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Updated 27.04.2021

New Royal Hospital for Children & Young People

From 8am on Tuesday 23rd March 2021 any child or young person requiring access to A&E, must go to the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at little France.

GP Partner Changes

On 14th June 2021, we say goodbye to one of our GP Partners, Dr Andrew Seagrave. I am quite sure both patients and colleagues will miss him.  All the best Dr Seagrave.

On the same day we welcome Dr Nicky Blackwell as a GP Partner to the team .  We look forward to introducing her into the Practice.  She is looking forward to supporting and speaking with our patients. 

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 of both the Pfizer and Oxford Astra-Zeneca vaccines as being safe and effective and approval for use.


Across Lothian, vaccination of the following groups of people is taking place at GP Practices:

  • People over 80 years of age

  • People aged  75-79

  • People who are clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding)

If you or your relative or someone you care for is in this groups you / they will receive an invitation from us, either by letter or by phone to have your vaccination here at the practice. 

We understand that there is concern that some people in this cohort have not yet been invited for vaccination either at the practice or at home.

You may also be concerned that someone you know in a lower priority group has been invited to be vaccinated at a mass vaccination centre ahead of your own vaccination appointment.

Invitations to mass vaccination centres are being administered nationally and are separate to the GP programme.  Those letters can be sent out quite far ahead of appointments.  Our contact with you will be much closer to the date of your appointment.

However, we can assure you we are vaccinating as fast as vaccine supplies allow and everyone eligible for vaccination here will be invited to attend.

  • People over 80 will be vaccinated by 5 February 2021.

  • People aged 75-79 and people who are clinically extremely vulnerable will be vaccinated  by 15 February 2021

We are very grateful for your patience while you wait your turn.

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

There is no need for you to contact the practice as we will be in touch with those eligible.  If you have any questions about the COVID Vaccine, please visit NHS Inform, or call the national helpline 0800 030 8013 which is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.’

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 Covid_19 vaccination helpline about the coronavirus vaccine and it's delivery is now available from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week on 0800 030 8013.  It will not be possible to book or change vaccine appointments via the helpline.

A useful leaflet can be found here :

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

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.

 Online Services

There is a service which will allow you to order repeat prescriptions and book/cancel appointments online.  This involves registration through us, so please let us know if you wish to do so and we can email you the link to proceed.

Text Messaging Communication

We are able to send you a text message to remind you to book your annual recalls.  You can receive information by text message on your mobile phone regarding your healthcare.

What you need to do?

If you would like your practice to contact you via the text messaging service please make sure that we have a current mobile number for yourself or any family/household members.  

Consent is implied if we have a registered mobile number for you, If you do not wish to receive these communications please contact the surgery who will update your records.


Toys in the waiting room

Due to Health and Safety, the Practice has removed all toys and books from the waiting room.  Please feel free to bring along your childs favourite toy for them to play with while they are at the  surgery.


The following link has been created to provide the four independent contractor groups with information and assets to support them in communicating with their patients/customers:


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The assets provided will help explain that services are still being delivered, but how they are being delivered has changed as a result of coronavirus.


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