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Riccarton General PracticeThe AvenueRiccarton CampusEdinburgh, EH14 4ASTel: 0131 451 3010
Please note that routine health checks in an otherwise well young individual are not required. However, if you have any relevant family history, or are aged over 40, then you might benefit from a non-urgent assessment at the surgery.
All prescriptions for contraception are free.
The practice provides short-acting and long-acting contraception, including the contraceptive injection and contraceptive implant. (This excludes the Intra-uterine devices (IUDs) and Intra-uterine system (IUS) which are available at Chalmers Sexual Health Centre.) Online: www.lothiansexualhealth.scot/
The C-Card service is available at the Students Association. It offers free condoms and information on sexual health.
Emergency Contraception, taken after unprotected sexual intercourse must be started within 72 hours but is most effective if taken within 24 hours.
You may contact:
The Practice – 0131 451 3010
Local pharmacies and NHS 24
Advice and treatment are available from the Practice, including HIV testing, by appointment with a doctor. You may prefer to attend the Chalmers Sexual Health Centre 2a Chalmers Street Edinburgh.
For appointments, information and advice telephone or visit website as below:
Study and exam pressure, relationship problems, loneliness and bereavement can cause great anxiety and distress. If you are worried about yourself or a friend, there are many services available to help:
Please ask at the Practice for further information.
NHS Lothian provide a local Stop Smoking Support Service to help those wishing to stop smoking. The telephone number for Quit Your Way South Edinburgh is 0131 537 7154 or you can email smokefreeSouthedin@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.
You should see a Dentist about problems relating to you teeth or mouth. Riccarton Dental Practice is located within the Health Centre at Heriot Watt University. You can also find your local Dentist by entering your postcode at
For problems relating to your eyes, patients are advised to see an Optician. You should contact them urgently if you have blurring of vision or pain in your eye. You can find you local Optician by entering your postcode at https://www.nhsinform.scot/scotlands-service-directory/Opticians
The Practice has a visiting private Physiotherapist. Fees and appointment details available at our reception. Useful information and advice can be found on musculoskeletal problems on the website nhsinform.scot/msk.
The Practice has a visiting private Podiatrist. Fees and appointment details available at our reception. Alternatively for problems related to your feet you can self refer to an NHS Podiatrist by filling out a form which you can download here: self referral form for podiatry or a copy is available from our reception desk. You can do this without seeing your GP.
Sickness Certification may be required by academic departments if a student’s attendance or examination performance is affected. For absences of 4 days or less, students may self-certify on appropriate forms obtained from their School/Institute or downloadable HERE
For absences in excess of this period, or where academic performance is likely to be adversely affected, students should request certification at a consultation in the course of the illness.
Click here to see policy on Mitigating Circumstances
Student Request For Medical Evidence / Mitigating Circumstances Letter
The University Health Service receives many requests for letters confirming illness or mitigating circumstances. Unfortunately, we cannot always provide these.
Please note that we can only provide letters if:
Please consider this before completing and submitting a request for certification form (as above). The University’s Mitigating Circumstances Policy is available from the University’s website www.hw.ac.uk.
Retrospective certificates will not be issued.
The Practice’s Nursing team run a travel clinic. Please make an appointment at least 6 - 8 weeks before you travel to allow time for any necessary courses of injections (Tel 0131 451 3010). Patients must complete and return the questionnaire (click on the link below to download) prior to making an appointment, this is to allow the Nurse time to research your travel route and determine what health care provisions are necessary. This can be returned in person or by post.
NHS regulations enable us to prescribe and administer certain vaccines at no charge. Other travel related vaccinations, prescriptions and advice will incur a charge as they are out with NHS provision. Please see Reception for a list of fees. Payment by cash, debit card or credit card (£1.00 surcharge for credit card payments)
Download our Travel Questionnaire
For advice and information on travel health please visit Fit for Travel website.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services you may require are not covered by the National Health Service and a charge will be levied for those as recommended by the British Medical Association.
Download our Private Fees