Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

The staff at the Strachur Medical Practice would like to wish all of our patients a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

The surgery will be closed on Monday and Tuesday 26th and 27th of December 2006 and Monday and Tuesday 1st and 2nd of January 2007.

Dr Coull will be on call over Christmas and Dr Wright over New Year. In an emergency, you can contact us on 01369 860 224 as usual.

Hot drinks now available in the waiting room

The waiting room now has it's Flavia coffee/tea maker up and running. It's already popular, and patients can now make themselves freshly brewed coffee, tea, or hot chocolate from the dispenser.

Personally, I can't stand machines that make instant coffee/tea from freeze dried stuff. I think it tastes terrible. So, I've invested in a Flavia SB100, which I've seen used in some NHS hospitals, churches, and so on.

It is an excellent machine which makes fresh coffee/tea from individual brewing bags. It's a little more complicated to use at first, but I think the effort is worth it. There is an instruction leaflet explaining how to use the machine, but don't hesitate to ask for a demonstration.

We've also got real mugs, fresh milk, and napkins (as well as take away cups). And we're buying new leather chairs for the waiting room (a leather sofa is awaited as well for those who prefer to lounge while they wait).

A daily newspaper, and new copies of Top Gear, Gardeners' World, Empire, and Marie Claire are available on the coffee tables to read.

To help cover the running costs of the coffee machine, we do ask if you could put £1 in the honesty box when you make yourself a drink (the water cooler is, of course, still free).

If you have any comments or suggestions, please don't hesitate to let us know.