Infection control and physical distancing

Although restrictions in Scotland have now eased 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.

The following rules therefore still apply in General Practice:

  • wearing of face coverings by patients (unless you are exempt)
  • physical distancing of 1 metres in our waiting room
  • contact the practice by telephone in the first instance where possible
  • wearing of PPE by staff
  • screening of all patients for Covid 19 symptoms
  • Patients with respiratory symptoms that require a face to face appointment will be given clear instructions from the GP and will be seen in our isolation room.

Please support your practice team by complying with this guidance.

The ‘Stay at Home’ guidance advises if you have symptoms of a respiratory infection such as coronavirus and have a high temperature or do not feel well enough to go to work or carry out normal activities you should stay at home and avoid contact with other people.

The symptoms of coronavirus, flu and common respiratory infections include:

  • continuous cough
  • high temperature, fever or chills
  • loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell
  • shortness of breath
  • unexplained tiredness, lack of energy
  • muscle aches or pains that are not due to exercise
  • not wanting to eat or not feeling hungry
  • headache that's unusual or longer lasting than usual
  • sore throat, stuffy or runny nose
  • diarrhoea
  • feeling sick or being sick 

You should stay at home until you no longer have a temperature (if you had one) or until you feel better


DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENTS

The Practice is continually reviewing the way in which appointments are booked and how patients have contact with their GP. The Practice is currently using a telephone triage system.  A GP will initially discuss your symptoms over the phone and if necessary ask you to attend the practice for a face to face review. Please be patient with our staff while they try to accommodate requests.

Please still consider using your local pharmacy or NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot as your first point of contact. If you do need an appointment please book it by telephone rather than turning up in person. 


Vaccination Change

From April 1st 2022 vaccinations including shingles, pneumovac and travel will no longer be done in General Practice.  Flu Vaccinations were removed in Edinburgh in 2020.  If you are eligible for a shingles or pneumovac you will be contacted by the Lothian vaccination team. 

For general queries about vaccination, please visit: www.nhslothian.scot/HealthInformation/Immunisation/Pages/default.aspx 

For direct point of contact the helpline is 0300 790 6296 or loth.ehscpctacvaccinationreferrals@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk 


COVID 19 VACCINATIONS

For information on the Covid Booster Vaccination Programme please click the link below:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/the-vaccines/coronavirus-covid-19-booster-vaccination

Please see link on right hand panel for all other COVID 19 information


For routine health advice or for minor ailments

Please consider using your local pharmacy or NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot as your first point of contact.

Local pharmacies provide a minor ailments service which deals with many common conditions.

Please note ALL eye problems should be directed to an optician and not a GP.

Similarly ALL dental problems should be directed to a dentist and not a GP.

If you’ve developed symptoms please follow the "stay at home" guidance. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. For the most up-to-date information please visit www.nhsinform.scot

If you are unwell or breathless then you should telephone the Practice on 0131 451 3010 for a telephone call with a Doctor or alternatively consult NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot.

We are constantly reviewing the way in which we provide our services and thank you for your patience and co-operation.

The Practice is a non-limited partnership and was founded in 1994 having originally functioned as a branch surgery of Currie Group Practice since 1971. We provide the full range of General Medical Services under the National Health Service as well as other non-NHS services as detailed in this leaflet. The Practice also largely constitutes the University Health Service for Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

We aim to provide a high quality, caring service to improve the health and wellbeing of all our patients.

Emergencies

In an emergency, click here

Getting Here

The Practice is well serviced by public transport – Lothian Regional buses 25, 34, 35, 45 and First Bus 63.

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