COVID Vaccinations 

There is a bewildering amount of coverage of the COVID 19 pandemic and the vaccination roll out. As your local medical team we thought it might be useful to summarise the position as we understand it. Much of what is reported in the press will be national or City wide and can be difficult to interpret. Timescales and decisions about the organisation are still changing, but will settle soon. We offer this as our best understanding of the position as your local medical practice. We will try to update regularly, but please check the date as things are developing quickly!

 

Firstly – please take the vaccine when it is offered to you, unless you have a medical reason not to eg pregnancy. We would not recommend this if we did not think it were safe. All of the doctors and staff at the practice have or will be getting vaccinated. 

 

Where will I get my vaccine?

 

Patients over 80 and then over 75 will be contacted by our reception team and an appointment made at the surgery.

All patients who are shielding will also be given their vaccination at the surgery.  Please do not phone us - reception will contact all shielding patients when we have a delivery of vaccines. 

 

All Housebound patients if they cannot attend the surgery will be done by the community vaccination team in their own home. However if you are able to be brought to the surgery we will be happy to do your vaccination.  please call reception to arrange. Presently this only applies to those over 80 years.   

 

All patients age 50-74 years inclusive, including 16 years + with an underlying health condition.  The main city venue confirmed for a walk through is at the EICC (Edinburgh International Conference Centre).  Locally Sighthill has been confirmed and there will potentially be further venues to be announced. 

 

When will I get it?

This is set out in government information. We are in the process of doing all our 80+ years old population and hope to have finalised this by Friday 29th January.  We will then be contacting all patients in the 75-79 age group to arrange an appointment to have the vaccination here at the surgery. We don't have a date when we will get out first vaccines in yet but we hope this will be the beginning of February.  Please do not phone us we will update you here and contact you when we can arrange your appointment

 The roll out to all others will be starting from early February and will be done in descending age group starting at 74. 

You can find out more about the priority groups by clicking here. 

 

If you are under 50 years old and are not already in the ‘at risk’ group, we will give you information as soon as we have it about the expected date of roll out for your age group. 

 

How will I know?

Patients over 75 years will be contacted by the surgery to arrange an appointment.  For all under 75 years you will receive a personal letter from the government inviting you to a first appointment (or asking you to book a first appointment).

 

A plea from the practice

Please do contact us if you are worried about your health or any deterioration in your health – we are always here to help you. However please don’t telephone asking about COVID vaccination appointments, as we don’t have any control over this (except for our 80+ patients).

  

 

 

Further information has been added to the NHS Inform website about the services general practice are still offering but  how this has changed as a result of coronavirus.  Click on the NHS Inform Icon below to access this

NHS Inform

Click on the link below to access the information  in BSL format

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YB6i9dsTT4&feature=youtu.be

A short film, by Dr Carey Lunan  about the services we offer is also available to watch. Click on the icon below Dr Carey Lunan

 You can also click on the icons below to be directed straight to the relevant information you are looking for.   

How do I make an appointmentWho will I see?Do I need to come in?How are GP Practices keeping everyone safe?

Thank you for your patience and understanding

Please continue to use the NHS inform link below for the most up to date information about COVID-19
https://www.nhsinform.scot  

Coronavirus and your Wellbeing

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/#.XnnLgW29nM4.email

Wellbeing Self Referral Options

Other Changes to normal service due to COVID-19

 Repeat Prescriptions

Please do not enter the surgery with either  prescriptions request or to collect.

To order please email us at clinical.s70930@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk and only if you do not have access to a computer phone us on 0131 449 2142.  Please do not use this email address for sending us any clinical information or requesting an appointment.  This is not a safe way to contact your doctor for clinical advice. 

Please note that unless you have specified otherwise all prescriptions will be sent to the pharmacy nearest your address. 

Due to extenuating circumstances we may not be able to process your prescription in the usual timescale.

Please bear with us at this time and help both pharmacies and us by NOT ordering more than you NEED.

Thank you for you help and support during this time

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