Skerryvore PracticeThe BalfourForeland RoadKirkwall, KW15 1NZTel: 01856 888240
This section of our website has been developed to provide patients of Skerryvore Practice with health information and advice online.
Self care is a patient’s ability to look after themselves and their family by managing their health and fitness, managing Minor Ailments or illnesses, and managing long term illnesses.
There are many accessible health resources and services available to patients in Orkney which can reduce the need to make a GP appointment, saving both the patient and GP time.
Did you know many common conditions and minor illnesses such as colds or aches and pains can be dealt with by your Pharmacist?
Did you know you can self refer to the Physiotherapy Department, The Balfour, without the need to see a GP first?
These are just a few things which can save you and your GP time. Please browse this section for more information on the services available in Orkney.
Please see the sections below for information and links which can aid you in managing your own conditions.
When you are unwell with any of the following:
You should then STOP taking the medicines listed below:
RESTART when you are well (after 24-48 hours of eating and drinking normally)
If you are in any doubt, contact your Pharmacist, GP or Nurse.
Menopausematters.co.uk is a website which provides accurate, up-to-date information about the menopause, menopausal symptoms and treatment options.
Useful information can also be found in the following leaflets:
HRT Patient Information Leaflet
Alternatives to HRT Leaflet
Selfhelp4stroke is an interactive website for people who have had a stroke to help them gain more control over their life by managing their condition. Visit www.selfhelp4stroke.org
My Lungs My Life is a comprehensive, free to use website for anyone living with COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), asthma or for parents/guardians of children with asthma. Visit www.mylungsmylife.org
There are a wide variety of self help resources for people who suffer from depression and anxiety.
Patient.co.uk for leaflets on anxiety and depressionwww.moodgym.anu.edu.au for online cognitive behavioral therapywww.nhs.uk and search for 'tips to relieve stress' for an online video about stress managementwww.moodjuice.scot.nhs.ukwww.mind.org.ukwww.breathingspace.scotwww.anxiety.org
Overcoming Anxiety by Helen KennerleyOvercoming Depression by Paul GilbertWhy Do I Feel So Bad and other titles in the Pick Me Up Series by Christ WilliamsMindfulness by Mark Williams & Danny PenmanThe Mindful Workbook by Mark Williams, John Teasdale & Zindel SegalMind Over mood by Dennis Greenberger & Christine PadeskyCBT for Dummies by R WilsonFeeling Good Handbook D Burns Beyond Fear by D RoweThe Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook by Davis, Robbins-Eshelman & MckayOvercoming Worry by K Meares
There are a range of different services throughout Orkney which can provide support and assistance to people who live with a disability who want to become more independent. See below for more information and links to these services.
A Blue Badge is a scheme which entitles people with severe walking disabilities to park in restricted areas. Blue Badge applications are processed by the Orkney Islands Council. For more information on Blue Badges you can visit the website or drop by the Council Offices for an application pack.
The Selbro Resource Centre is an Assistive Equipment Store and Resource Centre.
It is available to anyone who could use assistive equipment to help them be more independent. The centre has a range of assistive equipment on display, arranged into various rooms from around the home i.e. kitchen, bathroom, living room etc, as well as an area with equipment specifically for people with sight or hearing loss.
If you would like to visit the Selbro Centre you can attend their weekly drop-in session on a Wednesday afternoon from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm. The staff can assist you on the loan or purchase of assistive equipment.
For more information on the Selbro Resource Centre please click here.
Address:Selbro Resource CentreScotts RoadHatston Industrial EstateKirkwallKW15 1GR
The Orkney Disability Forum offer information and advice on a range of services and equipment which can assist people living with a disability. This includes services like Dial-a-Bus and Shopmobility (wheelchairs & scooters), they also stock a small range of living equipment.
Address:Orkney Disability Forum18 Junction Road Kirkwall KW15 1AB
Telephone: 01856 870340Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/odf/
The Orkney Foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis.
