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March  2020

The surgery has disabled the facility to book appointments online for the foreseeable future, so that  staff can question patients re systems for the Coronavirus outbreak 

February  2020

Coronavirus Information - Please see link in Further Information section below 

February  2020

Albyn Medical Practice are pleased to welcome Dr D Lee to the practice. Dr Lee  joins us for his 6 months during her first year of GPST Training. 

September 2019

Flu season is almost upon us again. We hope to start the clinics around Mid to Late October. If you fall into one of the at risk groups, ( eg diabetes, over 65, etc ). Please give reception a call on 01224 586829 and the team will be able to help you with booking an appointment for your vaccination.

August 2019

As we say goodbye to Dr E. Ballantyne who has now finished her GPST training and moved onto pastures new and Dr Withanage moves back to the hospital for the new phase of her GPST training. Albyn Medical Practice are pleased to welcome Dr M Anthony back to the practice. Dr M. Anthony  joins us for his final year of GPST Training.

February  2019

Albyn Medical Practice are pleased to welcome Dr P Withanage to the practice. Dr Withanage  joins us for her 6 months during her first year of GPST Training. 

October 2018

Flu season is here again. If you fall into one of the at risk groups, ( eg diabetes, over 65, etc ). Please give reception a call on 01224 586829 and the team will be able to help you with booking an appointment for your vaccination.

August 2018

Albyn Medical Practice are pleased to welcome Dr E Ballantyne back to the practice. Dr Ballantyne  joins us for her final year of GPST Training. 

May 2018

As we say goodbye to Dr Farquharson & wish her well in her retirement, Albyn Medical Practice are pleased to welcome Dr L Sinclair to the practice. Dr Sinclair joins us as a partner. She did her ST training here at the practice & has, since leaving in August 2017,  been a GP up in Cruden Bay.

March 2018

After 30 years with Albyn Medical Practice Dr Farquharson is retiring at the end of April. It goes without saying that we wish her all the best for her retirement.

February 2018

The Practice welcomes back Dr Jennifer Anderson who returns to do her ST3 training with us. Dr Anderson will be with us for 18 months.

January 2018

See our stars of the future tell us about having a Cold & Antibiotics.

April 2017

(SPIRE) Scottish Primary Care Information Resource 

NHSScotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records

From May 2017 we will improve the way we use information from GP patient records. These changes will help to plan and improve health and care services in Scotland.

SPIRE (Scottish Primary Care Information Resource) is a service that has been developed to help GPs, the NHS in Scotland and researchers to learn from information held at GP practices.

Health Living - Pre Diabetes

 Albyn Medical Practice – Patient Information Sheet

 Oral Glucose Tolerance Test, Impaired Glucose Tolerance and Impaired Fasting Glycaemia

What is an Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)?

 An Oral Glucose Tolerance Test is a test that measures the sugar levels in your blood to see if you have conditions called Impaired Glucose Tolerance, Impaired Fasting Glycaemia or Diabetes after an initial screening blood glucose level was found to be high.

It checks how well your body processes glucose by comparing blood glucose levels before and after taking a sugary drink. You will be asked to attend fasting (fast overnight for a minimum of 10hours – water only permitted) for an initial blood sample, then asked to drink a sugary drink and a further blood sample will be taken 2 hours later. The results are then compared to see if you have any of the conditions above.

What are Impaired Glucose Tolerance and Impaired Fasting Glycaemia?

If you have Impaired Glucose Tolerance or Impaired Fasting Glycaemia then your blood glucose is raised beyond normal levels but not so high that you have diabetes. They are often referred to as “Pre Diabetes” or “Borderline Diabetes”. They are important as they put you at higher risk of developing diabetes. You are also at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease (heart disease, peripheral vascular disease or stroke). To try and help prevent developing these conditions, the most effective treatment is making changes to your lifestyle – eat a healthy balanced diet, loose weight, do regular physical activity, stop smoking and stick to the recommended limits of alcohol intake.

 Lifestyle Changes


You do not need to eat a special diet or special foods if you are diagnosed with any of these conditions, just a healthy balanced diet. This should include foods low in fat, high in fibre and with plenty of starchy foods, fruit and vegetables.

Our practice nurses or a dietician can provide you with more information about a healthy diet and more information can be found in a leaflet on healthy eating at the following link -

Weight loss

Even loosing a little bit of weight can help reduce your blood glucose level and have other health benefits too such as lowering your blood pressure. Setting clear goals and taking time to reduce your weight can help, and further advice can be found in a leaflet at the following link -

To help with healthy eating and weight loss “Healthy Helpings Classes” are run in Grampian. They aim to offer a fun and interactive way of looking at how you can lead a healthier lifestyle combining healthier eating with increased physical activity. Further details are available at or by contacting the Healthy Helpings Co-ordinator on 01224 555522.


Taking regular exercise is also important to improve your overall health. The current recommendation is to do 30 minutes of physical activity at least five times a week. This includes any activity which makes you mildly out of breath or sweaty. So this could be anything from walking, swimming or dancing to housework, gardening or snowboarding!

More information can be found on the NHS website at the following link -


Stopping smoking has many health benefits which include reducing your risk developing cardiovascular disease such as heart disease and stroke. Other benefits include reducing the risk of lung cancer or chronic bronchitis, younger looking skin, more energy and improved fertility.

Advice and help with stopping smoking is available from the NHS smoking cessation advice service, through your local pharmacist and GP. Help is also available on Scotland’s National stop smoking helpline “Smokeline” - online at or call 0800 848484


Currently no medication is recommended for these conditions and the main way to improve health with these conditions is by undertaking lifestyle changes. However trials are ongoing and medication to control risk factors may be considered in individual cases (i.e. cholesterol or Blood pressure lowering medication).


If you are found to have Impaired Glucose Tolerance or Impaired Fasting Glycaemia you should have a yearly follow-up to check a fasting blood sugar level to ensure you haven’t gone on to develop Diabetes. Other cardiovascular risk factors - Blood pressure, cholesterol levels and weight should also be checked. If you are concerned you have developed symptoms of diabetes (passing lots of urine, excessive thirst, weight loss or feeling tired or unwell) you should may a sooner appointment to see the doctor or practice nurse for investigation of this.

Further Information

The following resources provide further related information. The practice cannot be held responsible for any information they provide or information from the web links on this page. - Diabetes UK website – Informative patient information leaflets on many health topics - NHS choices website

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