Private GP Clinic

GP Matters

Your Private GP Clinic in Glasgow

If you are looking for the best private general practitioner, GP Matters is conveniently located in the West End of Glasgow, near the Botanic Gardens. We provide a comprehensive range of private GP services for patients who wish to be seen asap. GP Matters offers quick and easy access for many different types of appointments (from OGUK medicals to Covid-19 PCR testing),

Our private doctors can help you with

Private GP Referrals & Prescriptions

A comprehensive range of private GP services, from private prescriptions, referrals to sexual health services and vaccines.

Covid PCR Test

Private COVID19 swab tests.
Rapid Antigen Tests & PCR tests with a fit to fly certificate.
Same day results

Travel Clinic

We are a Glasgow based Travel Clinic, providing expert advice, vaccinations and malaria prevention.

Offshore Medicals

We offer competitively priced Offshore (OGUK medical) and Wind Turbine medicals (RUK medical) to both large companies and individual clients.

Visa & Employment Medicals

Brunei, China, Qatar, Saudi, Saipem, Petronas and other work medicals.

Allergy Clinic

We provide private allergy testing for Food Allergies, Asthma, Hay Fever etc.
Skin Prick Test & Blood tests

Cosmetic Clinic

We offer anti-wrinkle treatments from our clinic in Glasgow. Cosmetic, Migraine, Hyperhidrosis.

Sexual Health Clinic

We provide testing and treatment for the main STIs/STDs.
100% Confidential

Botox Doctor Glasgow

Private GP and Aesthetics Doctor
GMC Reg number: 3275151

Dr Carole McAlister is a General Practitioner and Aesthetic doctor based in Glasgow.

She graduated as a doctor of medicine and surgery at the University of Edinburgh in 1988.

Read more about Dr McAlister.

Medical Services

As a traditional family friendly practice, an appointment may be for an individiual, a couple, a child or a full family group. Our consultations are delivered in a friendly and personal manor, with quality time spent between the doctor and patient, who is able to discuss a single or multiple health concerns during a visit.

Please note we cannot offer a service for medical emergencies. If you think you have a medical emergency phone your NHS GP, dial 111 or 999.

A summary of our private gp services include: 

Covid-19 PCR Tests in Glasgow

Covid19 PCR testing and Fit to Fly certificates

Covid PCR Test


Next day result

Covid Antigen Test


10 min result

Covid Antibody Test


Next day result

Covid Vaccine

Not available



OGUK Medical

We are a registered OGUK Clinic. Only OGUK approved clinics can issue a valid OGUK medical certificate.

OGUK Medicals are offered at GP Matters. We offer competitively priced Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) medicals - formerly known as UKOOA medicals - to both large companies and individual clients.

The OGUK Offshore Medical is valid for two years and allows you to work in the UK sector / North Sea and the Norwegian sector.

You should allow 30 minutes for the medical.

An OGUK Offshore Medical at GP Matters consists of the following:

Completion of Patient Questionnaire
Doctor consultation / Screening
Urinalysis – test for diabetis
BMI – measurement of height, weight and calculation of Body Mass Index
General medical examination of the cardiovascular, abdominal and neurological systems
Near, Distance and Colour Vision
Pulse and Blood Pressure Measurement
Audiogram (hearing test)

Please bring with you:
Photographic ID (Your passport or driving licence)
Your glasses or contact lenses

After your OGUK Medical:

Certificates are normally made available on the day of the examination with copies sent to companies where requested.

The costs of an OGUK Medical is £125 .
Please note that in the event that you do not pass the OGUK medical we cannot refund the cost of your Medical.

OGUK Medical

Fit to Train Medical

The OPITO BOSIET, FOET and HUET Courses will now include in-water training with the CA-EBS.
This new element requires additional medical tests for delegates, which will be captured via a "Fit to Train" certificate. This must be completed before you can partake in the BOSIET, FOET or HUET Courses.
Delegates will need to complete a questionnaire asking about respiratory, ear, nose and throat checks and a lung health assessment which will be assessed in a face to face medical assessment with an Oil & Gas UK Examining Doctor.

This medical assessment will be offered stand-alone or combined with the Oil & Gas UK Medical.

You should allow 15 minutes for the medical.

