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Cos Lane Medical Practice,Cos Lane, Woodside Road,Glenrothes, KY7 4AQTel: 01592 752100
Due to COVID-19, most of our appointments will be video consultations using NEAR ME. NEAR ME is really easy to use and can be accessed by smartphone,tablet or computer. If you do not have a device that can access NEAR ME we can offer a telephone consultation but NEAR ME is the preferred choice. Should your clinician determine you need to attend the surgery, please be assured we have taken all necessary steps to ensure your safety including enhanced cleaning practices, social distancing in waiting areas, provision of hand sanitising gel and wearing of PPE.
Consultations for all GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and nurses are by appointment only and can be made by telephone between 8.30a.m. - 5.00p.m.
DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT - PLEASE TELEPHONE
Our administration staff will ask you a number of questions regarding the reason for your appointment. We require them to do this, to ensure your appointment is made with the most appropriate member of our healthcare team. The most appropriate person will often be one of our Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Alicia, Liz or Elaine, can assist you with many health issues. Our nursing team are also highly skilled and we delegate many routine tasks to them.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else. 100's of appointments are wasted each month with patients failing to turn up for them.
A wide range of healthcare issues can be dealt with by our Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Elizabeth Melvin, Elaine McSwan and Alicia Miller.
All Advanced Nurse Practitioners can deal with a wide range of minor illnesses, but our Advanced Nurse Practitioners can deal with a far wider range of health issues and they are all prescribers. The ANPs work closely with the GPs who can be called upon should the ANP believe that is necessary.
Our ANPs all have different areas of expertise, so our administration staff have been trained what questions they need to ask patients at the time of booking, to make sure your appointment is allocated to the correct member of staff.
Elizabeth Melvin specialises in Paediatrics, having many years experience in a hospital environment advising and treating children of all ages.
Alicia Miller is qualified to advise and treat patients on a wide range of healthcare issues. She is experienced in chronic disease management and contraception including emergency contraception.
Elaine McSwan joined our ANP team in 2019. She worked in cardiology and neurology before moving over to the community and General Practice Nursing. Her experience and post grad qualifications allow her to advise and treat patients on a wide range of healthcare issues.
Alternatively you may be able to use the Minor Ailment Service or Pharmacy First Service* available at your pharmacist for advice and free treatment. Please select the tab above for more information on Minor Ailment Service.
*Pharmacy First - is a new service where community pharmacies will see and treat
a/ mild cases of impetigo or
b/ uncomplicated UTI in women aged 16 - 65
Whilst we encourage our patients to come to the surgery, where we have the proper equipment and facilities available, we do appreciate this is not always possible. In this respect, if you do need a home visit, you can help us by calling reception before 10:30a.m.
You may only request a home visit if you are housebound or are too ill to visit the practice. Most of our visits are carried out by Claire Johnstone, our home visiting ANP. She works very closely with all our GPs and discusses your care with them as required. Please give our receptionists full information when requesting a home visit.
If the visit is required urgently please make this clear.
Should you believe the patients condition might be life-threatening please dial 999.
Only in exceptional circumstances will home visits be made to children.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
If you require an extention to your fit note please contact the surgery in plenty of time. (at least 2 working days notice).
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
We are a training practice and regularly have GP Trainees, who are qualified doctors gaining experience in general practice. They are considered full members of the practice team, and work under the supervision of partners.
As part of their training, GP Trainees often have to videotape consultations. These tapes are used only for training and assessment purposes. They are only seen by doctors involved in training, and are deleted after use. Consultations are only taped with the written consent of patients involved.
Dr Brown and Dr Smith are our GP Trainers.
Cos Lane can offer oral contraception, commonly known as 'The Pill' and contraceptive advice.
IUCD/ IUS – intrauterine contraceptives - Mirena and coils can be fitted by Dr Jacqui Smith and last at least 5 years they are a Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive, commonly known as "fit and forget contraception"
If you need further advice about your contraceptive options please speak to any of the doctors or nursing staff or ask for a leaflet or visit nhs inform website.
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