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Area Covered:

Galashiels and surrounding area including Blackhaugh, Clovenfords, Melrose, Midlem, Newstead and Tweedbank.

Staff List:

Dr Robert Smith (GP)
Dr Gordon Sim (GP)
Dr Joanne Topalian (GP)
Mrs Carol Smith (Practice Nurse)

Making an appointment:

Please telephone (01896) 661355 between 08:30 and 18:00 on weekdays. One patient per appointment.

If you make an appointment but discover you are unable to keep it please inform the Receptionist as soon as possible.

Out of hours:

NHS24 on 111

All weekday calls between 18:00 and 08:00, and weekend calls are dealt with by NHS 24. These calls are dealt with by a trained nurse, who will give advice, and may ask you to attend the Borders Emergency Care Service at Borders General Hospital, or arrange a home visit. The telephone number for NHS 24 is 111. An answering machine gives this number if you ring the surgery out of hours.

Home visits:

If you are too ill to come to the surgery, a house visit can be arranged. If possible, requests for home visits should be made before 10:30 so that the doctors can plan their working day.

Repeat prescriptions:

Repeat prescriptions should be ordered at least 48 hours before you require to start your medication. If you supply a stamped addressed envelope we will forward your prescription to you. All of the Galashiels Chemists operate a collection service where your prescription can be collected from the Health Centre by the Chemist and you only have to collect your medicines from the Chemist - for further details on this service please contact your Chemist.

Prescriptions ordered on a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be ready to collect on the following day after 12:00. Prescriptions ordered on a Friday will be ready to collect on Monday after 12:00.


Any useful suggestions or comments to help us run a better service can be forwared to our reception. Alternatively please feel free to discuss any problems/complaints with the service directly with the Practice Manager or your doctor.

Clinics List

Antenatal Clinic - by appointment with Midwife
Asthma Clinic - by appointment with Practice Nurse
Baby Clinic - Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 by appointment
Diabetic - by appointment with Practice Nurse
Family Planning - by appointment
Heart check/Cardiovascular - by appointment with Practice Nurse
Immunisation - Weekly by appointment
Minor Surgery - by appointment
Stop Smoking Clinic - by appointment
Wart Clinic - Every 2nd Thursday by appointment
Wellwoman Clinic - by appointment with Practice Nurse