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Welcome to Ardach Health Centre

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The Practice provides a wide variety of primary care health services to approximately 9200 patients along a coastal strip extending from Spey Bay to Cullen,  incorporating the town of Buckie as well as the villages of Portgordon, Portessie, Findochty, Portknockie and Cullen.

With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain quick and easy access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.

Get Well, Keep Well

Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.

Join In

We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription.  Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.

Access

The medical centre has suitable access for disabled patients and all patient areas including waiting areas, consulting rooms and toilets have wheelchair access. A hearing loop system is in place at the reception desk. A wheelchair is available at reception. There are designated disabled parking spaces near to the entrance.

Public Holidays

Ardach Health Centre is open on most local and bank holidays. We close for May Day and two days at both Christmas and New Year.

Zero Tolerance

Bullying, Harassment, Intimidation, and Violence Policy

Please remember that our Bottom Line Upfront is that we will not deal with anyone in anyway who shouts at us!  We will advise you at the time that we cannot deal with you if you are shouting – and we may begin the process of removal from our patient list

The Practice supports the government’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ campaign for Health Service Staff.  This states that GPs and their staff have a right to care for others without fear of being attacked or abused. To successfully provide these services a mutual respect between all the staff and patients has to be in place.  All our staff aim to be polite, helpful, and sensitive to all patients’ individual needs and circumstances.  You are respectfully reminded that it is very often the case whereby staff are simultaneously confronted with a multitude of varying and sometimes difficult tasks and situations.  The staff understand that ill patients do not always act in a reasonable manner and will take this into consideration when trying to deal with a misunderstanding or complaint.

Ardach Practice Staff. Zero tolerance works both ways; and our staff are not immune to the policy.  We will always investigate cases where our staff have been found to have contravened our policy and will not hesitate to discipline or suspend, pending investigation, anyone who falls below our high standards of decorum and civility. 

If you would like to make a complaint regarding the surgery or the services we provide, we ask that in the first instance you call and request to speak to either the Operations Manager, or Practice Manager.  If after calling you still feel that you need to submit a complaint, please submit in writing to: Andrew Whiteside (Practice Manager), Ardach Health Centre, Highfield Road, Buckie AB56 1JE or via email to gram.ardachadministrator@nhs.scot

The practice has the right to remove violent patients from the list with immediate effect in order to safeguard practice staff, patients and other persons.  Please note:

  • Violence in this context includes actual or threatened physical violence or verbal abuse which leads to fear for a person’s safety.  In this situation we will notify the patient in writing of their removal from the list and record in the patient’s medical records the fact of the removal and the circumstances leading to it.
  • Intimidation in this context includes shouting or talking in an aggressive or passive-aggressive raised voice.
  • Harassment in this context includes persistent and repeated telephone calls, or face-to-face conversations, when the definitive answer has already been given and the person to whom you are talking does not have the ability to authorise your request.

Our staff are trained to treat patients with respect and dignity.  Admin Assistants are trained to recognise difficult situations and how to try and help or signpost the patient in order to meet their requirements.  They are not, however, trained to deal with active aggression and so you must raise your concerns with the Practice Manager whenever you have not been satisfied with the initial response from either the Clinician or the Admin Assistant. 

The Practice takes it very seriously if a member of staff or one of the doctors or nursing team is treated in an abusive or violent way.  However, aggressive behaviour, be it violent or abusive, will not be tolerated and may result in you being removed from the Practice list and, in extreme cases, the Police being contacted.

In order for the practice to maintain good relations with their patients the practice would like to ask all its patients to read and take note of the occasional types of behaviour that would be found unacceptable:

  • Using bad language or swearing at practice staff
  • Any physical violence towards any member of the Primary Health Care Team or other patients, such as pushing or shoving
  • Verbal abuse towards the staff in any form including verbally insulting the staff
  • Racial abuse and sexual harassment will not be tolerated within this practice
  • Persistent or unrealistic demands that cause stress to staff will not be accepted. Requests will be met wherever possible and explanations given when they cannot
  • Causing damage/stealing from the Practice’s premises, staff or patients
  • Obtaining drugs and/or medical services fraudulently
We ask you to treat your GPs and their staff courteously at all times.

Removal from the practice list

A good patient-doctor relationship, based on mutual respect and trust, is the cornerstone of good patient care. The removal of patients from our list is an exceptional and rare event and is a last resort in an impaired patient-practice relationship. When trust has irretrievably broken down, it is in the patient’s interest, just as much as that of the practice, that they should find a new practice. An exception to this is on immediate removal on the grounds of violence e.g. when the Police are involved.

Removing other members of the household

In rare cases, however, and because of the possible need to visit patients at home, it may be necessary to terminate responsibility for other members of the family or the entire household.  The prospect of visiting patients where a relative who is no longer a patient of the practice by virtue of their unacceptable behaviour, or being regularly confronted by the removed patient, may make it too difficult for the practice to continue to look after the whole family.  This is particularly likely where the patient has been removed because of violence or threatening behaviour and keeping the other family members could put doctors or their staff at risk.

(Site updated 27/10/2021)

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