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Practice Extension

We are very excited to announce that work will be starting in the practice from the end of this week (11/11/21)  to build an extension. Once complete it will give the practice some much needed extra space and a refresh to some of the existing areas. It is anticipated that the build programme will take at least 6 months.

This does of course mean that while it is taking place that there will be some disruption;

  • The contractors will require to section off approximately a third of the car park meaning there will be in a big reduction in parking spaces available. There will also be workmen on site using spaces too. We therefore ask that you bear this in mind when you are attending the practice and travel on foot where possible. Spaces will be blocked off with cones to ensure that staff can get parked – we ask that you please do not use these spaces.

    There will, at times, be noise due to the building work – we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

    There will be various different phases and at times we may need to use different entrances/close the waiting room etc whilst works are taking place – all information will be posted on the website and in the practice windows in due course.

Flu and Booster vaccination

It’s important to get you Flu and Booster vaccination. If you are aged between 50 and 69 please go to https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/book-a-flu-or-coronavirus-booster-vaccination to book a vaccination appointment.  

From Wednesday 22nd September 2021 we will have our waiting room open:

  • Any patient suffering with covid19 or if you have any symptoms – a new cough, a temperature or a loss of sense of taste or smell, you must not enter the building.
  • If you have been in contact with a positive case, please do not enter the building.
  • If you have been told by the Doctor that you are a red zone patient – you must not enter the building. Please wait in your car/outside and contact us via the phone.
  • If you have a face to face appointment booked and you develop COVID symptoms please do not attend the practice and call us to re-arrange the appointment.
  • Please do not arrive early for your appointment – please arrive on time.
  • The front doors and windows in the waiting room will be open at all times to increase airflow therefore we advise that you wear appropriate clothing as it may be cooler than previously.
  • Patients can check in either at the intercom at the main front entrance or at the front reception desk.
  • Appointments cannot be booked in person – patients must still call in to book appointments. We need to limit the number of people physically in the reception area for the protection of all and to adhere to the 1 meter distancing as required by Scottish Government guidance.
  • If a patient is only dropping off - Scripts, letters and samples etc, these should still go through the side door letterbox. Again this is to limit the number of people in the building.
  • If someone is collecting and dropping off then please come to the reception desk.
  • There will no longer be the facility to speak to reception at the side door. If you need to speak to reception, please use the intercom at the main entrance or come into the reception desk.
  • If you want a confidential conversation, please contact us over the phone or advise reception that you wish to have a confidential conversation and ask reception to call you back.
  • Please adhere to 1 meter distancing at all times.
  • Face coverings are mandatory in healthcare settings, please continue to wear one.
  • Please follow the signage about distancing and where to sit.

Flu Vaccines

The way you will get your flu vaccine this year has changed.

People aged 70 or over will now be sent a letter by the national booking system with details of an appointment at a vaccination centre.

From now on, GP practices will not administer the Flu jab. Across Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships are taking on this role in line with the GP Contract agreed by BMA Scotland on behalf of Scottish GPs. This change has been agreed to relieve pressure on GP practices. As a result your local practice will not offer any flu vaccinations or handle any booking queries for people in eligible groups.

Instead, the flu vaccine will be delivered by the four Health and Social Care Partnerships in Lothian - East Lothian; Midlothian; Edinburgh and West Lothian.

If you require further information or you need to rearrange your appointment, please contact the helpline on your appointment invitation or the local enquiry line on 0300 790 6296.

Please do not contact your GP - we will not be able to help, we do not have any visibility of appointments or the booking system.

You can find out more on the websites of the Health and Social Care Partnerships or on NHS Inform

Covid Vaccination Exemption Certificates

Covid Vaccination exemption

Macmillan Cancer Support 

If you live in Edinburgh and the Lothians and are affected by cancer (including family members and carers) you could benefit from this new support service.

Macmillan Cancer Support and NHS Lothian are working together to support people affected by cancer access a wide range of support, including benefits advice, help at home and emotional support.

For more information or to access the service call 07977 307 286 / 07929 784 315 or email loth.icj@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

 

Cervical Screening - 'Don't ignore it

Even if you expect everything is fine, don’t ignore your smear test invite.

It can help stop cervical cancer before it starts.

