Updates & News

PRACTICE UPDATE

Even though restrictions have now been mainly lifted in Scotland, the requirement for 2 metre physical distancing has remained in health care settings. This helps us to protect the most vulnerable in our community.

We have had a lot of queries this week about how we will be operating.  We await further guidance from NHS Lothian and the Scottish Government on this.

Our doors are open and have been for many months. We are still operating at full capacity and the demand is higher than ever for appointments at this time.

In order to help us maintain the 2 metre distancing requirement, we are still offering phone and video calls in the first instance for the majority of health concerns. But please rest assured that if you are required to be seen face to face then the clinician will arrange this.

There are no plans to return to the drop in surgery format in the future. We have found that common drop in appointment concerns can be dealt with effectively in other ways without a visit to the surgery being required.

We will be launching our new website shortly which will be much more user friendly and offers a multitude of information and helpful links.

We are also trying to simplify our prescription ordering service in line with this. We will be phasing out email and website ordering and using only our patient services ordering service. This is a far quicker, accurate and effective way for you to order your prescriptions. Please see the information on the Facebook post and website for further detail on this. Thank you to all the patients who have already signed up for this.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our patients for the support over the past 18 months. We have worked hard to serve our community throughout these challenging times and will continue to do so.

Flu Vaccine

We are awaiting further details from NHS Lothian regarding the Flu vaccine but we can tell you that the flu vaccinations are NOT BEING RUN BY YOUR GP PRACTICE, however some clinics may be based in the practice building. There will be clinics set up at larger venues to vaccinate large numbers of people quickly.

You will have a pre-booked appointment or be invited to make a booking at a vaccination clinic.  Details on the vaccination clinics are being finalised and when supplies of vaccines become available we will update this page as soon as we have more information.

Parents of children aged 2-5 not at school will receive a letter from NHS Lothian with details of the flu vaccine.  The vaccination programme will be run by the Community Vaccination Team within the practice building.  Children at school will be vaccinated in school.

PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THE PRACTICE as we do not have any additional information at this time.

Please revisit our website and that of NHSInform for updates - https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine

Flu Vaccine for 2-5 not at school

The 2-5 year influenza (flu) vaccination programme has now begun. If your child is aged 2 years of age and above on the 1st September 2021, they will be invited, by letter, to one of the clinics that will be running over the coming weeks across the city. These clinics are being run by the Edinburgh Preschool Vaccination Team.

Please wait for your letter to arrive and if you need to change this appointment, then please contact the number that will be on the letter.

Children attending primary school will be offered vaccination within the school setting.

Further information can be found on

 https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/the-vaccines/the-child-flu-vaccine

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT NOTICE

The Scottish Government requires General Practice and other healthcare settings to have different infection control and physical distancing guidance to other places such as hospitality and shops.

This is to help reduce the risk to practice staff and to people attending the practice who may be at greater risk if they catch Covid 19.

From 19 July 2021 (when we go to Level 0) the following rules still apply in General Practice:

  •  wearing of face coverings by patients and the public (unless you are exempt)
  •  physical distancing of 2 metres in waiting rooms
  •  contact your practice by telephone in the first instance
  •  wearing of PPE by staff
  •  screening of all patients for Covid 19 symptoms

Please support your local practice team by complying with this guidance.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE READ

* * *We now respectfully ask that you change to one of the medical fluid resistant medical grade masks upon entering the surgery if you are attending for a face-to-face appointment. * * *

These are available at main reception. Please sanitise your hands with the sanitiser provided before picking up and changing your mask.

These masks provide far more effective protection for both you and our staff than fabric face coverings.

We thank you for you co-operation with this and your help in keeping our community safe.

Pre-bookable Appointments

We are now offering pre-bookable appointments up to 4 weeks ahead. This allows you to plan routine appointments in advance.
 
Please ensure if you cannot make your appointment for any reason that you call us to cancel, so that we can then offer your appointment to another patient.

NHS DIGITAL DATA SHARING OPT OUT

We would like to reassure our patients that the proposed extraction of GP data by NHS Digital does NOT include any patients registered with this practice or in NHS Scotland.

 

NHS Digital provide services in England so are not able to access any data held in Scotland. You are not required to opt out as your data is already safe. We take patient confidentiality extremely seriously and safeguards are in place to protect this, including when data is used for research.

 

Further information on how NHS Scotland handles your personal information is on the NHS Inform website: How NHS Scotland handles your personal data.

Organ Donation Legislation Changes 26 March 2021

The law is changing to an opt-out system, also known as deemed authorisation. Members of the public who do not wish to be considered as a donor should opt-out, either on the organ donor register or in another form of writing. For further information please click on the link below: https://www.organdonationscotland.org/