Please bring with you:
Photographic ID (Your passport or driving licence)
Your glasses or contact lenses

After your Fit to Train Medical:
Certificates are normally made available on the day of the examination with copies sent to companies where requested.

The costs of a Fit to Train Medical is £80 . 

Fit to Train Medical

GWO / Wind Turbine Medical / RUK

We provide industry recommended Wind Turbines Medicals (Medical Fitness to Work on near offshore and land based projects) for the renewable energy sector, also known as RUK medicals.

You should allow 30 minutes for the medical.
Following the assessment a certificate will be issued in accordance with "Renewable UK Medical Fitness to Work – Wind Turbines Guidelines for near offshore and land based projects’

A satisfactory medical certificate is valid for two years and combines the following tests as part of our examination process.

Completion of Patient Questionnaire
Consultation with a doctor
Urinalysis – routine urine test with immediate result
BMI – measurement of height, weight and calculation of Body Mass Index
Visual acuity (near and distance) and visual fields test
Pulse and Blood Pressure Measurement
Lung Function Test (spirometry)
Audiogram (hearing test)
Chester Step test

Please bring with you:
Photographic ID (Your passport or driving licence)
Your glasses or contact lenses

If you have any medical conditions that may be relevant, please bring along information such as repeat prescriptions and specialist letters to help speed up the process.

After your Wind Turbine Medical / RUK Medical:
Do I get my certificate on the day of my appointment? Yes, as long as the doctor can deem you fit, we will provide you with the certificate at the end of your appointment to take away with you.

The cost of the Wind Turbine Medical / RUK Medical is £200

Please note that in the event that you do not pass the Wind Turbine Medical / RUK Medical we cannot refund the cost of your Medical.

RUK Medical - Wind Turbine

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We are a Glasgow based Travel Clinic, providing expert advice, vaccinations and malaria prevention that's tailored to you and your travel plans.

We offer a range of vaccinations and medicines to help ensure your good health, no matter how far and wide you travel.

Our travel vaccination clinic is equipped to offer you expert advice in minimising health risks during and after your holiday or business trips to other parts of the globe. All Vaccines are available onsite, no need to order first!!

International travel doesn’t need to be marred by uncertainty and disease; simply visit our Travel Clinic and get the information you need ahead of time. Wherever you're traveling to, our competitive rates and travel expertise will help to ensure that you're protected from before you leave until you're safely home. We are a registered Yellow Fever Centre.

Our travel clinic is your essential vaccination guide for traveling abroad, whereby you can rest assured that our travel vaccinations advice supports safe globetrotting.

- Certified Yellow Fever Vaccination centre
- Expert malaria advice
- IMMEDIATE vaccinations
- Up To Date information on worldwide health risks
- FREE travel consultations on purchase of travel vaccinations

What we Vaccinate Against:

Usually transmitted by water contaminated by faeces and shellfish and contaminated food. There is an incubation period of 1-5 days and then onset of rapid diarrhoea, extreme vomiting and dehydration can occur. Travellers living in poor sanitary conditions should avoid using tap water under any circumstances and ensure all food is well cooked and eaten piping hot.

Diptheria, Tetanus and Polio vaccine:
Tetanus spores are present in soil contaminated with bird, animal or human faeces and are widely distributed in the environment. Infection is a result of the spores entering a wound at the time of injury. The incubation period is 4-21 days and symptoms include general rigidity and spasms of the skeletal muscles which can be fatal. Polio is contracted from person to person contact through the faecal-oral route (contaminated food and water). Incubation is 7-14 days and with symptoms including fever and mild illness, such as headache and sore throat to flaccid paralysis in rare cases. Minor illness can be followed by remission and severe illness. Diphtheria is contracted though respiratory contact of items soiled by an infected person. Incubation is 2-5 days and it causes a characteristic acute infection of the tonsils, pharynx, larynx or nose.

Hepatitis A vaccine:
Transmitted by contaminated water and food, particularly shellfish and person to person contact where hygiene is poor, Incubation is 2-6 weeks with no symptoms and then a sudden onset of mild fever, upset stomach, rash, nausea, vomiting followed by jaundice, at which stage patients begin to feel better.

Hepatitis B vaccine:
Transmitted person to person by exposure to bodily fluids (e.g. via occupational exposure, open wounds, sexual contact and newborn infant from mother, contaminated medical, dental and acupuncture instruments, sharing used intra-venous needles and body piercing and tattoo instruments). Infection can be more severe and results in symptoms similar to Hepatitis A with jaundice and hepatitis resulting from liver cell destruction.

