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With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.

All information for the 2020/21 Flu campaign can be found at:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu

 The NHS Inform phoneline is also live on 0800 22 44 88.

All information on the 2020/21 Flu Campaign is attached below, please click on the link.

Flu Vaccination Program

Patients of Hermitage Medical Practice should attend their allocated drive thru centre which is Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, 219 Colinton Road, EH14 1DJ  (accessed from Glenlockhart Road) on the specific dates and times noted in the above link and below.  Any of the dates can be attended and the surname gives an indication of the time to arrive.  

Saturday 24 October

Sunday 25 October

Saturday 31 October

Sunday 1 November

Saturday 14 November

Sunday 15 November

Saturday 21 November

Sunday 22 November

TIME                       SURNAME

9-10am -                 A-B

10-11am -              C-D

11am - 12noon -    E-H

12 - 1pm -              I - L

1-2.30pm -            M-N

2.30-3.30pm -       O-R

3.30-4.30pm -       S-U

4.30-5.30pm -       V-Z

PLEASE check the NHSInform website https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu a few days before the clinic you intend to attend the clinics incase any changes have taken place.  Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.

We encourage you to use the drive thru facilities wherever possible - but there are different dates for walk thru options which are available. 

Walk thru clinic is at Tollcross Healthcare Centre, Ponton Street, EH3 9QQ on Sunday 15th  and Saturday 21st November at the above times according to surname. Please check www.nhsinform.scot/flu for all the information on drive thru and walk thru dates and times and check these before setting off to ensure there has not been any changes.

If you have any comments (positive or otherwise) regarding the drive thru or walk thru clinics, please email edinburghprimarycaresupportteam@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk and not to the practice.

If someone develops fever post vaccination, this should usually resolve within 48 hours. This is a relatively common, expected reaction, and self-isolation and testing for COVID-19 are not required unless COVID is suspected based on other clinical criteria such as cough and/or anosmia.

If fever persists beyond 48 hours or an individual develops other COVID-19 related symptoms, then they should self-isolate and be recommended to have a test for COVID-19. Testing for COVID-19 may also be considered at any time following clinical assessment, or if there are other epidemiological indications such as being a close contact of a case or part of a cluster.

 

There is a list of Pharmacies who will be offering the flu vaccination to eligible patients which can be accessed using the "Flu Clinics" tab at the bottom of the home page. 

AS OF MONDAY 23RD MARCH IF YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 PLEASE ADHERE TO THE FOLLOWING.

 

  • Children under the age of 16 years with mild Covid Symptoms should contact www.NHSInform.scot/Covid

  • Children under the age of 16 years with moderate to severe Covid symptoms should contact the practice so that the GP can assess their needs and, if necessary, arrange assessment at the most suitable location.

  • Adults over the age of 16 years with ANY Covid symptoms should contcat www.NHSInform.scot/Covid

 

YOU CAN GET THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT TO DO AT

https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

Anyone who has symptoms of Covid_19 (a new continuous cough, fever/high temperature - 37.8C or above - or loss or change in sense of smell/taste) must self-isolate straight away.

YOU SHOULD PHONE 111 IF YOU DEVELOP BREATHLESSNESS, OR IT WORSENS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU:

  • are 70 years or older

  • have underlying poor health

  • have heart or lung problems

  • have a weakened immune system

  • have diabetes

The Scottish Government's Test and Protect launches on 28th May 2020.   This is a public health measure designed to break chains of transmission of Covid_19 in the community. 

Close contacts of someone who has tested positive and identified by an NHS contact tracer will have to self-isolate for 14 days.

 

 

THE OPEN SURGERIES ARE STOPPED AS OF TUESDAY 17TH MARCH.

ALL ROUTINE DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS ARE CANCELLED WITH IMMEDIATE EFFECT.

