Taynuilt Medical Practice has around 5,200 patients registered across three surgeries in the villages of Connel, Taynuilt and Dalmally in Argyll, in western Scotland. The area covered by the practice is both one of the most beautiful and largest in the UK at approximately 1,000 square miles from the head of Loch Creran to the north side of Loch Etive, Loch Awe side and Glen Orchy.
Everyone registered with the Practice has equal access to appointments, home visits and emergency care regardless of where they live.
The practice holds a General Medical Services contract with NHS Highland to provide medical services. The practice is part-dispensing, with dispensary services provided in Taynuilt Surgery.
Any patient of the practice can consult at any of the three surgeries to suit geography, choice of doctor or nurse and time of day. The practice is fully 'paper-lite' with the majority of clinical records electronic, so all three surgeries can access all patient records. All sites are accessible to disabled patients.
Taynuilt Medical Practice has been established for many, many years and past doctors include Dr Donaldson (to 1969), Dr Bain (to 1975), Dr Corson (1969 to 1981) and Drs Mac (1975 to 1993) and Kate Armstrong (1976 to 2006). There were originally separate doctors in each of the villages and over the years the surgeries have merged into one practice.
In the 1970's, Taynuilt surgery had the largest premises until the old surgery in Connel was extended. The current Connel surgery was purpose-built and opened in 1999, incorporating a community coffee shop and hairdresser.
The Taynuilt surgery premises were upgraded in 2002. Dalmally surgery opened in 2003 and was merged with Taynuilt Medical Practice in 2004.
Argyll scene photos courtesy of Steve Eccles ( www.seevis.co.uk ) and Dennis Hardley ( www.scotphoto.com )