Scilly Docs
  Dec/Jan/Feb 1997/8                    111


During the course of this year those who have had occasion to visit us at the health centre may have noticed some small changes.  We hope these have been seen as small improvements - for example, patients now have at least 10 minute appointments, rather than only 5 minutes and all patients are now given an appointment time, rather than being asked to sit and wait.  Thus we have reduced the average waiting time for patients, and the number of times surgeries have run late.  Nonetheless we hope you will appreciate that occasional emergencies, or patients needing longer than their 10 minute appointment, will still cause delays for subsequent patients. Next time it might be your problem that causes us to run late!

Dr. Dalton and I have been discussing a range of other changes with the health care professionals in the islands and have therefore produced a new surgery timetable.  The main changes we would like to draw to your attention are:

  1. The Antenatal clinic has been moved from Tuesday afternoon to Thursday morning in order to allow off - islanders to attend more easily.  In fact the midwives will start the clinic earlier than indicated, being joined by the doctor at the time shown.
  2. New asthma and diabetic clinics are being introduced on alternate Wednesday afternoons. These will be jointly run by the doctors and nurses.
  3. New surgeries are being introduced, for example on Wednesday morning and others extended, such as on Tuesday morning.
No surgeries have been cut from the timetable.

As a consequence some clinics have also changed day, such as family planning and the children's clinic.
We would like to keep the children's clinic for routine weighing, developmental checks, vaccinations and general advice on infant and child care.  It will run as now, jointly with the health visitor and practice nurse.  Therefore, we would like to encourage patients to bring children with acute illness to ordinary surgeries, of which there will be more available, rather than to this child health clinic.  We particularly feel it is inappropriate for children with infectious diseases to mix with well infants, attending for such as routine weighing .

We will begin this new timetable on 1st January 1998 and hope it will be a further improvement. However we are aware that there may be unforeseen difficulties, beyond the expected teething difficulties, requiring adjustments, and to this end we would like to remind everyone that there is a "suggestion box" in the health centre and would welcome your comments. In any case the timetable may need rethinking when we move to the new premises. On this note may I say how excited we all are now that the building of the new health centre has begun. This represents a major improvement in health care. Our staff will find it easier to deliver more efficient care in a modern, less cramped environment, which has to be better for our patients. Thank you to all who have contributed, or worked hard at raising the funds that have allowed building to start; I hope fund raising will continue, in order that we may reach our target, and so that the project may be completed next year.


09.00 - 10.30   Routine Surgery
11.00 - 12.00   Emergency Surgery
17.00 - 19.00   Routine & Emergency Surgery

08.30 - 09.00   Blood Samples
09.00 - 10.30   Routine & Emergency Surgery
17.00 - 19.00   Routine & Emergency Surgery

09.00 - 10.30 Routine Surgery
11.00 - 12.30 Routine & Emergency Surgery
16.00 - 18.00 Routine & Emergency Surgery

08.30 - 09.00 Blood Samples
09.00 - 10.30 Routine & Emergency Surgery
16.00 - 17.00 Emergency Surgery

09.00 - 10.30 Routine & Emergency Surgery
17.00 - 19.00 Routine & Emergency Surgery

09.30 - 12.00 Emergency Surgery


13.30 - 15.00 Children's Clinic

13.30 - 15.00    Family Planning Clinic

09.00 - 10.30    Minor Surgery
11.00 - 12.30    Minor Surgery
14.00 - 15.30    Alternate Asthma/Diabetic Clinic

11.00 - 12.30 Antenatal Clinic


11.00 - 12.30 Tresco Surgery
13.00 - 15.00 Bryher Visits (Alternate Weeks)

14.30 - 1 5.30 St. Martin's Surgery

14.30 - 15.30 St. Agnes Surgery (Alternate Weeks)


Wishing you all a Happy Christmas
and a Healthy New Year
Dr. M. R. Drake & Dr. T Dalton
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