Clinical Topics

Flu’ Vaccinations 2019/20

Flu vaccinationIf you will be 65 or over by the 31st of March 2020, or have a health condition listed below, are pregnant or are an unpaid carer, you are eligible for the seasonal flu vaccination:-

Respiratory disease including Asthma (requiring Steroid Inhalers) and COPD, Heart Disease, Renal Disease, Liver Disease, Neurological Disease including Stroke, TIA and MS, Diabetes or immunosuppression due to disease or treatment.

The Drop-in Clinic dates for this year are:-

Saturday the 28th of September – 9:00am – 11:30am

Saturday the 9th of November – 9:00am – 11:30am

Saturday the 16th of November – 9:00am – 11:30am

If you are eligible for the seasonal flu vaccination but have been unable to make it to any of the drop-in clinics, please contact the Practice on 01334 476840 to arrange an appointment.

Read more about seasonal vaccinations.

 

Coughs, Colds and Sore throats.

It’s the time of year for coughs, colds and sore throats. These illnesses can generally be treated at home without the need to see a GP. If though your symptoms are prolonged, you suffer from other chronic health conditions or you are worried, please call for advice.

For guidance on treating coughs and colds read our handy hints. Why don’t we prescribe antibiotics for colds? – read Getting Better without antibiotics.

 

MenACWY

Students who are under 25, at University for the first time and have not had a Meningitis ACWY vaccination will have the opportunity to make an appointment to have this carried out by the NHS Fife Immunisation Team during matriculation week.  For any students that are unable to take that opportunity please contact the NHS Fife Immunisation Team on 01383 565456 or email Fife-UHB.MCIP@nhs.net to arrange vaccination.

Please note these contact details are only for Meningitis ACWY vaccinations.  For all other vaccinations please contact the Practice on 01334 476840 or check our website.

Contraception

pipeland-pillWe offer a wide range of contraceptive options including full counselling and monitoring of all available methods. We can counsel you on and fit the IUSIUD (Coils) and the Implant. Book an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses.

Recommendations on taking Vitamin D in Winter

The most recent National Diet and Nutrition Survey shows that a proportion of the UK population has low Vitamin D levels.  Vitamin D is essential to keep our bones, teeth and muscles healthy.  Only a small number of foods provide Vitamin D so the latest guidelines suggest that many of us would benefit from taking 10 micrograms of Vitamin D daily between October and March.  This can be bought from your local pharmacy.  To find out more about this ask your pharmacist or read here.

 

Going On Holiday?

pipeland-travelVaccinations and medical advice, prior to travel, are as important as packing the right clothes or remembering your passport! Read more – Travel Advice

Practice Information

Are you a student?

Undergraduate students from St Andrews University are requested to register with a St Andrews Medical Practice based on their surname. Read more…

Travelling? Visit our travel pages for advice.

Have you changed address? Let us know.

Practice Privacy Notice

In accordance with General Data Protection Regulations the practice has drawn up a Privacy Notice which outlines the type of data we hold, how we use it and your rights under the legislation.

Extended Hours Surgeries

Struggling to find the time to see a GP? Did you know we operate “Extended Hours” Surgeries before 08:30 and after 17:30? Read more…

MJog Messenger App

You may have already have had an invitation to download the Messenger App from MJog so that the Practice can send appointment reminders and other healthcare messages in a more interactive way than the basic text we currently use.

MJog Messenger is a mobile messaging app which provides simple secure and free communication of health information between the Practice and you.

To get the MJog Messenger app click the button below

Get MJog Messenger

If however you choose not to install the App you will continue to receive basic SMS text messages from the Practice as you do currently.

Pipeland is now a parkrun Practice!

Pipeland is proud to be associated with and support the St Andrews parkrun.  This is a free weekly 5km timed run in Craigtoun Country Park at 9:30am every Saturday.  For more information click here.

Pipeland organised a successful “parkrun takeover” on Saturday the 14th of September at Craigtoun Country Park.  Most of the volunteering posts were covered by Practice staff and there was a great turn out of runners – almost 300 people ran.  Well done everyone!

In the News

GP Pressure: Numbers Show First Sustained Drop for 50 Years

The NHS is seeing the first sustained fall in GP numbers in the UK for 50 years, the BBC can reveal.

An analysis by the Nuffield Trust think tank for the BBC shows the number of GPs per 100,000 people has fallen from nearly 65 in 2014 to 60 last year.  Read more…

Help Renew General Practice

General Practice is the frontline of the NHS, playing a crucial role in providing care to patients, in the heart of communities across Scotland.

But General Practice is under huge strain and urgently requires further investment if GPs are to continue to provide high-quality patient care that’s fit for the future.

That’s why RCGP Scotland is calling on the Scottish Government to increase the level of overall spending on general practice to 11% of the Scottish NHS budget.  How you can help…