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Latest News

Seasonal Flu Vaccination

Influenza (flu)is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by influenza viruses.  Each year the make-up of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses that the World Healflujabsth Organization decide are most likely to be circulating in the coming winter. The flu vaccine is offered free of charge on the NHS to people who are at risk. This is to help protect them against catching flu and developing serious complications.

Please check your eligibility for the vaccine on the link below:

Flu Vaccination Drop In Clinics

At this time of year the Practice holds Flu Drop In Clinics. No Appointment is Necessary!

These have been organised for:

  • Tuesday 12th November

If you are eligible for a flu vaccination, please attend during these times. 

Thinking of Stopping Smoking?

The Practice holds clinics run by NHS Quit Your Way on Tuesday and Friday afternoons.   If you would like help to stop smoking, please contact the surgery to make an appointment for one of these. 

A drop in session is held the 1st Tuesday of every month between 5.45-6.45pm if you have any questions about stopping or are looking for further information on the help and services available, come along for a chat with our smoking cessation adviser. 

Practice News

The Practice is delighted to welcome two new GP Partners to the team from 7 August 2019 – Dr Lee Nisbet and Dr James Ledger and from 1 July, Kate Hollins.  Kate is an experienced Advanced Nurse Practitioner and her role will primarily be caring for our frail, elderly and housebound patients. 

Public Holidays

The Practice will be closed on the following dates:

  •  Wednesday 25th December
  • Thursday 26th December
  • Wednesday 1st January
  • Thursday 2nd January


Practice Learning Time

The Practice takes part in 3 to 4 Protected Learning Time (PLT) events a year.  This dedicated time allows the practice staff the opportunity to close for the afternoon to address learning and professional developments needs, either individually or in groups which we feel is a benefit to patient care. 

The dates for the next planned PLT events are as below:

  • Thursday 31st October 2019

During these afternoons if you require urgent medical treatment which cannot wait until the next routine surgery to be seen, please telephone the Out of Hours service - NHS24/Ayrshire Urgent Call Services (AUCS) on 111.

Newly Qualified Practice Nurse - Toni Owens

Having just graduated with a BSc Nursing with Distinction from UWS, Toni joins our nursing team on a 2 year Practice Nurse training program run by NHS Education Scotland. 

The Practice has a strong ethos on training in all disciplines and together with Toni piloted the first ever undergraduate GP placement earlier this year.


It is an absolute delight to have Toni back in the team and we look forward to working closely with NES in developing this pilot program for newly qualified nurses.

Heartstart CPR Training Session - Life 

Learn how to save a life with our 2 hour training session for the general public on life saving skills.  We run a training session every quarter and have trained over 100 people.  

If you or someone you know would like to take part please let the reception team know and we'll add your name to the list of attendees.  You don't have to be a patient of the Practice to attend, all are welcome where numbers allow. 

Atrial Fibrillation - An Undiagnosed Condition

The Scottish Government report that thousands of people are living with an undiagnosed heart condition which makes them 5 times more likely to suffer a disabling stroke.   

Atrial Fibrillation is an irregular heart beat, that once diagnosed, can be simply treated.  Screening for AF can be done very simply using a hand held monitor.  Our Receptionists are trained to use the equipment, and will give you the result at the time.  If the result is abnormal, we will make arrangements for further testing.  

Pop into Reception today and ask to be screened.  No appointment necessary

Patient Participation Group

We are seeking patients to join our Patient Participation Group (PPG). Our meetings take place 3 times per year.

The dates for our next meetings are as below:

  • Tuesday 4 February 2020
  • Tuesday 9 June 2020
  • Tuesday 6 October 2020

If you would like to be involved please ask a member of our reception team or email us at:

Have your say, join our PPG today!

Practice Physiotherapist

The Practice are working with Brian Scarisbrick, Advanced Physiotherapist.  Brian has 2 clinics per week in the Practice and sees patients with a range of joint problems eg back, neck, shoulder, hip and knee pain.  He can assess, diagnose, advise and treat many complaints.  You don't have to be referred, if you think it is something that could be helped by physiotherapy, then you can contact Reception and book an appointment with Brian.

In addition to the Practice Physio, Ayrshire & Arran have an website which can offer advice on managing a range of musculoskeletal problems.  

For more information click here. 

SPIRE (Scottish Primary Care Information Resource)

SPIRE is a NHS Scotland initiative which gathers anonymised data from GP records to help plan services and improve the quality of care provided in the future.  For more information please visit

Barns Walking Group

A Walking Group leaves the Practice every Wednesday at 11am.  All patients, non-patients, and furry friends are warmly welcomed.  The walk suits all abilities with 1 mile and 2 mile routes being available. 

Medicines Management

This medicines factsheet has been developed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland for patients to improve transparency with regards to decision-making on medicines.  It explains how a GP or other healthcare professional decides what the right treatment is, whether or not a medicine is required, and if so, which is the right medicine to presribe.

Medicines in Scotland:  What's the right treatment for you?

Hearing Aid Battery Replacement Service

The Practice are now offering a battery replacement service for hearing aids provided by the NHS. You do not need to be registered at Barns Practice to use this service.  if you obtained your hearing aids privately then you should visit your hearing aid centre for new batteries.

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