Clinics & Services
The doctors and nurses work closely together to provide good quality general appointments and family medicine. We have some specialist clinics, more of which below;
Blackfriars Medical Practice is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that the best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance.
All Patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel one is required. The chaperone may be a family member or friend. On occasions you may prefer a formal chaperone to be present i.e. a trained member of staff.
Wherever possible we would ask you to make this request at the time of booking the appointment.
Your healthcare professional may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations in accordance with our chaperone policy.
If you would like to see a copy of our policy or have any questions or comments regarding this please contact a member of the Practice.
The childhood immunisation clinics are held every Friday between 13:15 - 14:30 with the Immunisation Team Nurse.
Please click here for the childhood immunisation schedule.
Please note: children who have missed their immunisations at school (HPV, dtp or ACWY) will be done by the immunisations team. The team can be contacted on 01383 565456 to find out when they will be back in school for a catch up clinic.
If you are pregnant, you should aim to make an appointment with the midwives from 7 weeks onwards to complete the ‘booking appointment’.
At Blackfriars, we are keen to work with the midwives to complement their antenatal care. As such, the GP's offer to see all pregnant women at 12 and 36 weeks, if their input is desired. This is really a chance to discuss the pregnancy and to enable us to provide continuity of care after pregnancy.
Your GP and practice nurse team continue to provide health care during pregnancy and an appointment can be made with them in the usual manner.
Parent classes are also available at St Andrews Community Hospital. You should be invited to classes between 28-32 weeks, and partners or other family support are welcome.
A clinic is run every 2nd Wednesday morning by the fife midwives 09:30-11:30. Please contact reception to make an appointment.
For those patients on warfarin, one of our Practice Nurses runs a clinic once a week on Wednesday mornings. Using a finger prick test, our Practice Nurse can test your blood and you will get the results immediately. Follow up appointments are arranged at the same time.
Please click here for further information.
PN Wilson and Dr Smyth run this clinic. Appointments are offered every week, and you will receive a letter when your check up is due. Please let us know if you cannot attend, or contact us to arrange another date.
Asthma/COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
Inhalers not working? Not sure how to use them? PN Wilson is happy to see patients with a stable chronic lung condition for help, support and advice with their treatment. Please make an appointment for the asthma/COPD clinic.
Appointments are also sent out on an annual basis. Please let us know if you can’t make it, as another patient can always use your appointment.
Minor surgical procedures/Joint injections
Minor surgical procedures can be carried out at the practice after an initial consultation.
Dr's Wills, Smyth and Macfarlane all carry out minor surgical procedures, from minor excision to injections.
The first step is to make an appointment with one of these GPs to discuss this further. We regret there are some procedures which cannot safely be undertaken at the surgery, but the GP will advise you at your appointment.
Cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen)
We now have access to liquid nitrogen. This can be used to deal with minor skin complaints such as warts and areas of sun damaged skin. The liquid nitrogen is available on Monday and Wednesday pm, and Friday am.
Your Practice Nurse or GP can advise if liquid nitrogen is necessary.
The phlebotomist's are able to take blood tests from patients requiring regular blood testing. Appointments can be made at our reception or by phoning 01334 477477.
The phlebotomist's require instructions from a GP or practice nurse before taking a blood sample. Please call 01334 477477 to discuss the need for a test with a clinician.
Well Woman/Cervical Screening
Your Doctor and Practice Nurse can advise on all aspects of female/sexual health.
Cervical screening is a method of preventing cancer by detecting abnormal cells in the cervix (neck of the womb) early on. Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but checks for cell changes that may, if left untreated, go on to develop into cancer.
In many cases, cell changes will go back to normal on their own. In some cases, the abnormal cells will need to be treated. The NHS Cervical Screening Programme aims to reduce the number of women who develop cervical cancer and the number of women who die from the disease.
Being invited for cervical screening doesn't mean you're particularly at risk from cervical cancer. Attending screening regularly should mean that any abnormal changes in the cervix are identified early on. If needed, treatment can be given quickly to prevent cancer developing.
The age range and frequency of cervical screening has recently changed to screening 3 yearly from age 25 and 5 yearly from age 50 to 64. It was previously 3 yearly from 20 to 60 years old. Woman on non-routine screening will now be invited up to the age of 70 years.
If you would like to know more about cervical screening, talk to your Practice nurse or Doctor,
visit www.nhs24.com/cervicalscreening or phone the free NHS Helpline on 0800 22 44 88.