Across Lothian, vaccination of the following groups of people is taking place at GP Practices:
- People over 80 years of age
- People aged 75 - 79
- People who are extremely clinically vulnerable (shielding)
All patients registered with us who fall into the above categories have been contacted by the surgery and been offered an appointment. If you fall into one of these categories and have not been contacted yet, please phone the reception team to advise.
All other patients will be invited to a mass vaccination centre. Invitations to mass vaccination centres are being administered nationally and are separate from the GP programme. You will be sent a letter detailing the date, time and location of your appointment.
If you think you may have been missed for an appointment at a mass vaccination centre, please complete the form on the NHS Inform website.
For more general information about the vaccination programme please see:
NHS Lothian’s Vaccine Hub on their website
Building Refurbishment - No Waiting Area
The surgery is undergoing a refurbishment to improve patient access to the building and increase the number of ground floor consulting rooms.
Phase 1 of the project is now well under way. This phase involves the construction of five new consulting rooms along with a new reception and waiting area. This work is expected to be completed by mid-February.
Phase 2 involves the upgrade of the six existing ground floor consulting rooms and will be completed by mid-March.
Until Phase 1 is complete, there will be no waiting area within the surgery. We realise that this is not an ideal situation and we thank you for following the below advice:
- Do not arrive early for your appointments – arrive at the appointment time
- Press the buzzer on the temporary entrance to let staff know you are here
- You will be asked to wait at the bottom of the ramp or in your vehicle in the car park and the doctor/nurse will come to get you when they are ready
- Do not wait in front of temporary entrance – please keep this clear to allow other patients to enter and leave the building safely
We thank you for your patience whilst the building is transformed.
Seasonal Flu Vaccination
The following groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:
- Dec 2020 Update - Any patient aged 60 - 64 is now eligible for vaccination
- Anyone aged 65+
- All primary school children
- Children aged 2 to 5 (children aged 2 on 1 September 2020 and not yet in school)
- Anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
- Those living with people who were shielding during lockdown
- Pregnant women
- Healthcare workers
- Unpaid and young carers
- Social care workers who provide direct personal care
If you are eligible and have still not had your flu vaccine please contact the surgery reception to arrange an appointment.
For the most up to date information and advice on COVID-19 please see https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus
Coronavirus - Looking After Your Mental Health
During this time, it is important to look after your mental health. We have compiled a list of resources that may be of use to you during the Coronavirus outbreak:
- NHS UK - Top 10 tips for dealing with Coronavirus based anxiety
- Anxiety UK have a host of information and support available
- Mind have practical information on how to manage a self-isolation period
- Young Minds provide support on how to talk to your children about Coronavirus
Change to childhood vaccination clinics
Clinics are now held at a special clinic at Parkgrove Medical Practice. Parents will receive an appointment letter when vaccinations are due. If you have any queries about your appointment or need to re-schedule please contact the Community Vaccination Team on 0131 446 4082. Please do NOT contact Parkgrove Practice directly.
Car Parking at the Surgery
There is limited car parking available in the surgery car park. If you are able to walk, please park on the adjacent streets. This will leave space in the car park for patients with reduced mobility. Your cooperation with this is much appreciated.
New Pharmacy Service (see "Further Information" section) ----------
Whatever your eye problem your first port of call should be an optometrist. An optometrist is the the best person to assess urgent eye problems, check for eye disorders and treat eye conditions e.g. red eye, sore eye, deterioration of eyesight, something in your eye and eye infections. They have the professional training and necessary equipments to assess most eye problems and will refer to a specialist when necessary. You will not have to pay for these appointments as they are NHS funded.
If you already have your own optometrist you should contact them in the first instance as they will have your clinical records. If you do not have an optometrist already there is a list below of some local optometrists who provide this service. Please telephone the optometrist of your choice in the first instance for an assessment.
Optometrists offering this service include:
Ballantine Goldie - Main Street, Davidson's Mains - 0131 336 4764
Boots Opticians - Gyle Centre - 0131 317 1295
Boots Opticians - Craigleith Retail Park - 0345 125 3752
KD Wallace Eyecare - 238 Queensferry Road - 0131 467 6800
Specsavers - Gyle Centre - 0131 317 7540
Patient Confidentiality is extremely important to us at the surgery
We are unable to give out information to anyone other than the patient - this includes details of appointments or any test results, unless by prior arrangement with the Practice. This is to protect your confidentiality. If you want to nominate someone to be able to access this information on your behalf, please send a signed letter to the practice giving the name of the person you permit to access your information.
NHS 24 - Telephone Number 111
The telephone number to contact NHS 24 is 111.
NHS 24 should be used when someone is unwell outside surgery working hours and is unable to wait until the surgery has re-opened. In the event of a life-threatening emergency always dial 999.
Monday Dementia Café - Cramond Kirk - 1st Monday of Month 1pm-3pm
Monday Café at Cramond Kirk Hall provides a meeting place in the heart of our community that gives people with dementia and their carers a chance to meet others in a similar situation.
There are staff from Alzheimer Scotland on hand if you would like to get information and advice about dementia.
Meets Monthly on the first Monday of every month from 1pm to 3pm
Aged 50-74? Have you completed Bowel Screening Kit? See Further Information->
You can't always see the signs! Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in the UK. The earlier it's found, the more effectively it can be treated.
If you are aged 50-74 you will automatically be sent a free bowel screening kit. If you are over 74, you can request a kit by calling 0800 0121 833.
More information on the programme can be found on the Bowel Screening website.
Tried our Online Prescription Request service? Click Prescriptions above.