Surgery News




July 2017

Doctors on duty:

18th July - 31st July                Dr. Stephen Murray

1st August - 14th August         Dr. Nicole Shaer

15th August - 19th August       Dr. Stephen Murray

20th August - 8th September   Dr. Nicole Shaer

9th September - 5th October   Dr. Neal Gillespie

6th October - 10th October      Dr. Stephen Murray



The Surgery would like to thank the family and friends of the late Michael Brown for their very generous donation of £550.61 that was collected at the recent celebration of Michael's life. We are currently upgrading our emergency equipment and this will be a fantastic help in allowing us to purchase some new items both for the surgery and the Sanday ambulance.

We extend our condolences to all of the family at this very sad time.

Exercise Kittiwake

We recently took part in an emergency planning exercise at the airfield working along side the volunteer ambulance crew, airfield staff, Fire Service, Coastguard and First Responders.  This gave us the chance to get to understand the other teams' roles, and gain familiarity with the various equipment carried.  We hope to organise a further training session in September to build upon this. 

Dr Simon Hamilton Leaving

We were very sorry to say farewell to Simon in May as he adjusted to life as the new father of twins.  We hope to see him come back as a locum at some point, and wish him, Neele and the boys very best wishes for the future. We will be recruiting a replacement for Simon in the next few weeks.


You can now order prescriptions online at Orders preferred Monday and Tuesday AM.


October 2016

Flu vaccinations 2016-17:

Please attend for your annual flu vaccination if you fall into one of the groups below:

You are eligible to receive a free flu jab if you:

  *   are 65 years of age or over: You are eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2016-17) if you are aged 65 and over on March 31 2017 – that is, you were born on or before March 31 1952. So, if you are currently 64 but will be 65 on March 31 2017, you do qualify.

  *   are pregnant

  *   have certain medical conditions: diabetes, respiratory illness, neurological conditions, heart problems

  *   are very overweight

  *   are living in a long-stay residential care home or other long-stay care facility

  *   receive a carer's allowance, or you are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill

  *   are a front-line health and social care worker.  It is your employer's responsibility to arrange vaccination for you.

  *   If in doubt, give us a call.


FLU DROP-IN CLINICS (no need to make an appointment)

Monday  3rd of October - 1pm - 3pm

Wednesday 5th of October - 10am - 12pm

Monday 10th of October - 1pm - 3pm

Wednesday 12th of October 10am - 12pm

The children's nasal flu vaccination sessions will be run separately at the school.



Nurse Lisa Lambert will be leaving us at the end of September: the team would like to thank her for her dedication during her time here, and wish her all the best for her new role in Accident and Emergency.

NHS Orkney have advertised in Scotland for a replacement but there has yet to be any response.  We have requested that the advertising campaign be extended to the rest of the UK, so that we can maximise our chances of recruiting a suitable candidate.  If you have friends or relatives who might be interested, please put them in touch with Nurse Helen.

In the meantime we are exploring how to most usefully use the nurse's hours, but there will be shortfalls when the nurse will not be available.



If you are unable to attend your appointment, please can you contact the surgery as soon as possible, so we can reallocate the appointment to someone else.



If you require a doctor or nurse during outside surgery hours please call the Balfour Hospital switchboard on 01856 888000. This is the most fail-safe method, and guarantees a prompt response. (Some patients have been contacting the nurses on their home numbers for non-urgent matters:  We would ask that out-of-hours calls are restricted to emergencies/urgent care using the above number).


May 2016

We would like to thank friends of the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies or 'Max' as we all knew him for the very generous donation given to the Sanday Surgery Fund from the collection at his funeral.

March 2016

Sanday Slimmers - NHS Choices 12 week weight loss plan

We are now in Week 3 of the Sanday Slimmers with 10 people 'weighing in'. There have been some great successes already!

It's still not too late to come along. It is held every Wednesday at 1pm at the surgery. It's free, friendly and all information is kept confidential the only thing we are interested in is the amount of weight you've lost! We look forward to seeing you!

Lisa and Helen


January 2016

Keep Well Check!

Are you aged between 40-64 years old? And are not already diagnosed with a current long-term condition i.e. diabetes or high blood pressure, and not had a full health check in the last 5 years. The nurses would like to invite you to a keep well check. Within this check we would look at your blood pressure and pulse, cholesterol, blood sugar and general lifestyle. We have a booklet for you to keep, with details and explanation of your tests. Please call the surgery on 600221 to book an appointment on a Tuesday or Thursday morning.

Sanday Slimmers - NHS Choices 12 week weight loss plan

Have you enjoyed the festive season too much? Do you want to lose weight and get active? Then come along to Sanday Slimmer's held every Wednesday at 1pm for 12 weeks at the surgery - starting on the 13th of January. It's free, friendly and all information is kept confidential the only thing we are interested in is the amount of weight you've lost! We look forward to seeing you! Lisa and Helen.

Below is a little bit about our new nurse Lisa........


I am the new community Island nurse. Originally from a small village called Cheddleton in Staffordshire, I now currently live in Burness with my husband to be Patrick and our beautiful daughter Ola (you may have already had the pleasure in meeting). We have been coming to the island for holidays for the past 2 years and are renovating our house.
I've been a qualified nurse for 16 months. Before I qualified I was a Health Care Support Worker at the local hospital. I trained at Keele University Stoke-On-Trent. Prior to starting my job on Sanday I worked on the Acute Medical Unit dealing with acute illnesses and long-term conditions. During my training I've had the opportunity to work with wide range of areas such as accident and emergency, elderly care, community nursing care, district nursing, trauma and orthopaedics and acute cardiac care.

Ola keeps us busy now she is crawling about the house, but I love doing crafts such as sewing and going for walks on the many Sanday beaches.

I'm really enjoying my new role and I'm settling into island life well.

Lisa Howson
Community Island Nurse