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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.

 

COVID_19 Vaccination Information

An update on the COVID-19 vaccination programme

 

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is now well underway following the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approval as being safe and effective for use.

Invitations to mass vaccination centres are being administered nationally.  

IF YOU THINK YOU HAVE MISSED YOUR COVID VACCINATION INVITE  - Please go to the link below and complete the online form.

https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/missing-appointment-details.

 If you have any questions about the COVID Vaccine, please visit NHS Inform www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccine, or call the national helpline 0800 030 8013 which is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.’

The Scottish Government requires General Practice and other healthcare settings to have different infection control and physical distancing guidance to other places such as hospitality and shops.  This is to help reduce the risk to practice staff and to people attending the practice who may be at greater risk if they catch covid 19.

From 19 July 2021 (when we go to Level 0) the following rules still apply in General Practice:

  • wearing of face coverings by patients and the public (unless you are exempt)

  • physical distancing of 2 metres in waiting rooms

  • contact your practice by telephone in the first instance

  • wearing of PPE by staff

  • screening of all patients for Covid 19 symptoms

Please support us by complying with this guidance. 

Please note:

Individuals on stable anticoagulation therapy, including individuals on warfarin who are up-to-date with their scheduled INR testing and whose latest INR is below the upper level of therapeutic range, can receive intramuscular vaccination.  A fine needle will be used for the vaccination, followed by firm pressure applied to the site without rubbing for at least 2 minutes.  There is a risk of a haematoma at the injection site, as with all injections.  You will be asked about your blood thinning medication at the time of vaccination, so the risk of bleeding at the injection site can be reduced.

A useful leaflet can be found here : https://www.publichealthscotland.scot/media/2909/covid-vaccine-adults-leaflet_jan21.pdf

COVID_19 Vaccination status scheme launches

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

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.

Symptoms of Coronavirus are:

  • a new continuous cough  ( anew cough which has lasted for an hour, have had 3 or more episodes of coughing in 24 hours or are coughing more than usual)
  • or high temperature (>37.8) 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.
  • or a loss or change in your sense of smell or taste.

If you have any of these symptoms, even if you think they are mild you must self isolate for 10 days or get a covid_19 test.   Close contacts of someone who has tested positive and identified by an NHS contact tracer will have to self-isolate for 10 days.

 

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

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

Redesign of Urgent Care

As a result of coronavirus, the Scottish Government has redesigned how to access urgent care.   A new campaign is being launched "Right care Right Place".  Further information can be found at www.nhsinform.scot/right-care

local A&E departments remain open for those with a life threatening emergency.  However, to ensure patients have the fastest access to the treatment they need, anyone with a non life threatening condition who would usually go to A&E should now call NHS24 on 111, day or night.

You can still contact your GP Practice as normal through the day

if it is an emergency you should continue to call 999 or go to your local A&E.

Changes to Open Surgery and surgery appointments. 

The Surgery is open and we are still  accessible by telephone.  

Open surgeries are no longer in operation. 

If you have a non covid_19 medical concern, please contact the practice by telephone and we will arrange an appropriate telephone or face to face assessment .  A landline is preferred as it give a better reception/service.  All calls to and from the practice are recorded. 

Changes to prescriptions

Please make any prescription request in writing and post into the box marked "prescriptions" on the left hand side of the vestibule.  You do not have to enter the building.  If you currently request medication online, please continue to do so.

Prescriptions will go to your usual documented pharmacy.  if you do not have one, we will contact you for you to request your preferred pharmacy for pick up.   There will be no collection of prescriptions at the surgery.  Please allow 72 hours for this service.

Please be mindful that pharmacies will also be extremely busy at this time.

 Time of work due to self isolation 

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 isolation note at www.nhsinform.scot under the general 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.

Normally services will resume when the situation allows.

 

 


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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We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.

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.

NHS DIGITAL DATA SHARING OPT OUT

We would like to reassure our patients that the proposed extraction of GP data by NHS Ditigal does NOT include any patients registered with this practice or in NHS Scotland.  NHS Digital provides 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.

(Site updated 21/07/2021)

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