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Practice updates

3/4/24 New Doctors in the practice

We have 2 new junior Doctors in the practice, Dr Venning and Dr Turner.

They will be with us for 4 months

16/2/24 About your child's heath: information and resources

This is a website run by the Royal Hospital for Children with useful information and advice on common childhood illnesses

14/12/24 New GP trainees in the practice

Final year of GP training

We welcome back Dr Sophie Irwin and Dr Mai Ahmed. They are both with us to complete their GP training.

31/1/24 New Partners in Levern Medical Practice

Dr Emma Hamill and Dr Alison Maguire

Dr Hamill has been our Salaried GP for several years. She is now a Partner and we also welcome Dr Maguire as a new Partner.

31/1/24 Retirement of Dr Fitzpatrick

Dr Fitzpatrick has retired after 21 years as a Partner in Levern Medical Practice

We wish him all the best for his retirement, he will be missed by all of us. Any patients who normally saw Dr Fitzpatrick are welcome to see any of the other Doctors in the practice.

29/12/23 Self-referring to maternity services

Pregnant women can now use the new online self referral system for maternity booking.

This is an alternative to using the maternity booking phoneline (which is still also available)

13/12/23 COPD support service

NHS Scotland COPD Support Service. Available to patients who have a diagnosis of COPD.

Helping you and your doctor to manage your chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A web-application accessible to patients through smart phone, tablet or computer to support their COPD management.

10/11/23 Christmas and New Year arrangements

The practice will be closed on 25th and 26th December 2023 and 1st and 2nd January 2024

For Christmas, the practice will close at 6pm on Fri 22nd Dec and re-open at 8.30am on Wed 27th Dec. For New Year, the practice will close at 6pm on Fri 29th Dec and re-open at 8.30am on Wed 3rd Jan. If you need to speak to a GP urgently when the practice is closed please call NHS24 on 111.

5/10/23 New telephone number when we phone you

The number that shows up when the GP surgery or any hospital in Greater Glasgow Health Board phones you has changed. We are no longer using an 0800 number.

The number that appears on your phone when the surgery or the hospital are phoning you is now an 0141 number. You can't phone back on this number. Please continue to use the surgery phone number to call in. (0141 800 7000). The RAH switchboard number is 0141 314 7294.

5/7/23 Practice catchment area

We are changing our practice catchment area.

Due to the number of new houses being built in the G78 area we are no longer able to accept patients from G53 or PA1 postcodes. Anyone living in postcodes previously included in the practice catchment can remain as a patient of the surgery.

19/6/23 Explore East Renfrewshire!

East Renfrewshire council has a webpage with information on walking and cycling in the local area.

Walking and cycling are great activities to help improve your health and fitness

31/5/23 Sandyford Barrhead re-opening

The Sandyford sexual health service in Barrhead Health Centre has re-opened one day a week

It will be open 9am to 4pm on Mondays. Bookings can be made via the Sandyford website

16/5/23 Physiotherapy website

There is a new NHS Greater Glasgow website with advice and information on joint and muscle problems.

From this website, you can look at videos on physiotherapy exercises and also self refer to physio using the online form.

24/4/23 Increasing rates of chlamydia and gonorrhoea

Rates of these sexually transmitted infections are rising, particularly among heterosexual women.

Free condoms are available, see the link below.

18/4/23 Letters for housing department

We do not write letters in support of housing applications

You are best placed to describe how your medical conditions affect your need for housing. GPs cannot provide letters for patients as it is not included in the work we are contracted to do by the health board. It takes up a lot of time and takes us away from dealing with unwell patients.

13/1/23 New telephone queuing system

We now have a queue system on the reception telephone line (0141 800 7000)

If all the phones are busy, you will be put in a queue. There is a message to tell you what number you are in the queue. This gives you an idea of how busy the phones are so you can phone back at a quieter time if you prefer.

5/12/22 Group A strep infection

You may have seen in the media about an increased incidence of group A streptococcal infection

Most sore throats, particularly in children, are caused by viral infections, not bacteria like group A strep. If your child is unwell then please contact the surgery. Helpful information is also available on the NHS website or see the leaflet below:

14/11/22 Osteoarthritis: What Can I Do?

We know that osteoarthritis effects 8.5 million people in the UK. We also know ways that can help manage your symptoms. The BIG things are a healthy lifestyle, managing your weight alongside movement, activity and exercise.

See link for more information on these topics or https://www.versusarthritis.org/media/23930/keep-moving-information-booklet.pdf

17/10/22 Incorrect opening times online

We have been made aware that some google searches for Levern Medical Group are showing our opening times as 8.30am am to 4.30pm. This is incorrect.

Our opening times have not changed. We are open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 6pm. The incorrect times shown online are outwith our control.

23/5/22 Monkeypox

Information on monkeypox

Monkeypox is a rare infection that's mainly spread by wild animals in parts of west or central Africa. The risk of catching it in the UK is low.

18/5/22 GP practices no longer doing travel vaccines

Travel vaccines are now being provided by the health board

Please use the fit for travel website for information on how to arrange travel vaccines

1/4/22 New online mental health support

Togetherall available free to all East Renfrewshire residents age 16-25

Togetherall is a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing. Anyone age 16-25 can have free access by signing up online.

9/3/22 Do not e-mail in photos unless you have spoken to a member of staff first

Our e-mail address has been shared on social media without our knowledge or consent.

You may have seen our e-mail address on social media. You must NOT use this address to send in photos unless you have been specifically asked to by a member of staff. All contact with the practice is by phone first and any photos sent in without prior permission will be returned.

4/10/21 New hospital phone numbers

Phone numbers for the RAH and other hospitals have changed.

RAH switchboard is now 0141 314 7294

21/5/21 Enquiries about hospital out-patient appointments

If you have been referred to the hospital for an out-patient appointment and wish to enquire about waiting times or have another query about the appointment please do not phone the surgery.

Contact the hospital you have been referred to and ask to speak to appointments or the secretary of the department you have been referred to.

RAH: 0141 314 7294

QEUH: 0141 201 1100