Flu Vaccine Information

You can find out if you’re in a priority group eligible for a flu vaccine on NHS inform

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.

 

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

The winter vaccination programme has started. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, you will get a letter from NHS Scotland. This will either give you an appointment date and time at one of the flu vaccination clinics in Lothian, or instruct you to make an appointment using an online portal.

If you are eligible for a COVID booster, you may get this at the same time as your flu jab, but this is not guaranteed, and you may have to attend two separate appointments.

You will not get your flu or COVID jabs at your GP practice. Please do not contact the surgery about your flu or COVID jab appointments.

If you have received a letter with an appointment that you are unable to attend, you can rearrange your appointment online at https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/rearrange-your-flu-vaccine-appointment.  Alternatively you can call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with re-booking.

Invitation process

The following groups will be invited to receive the flu vaccine by letter:

  • anyone aged 70 or over
  • people who are immunosuppressed
  • people who are clinically vulnerable

All other groups will be invited to register for the flu vaccine using an online booking system which will be available at www.nhsinform.scot/flu or by calling 0800 030 8013.


DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENTS

The Practice is continually reviewing the way in which appointments are booked and how patients have contact with their GP. Currently majority of our appointments are by telephone, where possible. 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. 


                           COVID 19 VACCINATIONS

Drop in clinics are now available in all mass vaccination centres as well as community locations for people over the age of 12. Click the link below for information:

https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx

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


Important Patient Information - Changes to Procedures due to CORONAVIRUS

For routine health advice or for minor ailments

To aid us in minimising the spread of infection we have moved to telephone consultations rather than face-to-face appointments, where possible. 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 do need an appointment please book it by telephone rather than turning up in person

  • Please only enter the premises if you have an appointment or collecting a prescription
  • If attending for an appointment please wear a face covering
  • Attend alone if possible
  • Arrive on time for appointments (no more than 5mins beforehand)
  • Use the hand sanitiser provided upon arrival
  • Do not use the toilet facilities unless absolutely necessary

Please maintain social distancing measures when at reception

Your assistance in these areas is greatly appreciated

If you have a fever, cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste DO NOT ENTER the Health Centre and you MUST self isolate for 10 days.

If you’ve developed symptoms (however mild), stay at home for 10 days from the start of your symptoms and arrange to be tested. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. 

You should remain at home until you get the result of the test, and then follow the advice you will be given based on the result. 

If you are severely unwell or breathless then you should consult NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot and phone NHS 24 on 111 as first point of contact.

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

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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