Japanese Encephalitis vaccine:
It is transmitted to man by the bite of an infected mosquito that normally breeds in rice paddies. The illnesscauses a fever, headache, convulsions, encephalitis and meningitis and especially cranial nerve paralysis. Prolonged recovery and post viral debility are common. Many who recover are left with disabilities. There is no effective anti-viral therapy and treatment is symptomatic.

Transmitted by a mosquito bite, the infected insect releases a parasite into your bloodstream, the parasite then multiplies in the bloodstream. Symptoms are flu like including chills, fever, pain, weakness, muscle aches, abdominal pain, vomiting, cough and diarrhea. Treatable if diagnosed quickly, however it can be fatal.

Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine:
Transmitted by person to person via airborne particles. Incubation is 2-10 days with symptoms including a sudden onset of fever, intense nausea, headache, sensitivity to light and vomiting. Other symptoms include a stiff neck and a non-blanching rash.

Rabies vaccine:
The disease is transmitted by saliva from a rabid animal through a bite or scratch. Incubation is usually from 5-60 days, but can take much longer. Symptoms include fever, headache, malaise and fatigue. Anxiety depression, agitation and insomnia may also be reported which can develop into hyperactivity, disorientation, hallucination, seizures and bizarre behaviour.

Tick-borne Encephalitis vaccine:
Transmitted by the bite of an infected ixodes tick or less commonly, spread by the ingestion of unpasteurised milk for infected animals such as goats. Incubation is 3-14 days. Symptoms can include a flu-like illness that resolves within a few days in the western subtype. The Eastern subtype symptoms includes sudden onset of sever illness including sudden onset of severe headache, fever, nausea and photophobia.

Tuberculosis vaccine / BCG vaccine:

Transmitted through respiratory contact (infected sputum). Infectious patients may be asymptomatic until advanced stages of the disease when symptoms include lethargy, loss of weight, poor appetite, fever, a productive cough and night sweats.

Typhoid vaccine:
Transmitted by contaminated water and food, where hygiene is poor and food and drink may be contaminated with human faces or urine. Symptoms include fever, headache, confusion, vague abdominal pain and constipation with red spots occurring on body.

Yellow Fever vaccine:
Transmitted by the aedes aegypti mosquito. Two outbreaks types exist: Jungle yellow fever is spread by monkeys and humans become infected in jungle habitat. They in turn can become a source of urban yellow fever outbreaks. Incubation is 3-5 days and the blood remains infected and can be spread by mosquitos biting other humans or monkeys and in turn spreading infection. Symptoms include a sudden onset of fever, backache, generalized muscle pain, prostration, nausea and vomiting. 

Malaria is a tropical disease spread by mosquitoes, which can cause fever, headache and in severe cases, coma or death.
Approximately 1,500 travellers return to the UK with malaria every year.

Countries at risk
Malaria is found in more than 100 countries, mainly in tropical regions of the world, including:

large areas of Africa and Asia
Central and South America
Haiti and the Dominican Republic
parts of the Middle East
some Pacific islands
Malaria is not found in the UK – it may be diagnosed in travellers who return to the UK from risk areas.

The TravelHealthPro website has more information about the risk of malaria in specific countries

Travel precautions
Many cases of malaria can be prevented by the ABCD approach:
Awareness of risk: know your risk of malaria.
Bite prevention: avoid bites as much as possible.
Chemoprophylaxis: take the right antimalarial tablets.
Diagnosis: get immediate medical help for symptoms.

Signs and symptoms
Typical symptoms of malaria include shivering, fever, joint pain, vomiting, jaundice and convulsions. The classic symptom of malaria is a sudden coldness followed by fever and sweating.
In severe cases, malaria can progress extremely rapidly and induce a coma and even death within hours or days.
Young children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable to the disease.

If you are travelling to an area with a risk of malaria you may be recommended to take antimalarial tablets to prevent you from becoming infected. Be sure to also use repellent and mosquito nets to increase your level of safety. There are a range of different antimalarial tablets that will be prescribed to travellers based on several factors, including: destination, medical history, family history, current medications, previous problems with anti-malarial tablets, age, and pregnancy.

