Welcome to Loch Leven Health Centre
Loch Leven Health Centre is home to two GP practices, Orwell Medical practice and St Serf's Medical practice, and a large team of allied healthcare professionals. Together we provide primary care medical services to the people of Kinross-shire. We hope that you will find the information about our services useful. Quick links to our on-line services are at the foot of this page.
News - April 2015
Bowel Cancer Awareness Month
Scotland fares the worst in the UK for bowel cancer with the highest incidence and highest mortality rate. This means that more people develop and die from bowel cancer in Scotland than elsewhere in the UK. Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland after lung and breast cancer. Every year, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease and 95% of the cases occur in those who are over 50.
The Scottish Bowel Cancer Screening programme aims to detect bowel cancer at an early stage when there are potentially more treatment options and a better chance of treatment being effective. People between the ages of 50 and 74 are invited for screening every 2 years, but only about half of those sent a testing kit actually complete and return it. The home screening test is the best way to find bowel cancer early. The screening test can spot hidden blood which can often be a sign of bowel cancer – blood you and your doctor wouldn’t even know was there.
We would like to encourage everyone who is sent the home screening test to complete it. We know it is all a bit embarrassing, but it is well worth just getting on and doing it. It can be completed at home in privacy and then popped in the post. This is perfectly safe and it is free to post the test to the Scottish Bowel Screening Centre laboratory.
If you would like more information, there are lots of leaflets in the Health Centre and you can ask your GP or nurse for advice. Information can also be found on the following websites:-
There is also a Freephone Patient Helpline Number for Bowel Screening : 0800 0121 833
Our bodies need a little bit of salt to survive, but the amount we eat is far more than we require. Evidence has shown that regularly eating too much salt puts us at increased risk of developing high blood pressure. High blood pressure is the main cause of strokes and a major cause of heart attacks and heart failures, the most common causes of death and illness in the world.
The focus of Salt Awareness Week is children and the importance of ensuring that they start life with a low salt diet as evidence suggests that eating habits early in life can influence eating patterns later in life.
Current guidelines suggest that we should eat no more than 6g of salt per day, less for children. But many are consuming a third more than that. Over 75% of the salt in our diet comes from processed foods so reading the packing on foods is vital to ensure that products low in salt are chosen.
More information is available on the following website: Consensus Action on Salt and Health.
Compliments and Complaints
We are always keen to hear from patients about the services that we provide. It is gratifying to hear when things go well, but we accept that sometimes we could improve. We therefore encourage comments or suggestions which will enable us to identify problems and correct them. Complaints, concerns or comments can be discussed with any clinician or member of staff at the Health Centre or they can be sent in writing to the practice manager. Further information is available in the Policies section of the website.
(Site updated 13/04/2015)