Covid-19 Vaccinations

There is no need for you to contact the practice about the vaccination programme and if you have any questions about the COVID Vaccine or wish more infomation, please visit NHS Inform by clicking here, or call the national helpline 0800 030 8013 which is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

Further information is available at:

www.publichealthscotland.scot/covidvaccinegp

www.publichealthscotland.scot/covidvaccinehcw

www.publichealthscotland.scot/covidvaccinescw


COVID -19 Vaccination Status Scheme Launches

A service that allows people travelling abroad to access their record of vaccination status themselves has launched.

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.

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.”

 You will be able access your 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 or contact 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 day

You qualify as an unpaid carer and can self-register for the vaccine if:

  •  You are aged 16 or over and;
  •  You provide face-to-face care and support to one or more family members, friends or neighbours;
  • The care you provide is not part of a contract or voluntary work;
  • If you care for someone due to old age, physical or mental illness, disability or for an addiction;
  • You have not already received your first COVID-19 vaccination or vaccination appointment letter.

If any of these apply to you, you can register either online at https://www.nhsinform.scot/carersregister  or via the Covid vaccination helpline 0800 030 8013 from Monday 15 March.


Missing invitations contact form

If you think you should have received an invitation to your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointment by now, or if you have lost your invitation letter, please click on the link below complete and submit the form. Missing invitations contact form (nhs.scot)


Rearrange your vaccination appointment

Please make every effort to attend your appointment. This allows NHS Scotland to continue to vaccinate everyone as quickly as possible.

However, if you are still unable to attend, or cannot get to the venue you can rearrange your appointment by clicking on the link below and completing the attached form. Manage -your-coronavirus-vaccination-appointment

 If you would prefer to speak with someone about your appointment, please contact the National Covid Helpline on 0800 030 8013

You should also rearrange your appointment if you:

  • are feeling unwell with symptoms of coronavirus
  • have recently tested positive for coronavirus
  • have been told by NHS Test and Protect that you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus
  • live with someone who has recently tested positive for coronavirus
  • live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus

If you have recently tested positive for coronavirus, even if you have no symptoms, you should wait until 4 weeks after the date you were tested to get the vaccine.


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.

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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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