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					                                Sighthill Health Centre

Name, address & tel: of practice

Dr A Watson & Partners                           Tel: 0131 537 7060
Sighthill Health Centre                          Fax: 0131 537 7005
380 Calder Road
Edinburgh                                        Email:
EH11 4AU


Dr Alistair Watson
Dr Di Whitworth                      Trainer
Dr Tony Harrison                     Trainer
Dr Pamela Leslie
Dr Nigel Williams

Size of list, type of practice and special features

Sighthill Health Centre is situated 4 miles south west of Edinburgh City centre. The practice
works out of Sighthill Health Centre and a small branch surgery at Wester Hailes. The list
size is 6,300. The practices operates a 10-minute appointment system with an urgent
medical problems surgery at 11 a.m. Monday to Friday.

Clinics include ante-natal, child health surveillance, wart clinics and a diabetic clinic.
Facilities are available for minor surgery, which are carried out during normal surgeries. A
variety of other clinics are run within the health centre i.e. psychiatry, neuro-development,
epilepsy, learning disability, gynaecology, locality drugs clinic and enuresis clinic.

Arrangements for out of hours

The practice is part of the south west Edinburgh locality doctors on call co-operative
(SWELDOC). This involves 44 BPs with 64,000 patients. During the evenings and at
weekends it is staffed by 2 doctors, a receptionist and driver. Overnight from midnight until 8
am the number of doctors is reduced to one. SWELDOC is based in the Treatment Room of
Sighthill Health Centre.

During the first 3 months the Registrar attends some sessions, observing the work of doctors
from the practice. In the second 3 months they work for SWELDOC with a partner from the
practice based with them at the Primary Care Centre. In the last 6 months, assuming that
they are felt to be competent to do so, they do SWELDOC sessions in their own right. There
is always a nominated partner available on the telephone during this time.

Our practice plans to opt out of the out-of-hours service under the new contract. This is
expected to happen around October 2004.

Training practice profile                                              SE Scotland 2001
Medical records information

The practice is fully computerised with an internal network. All computers have high-speed
internet access. We are moving towards a paperlight/paperfree practice.

We have recently installed DOC-MAN scanning software. All letters and laboratory results
are now scanned into our system.

We have been completing clinical summaries on all our patients since 1992 and are in the
process of extending our Read coding of morbidity data.


The practice has 2 practice nurses who are involved in chronic disease management;
smears; immunisations; travel; smoking and dietary advice.

There is a fully equipped Treatment Room. The Treatment Room nurse provide minor injury
advice, dressings, blood tests, etc to all the practice in the health centre.

We also have district nurses, midwives and health visitors attached to the practice and a
team of 10 administrative staff. One of our health visitors has a particular role in child
protection issues.

Special interests
Dr Alistair Watson has a special interest in paediatrics and is involved in community paediatric

Dr Tony Harrison and Dr Di Whitworth run the weekly antenatal clinic. This well-established clinic has
access to ultrasound and CTG.

Dr Tony Harrison has a particular interest in minor surgery and musculoskeletal medicine. He runs a
wart clinic and does a variety of joint injections.

Dr Nigel Williams is now part-time Medical Director of the SW Edinburgh LHCC. He also has a special
interest in drug misuse.

Practice training philosophy

Our aim is to provide a stimulating and welcoming environment to our registrar.

The registrar is encouraged to help plan the curriculum for tutorials etc, according to their
particular needs and interests. Usually the trainer does one tutorial a week and the
partners/extended team are involved in a second tutorial.

We are keen to support the registrar both with summative assessment and preparation for
the MRCGP.

The registrar is also involved in the half-day release scheme during term time and a number
of courses arranged within the region.

We are keen to encourage VTS SHO’s to the practice as we feel the extended attachment to
the practice would benefit both them and us!

Training practice profile                                                    SE Scotland 2001
Training practice profile   SE Scotland 2001