We are an accredited training practice

Dalbeattie Medical Practice is an accredited training practice for both undergraduates and those in a vocational training scheme.

Vocational (Graduate) training

Dalbeattie Medical Practice has been a training practice for doctors on the GP VTS since 1973.

The current trainers are Dr Suzanne Christie and Dr James Clark-Maxwell. In addition, trainees at both ST1 and ST3 level will have tutorials and surgery experience with both the other partners.

The placements start with a comprehensive induction period covering everything that is needed to function as a GP in Dalbeattie. Time is spent with the other clinical staff as well as staff in services allied to medicine and with the administration and management staff. Instruction is provided for the IT systems, the emergency equipment and all other procedures and processes in the practice.

Trainees are provided with a fully equipped consulting room and with an office which has computing and telephone services. A medical bag complete with examination equipment and emergency drugs is also provided.

Trainees are seen and treated as valued members of not only the practice team, but the wider community.

We believe the training and opportunities in Dalbeattie are excellent and that any year in the practice and in the area will be an enjoyable one.

Undergraduate training

Dalbeattie Medical Practice is registered as a training practice for undergraduate students mainly from the University of Glasgow, but accepts students from all over the country. Indeed, one or two students have even come from Imperial College, London!

Student accommodation is provided by the practice in a local 3-star bed and breakfast. For more information, please click here.

Students are introduced to the whole practice team and are very much welcomed and encouraged to feel a valued member of the team.

In addition to the usual General Practice workload, the practice runs extra services in a number of areas (including methadone prescribing, nail and other minor surgery and joint injections). Students will have a chance to experience all these services, thus ensuring the widest possible introduction to life in a general practice.

The undergraduate teaching is headed up by Dr Gillian Dobie with students spending time with all the doctors in the practice, both in surgery and on home visits.

All the doctors have different special interests in the field of medicine. With students spending time with all the doctors, this ensures teaching is delivered on the widest possible footing and students can get the best idea of the opportunities available within the speciality.

Contact us today about Vocational and Undergraduate training opportunities with Dalbeattie Medical Practice.

The world-famous 7Stanes Mountain Biking Trails

A great place to live and work

Dalbeattie is an attractive small town in Dumfries & Galloway, south-west Scotland. It's a great place to live and work. The quality of life is exceptionally good with forests and a spectacular coastline with several sandy beaches just a stone's throw away.

Dalbeattie Forest is home to one of the world-class 7Stanes Mountain Bike Trails and the nearby coastline at Kippford provides ample sailing opportunities.There's also a water activity centre at nearby Loch Ken and hillwalking in the famous Galloway Hills.

Yet Dalbeattie is just an hour's drive from the English Border and M6 and M74 motorways with rail connections from Dumfries (14 miles) and Carlisle (28 miles). Carlisle, on the West Coast Main Line, has regular Virgin services to and from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham and London.

Dalbeattie has a range of good, mostly independent shops whilst Castle Douglas, Scotland's National Food Town just 15 minutes' drive away, also has a good range of shops and cafes and a supermarket. Dumfries has a 24-hour supermarket and a wide range of shops both in the town centre and on several retail parks.

There is no question that Dalbeattie is one of the best places to live, not just in Scotland, but in the UK, especially in terms of the quality of life the area offers.

Dalbeattie Medical Practice operates from the purpose-built Craignair Health Centre opened in February 2015.


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