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February 2018

Key Facts on the New GP Contract

LogoRural GP's in Scotland have set up a page on their website to explain about the GP Contract.  This is an extremely useful resource for patients to keep updated and also guidance as to how you can get involved and participate in the process.

A BIG THANK YOU to all Carradale Surgery patients who turned up to the meeting with Michael Russell MSP in Carradale Village Hall on Thursday, 15 February. A very strong message has now been sent from the Carradale and Skipness communities as to the serious concerns which the new GP contract will have on all remote and rural practices across Scotland. Dr Elder & Carradale Patient Group are receiving messages of thanks from Rural GP's and Patient Groups across Scotland for raising awareness, and these communities will be holding meetings and highlighting their #RememberRural concerns with their own MSP's and councillors.

To keep up to date with on the issues this link will provide the most up to date information:

Michael Russell MSP Surgery - 15 February 2018 @ 2pm

MR PosterMichael Russell MSP responded very quickly to the Carradale Surgery Patient  Group when a meeting was requested on concerns over the new GP contract and possible impact on Carradale patients.  The Patient  Group would encourage patients to attend if possible.


Your GP & YOU Alliance Patient Meeting Reports - Glasgow

Karen Murphy, Carradale Patient Group representative has reported back her thoughts and concerns after attending The Alliance Scotland meeting on the new GP contract event for patients in Glasgow on Tuesday 6th February 2018. Further to Karen's report the Patient Group is now linking with other Patient Groups in rural areas to raise awareness of Rural GP and Patient concerns.  If you wish to keep up to date with what is going on please follow the Facebook page "Rural and Remote Patients Group and Twitter account @ruralpatients. We will also keep our own patients informed with information at the surgery and through various local channels. We will endeavour to keep Care in The Community in Carradale and continue to provide the best service for our patients locally now and in the future.

Please click this link to read Karen's full report

Your GP and You Report - Karen Murphy, Patient Group Rep

Another patient Dr Jennifer Lane Lee also attended the above meeting and has written the following report along with a letter Dr Lee had which raised serious rural concerns to the Scottish Government prior to the GP contract decision being announced.

Your GP and You Report - Dr Jennifer Lane Lee Dr Helene Irvine Letter to Scottish Government

January 2018

Challenging Times for Rural Healthcare - Implications for Carradale Surgery Patients

Dr Elder presented to around 25 patients at Skipness and 120 patients at the East Kintyre Community Council, raising awareness of the possible changes the new GP contract will bring. Patients were very interested in discussing the positives involved, as well as being able to express their concern around some of the changes. 

Two Carradale Surgery patients will attend the Alliance Scotland meeting in Glasgow to represent the communities view on the rural impact for the new contract.  To participate or just keep up to date with discussions please follow the Rural and Remote Patients Group page and Twitter account @ruralpatients. 

Medical Student Placement 

Carradale Surgery are looking forward to welcoming Fiona Cowie, a 5th year medical student from the University of Aberdeen who starts with us on Monday, 15 January 2018. The university and students highly value these seven week placements to learn about remote and rural General Practice.

December 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all our patients. Thank you so much for the many kind gifts, good wishes and cards that we receive at this time of year.

The surgery will be open Wednesday, Thursday & Friday for Christmas week and New Year - please see our Opening Times page for full details.

Out with these times contact NHS24 on 111 and they can offer advice or arrange the most appropriate appointment for your condition.

Seasons greetings from all of us at Carradale Surgery.

Christmas Hamper Raffle

A big thank you to all who donated raffle prizes and purchased raffle tickets for our Christmas Hamper Raffle. The grand sum of £231.60 was raised for the British Red Cross who provide an excellent transport service for our patients.  The lucky winners  were:

1st Prize Luxury Hamper     Louise Gosling

2nd Prize Hamper                 Christine Bell

Other prizes went to:

M & S Biscuits                                                       Bill McMillan

Tesco Finest Belgian Biscuits                               Janetta King

Royal Edinburgh Shortbread                                Bruce Thomson

Fox’s Tin of Biscuits                                              Phylis Nicol

Tub of Quality Street                                             Lorna Galbraith

Baylis & Harding Body Care Kit                            Douglas Brown

Prosecco                                                               Margaret Campbell

Sherry                                                                   Jeanette MacKinnon

Wine in a case                                                       Gordon Hunter