Vouchers are available from:GP Practices, Citizens Advice Bureau, Social Work, The Blide Trust and Home Start.
The Foodbank is open Tuesdays and Fridays 12.00 am - 2.00 pm.
For more information about the Orkney Foodbank you can visit their website: orkneyfoodbank.org.uk
Address:Orkney FoodbankDunkirk, Shore StreetKirkwallKW15 1LGTelephone: 07719 293 378Email: email@example.com
There are a wide range of services throughout Orkney which provide counselling and support for people in times of need. Assistance is available for many issues, some of which include people who may be being affected by alcohol or substance misuse, people living with mental health issues, dealing with bereavement, experiencing relationship problems, feeling vulnerable or socially isolated.
Scroll through the list below to find out about what these agencies offer, get their contact details or find a link to visit their websites.
Home-Start Orkney is a scheme which provides free support, friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under the age of five who may be experiencing pressures such as isolation, lone parenting, financial stress, children on the autistic spectrum, parenting multiples, mental health issues etc.
Address:Home-Start Orkney7 Main StreetKirkwallKW15 1BU
Telephone: 01856 870770 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/HOMESTARTORKNEY
Crossroads Orkney is a service which provides information, emotional support and practical help to carers in Orkney with an aim of enhancing their quality of life.
Address:Crossroads OrkneyKirkwall Travel CentreWest Castle Street Kirkwall KW15 1GU
Telephone: 01856 870500 Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.crossroadsorkney.co.uk
The Orkney Blide Trust is a service which aims to promote mental wellbeing in Orkney. They offer a range of services to help support anyone who is experiencing mental ill health. Services include the ‘Blide Hoose’, a Drop-in Service, Befriending Service and Housing Support just to name a few. Call or visit their website for more information.
Address:Orkney Blide Trust54 Victoria Street Kirkwall KW15 1DN
Telephone: 01856 874874Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.blidetrust.org.uk
Women’s Aid Orkney provides women and children affected by domestic violence with free, confidential support. They also have refuge accommodation which can be provided.
Address:Women's Aid Orkney39A Victoria Street Kirkwall KW15 1DN
Telephone: 01856 877900Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.womensaidorkney.org.uk
Cruse Bereavement Care offers a free, independent and confidential service which provides information, support and counselling for people who are experiencing the pain of bereavement.
Telephone: 08456 002227 (For Initial Contact)Telephone: 01856 871871 (Local)Website: www.crusescotland.org.uk ( National)
Advocacy Orkney can assist vulnerable people who may find it difficult to make their wishes and views heard by others.
Address:Advocacy Orkney18 Queen StreetKirkwall KW15 1JE
Telephone: 01856 870111Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/advocacyorkney
Alcoholics Anonymous hold local meetings in Orkney. Click here to search for details of when and where meetings are held.
Telephone: 0800 9177 650Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
The Samaritans offer 24 hour confidential, non-judgemental emotional support for people going through times of distress.
Address:SAMARITANSThe Travel CentreWest Castle Street Kirkwall KW15 1GU
Telephone: 116 123 (24 Hour Helpline)Website: www.samaritans.org
Relationships Scotland - Orkney provides a range of support to individuals, couples and families experiencing difficulties and helps find ways to move forward.Address:Relationships Scotland – Orkney1st Floor RightKirkwall Travel CentreWest Castle Street Kirkwall KW15 1GU
Telephone: 01856 877750 Email: email@example.comWebsite: www.orkneycommunities.co.uk/RSOWebsite: www.relationships-scotland.org.uk
Pharmacists dispense prescriptions and other medicines, offer testing and screening for common conditions, and can advise on minor ailments.
Did you know you can see your pharmacist for advice on minor ailments and common conditions such as colds, coughs, aches, and pains? They also provide many services such as blood pressure testing, healthy eating advice, travel health, incontinence products and nicotine replacement therapy.
