Muirhead Medical Centre

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What to do when we are closed

Out of Hours Emergencies

A doctor is always on call to deal with emergencies. Our surgery is part of NHS24, and out of hours cover is now the responsibility of NHS Tayside.

When the surgery is closed telephone  01382 580264 . You will hear a recorded message that will tell you how to contact the EMERGENCY SERVICE (please have a pen and paper ready).

  • This service is for emergencies
  • It should not be used instead of a day time appointment
  • All calls are monitored and will be reviewed by our Doctors
  • Remember the Out of Hours Service is for urgent problems only. Please do not contact the service for a second opinion or for anything which can wait until the next working day.

A receptionist in the emergency call centre will answer your call and either:

  • Arrange advice from a doctor or nurse
  • Invite you to attend the centre to be seen by a doctor
  • Arrange a home visit if you are too ill to visit the centre.

In a genuine emergency you should call 999. Chest pains and / or shortness of breath constitute an emergency.

Mental health crisis or emergency ?

You should call 999 or go to A&E if you, or someone you know, experiences a life-threatening medical or mental health emergency. These are cases where there is immediate danger to life or physical injury. A mental health emergency should be taken as seriously as a medical emergency. If you feel like you may be close to acting on suicidal thoughts or have seriously harmed yourself, you should call 999 or go to A&E directly if you need immediate help and are worried about your safety.