Townhead Medical Practice

    Links Health Centre, Frank Wood Way, Montrose, DD10 8TY

    Telephone: 01674 676 161
    Out of hours: 111

    Self management courses and forums in Angus - Quarterly update

    Here is a brief overview of available courses and forums facilitated by Angus Health & Social Care Partnership over the next few months to help patients to self manage their conditions.

    Angus Arthritis Forum - for adults affected by any type of Arthritis. A relevant talk by a health care or other professional and a chance to ask questions and socialise with others over a cuppie. No need to book, no charge, and patients can bring a friend or family member for support. This forum rotates around Angus localities, with 4 meetings per year. The next Angus Arthritis Forum will take place on Wednesday 13th November 2019 from 6.30-8-30pm, at Whitehills Health & Community Care Centre, Forfar when the topic will be 'JOINT REPLACEMENT IN ARTHRITIS', with a consultant orthopaedic surgeon.

    Angus Diabetes Forum - for adults affected by Type 2 diabetes. A relevant talk by a health care or other professional and a chance to ask questions and socialise with others over a cuppie. No need to book, no charge, and patients can bring a friend or family member for support. Patients may attend any forum that suits them, not just the one in their own locality. ‚ÄčThe next Angus Diabetes Forum will take place on Wednesday 9th October from 1500-1700 in the Health Ed Room, Springfield Medical Centre, Arbroath - when the topic will be 'LET'S TALK ABOUT HOW WE CAN SIT LESS AND MOVE MORE!, with a physiotherapist on hand to answer any questions, and Angus Alive to provide information on local activity options in Angus. The forum after that is on Thursday 5th December from 1815-2015 at Links Health Centre, Montrose, when the topic will be 'KNOW YOUR NUMBERS', with a dietitian available to answer questions about blood glucose levels.

    Chronic Pain Self Management Course - for adults living with persistent pain. These courses are run by Pain Association Scotland over a 5 week period, and places must be booked in advance. Each session lasts 2.5 hours over an afternoon, and patients will get most benefit from attending the full course. The next course starts on the afternoon of TUESDAY 8th OCTOBER in the Lintrathen Room, WHCCC, Forfar and the one after is provisionally planned for Monday 13th Jan 2020, in Carnoustie, however this will be confirmed in due course. You can refer a patient who would like to attend by contacting us with their name, address and phone number - please explain to them that these details will be shared with Pain Association Scotland, who will be in touch with full joining instructions. Courses run throughout the year, rotating localities in Angus. Pain Association Scotland also run free monthly chronic pain self-management training sessions in Arbroath, Forfar and Dundee, for which no referral is required. Patients can attend at any point in the year, and the topics for each session are advertised in advance - further details can be found via their website http://www.chronicpaininfo.org or by phoning 0800 783 6059

    Other options for Chronic Pain - for patients who are unable to attend the 5 week pain course, there is the option of an online programme called Pathway Through Pain, which guides them through a set of pain management techniques that help reduce the impact of pain on daily life. Patients can follow this course at their own pace in their own time. You can refer a patient for this course by providing their name and a contact telephone number to achppatientcourses.tayside@remove-this.nhs.net

    Fatigue Self Management Course - for adults living with persistent fatigue. Courses are delivered by a multi-disciplinary team over a 4 week period, each session lasting 2 hours in an afternoon, with several courses per year, rotating localities in Angus. The next course will start on 22nd October in Forfar and the one after will start on 27th May 2020 in Montrose. Places must be booked in advance on these courses, and this can be done by providing the patient's name and email address / contact phone number to achppatientcourses.tayside@remove-this.nhs.net. If you would like further information about any of these self management options, please contact the Primary Care Development Team on 01307 492575 or achppatientcourses.tayside@remove-this.nhs.net