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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.

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COVID Vaccination

Patients aged 18 and over

Patients aged 18 and over who have not yet had their Covid vaccine or who have only had their first dose can now attend drop in clinics at venues across the city.  These clinics are open from 8.30am - 5.30pm, 7 days a week.  More information on these clinics can be found here.

Patients aged 16 and 17

Patients aged 16 and 17 can now register for their first Covid vaccination appointment by clicking here

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Covid Booster Vaccination

A COVID booster dose will be offered to:

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • adults aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe coronavirus
  • adult carers (aged 16 or over)
  • household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals.

If you are eligible, you will either be sent an appointment letter, or be invited to make an appointment using an online portal. The booster dose can be offered any time at least 6 months after your second dose. This means that you may get your COVID booster at the same time as your flu jab, but this is not guaranteed.

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COVID Vaccination Status Record

You can obtain a copy of your Covid Vaccination Status Record by visiting the NHS Inform website.  You can also request this by telephoning the Covid-19 Status helpline on 0808 196 8565.

 

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COVID Testing

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

People with no COVID-19 symptoms can have a Covid test at locations around the city.  Up to date information on the clinic locations can be found here.

Home testing kits people can be picked up at these sites. 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.

If you can’t get to the library, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119. 

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.

 You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting

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Building Refurbishment 

We are delighted that the building refurbishment works are now complete.  We now have 4 additional consulting rooms and all consulting rooms are now situated on the ground floor.

Thank you all for your patience during the refurbishment works.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For the most up to date information and advice on COVID-19 please see https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus

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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. 

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Car Parking at the Surgery

There is limited car parking available in the surgery car park. There are now designated disabled bays and parent and child bays within the car park.  We ask that you only use these parking bays if you are entitled to do so.

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New Pharmacy Service (see "Further Information" section) ----------

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EYE PROBLEM? 

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tried our Online Prescription Request service? Click Prescriptions above.

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