There are a lot of situations where a face to face appointment with the doctor is not required as your problem can be dealt with more appropriately in another way:

  • For common ailments your community pharmacy can give you advice, and provide treatment, please visit our Pharmacy First scheme page to see which ailments they can help you with.
  • NHS 24 (111) offer telephone health advice and an information service where you can talk confidentially to nurses or health information advisers. NHS24 also offer an online Symptom Checker.
  • If you suffer from an exacerbation of a chronic disease such as asthma, COPD or diabetes, the practice nurses can help you manage your symptoms.
  • Emergency contraception is available at most community pharmacies in Dumfries
  • If you find yourself pregnant and have bleeding in pregnancy or wish to discuss an abortion, you can speak to the midwives directly on 01387 241200.
  • The practice nurses can offer advice on stopping smoking or you can refer yourself directly to "Quit your way"
  • The health visiting team can offer support and advice for new mothers and problems with babies and small children
  • For dental problems, you should see a dentist. If you are not registered with a dentist, contact our Primary Care Department on 01387 244000 and they can provide you with a list of NHS dentists in the area.
  • If you are travelling abroad please contact Greyfriars or Lochthorn practice who are providers for the area
  • For Alcohol and Drug problems, a free confidential service is offered by With You who provide a self referral service. This is the route for all alcohol and drug problems into the NHS specialist services. Tel: 0800 035 0793
  • You can self refer to physiotherapy and podiatry using our Self referral page.