Emailing Prescription Requests to Our Practice
Please can all patients who email prescription requests to our practice check that they are using our current email address, which we have had since 2016 : email@example.com
We have been made aware that some patients may still be using our old email address, which no longer works (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Emails to the old address were being redirected to our new email address until November this year, but no longer are.
Please update your email address book with email@example.com
Appointment Availability Week Starting 20th January 2020
As there can be some variation in the number of routine GP appointments available to book each day of the week, we would like to advise you on the days you are most likely to be able to book an appointment. We will update this information weekly.
Monday 20th January : Average availability
Tuesday 21st January : Limited availability
Wednesday 22nd January: Average availability
Thursday 23rd January : Limited availability
Friday 24th January: Limited availability
Emergency surgeries run every day for patients with urgent medical problems that cannot wait until the next day for attention.
Child Flu Nasal Vaccinations
We have now received our supply of child flu nasal vaccinations for two to five year olds, who must have turned two by 1st September 2019. Please get in touch with us to book an appointment for your child. You can read more information about the vaccinations on the NHS Inform website.
Flu Vaccination Clinics
All patients over sixty-five and patients with certain chronic diseases such as asthma, diabetes or cardiovascular disease are eligible for flu vaccination, as are patients who have compromised immunity (e.g. chemotherapy patients). It is recommended that all pregnant women are vaccinated. If you are unsure if you are eligible for flu vaccination this year, please ask at the practice
School aged children will be given flu vaccinations at school. If your child misses their vaccination at school then please get in touch with us to arrange it here at the practice.
Children aged two to five will be vaccinated here at the practice and clinic details will be released in the near future.
New Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Young People opening indefinitely delayed
As has been widely reported, the opening of the new hospital, which was due to open on 9th July 2019, has been indefinitely delayed. You can read the Scottish Government's response : https://news.gov.scot/news/update-on-royal-hospital-for-children-and-young-people
Please continue to use the existing Royal Hospital for Sick Children at Sciennes until further notice. We will update you with any further news as this becomes available.
New Midlothian Transport Guide
Forward Mid, Midlothian's Disability Equality Form, have created a brand new up to date transport guide for travelling from Midlothian. You can download this by clicking here.
Weekly Staff Training - Wednesday 12.30 - 1.30pm
The practice will be closed 12.30 - 1.30pm each Wednesday for staff training.
If you are arriving for a pre-booked appointment during this time, please just take a seat in the waiting room.
If you phone the practice when it is closed for staff training, you will be provided with a number to call if you require emergency GP assistance. For all other calls, please ring back when we re-open at half past one.
Self Check In now available
You may now check into your appointments using our Self Check In machine in the main waiting room. This is an optional service but patients may find it helpful if there is a queue at the reception desk. However in the case of any problems using the Self Check In machine, please let the receptionist know.
Patient Results - Best to Telephone
In our practice, clinicians are able to organise certain tests inhouse - we can check blood results, as well as take sputum, urine or stool samples and swabs when clinically required. The doctors are also able to refer patients to hospital for x-rays, ultrasound scans and MRI scans as required.
The results of the tests that your doctor or nurse have arranged return to the practice and you are able to contact us to find these out. We recommend you telephone the practice for your results rather than ask for them at reception desk. This is because it is more confidential. If you ask for your results at our reception desk, your conversation with the receptionist may be overheard by others. You may ring for your results after 10.00 am each day.
We do understand that sometimes a patient may not be able to telephone the practice, for example if they do not have a telephone or cannot use one, and if this is the case we will always try to maintain confidentiality at our reception desk.