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RENFREWSHIRE GP SURGERIES CLOSED FROM 1PM ON WEDNESDAY 14TH JUNE 2006

June 12, 2006 11:39 AM

From 1pm on Wednesday 14th June 2006, GP Practices in Renfrewshire (with the exception of Westfield Surgery, Graham Street, Johnstone, The Surgery, 22 Quarry Street, Johnstone and GP Practices in Renfrew Health Centre) will be closed for staff training. All other non-GP services in health centres and clinics throughout Renfrewshire will be running as normal.Practices will resume as normal the following day.

NHS 24 – 08454 24 24 24, will be in operation from 1pm on Wednesday 14th June to deal with emergencies.People are advised that in a life-threatening emergency they should always dial 999 for an ambulance.

Dr Chris Johnstone, Directorate Clinical Lead/GP said:

"GP Practices in Renfrewshire have combined to explore ways in which they can improve the care they are able to offer their patients.

"These training afternoons are to ensure that staff from GP practices across Renfrewshire have the opportunity, similar to all other GP Practices within Scotland, for training and development.During the Education Events, emergency medical aid will still be just a phone call away. If patients require urgent attention from a Doctor between 1pm on Wednesday 14th June and 8.00am on Thursday 15th June they should contact: NHS 24 by telephone on 08454 24 24 24.Website: www.nhs24.com and people should always dial 999 in an emergency".

He continued

"Regular training and development of staff should be encouraged.The whole of the GP Practice does not often get the opportunity to come together as a group to participate in educational events.The arrangement for provision of medical cover via NHS 24 allows GP Practices the opportunity to develop training sessions to ensure that good practice is continuously maintained and improved.The main beneficiary of such training is ultimately the patient".

ENDS

For further information contact 0141 201 4429.

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