February 2022

Our GP ST1, Dr Ruth Cole, has moved on to ARI to complete her GP ST2 year. Dr Cole will return to Albyn Medical Practice in August 2023 to complete her final year of GP ST3 training. 

November 2021

We said goodbye to one of our Nurse Practitioners this week, Sonia. Sonia has been with Albyn Medical Practice for 7 years and will be very missed by both staff and patients.

October 2021

We are delighted to welcome back Dr M Anthony to the surgery as a Partner. Dr Anthony previously completed his GPST training with us in Summer 2020. 

August  2021

As we say goodbye to Dr P Withanage who has now finished her GPST training and moved onto pastures new and Dr J Yang moves back to the hospital for the next phase of his GPST training, Albyn Medical Practice are pleased to welcome Dr Dennis Lee back to the practice for his final year of GPST Training.

The practice also welcomes Dr Ruth Cole who joins us for 6 months during her 1st year of GPST Training.

February  2021

Albyn Medical Practice are pleased to welcome Dr J Yang to the practice. Dr Lee joins us for his 6 months during his first year of GPST Training. 

August  2020

As we say goodbye to Dr M. Anthony who has now finished his GPST training and moved onto pastures new and Dr D. Lee moves back to the hospital for the next phase of his GPST training. Albyn Medical Practice are pleased to welcome Dr P Withanage back to the practice. Dr P. Withanage joins us for her final year of GPST Training.

March  2020

The surgery has disabled the facility to book appointments online for the foreseeable future, so that  staff can question patients re systems for the Coronavirus outbreak 

February  2020

Coronavirus Information - Please see link in Further Information section below 

April 2017

(SPIRE) Scottish Primary Care Information Resource 

NHSScotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records

From May 2017 we will improve the way we use information from GP patient records. These changes will help to plan and improve health and care services in Scotland.

SPIRE (Scottish Primary Care Information Resource) is a service that has been developed to help GPs, the NHS in Scotland and researchers to learn from information held at GP practices.

Healthy Living - Pre Diabetes

 Albyn Medical Practice – Patient Information Sheet

 Impaired Glucose Tolerance and Impaired Fasting Glycaemia

What is Impaired Glucose Tolerance and Impaired Fasting Glycaemia?

If you have Impaired Glucose Tolerance or Impaired Fasting Glycaemia then your blood glucose is raised beyond normal levels but not so high that you have diabetes. They are often referred to as “Pre Diabetes” or “Borderline Diabetes”. They are important as they put you at higher risk of developing diabetes. You are also at higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease (heart disease, peripheral vascular disease or stroke). To try and help prevent developing these conditions, the most effective treatment is making changes to your lifestyle – eat a healthy balanced diet, loose weight, do regular physical activity, stop smoking and stick to the recommended limits of alcohol intake.

 Lifestyle Changes


You do not need to eat a special diet or special foods if you are diagnosed with any of these conditions, just a healthy balanced diet. This should include foods low in fat, high in fibre and with plenty of starchy foods, fruit and vegetables.

Our practice nurses or a dietician can provide you with more information about a healthy diet and more information can be found in a leaflet on healthy eating at the following link -

Weight loss

Even loosing a little bit of weight can help reduce your blood glucose level and have other health benefits too such as lowering your blood pressure. Setting clear goals and taking time to reduce your weight can help, and further advice can be found in a leaflet at the following link -

Further information on local support can be found by visiting the Healthy Weight Grampian website;


Taking regular exercise is also important to improve your overall health. The current recommendation is to do 30 minutes of physical activity at least five times a week. This includes any activity which makes you mildly out of breath or sweaty. So this could be anything from walking, swimming or dancing to housework, gardening or snowboarding!

More information can be found on the NHS website at the following link -


Stopping smoking has many health benefits which include reducing your risk developing cardiovascular disease such as heart disease and stroke. Other benefits include reducing the risk of lung cancer or chronic bronchitis, younger looking skin, more energy and improved fertility.

Advice and help with stopping smoking is available from the NHS Smoking Advice Service website; Smoking Advice Service

You can complete a self-referral form or gain free advice by phoning or texting the numbers provided. 

Alternatively, visit your local Pharmacy for smoking cessation advice.


Currently no medication is recommended for these conditions and the main way to improve health with these conditions is by undertaking lifestyle changes. However trials are ongoing and medication to control risk factors may be considered in individual cases (i.e. cholesterol or Blood pressure lowering medication).


If you are found to have Impaired Glucose Tolerance or Impaired Fasting Glycaemia you should have a yearly follow-up to check a fasting blood sugar level to ensure you haven’t gone on to develop Diabetes. Other cardiovascular risk factors - Blood pressure, cholesterol levels and weight should also be checked. If you are concerned you have developed symptoms of diabetes (passing lots of urine, excessive thirst, weight loss or feeling tired or unwell) you should may a sooner appointment to see the doctor or practice nurse for investigation of this.

Further Information

The following resources provide further related information. The practice cannot be held responsible for any information they provide or information from the web links on this page. - Diabetes UK website – Informative patient information leaflets on many health topics - NHS choices website

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