The Practice is a training practice, meaning that we teach at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Thank you for your help in training the doctors of the future.
Our Registrar is a fully qualified doctor undergoing postgraduate training in General Practice and is normally with us for a year. They have their own clinics, and do house calls. They may sit in with one of the other doctors during consultations or accompany one of the nursing staff or Health Visitors.
Medical students from the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee also spend time with us. They are at different stages of their training, and have different needs. Again, they may sit in on consultations. Please indicate whether you have any objections to this arrangement when booking in at reception.
Further information for medical students
St Andrews itself needs little introduction, with its ancient university, its world famous golf courses, its beautiful beaches and unforgettable weather. Our practice, the Feddinch Medical Practice, is one of three located in a new Community Hospital opened in September 2009 in which a total of 17 GPs are based. The names of the partners and staff are listed under the main staff link above, with Drs Gillian Milne and Jonathan Nixon being the main tutors.
We have just over 9,000 patients, many of whom are university students, but with a good distribution of ages, from newborn to greater than 100! Most of our patients live in the town, but the practice area extends to villages within a 7 mile radius.
For our medical students, we provide an opportunity to see at first hand a huge range of medical procedures. In addition to the usual surgery consultations and home visits, we run baby clinics, diabetic clinics and travel/immunisation clinics. We perform minor surgery, provide contraceptive advice (and fit IUCDs, implants and diaphragms). Our nurses run asthma, respiratory, chronic heart disease, well person and post M.I. checks. We also run a weekly midwife-led ante-natal clinic.
We see casualties in the new Community Hospital, and admit patients to the medical and hospice beds. We are responsible for their care throughout their hospital stay. The hospital has X-Ray, physiotherapy and busy outpatient departments with a range of clinics staffed by visiting consultants from Dundee and Kirkcaldy.
The feedback we obtain from students indicates that they enjoy a busy and varied attachment. There is opportunity to see patients in your own in surgery and at home, and time for discussion with the tutor later.
Ann-Marie Gillespie, our Nurse Practitioner, holds a minor illness surgery each day and you may join her in the surgery. The rest of the nursing team is also happy to have a student accompany them. Lesley Marshall and Julia Tarn run the diabetic clinic, working alongside Dr Nixon. The nursing team runs the travel clinic.
You can spend time with our district nurses, health visitors, treatment room nurses and community psychiatric nurses. We have our own phlebotomist who runs a daily clinic. It is usually possible to arrange for our students to spend time with the phlebotomist and gain experience of venepuncture.
Visits to the local pharmacy and even the local undertaker can be arranged.
We hope our students will be able to join us when we cover out-of-hours commitments at NHS 24 as it is usually a good educational experience!
Virtually every aspect of general practice is covered during a 4-week attachment. We are a busy, happy team and we know our students enjoy their time with us when studying in St Andrews.
Monday - Friday 8:30-6:00. An additional evening session from 6:00-8:15 takes place one evening per week. Call 01334 476840 to book an appointment. Find out more about booking an appointment
Results of tests such as blood, urine and x-rays are available by telephone from noon to 12.45 pm daily, when one of the practice nurses will take your call. More detailed advice can usually be obtained by making an appointment with the nurse. Between 3.00pm and 5.00pm our reception staff can give out results, but may ask you to phone back later if it is not a satisfactory/normal result. For all results, please call 465635.
Are you a student?
Have you registered with a doctor? If your surname begins with a letter between A and God, then you can register as a patient at our practice (for surnames Goe to M, call Blackfriars on 477477, and for N to Z, call Strathcairn on 473441). You never know when you might need a doctor!