Find out more: getcheckedearly.org

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Get the right care, in the right place:

Right Care

 

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening Programme

The aim of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is to find aneurysms (bulges in blood vessels) early, and monitor or treat them. Treating an AAA early greatly reduces the chance of it rupturing and causing serious problems. Find out how the test is done and what your test results mean.

https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/screening/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-aaa/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-aaa-screening

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NHS DIGITAL DATA SHARING OPT OUT

We would like to reassure our patients that the proposed extraction of GP data by NHS digital does NOT include any patient registered with this practice or in NHS Scotland. NHS digital provide services in England so are not able to access any data held in Scotland. You are not required to opt out as your data is already safe. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and safeguards are in place to protect this, including when data is used for research.

Further information on how NHS Scotland handles your personal information is on the NHS inform website.

 

COVID-19 vaccination status scheme launches

Measure will provide confirmation of vaccination when required for foreign travel.

A service that allows people travelling abroad to access their record of vaccination status themselves has launched.

A vaccination status letter can be downloaded from the NHS Inform patient portal or - for those not online - requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline.

Only those planning to travel to a country or territory where a record of vaccination status is needed as an entry requirement should download the record or request it.

While there are no countries currently requiring vaccination status to travel, international travel restrictions can change quickly requiring such measures to be in place.

The measures are intended to ease the burden on the NHS by removing the need for people to ask their GP for a status record.

As Scotland’s vaccination programme progresses, vaccination status will be replaced by digital Covid Status Certificates, which will include vaccination and testing data to be used for outbound international travel.

Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith said:

“Given the risk of returning with infection, and especially of introducing new variants of the virus, we continue to be highly cautious about international travel. Everyone should continue to limit their travel abroad and while I understand the need for some people who want to reunite with family, when it comes to holidays, my advice continues to be play it safe and staycation this summer.

“For those that do need it, this new service will provide people with a record of their vaccination status for outbound international travel.

“They should only access their record if they are planning to travel within 21 days and it is a requirement of their destination.”

Background

People will be able access their Covid-19 Vaccine Status online, by logging on to www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status.

People who have lost or forgotten their username or password will be able to create new ones by selecting 'forgot username' or 'forgot password' options. A Freephone Covid Status Helpline will allow people to get the record posted to them.

It can be contacted on 0808 196 8565.

The Scottish Government continues to urge a highly cautious approach to international travel, given the risk of new variants. The four UK Chief Medical Officers have said that green-list status should be the exception, rather than the rule, with countries added to the list only where there are very good reasons for doing so.

If you are intending to travel abroad you should:

check the entry requirements for your destination country on the UK foreign travel advice pages
get up-to-date information from the website of your destination country
check the re-entry requirements for your return to Scotland
only request a vaccination record if it is absolutely required and you are due to travel in the next 21 days

 

Children's A&E is moving!

The Royal Hospital for Sick Children closes on 23rd March. From 8am on Tuesday 23rd March you must go to the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at Little France.

 

Closed for Public Holidays

We are closed on the following dates for public holidays:

Monday 27th December 2021 - in lieu of 25 December 2021

Tuesday 28th December 2021 - in lieu of 26 December 2021

Monday 3rd January 2022 - in lieu of 1 January 2022

Tuesday 4th January 2022 - in lieu of 2 January 2022

 

If we are closed and you cannot wait until the surgery reopens, call NHS24 on 111. In an emergency call 999.

Please bear in mind these closures for repeat medication requests. Thank you.

 

Pharmacy/Script processing time frame

Please be aware that local pharmacies are exceptionally busy - they require 24-48 hours from receiving your script in order to process it. If you have any queries regarding when your script will be ready - please speak to the relevant pharmacy directly.

 

Call MIA

Call MIA helps you get the right care in the right place. If you’ve got a minor injury you can get advice about treatment from the comfort of your own home. Call 111 24/7 and NHS24 will direct to Call MIA. Virtual and face-to-face scheduled appointments are available between 10am-10pm, 7 days a week

Children under 12 years old with a minor injury should attend one of the services at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Western General Hospital or St John’s Hospital, but if under 1 year old should attend the Emergency Department at RHSC or SJH.

Call MIA is available to patients with injuries that are less than 5 days old. Injuries it can advise on include:

  • strains, sprains and suspected broken bones to limbs only (not back, chest or abdomen)
  • wounds and minor burns (not to face, groin or hands)
  • minor bumps to head and face (with no vomiting or loss of consciousness)
  • simple eye injuries
  • insect bites and stings with localised swelling and no evidence of allergic reaction
     

COVID Vaccination videos

 

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  6. https://vimeo.com/530747880     English
  7. https://vimeo.com/530744945     BSL
  8. https://vimeo.com/530744121     Polish
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  10. https://vimeo.com/534515281     Urdu
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