Dolce & Gabbana Perfume                                    Jacqui McGougan

Donna Karan Gold Perfume                                 Joy Bidmead

Arran Arromatics Perfume                                    Zoe Gosling

Baylis & Harding Body wash & lotion                   Ann McFadyen

Avon tech tool Pen                                                Johnny Durnan

Highbank miniature vase                                     Marilyn McMurchy

“Soak it up Girl” Bath blocks                                Isabel Williamson

The Body Shop White Musk Gift set                   Cathie McDougall

Childrens Chocolate Goodie Bag                       Flora McIntosh-Cretton

Childrens Chocolate Goodie Bag                       Calissa MacDougall

Scottish Fine Soaps & Hand Cream Set            Joan McHugh

Arran Arromatic Soap/Bath & Shower gel set    Kim Norton

Gold Edinburgh Soap & Perfume                       Post Office, Skipness

Jigsaw & Selection Box                                      Kyle Gosling

Nescafe Mocha & Choc Gift set                         Alison Laing

Soap & Glory/Baylis & Harding Gift set             Rachel Grant

Scottish Raspberry Cranachan soap set           Fiona MacPherson

Nescafe Latte/Cookie & Matchmakers              Cathie Baker

Patersons box of shortbread                               Ronnie Brownie

Healthy Family Food Cook book                        Sheena Ramsay

University of Aberdeen Accredited Teaching Practice

UoA Sign

The new sign at the surgery is recognition of Carradale being an accredited undergraduate training practice.

Dr Malcolm Elder is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in the Institute of Education for Medical and Dental Sciences, within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition.  

Dr Elder is also an active committee member and Treasurer of The Rural General Practitioners Association of Scotland.

Carradale Surgery welcomes placement students to aid medical education, as well as promote remote and rural General Practice.  

 November 2017 

Health & Care Experience Survey

Those who have been randomly selected to complete the 2017 Health & Care Experience Survey will have received a letter through the post by the 17th of November. If you have been selected to take part we would be grateful if you could complete it as your feedback is very important to us. You can complete the survey online at GPsurvey

Locum Cover

The following doctors will be covering Dr Elder as Locum Doctor at Carradale Surgery. Please note Thursday evening surgeries will be from 4.30 – 5.30 during these weeks.

29 November - 1 December    Dr Doerte Pfuetzner 
4 - 8 December                     Dr Grace Gibson

Student Experience at Carradale Surgery

“As a final year medical student, I was given the opportunity to do a 7 week placement in a rural GP practice. It started at the beginning of September, and I was allocated to the Carradale surgery. Having never visited the area before, I had no idea what to expect, and my journey here felt like quite an adventure - I thought the single track road was never going to... end!

There is a small team at the surgery, which meant that I was very quickly welcomed in and made to feel at home. I soon got to know some of the patients well, and could see first-hand the benefits of continuity of care. By the end of the first week, I was able to start taking some of my own consultations, supported by Dr Elder, who allowed me to present the cases to him, and talk through my ideas for management and treatment, before then completing the consultation with the patient.

As this is a dispensing practice, I was able to see the benefits of having medication accessible, allowing you to give many patients the medication away with them when they presented with acute conditions.

I was able to come with Dr Elder on house visits, and go with him to a weekly branch clinic held in the village of Skipness – the clinic there happens in a tiny room of the village hall, with limited access to equipment and electronic notes, so it was a totally different experience!

There were 4 students on placement in the Argyll region, so we had a day in each of the different practices, as part of a ‘day release’ programme. This was very useful, allowing us to see a little of the different types of practices in the area, as well as showing us some of the challenges that each area and type of practice are dealing with.

The programme allowed us to see some of the broader workload that can be involved in these rural areas, including collaboration work with first responders, local emergency services and the lifeboats.

My time at Carradale showed me the reality of working in a rural area, as well as the practicalities of living somewhere that is a bit further away from main towns. At the beginning I was surprised to realise that the nearest food shops and petrol stations were 35-40 minutes’ drive away, but I soon got used to it (and learned to be more organised with planning a weekly shop!). This practice is in a beautiful part of Scotland, and I have really enjoyed exploring the area around at the weekends.

Everyone has been so kind to me, and I really want to thank the whole practice for making me so welcome during my time at Carradale – it has been an enjoyable placement, and I’ve gained a lot from it!”

 Sandpiper Trust Bags

Sandpiper Trust BagDr Elder is very appreciative of the The Sandpiper Trust bags of emergency equipment which Carradale Surgery use on a regular basis. The Sandpiper Trust has supplied 1,000 of these bags to remote and rural doctors/nurses who have undergone specific BASICS Scotland training. This totals £1.5 million to date - wonderful support from a charity which saves the NHS a considerable amount of money.

October 2017

Locum Cover

Dr Pfuetzner will be covering for Dr Elder at Carradale Surgery from Monday, 30 October to Friday, 10 November.

Please note the Thursday evening surgeries will be from 4.30 – 5.30 during this period.

Patient Group AGM

The Patient Group AGM will be held on Wednesday, 18 October 2017 at 5.30 pm in the Carradale Surgery.  Any interested patient registered at Carradale Surgery is welcome to attend.  

