Covid-19

Vaccination Status

Please do not contact your GP Practice to ask for a COVID vaccination passport or status certificate – they will not be able to provide any standard document.

The Scottish Government has launched a service that allows people travelling abroad to access their record of vaccination status themselves.

You can now request a record of your vaccination status. Read more here NHS Inform Vaccination Status.

You can also get a copy of your vaccine status by phoning the COVID-19 Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565. The helpline is open every day from 10.00am to 6.00pm.  You should only request your vaccination status over the phone if you're unable to download a PDF version.

If you are planning to travel abroad, some countries may require this for entry.  Coronavirus has not gone away.  Think before committing to non-essential travel abroad. 

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
  • 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 days

Covid Vaccination Drop-in Clinics

Temporary Drop-in Vaccination Clinic

From Tuesday 27th July a drop-in clinic will be set up in the Gyle Shopping Centre. No appointment is necessary and the clinic is  open from 10am until 6pm seven days a week. The team can administer all three vaccines - Pfizer, Moderna and AstraZeneca - for first or second dose as long as you have waited 8 weeks between injections.

 

ALL of NHS Lothian's vaccination centres are now open as drop-in clinics for the Covid19 vaccine for people 18 and over. You can get your first dose, or your second as long as it has been more than 8 weeks since your first. No appointment needed simply visit one of the following locations any day between 8.30am and 5.30pm:

  1. Lowland Hall, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston
  2. Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
  3. Pyramids Business Park, Bathgate
  4. Gorebridge Vaccination Centre, Huntersfield Rd, Gorebridge

For more details please click on the link below:

NHS Lothian Drop-in Covid19 Vaccination Centres 

Community Testing

Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop new variants spreading in Edinburgh. Infection rates are rising again across Edinburgh, so we’re still asking people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated.

 

People with no COVID-19 symptoms can come along for a test at:

 

· Blackhall Library until Saturday 11 September (closed Sundays), 9am to 6pm

· Gilmerton Library, Monday 6 September to Saturday 11 September, 9am to 6pm 

There’s no need to book and you can also pick up home testing kits. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.  You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting

If you can’t get to the library, you can https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119 or collect them from most chemists or libraries in Edinburgh.

 

Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.

 

Please can you share this with your contacts in the community and encourage people to come along for testing.

 

Thank you for your help.

 

ISOLATION

Please click on the link below for more information on isolation if you or a close contact has a positive Covid19 test result:

Isolation Advice for Households

 

Covid19 Vaccinations

For further information please visit the NHS Inform website by clicking here or contact the helpline on 0800 030 8013 or email loth.covidvaccenquiries@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.

 

 If you think you have been missed as part of the vaccination process you can fill out the form on the below link.

 

https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/missing-appointment-details

Coronavirus Enquiries

As advertised on the NHS Inform website, we would urge patients with enquiries regarding Coronavirus to refer to the up-to-date information on the NHSInform/Coronavirus website here and if you are unwell with symptoms that relate to Coronavirus to contact NHS24 on 111.

NHS24 111

Please click on the link below for Coronavirus in Scotland information on the Scottish Government website:

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

 

Ready Scotland

To access the Ready Scotland website please click here this gives links on how to get help and how to offer help during the Coronavirus crisis.

Helplines

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Helpline

If you don't have symptoms and are looking for general information, phone the free helpline on 0800 028 2816 or visit the NHS Inform website here.

The helpline is open:

  • Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 10.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 8.00am to 6.00pm

Helpline for Vulnerable Members of the Public

A new national phone number has been launched for people who are over 70, disabled, require the support of mental health services, are pregnant or receive a flu jab for health reasons. This includes the shielded group and the wider at risk groups.

The helpline – 0800 111 4000 – will initially operate during core working hours of 09:00 to 17:00 while plans are developed and implemented to extend it to operate for a longer period each day.

Callers will be automatically connected to their local authority who will support them to access the service they need, such as:

  • essential food and medication
  • links to local social work services for vulnerable children or adults
  • emotional support
  • contact with local volunteer groups.

Please click here for more information.

Isolation Note

Use this service if you have been told to self-isolate because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer. This service is only for people who:

  • have symptoms of coronavirus
  • live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus
  • are in a bubble with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus
  • have been told to self-isolate by a test and trace service

www.111.nhs.uk/isolation-note

Patients Requesting Face Mask Exemption

There is no requirement for GPs to provide exemption letters. Please click on the following link below for more information.

Face coverings

"You must wear a face covering when using public transport in order to prevent the transmission of the virus. For children under 5 years of age or those with particular health conditions who cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering because of any physical or mental illness or impairment or disability or without severe distress an exemption applies. 

There is no requirement to obtain evidence in the form of a letter from a doctor or government that you are exempt. If you have a condition which means you cannot wear a face covering you need only advise if asked that you cannot wear a face covering because you are exempt for one of the reasons listed above."