Dalblair Medical PracticeDrs Hills, Kean & McCulloch56 Dalblair RoadAYR, KA7 1UQTel: 01292 267432
M.B.Ch.B, M.R.C.P. M.R.C.P.CH. D.F.F.P.
Dr Hills graduated in Glasgow in 1990 and is a member of both The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons as well as the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. She has a special interest in children’s’ health as well as being responsible for the majority of women’s’ health within the practice and carries out minor surgery for the removal of moles, lumps and bumps.
MD, MRCGP, MRCPS, LMSSA, LRCP, LRCS, LMCC
Dr Kean graduated from St George’s University Grenada in 1999. He then completed a residency programme in internal medicine in Albany Medical Centre, New York USA. Subsequently he continued internal medicine in McMaster University, Ontario Canada and completed a further year in Rheumatology with a Clinical Fellowship in Musculoskeletal pain control, which remains a focus of interest. He was registered as a GP in 2010 after several years training back in Scotland.
Dr McCulloch graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2006. During her time at medical school she was a student with Dr Hills at Dalblair Medical Practice. Dr McCulloch is a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and has a special interest in Family Planning and palliative care medicine.
Assistant Practice Manager
Receptionists provide an important link for patients with the practice and are your initial contact point for general enquiries. They can provide basic information on services and results and direct you to the right person depending on your health issue or query. Receptionists make most of the patient appointments with the GPs and nurses. They also perform other important tasks such as issuing repeat prescriptions and dealing with prescription enquiries, dealing with financial claims, dealing with patient records and carrying out searches and practice audits.
Within the Practice we have a Phlebotomist, Nicola O’Neil, who is able to take blood from patients. This is done within specific clinics in the morning to allow the bloods to be transported to the Laboratories for analysis within a reasonable period of time on the same day. Because they work in a medical environment, phlebotomists have strict guidelines that must be adhered to when collecting blood samples from patients. These bloods are taken normally for specialised clinics run within the Practice such as Diabetic; Cardiac etc these clinics are normally run by the Practice Nurse. GP’s can also request the Phlebotomist to take blood samples for monitoring purposes, they will have discussed this requirement with the patient during an appointment you have had. It must be understood that although the Phlebotomist take blood for analysis it is the GP’s that make any decisions regarding the results or any treatment required.
Our Pharmacist runs a clinic here at the Practice on alternate Thursdays. She carries out Medication Reviews with patient’s within the Practice and when necessary at a patient’s home. She also actions changes suggested by NHS Ayrshire and Arran in light of new evidence and guidance. Appointments are made via the Practice .
Our Community Links Practitioners runs a Clinic within the Surgery every Friday and when necessary at a patient’s home. She is able to help you work through a wide range of concerns you may have regarding keeping well in the community and is here to help you improve your health and wellbeing, through connecting you with activities and services in the area. Some of things she can help you with are:· Training, volunteering and employment· Self-management of health· Money and welfare support· Local activities and hobby groups· Housing issues
If you wish to self-refer ask the practice receptionist or GP for further information.
Our midwife provides both antenatal and postnatal care to our pregnant ladies. She runs an antenatal clinic within the surgery as well as visiting our patients at home. We offer pre-conceptual advice with which she is also involved. She can be contacted directly on 01292 285893.
The district nursing service provides care to our patients who are unable to come to the Practice or are housebound.
The district nurse can be contacted on 01292 513878.
As well as providing support and advice to parents of our under 5s, our Health Visitor carries out developmental assessments. The Health Visitor is usually available for advice and can be contacted through their office on 01292 885532, normally the answer phone is on but if you leave a message they will return your call as soon as possible.
Child Immunisation Programme
The practice offers all immunisations covered within the under 5 year old child programme. These clinics are held on every alternate Thursday morning by appointment.
Our dietician runs a clinic monthly in the surgery for all aspects of dietary advice. She is also involved in giving our diabetic patients advice at the diabetic clinic. Additionally, she will see patients at home when necessary. Appointments are made via the Practice.
Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN)
Our CPN sees our patients with a range of conditions from anxiety and phobias to severe mental illness. They provide support within the community to our patients and provide a valuable liaison with our hospital colleagues. We also have a dedicated CPN for the elderly who provides the same service but also deals with the problems more unique to our elderly population. Referrals are initially made after assessment by the doctors.
Our hospice nurse works with all members of our practice team and is responsible for the home care of patients referred to the Hospice. They provide help and support and are a valuable link between the hospice and the doctors in the practice in the care of our patients. Once referral has been made they can be contacted directly on 01292 269200.
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