Pharmacists can also help you decide whether you need to see a doctor.
They are experts in medicines and will use their clinical expertise, together with their practical knowledge, to ensure the safe supply and use of medicines.
Local pharmacies offer a wide range of Health Services you may not be aware of:
Monitored Dosage Systems
Nicotine Replacement Therapy
Private Consultation Area
Repeat Prescription Collection
Smoking Cessation Advice
Pharmacies around Orkney:
Boots Kirkwall 49-51 Albert Street Kirkwall Orkney KW15 1HQ
Open Monday to Saturday 9:00 am – 5:30 pm
WHB Sutherland’s Pharmacy 43 Victoria Street KirkwallOrkneyKW15 1DN
Open Monday to Saturday 9:00 am - 17:30 pm
WHB Sutherland’s Pharmacy 74 Victoria Street Stromness OrkneyKW16 3BS
Open Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 9:00 am - 17:30 pm, Thu 9:00 am - 14:00 pm
Norsepharm Dounby PharmacyVetquoy Road Dounby KW17 2HT Open Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
You don't need a doctors referral to be seen at Chiropody.Podiatrists/chiropodists diagnose and treat abnormalities of the lower limb. They offer professional advice on preventing foot problems and care. In the NHS, they'll see many patients at high risk of amputation, such as those suffering from arthritis or diabetes.
To make an appointment with a Chiropodist please contact the Chiropody Department:
Address:Chiropody DepartmentThe BalfourForeland RoadKirkwallOrkneyKW15 1NZTelephone: 01856 888136
Did you know you can self refer for Physiotherapy?
Self-referral for Physiotherapy has become more widely practiced enhancing the service available to patients, making it more convenient for people with long-term conditions who know what treatment they need. Please complete a Self Referral to Physiotherapy Form and return to the address shown below.
Address:PhysiotherapyThe BalfourForeland RoadKirkwallKW15 1NZ
Telephone: 01856 888231
You can also self refer a child to Children's Physiotherapy or Children's Occupational Therapy.
Anyone under 18 can now refer themselves for Physiotherapy or Children's Occupational Therapy, or be referred by a parent or carer, if they feel they have a problem. Please complete a Self Referral to Children's Physiotherapy Form or a Self Referral to Children's Occupational Therapy Form and return to the address shown below.
The advantages of self-referrals include:
Help and advice
Easier access to services
Enables families to seek their own support
Please return your completed referral form to the address shown below:
Address:Peedie Sea Children's CentrePickaquoy Loan Kirkwall OrkneyKW15 1BZ
Telephone: 01856 885593
If you need replacement battery's for your hearing aids please contact the Central Balfour Reception on 01856 888000.
If you have any problems with your hearing aids please contact the Audiology Department at the The Balfour on 01856 888 025.
If you have hearing problems you can make an appointment to see your GP who can then refer you to the Hearing Aid Clinic.
Do you need help to stop smoking?
Smoking advice and stop-smoking products are available from all Pharmacies in Orkney. Pharmacies have an in-store Carbon Monoxide Meter so they can measure the correct level of support required for the best chance of quitting.
Quit Your Way Orkney provides a free, confidential service to help people who want to stop smoking.
You can contact Quit Your Way Orkney directly on 01856 888084 for a chat or to arrange an appointment.
Would you like to walk more?Do you need the motivation of a regular walking group?Would you like company to walk with?Would you like to meet new people and chat along the way?
If so joining a health walk might be for you.
Click here to search for the current Health Walks around Orkney.
If you are interested in joining a walk feel free to just turn up on the day. Please wear weather appropriate, comfortable, loose clothing and flat supportive footwear. Please come along a few minutes early to allow time for registering.
If you would like more information on health walks, benefits of walking or are interested in becoming a health walk leader please contact Valerie Carson at Paths for All on Valerie.Carson@pathsforall.org.uk
Or go online at: www.pathsforall.org.uk