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Updates 14 Mar 18

Vision Online Services 01 Apr 2018


Wednesday 28 Mar 2018 - Last day for ordering Repeat Prescriptions on this Website

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This is a Significant change on how we are doing our business

There are only 11 days left to go before we discontinue the Online Prescription Facility on this Website.  The Practice will be switching to Vision Online Services with effect 01 Apr 2018.  Although we have been advertising this since November 2017, there are only 50 people, to date, registered for Vision Online Services!

It is very important that you download and complete the form if you want to continue to order your Repeat Medication online!  Otherwise you will have to come into the surgery!  Vision Online Services is very easy to follow:

  • You must have completed the form - in full!
  • You must have a unique ID for each person registered
  • You must produce Identification of who you are!
  • In the last week of March a link will be eMailed to all Vision Online registered patients.
  • This link will provide you with instructions on how to logon to Vision Online Services.
  • You will have your own unique password to access this service.
  • Using the service is really easy!

Vision Online Services will initially provide Fochabers Medical Practice patients with the facility to order Repeat Prescriptions directly into our computer system.  However, in the near future we will also be opening up the facility to book appointments with the GP or nurse on a trial basis.

Watch this space!

Practice Manager

Update 8 Mar 18

Free Complementary Pain Management Service Tuesdays

Do you need help with: Pain Management, Muscular or Skeletal Issues, Chronic and Long Term health conditions, or restricted flexibility and movement?  Well this could be for you............!

We are pleased to announce that Victoria Cranna and Teresa Elliot are offering FREE complementary therapy sessions every Tuesday beginning 13 March 2018 for a limited time - contact Reception and ask for more details - and to book your free appointment....!

Practice Manager


Locum Services

We will be operating with Locum Services, to cover absence through planned holiday and sickness of our GPs, between 5 - 21 March 2018.  Both Locums are very well known to our patients. Dr Gordon McInnes has been providing Locum services with the Practice since Dec 17 and widely respected with all with whom he comes in to contact; as is Dr David Mickel who will also be providing cover.  We are pleased to announce that Dr Annabel Ross, from Aberlour Medical Practice, has also agreed to help us with cover.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Practice Manager

Increase in Capability

We are proud to announce that from Mon 12 March 2018 we have a significant increase in capability with the Advanced Nurse Practitioners.  Grant Redford will be joining us on a full time basis; and our resident ANP, Sharon Kinniburgh, has agreed to increase her hours to full time with effect 1 Mar 18. 

So what does that mean in real terms?  We will have 2 ANPs operating Mon - Fri with each of them having a half day off, rotating Wed and Thu afternoons.  Cover will be provided from 08:30 - 18:00 every day!

Did you know that ANPs can cover almost all of the responsibilities normally associated with GPs - including prescribing?  To put it into perspective, the only cases that ANPs cannot deal with are: Mental Health, Under 2 Year olds, and Pregnancy!

This is excellent news for us as a Practice, and even better news for our patients!

Practice Manager

Updates 20 Feb 18

House of Care

The House of Care programme for Grampian is being planned right now!  Fochabers and Aberlour Medical Practices are at the forefront of planning and implementing today's modern approach to sustainable and efficient care for patients!  This is going to change how patients are being looked after - watch this space!

House of Care

Travel Form - Charges

Please be advised that with effect 01 Apr 18 there will be an administrative charge of £15 per half hour for processing Travel Forms.  The minimum charge will be £15.00

Practice Manager

Update 19 Feb 18

SMS Service

We have been experiencing a slight glitch with our SMS service of late.  The filter that sends reminders one day in advance had defaulted to send all messages up to 9 days in advance!  This has now been rectified and should not happen again.

Please accept our apologies for any confusion or angst that this has caused.

Practice Manager

Update 8 Feb 18

Practice Closure

The Practice will be closed from 13:00 - 18:00 Wed 14 Nov 18 for essential staff training and education.

SMS Responses

When you receive an SMS from the Practice, save the number in your favourite contacts as Fochabers Medical Practice for future identification.

With the exception of replying '1' to cancel an appointment we cannot receive any information by SMS from you.

Thanks to all who have updated their contact details

Practice Manager


The practice has been made aware of current social media conversational threads following on from the recent reports of a young woman experiencing a stroke having had being changed to the combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP) Rigevidon. 

We would like to reassure patients that this is not a risk associated solely with this brand.  All COCPs carry a small increased risk of a clot forming, not just Rigevidon, which is why we ask patients on these medications to attend annually for a check to ensure that their risk is not above what is considered acceptable. We hope this provides some reassurance.

Mike Brown | Practice Nurse

Update 6 Feb 18

SMS Reminders and Recalls

the majority of our patients have not registered a mobile contact telephone number for recalls and reminders.  Help us to help you by leaving an up-to-date mobile number at reception.

House of Care

Fochabers Medical Practice have been successful in being selected as an early adopter of the extremely successful House of Care Programme!

2018 - Practice Closure Dates

The practice will close for the following Bank and Public Holidays:

  • 2 Apr 18
  • 7 May 18
  • 9 Jul 18
  • 24 Sep 18
  • 25 & 26 Dec 18
  • 01 & 02 Jan 19

We are also closed 14 Feb 18 from 13:00 for essential staff training and education.

Thank you for your understanding

Practice Manager

Update 8 Dec 17

SMS & E-Mail Messaging Service

We have an SMS and E-Mail reminder and recall service facility and need your up-to-date mobile details and e-mail address contact details for us to provide you with updates and reminders.  You will be able to cancel appointments from your SMS messages and help us to provide a more efficient service.    Please contact 

with your details so that we can update our system - or let our reception staff know your details as soon as possible.  Thank you in advance

Practice Manager

Update 7 Nov 17

Patient Survey

We Ask - You Speak - We Listen - We Learn - We Change

We've carried out an internal survey on our practices and we think we're pretty good at what we are doing.  However, that doesn't mean we are good, and it doesn't mean that we are serving you as a community; because only you can tell us that.  Help us to find out that what we are doing well - and more importantly, that what we are not doing so well, and what you think we should be doing in order to make us 'What Good Looks Like' in the field of being a successful Medical Practice.  Thank you for your consideration.

Practice Manager

Update 22 Oct 17

Interested in our 2018 Vision Online services booking?

Practice Manager

Update 15 Oct 17

Holiday Vaccinations

Please be advised that we require 6 weeks' notification for travel vaccinations.  

Practice Manager

Welcome to our surgery website where we hope you will quickly benefit from a user friendly layout and a wealth of information about our healthcare services. Find out when we’re open and what to do when we’re not, all from the comfort of your own home.

One Click Away

Convenience doesn’t stop there and you can now access a number of services online. Ordering a repeat prescription or sending us your comments are both just a click away. And if you’re not yet registered with us you can download the necessary forms here too.


All patient areas at Fochabers Medical Practice are suitable for wheelchair access.  The main entrance has push-button automatic doors.  For patients with hearing aids there is a loop system at the reception desk.  We have access to a translation service for those of whom do not speak English as a first language. 

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