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AA : A80363 : Kilbirnie Health Centre

Kilbirnie Health Centre*2 Kirkland Road*Kilbirnie*Ayrshire*KA25 6HS


  • Robert Hillman
  • Laura Stevenson


Kilbirnie is a Semi-rural practice of approximately 8000 patients in North Ayrshire. We have 5 full time partners – 2 partners are trainers and another is a CSA examiner. Kilbirnie is a short commute from Glasgow, 10 minutes past Glasgow Airport. We have a long history of being an excellent training practice with a number of trainees having become partners at the practice or returning to locum after training has finished. We are a friendly, vibrant and supportive practice with all staff involving themselves with registrar development. We try to foster a caring and creative learning environment and offer lots of opportunity to build knowledge and develop clinical skills. We enjoy a balanced day and divide on-call duties and house visits equally each day between us. We all meet after morning surgery for coffee (good quality with a proper coffee machine) and cakes/chocolate or some home baking!!! This is a good time to formally discuss any problems and catch up. We have weekly practice meetings and a protected afternoon of teaching every week for trainees. Trainees enjoy the benefit of a purpose-built health centre with their own spacious room and equipment. All trainees attend local day release teaching in Ayr and attend regional educational courses on top of regular in-house learning. The partners in the practice all work full time – 9 sessions. The practice is dynamic, progressive and forward thinking. We have an excellent, supportive health care team including a full time practice nurse, a treatment room nurse and a health care assistant. Our reception and administration team are very knowledgeable and experienced and are keen to help and assist our trainees. We also have a number of other health professionals onsite including health visitors, district nurses, podiatrists, physiotherapists, dieticians and a dental surgery. This allows for excellent team work and communication.

Dr Hillman – Primary trainer – Dr Hillman Is an experienced GP trainer. He is also involved in Local Medical Committee activities. His dog Daisy comes in to the practice on occasion as a therapet.

Dr Stevenson – Secondary trainer – Dr Stevenson was previously a trainee in the practice. She also enjoys teaching and mentoring trainees.

Dr Ferry – Senior partner – Dr Ferry has lots of experience providing mentoring and supervision – including OOH and tutorials.

Dr Cree – Dr Cree is actively involved in teaching, mentoring and training.

Dr Muir – Has previously been a trainer and taught on courses for CSA preparation and trainees in difficultly. She is currently a CSA examiner for the college. She gives tutorials and mentoring to trainees in the practice.

We welcome any informal visits from potential trainees – please contact our practice manager who can discuss this with you. We are also happy to put you in contact with previous or current trainees for more information.