THE SURGERY IS STILL OPEN AND WE CONTINUE TO BE ACCESSIBLE BY TELEPHONE.  AS OF TUESDAY 24TH MARCH, WE HAVE CLOSED THE FRONT DOOR AND ASK ANY PATIENTS WITH PRE-BOOKED APPOINTMENTS TO RING THE BELL (WITH THEIR ELBOW!) AND A MEMBER OF STAFF WILL OPEN THE DOOR.

IF YOU HAVE NON COVID-19 MEDICAL CONCERNS, PLEASE CONTACT THE PRACTICE BY TELEPHONE AND WE WILL ARRANGE APPROPRIATE TELEPHONE OR FACE TO FACE ASSESSMENT AS APPROPRIATE.  A LANDLINE NUMBER IS PREFERRED AS IT GIVES A BETTER  RECEPTION/SERVICE.

PLEASE MAKE ANY PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS IN WRITING AND POST INTO THE BOX MARKED 'PRESCRIPTIONS' IN THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE VESIBULE.  DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING.  IF YOU CURRENTLY REQUEST YOUR MEDICATIONS ONLINE, PLEASE CONTINUE TO DO SO. 

PRESCRIPTIONS WILL EITHER GO TO YOUR USUAL DOCUMENTED PHARMACY OR WILL BE SENT TO LINDSAY AND GILMOUR (18-20 Comiston Road, 0131 447 2336) FOR YOU TO COLLECT.  THERE WILL BE NO COLLECTION OF PRESCRIPTIONS AT THE SURGERY. PLEASE ALLOW 72 HOURS FOR THIS SERVICE.  

PLEASE BE MINDFUL THAT PHARMACIES WILL BE EXTREMELY BUSY AT THIS TIME. 

TIME OFF WORK

YOU DO NOT NEED A 'FIT NOTE' FOR SELF ISOLATION.  YOU CAN SEND AN ISOLATION NOTE TO YOUR EMPLOYER AS PROOF YOU NEED TO STAY OFF WORK BECAUSE OF COVID-19.  YOU CAN GET AN ISLOATION NOTE AT NHSINFORM.SCOT UNDER THE GENERAL ADVICE HEADING.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR CO-OPERATION DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.  THESE DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE TO REDUCE TRAFFIC AND RISK OF INFECTION TRANSMISSION TO VULNERABLE PATIENTS AND STAFF. 

THIS HAS BEEN DONE AS PER GUIDANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT AND OTHER STATUTORY BODIES.

Please also note that the PRACTICE TOILETS are CLOSED throughout this period.

Normally services will resume when the situation allows.

 

COVID_19 Advice for the General Public

For general information and advice on COVID-19, patients should  be directed to NHSInform website https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

For patients looking for general advice but do not have symptoms, there is a NHS24 dedicated Novel Coronavirus Helpline on 0800 028 2816.

 If you have a new continuous cough or high temperature (>37.8) or a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste in the last 7days, self isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms, even if you think your symptoms are mild.

A new continuous cough is where you:

  • have a new cough that's lasted for an hour
  • have had 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours
  • are coughing more than usual

If you cannot take your temperature, a high temperature is feeling hot to touch on your chest or back,  you may feel warm, cold or shivery.

If you have had COVID_19 but are still concerned about persisting symptoms and are looking for advice on how to manage these, please click on this link Post COVID Advice


Sending Images

If you require to send in images for your GP to look at before your consultation please send to clinical.s71449@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.  Images being sent to this email address will be saved in your medical records, by sending these images to us would mean that you are consenting to them being stored within your medical records.   This email address should NOT be used to send any other clinical information.  Please telephone the surgery with any clinical information or appointment requests.

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Access & Transport

  • By public LRT bus: 11, 15, 16, 23, 5, 51, 37, 24 to Morningside Road, 38 to Cluny Gardens.
  • Parking: There is a restricted parking area directly in front of the surgery which is for doctors only during working hours.  In addition, there is pay & display parking in Hermitage Terrace, Cluny Avenue and Nile Grove.
  • Disabled Access:  There is easy access for the disabled to all waiting and reception areas and doctors rooms.  There is also a disabled toilet facility.
(Site updated 26/10/2020)

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