find alternative medical care.

Please treat our team with the same respect that you would expect to be treated.

This is where we'll post the latest information relating to our services, practice news and upcoming events, which we hope you will find useful (click on the Facebook link above).

If you do, please 'like', 'follow' and 'share' the page, and tell your friends to do the same, so we can spread the word.

Please note any negative or derogatory comments will be removed.


If you require urgent attention that cannot wait until we re-open at 3pm, please call 07918 973 029

For severe life threatening emergencies, call 999

please do not wait until we re-open

The Know Who To Turn To website ( offers a full directory of the services on offer and when you should use them, as does NHS Inform (


If you require urgent attention when we are closed, please call 111

For severe life threatening emergencies, call 999 immediately - please do not wait until we re-open

The eConsult service will be unavailable from 5pm on Friday, 23 September, reopening again on Tuesday, 27th September

The Know Who To Turn To website ( offers a full directory of the services on offer and when you should use them, as does NHS Inform ( 

Disclaimer: The information given in these pages is provided for information only.  Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the information is accurate, the author cannot accept responsibility for any errors or omissions which have occurred and no responsibility will be taken by the author for events arising from use of the information provided.  Although the advice for patients is as comprehensive and accurate as possible, it is only general and should not be used as a substitute for the patient consulting their own doctor.

Alford Medical Practice is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.  These links are provided as a convenience to the visitor and their inclusion does not imply our endorsement.

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