Being aware of your risk is a huge factor in protecting yourself from the disease, so be sure to speak to one of us while planning your trip.

Which vaccinations will I need?

This depends on your travel destinations.

Be careful to consider all the places you plan to travel as some may be higher risk than others.

Please click here to find out which immunisations you will need.

Travel Clinic Glasgow


Botulinum toxin is a protein that helps stop muscle spasm. When it is given as small painless injections into the facial muscles it blocks the signal from the nerve to the muscles causing them to relax. This relaxation results in a softening of facial lines.

Botulinum injections are most effective in three main areas of the upper face:

The main 3 areas are:

* Forehead "worry lines" - formed when we raise our eyebrows
* Glabellar "frown lines" - the area between the eyebrows 
* Crow's feet - the areas around the outside of the eyes.

Treatments can also be performed for:

* Gummy Smile
* Jaw Line Reduction
* Crow's feet - the areas around the outside of the eyes.
* Wrinkles of the bridge of nose known as the 'bunny lines'
* Dimpling of the chin

All procedures are carried out by a qualified doctor, Dr Carole McAlister.

The treatment takes around 20 minutes. After the treatment the area may be slightly red and swollen, however you can resume normal activities and drive yourself home or return to work immediately after the treatment.

It takes 2-3 days before you notice the effects. The full effect of the treatment is achieved by 2 weeks. The results typically last for 3-4 months or longer (up to about a year after several repeated treatments).

Side effects of this treatment are rare, but can include some tenderness or bruising at the site of injection. In less than 1% of people treated with wrinkle relaxing injections, it can cause weakness in muscles near to the site of injection resulting in a slight and temporary droop of the eyelid or eyebrow.

- 1 area - £100
- 2 areas - £200
- 3 areas - 250

- Underarm Sweating - £400
- Head Sweating - £250

- Migraines - £250

- Gummy Smile - £100

- Jaw Line Reduction - £250 

Botox Glasgow


Botox is an effective treatment for migraine headaches.

It is thought that botulinum toxin gets into the small nerves that carry pain signals from the head to the brain, known as C-fibres. This reduces the amount of chemicals released from the nerve endings and therefore interrupts the feedback pathway that perpetuates migraine and headache. Essentially the botulinum toxin works on the neurovascular junction (between the nerves and blood vessels) primarily in the area above the eyebrows to treat migraine headaches.

Botox is given as a series of tiny injections under the skin or into the muscles in and around the forehead, above the ears, and into the neck and shoulders. The injections usually need to be repeated every 12-16 weeks, after which time the effects of the botulinum toxin wear off. Normally a response is seen after the first or second set of injections. Only about one in ten people respond to a third set of injections if the first two sets fail. 

The appointment takes approximately 15-20 minutes.

The goal is improvement in the patient's quality of life.

About one in four patients do not respond to the treatment. One in four respond well to the first or second set of injections, and half need more than two sets of injections to get a good response. Studies show that 47% of patients had a 50% or greater reduction in the number of days with headache.

We have audited our results and have more than a 70% success rate of relieving patient's migraine headaches. In the majority of cases this is complete remission allowing people to get on with their lives, whilst in others it means more days of the month headache-free or in some a far better response to migraine medication than prior to the treatment.

The biological effect of botulinum toxin on nerves takes 3-5 days or a week or two to work. Some patients do not start to improve until after their second set of injections which can be given 12 weeks after the first set of injections.

People who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you have a neurological disease, for example Bell’s palsy, a neuropathy, or Myasthenia Gravis. Also patients with multiple sclerosis affecting the head and neck areas.

If you have recently (within the last 3 months) had cosmetic botulinum toxin then the side effects could be increased.

Tell our doctor if you:

▪ Have had problems with injections (eg. fainting) in the past

▪ Have had problems with previous botulinum toxin injections

▪ Have inflammation, weakness or wasting of the muscles where your doctor plans to inject ( botulinum toxin is a contraindication in patients with or suspected to have myasthenia gravis) 

▪ Have had problems with swallowing or food or liquid accidentally going into your lungs

▪ If you have been treated for persistent muscle spasms in the neck and shoulders

▪ Suffer from any other muscle problems or chronic diseases affecting your muscles

▪ Suffer from certain diseases affecting your nervous system

▪ Have an eye disease called closed-angle glaucoma or were told you were at risk of developing this type of glaucoma

▪ Have had any surgery that may have changed the muscle that is being injected

▪ Are taking any blood thinning medicine

The injections cause slight discomfort but nothing worse. There is a crunching/popping sensation. 

