Alford Medical Practice is a University of Aberdeen accredited teaching practice. This means that, from time to time, trainee nurses and doctors will be at the practice. We believe in delivering excellent training to the young doctors and nurses of the future and you may therefore find a medical student sitting in on your consultation. If you would prefer not to have the student in attendance then please let the Reception staff or the GP know.
The medical students attending the practice are usually very senior and may be in their final few months before they become fully qualified doctors. Many of these students have elected to come to the surgery because they want to be GP's. An essential part of their training is to learn to practice independently.
If you agree to see the student, you may find that you will be seen firstly by the medical student who will take a history from you and conduct any appropriate examination before calling the GP/Minor Ailments Practitioner through. In these situations, you will always also be seen by the GP/Minor Ailments Practitioner and the GP/Minor Ailments Practitioner will be responsible for any medications that need to be prescribed.
Please be aware that throughout their 6 week attachment students will have access to patient records and will often use information in records to perform a small research project which will be used only within the practice. Should you prefer that the student does not have access to your records please inform Reception staff.
The GP responsible for medical student training is Dr MacDonald.
Protected Learning Time
Occasionally the practice will close on a Wednesday afternoon for staff training. These closures will be advertised on the surgery door. During these times urgent medical cover will be provided by NHS 24/GMED. The dates of closure can be found in Opening Times under the NHS Public Holidays/Training tab.