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PRACTICE CLOSED-EASTER HOLIDAY

The Practice is closed Friday 2nd April & Monday 5th April 2021 for the Easter Bank Holiday. For medical emergencies patients should contact NHS 24 on 111. Please order prescriptions by Wed 31st March. Thank you.


The Royal Hospital for Sick Children ('The Sick Kids')

Closes on 23rd March - click the link below for more information:

Royal Hospital for Children and Young People.pdf


FAO HWU Students - Lateral Flow Testing

All Heriot Watt Students are eligible for Lateral Flow Testing and this is strongly recommended. Click the link below for more information:

Information on Lateral Flow Testing


Right Care, Right Place

Coronavirus is changing how our NHS Scotland works and how we access services to keep everyone safe. It’s important we all know how to get the right care, safely. The guides below (click on the links) will help explain which NHS service to use for different health concerns, and how to look after your health and the people you care for.

Right Care, Right Place Booklet (in English)

Link to booklet in different languages

Right Care, Right place - Quick Guide


CORONAVIRUS

Please click on the links below to access the latest information from the Scottish Government on Coronavirus www.nhsinform.scot or www.gov.scot/coronavirus


DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENTS

To aid us in minimising the spread of infection the Practice moved to telephone consultations rather than face-to-face appointments, where possible. This will continue for the foreseeable future. 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. 

We ask everyone who telephones the Practice to have patience when dealing with our Reception staff while they try to accommodate requests during this busy time.


Asthma Patient Recruitment

Asthmatic Patients


Local Optometrist Service during Coronavirus

Information on local Optometrists


Mumps

In the past there have been several cases of mumps at the University. Protection from this viral illness is provided by the MMR vaccine. If you have not been immunised, or think you have only had one dose of MMR, then please contact our Practice Nurse here to ask about MMR immunisation.


Mumps factsheet
MMR leaflet


Meningitis ACWY

First time University entrants under the age of 25 are advised to be vaccinated against Meningitis ACWY, prior to coming to Heriot Watt University. If you have not had this before coming to University, then you can attend the University Health Centre to arrange GP registration, and book an appointment to have this vaccination.

Updated advice received from the Scottish Government recommends that students under the age of 25 who have never received a dose of Meningitis ACWY vaccine, should now receive the Meningitis ACWY vaccine to provide the best possible protection for this age group.

Registered students under the age of 25 that fall into the criteria above, who wish to have the Meningitis ACWY vaccine should contact the University Health Centre to request an appointment with the Practice Nurse to have this vaccine. For more information, visit http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/men-acwy-vaccine.aspx  or http://www.meningitis.org/.


Common Winter Illnesses


Winter Vomiting Bug

Click here for information on the Norovirus

 


CORONAVIRUS & CARE PLANNING

A video resource has been produced to help the public understand why their GP practice may be phoning them to discuss aspects of anticipatory care planning.   The 3 minute video explains what anticipatory care planning is, and why it is important.     

 

http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/our_work/coronavirus_covid-19/care_planning_conversations.aspx

 

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