It is possible to have an allergic response resulting in a mild body rash. This is extremely rare and just means that a different agent could be used to make up the botox solution at a future date or that it would be best to avoid it completely. It is not a life-threatening reaction.

Less than 1 in 10 patients experience each of the following side effects:-

1 As with all injections there is a risk of pain, bruising, bleeding or infection at the injection site

2 Drooping of eyebrows or eyelids. This could happen 1-2 weeks after the injections. It always reverts to normal as the botulinum toxin wears off. Therefore this fully reversed after a period of time, which can vary from a week to up 12-16 weeks when the effects of the toxin completely wear off. This is the beauty of botox that there are ever any lasting side-effects. Even in the worst case scenario of an unwanted side-effect like an eyelid droop/ptosis (doctor and patient), this completely wears off and reverts to normal.

Less than 1 in 100 may experience:

▪ Difficulty in swallowing

▪ Skin pain

▪ Jaw pain

▪ Swollen eyelid

If you were to have any difficulty in breathing, swallowing or speaking after receiving the treatment you would contact our Doctor immediately.

If you experience hives, swelling including the face or throat, wheezing, feeling faint or shortness of breath you would also contact our Doctor immediately.

Side effects relating to the spread of botulinum toxin far away from the injection site have been reported very rarely. If you experience any untoward side effects that you feel could be as a result of Botox ideally you would see our doctor or visit A&E.

This information is provided as a general guide only and is not a comprehensive overview of prescribing information. If you have any queries or concerns about your headaches or medications please contact us.


The Migraine Treatment price is £250

This price includes:

- A professional treatment carried out by a qualified Doctor, not a nurse or beautician.

- Free consultation.

- A 2 week review appointment.

- A fixed price for men or women.

Please click HERE for patient's reviews.

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At GP Matters we provide Botox injections for excessive sweating (Hyperhidrosis) with effective results by an experienced specialist doctor.

When severe sweating gets in the way of certain daily activities and antiperspirants are not working, you may be a candidate for  Botox treatment. .

Botox is very effective to treat the symptoms of severe underarm sweating when medicines used on the skin (topical) do not work well enough. It is injected into the affected areas to help control this condition by temporarily blocking the chemical signals from the nerves that stimulate the sweat glands. When the sweat glands do not receive chemical signals, the severe sweating stops. 

Underarm Sweating:
Prior to the treatment: The night before the procedure you should shave your armpits.

The day of the treatment you should wash off any deodorant prior to your appointment and  you should wear an old top to avoid staining of your favourite top with the iodine dye used to identify the sweat glands.

The actual procedure takes about 20 to 30 minutes and is totally straightforward. A series of small amounts of Botulinum toxin injections are performed at the identified underarm areas through a very fine needle.

Post Treatment
Simply avoid touching, rubbing or apply anything (ie. deodorants) on the treated area for 4 hours to prevent infection and spreading of the medicine. Also, it is recommended not to shower on the same day of the treatment or exercise for 24 hours after the procedure. Specific instruction will be given.

You will get the result at about 72 hours after having the treatment.

Your next treatment can be given when the effects of the first course wear off. This usually happens after 4 to 9 months. Then your symptoms will return gradually, and you will know when the time is right for another treatment.
It is recommended to have the treatment every 6 months to receive the best possible results. 

* Specialist Doctor: Dr Carole McAlister is registered and holds a license to practice with the General Medical Council. She is a highly experience Botox specialist, performing more than 1,000 treatments over the last few years. Our patients always give compliment about how professional and gentle she is.

* We offer a follow up appointment to ensure you achive the best results

* Competitive price

* We use only the best products for the treatment

* Clinic location: our clinic situated in the heart of Glasgow. Just a few minutes walk from Kelvinbridge tube station. 

- Underarm Sweating - £400
- Head Sweating - £250

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GP Matters
Dr Carole McAlister
24 Buckingham Terrace
Glasgow G12 8ED


0141 7373 289


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During our last inspection we have received the highest rating and graded as "Exceptional" for Patient Care.

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