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Surgery Opening Times During Festive Period

The surgery will be closed on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th December and Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd January 2019.  Please ensure you have ordered enough of your prescription to last until we re-open. If you require urgent medical attention whilst the surgery is closed, please contact out-of-hours on 111. 

Barns Beat The Bulge Event

We are excited to offer the first ever Community Weight Loss ”Grand Drop” Challenge to see if we can together lose 1000lbs in time for Christmas. 


Most of us have a pretty good idea of the steps we need to take to lose weight and get fit.  Whichever method you chose to lose weight,  we look forward to encouraging you along the way by bringing you healthy eating and physical activity advice and tips on a weekly basis, as well as a special Barns BTB gym class and daily step challenges.


Weigh-in on whichever day suits you, either by attending the surgery and writing your weight down to give to the Receptionist, or weighing yourself at home and emailing us your results on a weekly basis.  Every Friday we will gather everyone’s weight loss results for the week and share the overall total.  It is important that you weigh yourself on the same set of scales each time, and at the same time of day. 


The challenge promotes healthy weight loss and you should set yourself a goal that is realistic.  You can check what weight is healthy for you on the NHS Choices website - NHS Choices Healthy Weight Calculator.  You may also want to measure your waist as often results are not shown only on the scales. 


If it has been some time since you were seen at the Practice and you would like a lifestyle check please contact Reception to arrange a suitable appointment.  This will involve a few simple checks including measuring your Body Mass Index, taking a blood test to check your cholesterol levels and a urine test to check your glucose level.  Your cardiovascular risk score will be calculated and sent to you by email and we can also provide encouragement to set goals to help you on your weight loss journey.  These risk factors will be calculated again at the end of the program. 


Anyone can join at anytime, so if you have friends or family who are patients and would like to join, please ask them to submit their contact details so they can be included as well.  Staff are taking part too and we look forward to sharing our successes with you.

If you wish to take part in this please ask at reception or email us at

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.  

Our next training event will take place on Tuesday 5th March 2019 at 5pm. 

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 5 February 2019
  • Tuesday 4 June 2019
  • Tuesday 8 October 2019

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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