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Seasonal Flu Vaccination

The winter vaccination programme has started. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, you will get a letter from NHS Scotland. This will either give you an appointment date and time at one of the flu vaccination clinics in Lothian, or instruct you to make an appointment using an online portal.

If you are eligible for a COVID booster, you may get this at the same time as your flu jab, but this is not guaranteed, and you may have to attend two separate appointments.

You will not get your flu or COVID jabs at your GP practice. Please do not contact the surgery about your flu or COVID jab appointments.

If you have received a letter with an appointment that you are unable to attend, you can rearrange your appointment online here.  Alternatively you can call the vaccination helpline on 0800 030 8013 for assistance with re-booking.

If you are housebound, your jabs will be given to you by the housebound team, and they will be in touch to arrange this.

Pharmacy Services

Pharmacy First

NHS Pharmacy First Scotland is an NHS service provided by your local community pharmacy. 

If you have a minor illness, a pharmacy is the first place you should go for advice.

You do not usually need an appointment and you can go to any pharmacy.

Your local pharmacist or a trained member of the pharmacy team will give you advice and provide medicine if needed. They may need to refer you to another healthcare professional such as your GP practice, dentist, optometrist or another NHS service if they feel your condition needs further investigation or more specialist care.

A member of the pharmacy team can give you advice and treatment (if you need it) for minor illnesses such as the following.

  • Acne
  • Allergies
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Backache
  • Blocked or runny nose
  • Cold sores
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Cystitis (in women)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Earache
  • Eczema
  • Headache
  • Head lice
  • Haemorrhoids (piles)
  • Hay fever
  • Impetigo
  • Indigestion
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Sore throat
  • Pain
  • Period pain
  • Threadworms
  • Thrush
  • Warts
  • Verrucas


In addition to Pharmacy First, all pharmacies in Scotland can also provide:

Public Health Services
Smoking cessation
12 week service offering weekly face to face support and providing either nicotine replacement products or varenicline (champix).

Emergency Hormonal Contraception
Confidential access to both levonorgestrol and Ella one.
Up to 120 hours post coital Free of charge

Chronic Medication Service
Serial prescriptions
For stable patients on regular repeat medication you can sign them off for 48 weeks on a serial prescription.

Pharmaceutical care
Pharmacists will be delivering care for patients on certain high risk meds e.g warfarin, methotrexate, lithium

Compliance Aids (dosette boxes)
Patients must be assessed to ensure suitability of solution.
Many pharmacies will have a waiting list for assessing suitability, but may be able to help.

MAR Charts
To aid carers in the administration of medication



 
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