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Please note our GP's timetable as follow's;

Monday - Dr Katy Sloan & Dr John Owen
Tuesday - Dr John Owen & Dr Ravi Sondhi
Wednesday - Dr John Owen
Thursday - Dr Katy Sloan & Dr Ravi Sondhi
Friday - Dr Katy Sloan & Dr Ravi Sondhi
Barrhill will be alternated by all 3 GP's.  During leave this timetable will be subject to change.

With effect from 1st April 2018 Ballantrae Medical Practice opening hours are as follows;

Monday 8.30am - 6pm

Tuesday - Friday 8.30am - 5.30pm

Dispensary 9am - 11am & 3pm - 5pm (Monday - Friday)

There will be no change to opening hours at Barrhill.

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Are you interested in the medical practice?                 
Do you want to have a say in what services are provided?            
If so please join our group.  We aim to meet 3 times per year, (more if you wish) to discuss any issues affecting the practice.  If you are interested in joining please ask for more information.

Your input is greatly appreciated and we would value more people coming along.

Thank you. 

Protected Learning Time

PLT is dedicated training time for all staff, where we aim to enhance our skills and knowledge as individuals, in order to improve the effectiveness of the Practice and the services we offer to you as patients.


The next scheduled dates for Protected Learning are as follows;


Wednesday 21st March 2018

On these days the Practice will close from 12.30pm and will re-open the following day. 

Emergency medical cover will be provided by ADOC. Dial 111.  In a life threatening emergency dial 999 for an ambulance.

 Veteran's First

Do you need help with muscle or joint pain problems?  Patients can now access the Musculoskeletal Advice and Triage Service (MATS) to have direct access, over the phone advice, signposting and onward referral to MSK services if required. Call FREE on 0800 9179390. 

Samaritans – new telephone number

 The Samaritans are launching a new free-to-caller number – 116 123. This number is free to call from landlines, mobiles and payphones. It will enable more people who may be struggling to cope to access our vital service, which provides round the clock support, every single day of the year.

The new 116 123 number will replace Samaritans’ national UK number, 08457 90 90 90.  

Registration & Bereavement


If informants need to carry out a registration, it would be extremely helpful, if you could telephone in advance of the visit so that a suitable appointment can be made.

Tel No: 01292 617617. 

Please note Girvan Registration Office will be OPEN on the morning of Monday 19th February, however will be CLOSED on Tuesday 20th February 2018.  It will re-open on Friday 23rd February 2018 between 9am and 4pm.

 Stranraer Registration Office

Council Offices Sun Street, Stranraer, Wigtownshire DG9 7JJ

Phone: 01776 888439  Please phone to make a suitable appointment.

What is power of attorney?


MSK Ayrshire and Arran have recently launched a new website to assist with the advice and management of musculoskeletal conditions. At present it contains information and exercises for OA knees, patellofemoral pain and chronic pain management. Although only recently launched early feedback shows an appetite for further information so over the next few months the website will be continually updated with other common MSK conditions.


Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Evidence that you are sick

Sickness CertificatesIf you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)

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