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FLU CLINICS NOW OPEN FOR BOOKING

 

If you are aged 65 and over (by 31 March 2021) OR under 65 but in a clinical risk group - Please contact the surgery to book your flu vaccine

 

If you are unsure if you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, please visit NHS INFORM website

 

The second phase is planned to begin later in the year, and will include those aged 55 to 64. Please keep a look out on our website or visit NHS INFORM website

 

2-5 year olds will be vaccinated by the health visitors –  If your Child is aged between 2-5 and not yet at school, please contact this phone line  07766922751 to arrange your Child’s Flu Vaccination. This line will be operational between the hours of 9-12 from 16.09.20 to 27.11.20.  As a practice we are not vaccinating these groups

 

School age children – these will be vaccinated at school as usual

 

Housebound patients will be vaccinated by the community vaccination team/District Nurses – we are awaiting information on when they will start visits

 

Shielding Patients – should have received a letter explaining how to book

 

This year the flu vaccine campaign will be different; we have significantly more people to vaccinate than normal and need to have extra hygiene measures in place and adhere to social distancing. For these reasons, we are not able to hold all our flu clinics at the practice as normal.

 

We will be holding most of the flu clinics at Birkenside Pavilion, Rosebery Cres, Gorebridge EH23 4JP.

  1. If you are unwell or have any COVID19 symptoms (COUGH, FEVER or LOSS OF TASTE SMELL) or have been in contact with anyone known to have COVID19 or experiencing these symptoms, you MUST NOT ATTEND. In these circumstances, please call the practice to rebook
  2.  There is very limited parking so please walk where possible or park somewhere else nearby
  3.   Please wear a short sleeve top – the clinics will take place in one large hall with other people present
  4.  Every patient needs to complete a form and bring it with them to the appointment. You can download these from the practice website (See below), pick up from the practice or pick up from Lloyds Pharmacy Main Street Gorebridge. We cannot give out pens at the clinic due to COVID19, if you are unable to get a form in advance, please come to the clinic with your own pen so you can complete this on the day. Please allow extra time for this. We cannot carry out your vaccine without this form.
  5.  There will be no toilets available to use at the Pavilion
  6.  Only patients who are having the vaccine are allowed to attend the clinic. Space is limited and this is to protect yourself and others
  7.  You may have to wait outside as we have limited capacity inside to adhere to social distancing, please bare this in mind and dress for the weather!
  8. We ask that you please wear a face covering when attending for your flu jab

Please contact the practice now on 01875 820 405 to book your flu jab

Patient Form

Face Masks

We ask that if you are attending the practice for an appointment that you please wear a face covering. Thank you

Face Mask Exemption: Not Everyone Can Wear One

The use of face coverings is now mandatory in Scotland in shops and on public transport. 

It is important to recognise that not everyone can wear a face covering.

People are exempt if:

  • They have a disability or health condition that means they cannot put a covering on
  • A covering will cause them severe distress or anxiety
  • They need to communicate with someone who relies on lip reading
  • They have a reasonable need to eat, drink or take medicine

There is no requirement to obtain evidence in the form of a letter from a doctor or government that you are exempt. If you have a condition which means you cannot wear a face covering you need only advise if asked that you cannot wear a face covering because you are exempt for one of the reasons listed above.

Disabled people should never face intimidation for not wearing a covering.

You do not need to prove to anyone that you are exempt, but if it would make you feel more confident in public, please download or print out one of the cards from the link below to explain that you are exempt.

https://accessibletravel.scot/face-mask-exemption-not-everyone-can-wear-one/

or for further information, please visit:

 

https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-2-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/face-coverings/

 

 

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*The NHS in Midlothian is under pressure and we need your help.*

It might feel as if the world has stopped due to Coronavirus (COVID-19) – but for us as GPs, it hasn’t.

We are still here for you if you need us.

To help keep everyone safe we are limiting the number of people coming to our surgeries.

If you can, try the self-help guides at NHS Inform to see if you can treat yourself before you call us.

The guides are free and have clinical advice on many conditions from Allergies through to Warts, as well as Coronavirus (COVID-19). They are written and approved by the clinical team at NHS24 – the same team that support you out of hours.

If you still need to contact us you will notice a few changes because of the current COVID-19 social distancing and infection control guidelines:

  • If you are ill with a temperature, new cough or loss of smell/taste, please DO NOT COME TO THE MEDICAL CENTRE. Follow the government advice about staying at home and phone 111 if you feel very unwell or breathless. 
  • Most appointments will be by PHONE or sometimes video. Please do not attend in person unless you have been specifically told to do so.
  • Most annual reviews are postponed.
  • If you need urgent medical advice, PHONE us and we will call you back. 
  • Home visits can still be arranged if clinically appropriate.
  • Prescriptions should be ordered online, and can be sent to a local pharmacy for you to collect.
  • Sick notes will be posted out.
  • PLEASE DO NOT COME TO THE MEDICAL CENTRE IN PERSON FOR QUERIES - ALWAYS PHONE FIRST.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Anticipatory Care Planning

 

GP practices will be phoning some patients to discuss aspects of anticipatory care planning.   The following video explains what anticipatory care planning is, and why it is important.     

 

http://www.healthcareimprovementscotland.org/our_work/coronavirus_covid-19/care_planning_conversations.aspx

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Prescription Requests: If you have access to the internet, please request prescriptions online. This is to protect patients and staff and reduce the spread of infection.

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From Monday 23 March onwards, people who are unwell and worried about COVID-19 are to consult NHS inform and phone NHS 24 111 as the first point of contact, not their GP.

 

As always – if you have a critical medical emergency, phone 999.

 

If it’s not an emergency;

 if you have mild symptoms or are looking for information

 

Please visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus. If you can’t find the answer please call the special helpline on 0800 028 2816

 

 If you have COVID-19 symptoms:

 

  • If you need more advice than is available online at NHS Inform, call NHS 24 on 111.
  • For all other health matters:

 

Call your GP. You should only call NHS 24 if your GP is closed and you cannot wait until they reopen.

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Below is a link patients can use to download an isolation note for 7/14 day isolation:

 

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

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Commuter appointments - we offer a limited number of early morning & Saturday morning appointments on a monthly basis. Please telephone the surgery to enquire about the availability of these pre-bookable appointments.

If you have been discharged from hospital and would like to discuss any changes in medication, please make a routine telephone appointment with any of our GP's

The surgery will be closed on the following dates in 2020/2021: Monday 21st September 2020 (Public Holiday), Friday 25th December, Monday 28th December 2020 (Christmas), Friday 1st January 2021, Monday 4th January 2021 (New Year). For medical advice during this period of closure, please contact NHS 24 on the FREE NUMBER 111 .  In the event of a life threatening emergency, please call 999. 

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