NHS Tayside has announced that a new part-time GP will be joining Brechin Health Centre as of October 1.
In the fourth community update, Dr Michelle Watts, NHS Tayside Associate Medical Director, said: “As we described in the last update, GP staffing levels at the practice are improving as we move through August. We are also continuing with our efforts to recruit to the health centre, with some success.
“I am delighted to announce that a new GP, Dr Penny Lockwood, will be joining the practice on a part-time basis from 1 October and we look forward to welcoming her to the health centre.
“We are also finalising the appointment of an advanced nurse practitioner, with a further nurse practitioner post being advertised. This will provide three advanced nurse practitioners in Brechin who are highly trained and provide a very complementary role to that of the GPs.
“Our multidisciplinary team in the centre continues to expand. Last week, a mental health and wellbeing nurse started working in the practice two days per week to support the practice in the management of patients with mental health and wellbeing concerns. As a member of the community mental health team, the nurse can help with concerns such as anxiety, stress and depression. This service will run initially for a six-month trial period.
“Medicine for the Elderly clinics are planned to begin at the end of August to support the assessment and review of our frail elderly patients, for whom issues such as polypharmacy (multiple repeat medications) and falls can be major issues and pose risks to their health.
“We are also caring for the health of our practice team, encouraging them to look after their own health as well as that of the patients. Following feedback from a staff session, a Healthcare Chaplain is now attending the practice fortnightly to offer support and a listening ear to all staff.”
NHS Tayside is also investing in the building and infrastructure of the health centre, with a new phone system due to be installed in the coming weeks. The centre’s interior will also get a face lift thanks to a fresh coat of paint, and there will be minor repair works and improved access to the centre following repairs to the asphalt at the main entrance.