Current patient representatives are as follows:

  • Josephine Blount
  • Val Cannell
  • Stuart Irvine
  • Fiona Lavery-Jones
  • Paul Murphy 
  • Dede Robertson
  • Sheena Ramsay
  • Dorothy MacCormick
September 2017

Welcome Mary

WelcomeCarradale Surgery is delighted to welcome Mary-Ann Gosling into the team on Monday, 11 September 2017.

Flu Clinics

FluWe plan to start our flu programme, using Red Cross Transport, with clinics on the following dates:

Friday, 29th September 2017 
Friday, 6th October 2017

We hope to have our supply of vaccines week commencing 18th September. Once our list is complete all patients who are eligible will be notified.

Farewell to Tracey

TraceyLovely evening for all the staff at The Glen Bar & Restaurant to say thank you and farewell to receptionist Tracey as she heads off to her new job.

Wishing you all the very best Tracey.

Medical Student Placement 

Carradale Surgery warmly welcomes Vivian Pringle, a 5th year medical student from the University of Aberdeen who starts with us on Monday, 4 September 2017. The university and students highly value these seven week placements to learn about remote and rural General Practice.

August 2017

Carradale Surgery Reception Hours Updated


between the hours of 1pm and 2pm

Monday , Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

 Closing as normal on Wednesday’s at 12.30 pm

With effect from  Monday 14th August 2017

 Thank you for your understanding and co-operation

Reduced Services 1-3 August Due to Server Upgrade

Server Upgrade

July 2017

Congratulations Dr Harriet Turner & Dr Claire Brownhill

Congratulations to our 2016/17 placement students Harriet (Hattie) Turner and Claire Brownhill on graduating from the University of Aberdeen. We wish you all the very best in your future medical careers.

Hattie is moving to Shetland to start work in General Medicine for 4 months, then will be back in Aberdeen for the rest of the 2 years, finishing in Psychiatry.

Claire will be starting in Medical Paediatrics and hopes to be in Aberdeen for the first year and Inverness for the second.



June 2017


Congratulations to the eight volunteers who have completed their First Responders Training and are now in operation  in the village.  For full information on the scheme and their activities please follow them on the Carradale Community First Responders Facebook page.


April 2017


I began my seven-week placement at the Carradale surgery in the middle of January 2017. I had never visited the Kintyre region before and it was quite an adventure.

I stayed in a beautiful cosy cottage just over a mile away from the surgery and it was a scenic walk or cycle down when it wasn’t raining and the days began to lengthen. 

Carradale surgery is a single handed GP practice with a small team of staff. This allowed me to work closely with everyone. I was made very welcome and felt valued as a student there. By the end of the first week I was conducting my own consultations supported by Dr Elder. I had the opportunity to go out of the consultation room and discuss the case and management plan before returning to finish the consultation along with him. Dr Elder was very kind and patient with me and a very good and knowledgeable teacher. I saw a wide variety of patients which enabled me to deepen my knowledge about conditions, presentations, diagnosis and management plans by discussing these with Dr Elder and by taking the opportunity to read more about illnesses when they came up.

Carradale is a dispensing practice and it was nice to be able to hand medication over to the patient rather than simply a prescription, it also meant I was able to learn a great deal about commonly prescribed medications. I also learnt about life as a rural GP from Dr Elder who has been working in Carradale for 20 years. I accompanied him on house visits and a weekly clinic at Skipness which is 17 miles North of Carradale along a single track road. There is a tiny doctors room in the village hall in Skipness and up to 10 patients would come each week and there were also a few home visits to be carried out. It is an invaluable service to patients in this area who may due to age, morbidity or transport issues be unable to travel down to Carradale. 

During my weekends I took the opportunity to explore the area and enjoyed walked, cycling and admiring the beautiful beaches and on a couple of occasions joined some of the local women for an early morning swim in the sea - it was cold!! but a great experience.   

My placement and experience at the Carradale surgery has been invaluable and I thank Dr Elder and the rest of the team for the opportunity to spend seven weeks learning from their work. Claire Brownhill, 2017

March 2017


The following doctors will be covering Dr Elder as Locum Doctor at Carradale Surgery in March. Please note Thursday evening surgeries will be from 4.30 – 5.30 during these weeks.

06 - 10 March    Dr Doerte Pfuetzner
13 - 17 March    Dr Angus Gallacher
20 - 24 March    Dr Grace Gibson

NHS Patient Records

For further information please check


February 2017

Carradale Surgery Team has Over 100 Years of Service

Celebrations at Carradale Surgery today as Dr Malcolm Elder marked 20 years as a GP in Carradale. A fabulous cake by Drumfearne Cakes was throughly enjoyed by the staff and patients attending afternoon appointments. The small dedicated Surgery team of 7 have a strong commitment to Carradale Surgery and impressively have clocked up OVER 100 YEARS at Carradale Surgery between them - Gail McIntosh (25 years), Dr Elder (20 years), Sue Stansfield (16 years), Jill Denton (14 years), Monica Gemmill (14 years), Eileen Black (9 years) and Tracey Muscroft (4 years). This is testament to the strong support by Carradale & Skipness communities and to the Surgery  team.


Dr Elder


Carradale Community First Responders

Congratulations to the following who all passed their four days of Scottish Ambulance First Responder Training: Malcolm Elder, Fiona Lavery-Jones, Steve Redwood, Gregor Semple, Kenny Semple, Robert Strang, Caroline Tachauer and Kate Trott.

The group have purchased two defibrillators as a result of a grant application to East Kintyre Windfarm Trust and are very grateful to the Trust for this. Further equipment and protective clothing will be supplied by Scottish Ambulance.

Once fully equipped the First Responders will be on a double rota and attend medical emergencies (when contacted by the SAS) while the ambulance is on its way.

Each month the First Responders will undergo ongoing training at The Fire Station with the help and support of our local paramedic Lorna Campbell.  

First Responder Fiona has already started fundraising for Training Equipment be taking part in a Walk 1000 Miles in 2017 challenge.  Good luck Fiona and all donations to Fiona welcome.

January 2017

Carradale Community First Responders Training

Carradale First Responders Training will be held in the Village Hall from 9.00 am - 5. 00 pm as follows:

Day 3 - Saturday 21 January 2017

Day 4 - Sunday 22 January 2017

Medical Student Placement 

Carradale Surgery warmly welcomes Claire Brownhill, a 5th year medical student from the University of Aberdeen who starts with us on 16 January 2017. The university and students highly value these seven week placements to learn about remote and rural General Practice.

December 2016

Carradale Surgery staff, would like to wish all patients a very….

Merry Christmas

Festive Hours

Festive Holidays 

Thursday 22nd December - Doctors evening surgery is being brought forward to 4.30pm to 5.30pm. 

Friday 23rd December - Reception will be closing at 5pm. 

Thursday 29th December  - Doctors evening surgery is being brought forward to 4.30pm to 5.30pm 

Friday 30th December - Reception will be closing at 5pm.

Christmas Hamper Raffle
Congratulations to the lucky winners in our raffle and a very big THANK YOU to all who donated and bought tickets. A grand sum of £292.50 was raised for Red Cross Bus Transport.

1st Prize - Mixed Hamper - Ian Buchanan

2nd Prize – Breakfast Hamper – Elizabeth McMillan

3rd Prize – Party Table Pack – Louise McConnachie


November 2016

Carradale Community First Responder Training

Carradale First Responder Training will be held in the Village Hall from 9.00 am - 5. 00 pm as follows:

Day 1 - Saturday 19 November 2016

Day 2 - Sunday 20 November 2016

Rural GP Conference 2016 

Dr Elder attended an excellent rural GP conference in Inverness. Lots of enthusiasm from the many students and junior Docs who attended too. #rgpas16


RGPAS 2 Rgpas 3

October 2016

Patient Group AGM

The Patient Group AGM will be held on 12 October 2016 at 5.30 in the Carradale Surgery. 

September 2016

Medical Student Placement

Carradale Surgery warmly welcomes Harriet Turner, a final year student from the University of Aberdeen who starts with us on 5 September 2016.  The university and students highly value these seven week placements to learn about remote and rural General Practice.

August 2016

Carradale Harbour Day 

Once again Carradale Surgery were testing Harbour Day visitors with their Buzz Wire Skills. Winner of the Fruit Hamper with fastest time of the day (45 seconds) was Caleb Meehan.

Harbour Day 2016 

July 2016

Congratulations Dr Liam Henderson

Congratulations to Liam Henderson on graduating from the University of Aberdeen and we all wish Liam well in his future medical career.  Liam was at Carradale on placement earlier in 2016 and sent in the following message:

"Thank you once again for the warm welcome I received whilst in Carradale. It was truly my favourite block of 5th year, the information I have learnt has been invaluable, and I had an amazing time exploring round the wonderful area."

All the best to Liam in his FY1 year at The Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

May 2016

Work Experience Placement

Carradale Surgery warmly welcomes Cara from Edinburgh who is on a week's placement prior to applying for medicine at University.  Cara will be with us during the week commencing 23 May 2016.  

April 2016

Carradale Community First Responder Meeting

A big thank you to all who attended the Scottish Ambulance Services meeting last night.  It was great to see such a strong community response which very much impressed the SAS presenters Murray McEwan and Mark Smith – so much so they ran out of sign up forms! 

As a result of the excellent presentation on the scheme it very much looks as though a Carradale Community First Responder Scheme will be set up.  With the strong backing of Carradale Surgery, Carradale Fire Station and the community we are well on the way.  

 Carradale First Responder Meeting Minutes - April 2016

SAS Presenters  

April 2016

Carradale Community First Responder Scheme

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