Clinics & Services
All doctors provide both antenatal and postnatal care, however patients are now encouraged to make initial contact with the midwives early in pregnancy (contact them via 0131 536 2009). The community midwives provide care and advice during pregnancy. They hold an antenatal clinic every Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon.
We recommend that asthma patients are monitored on a regular basis.
The practice policy is to review all our patients who are on treatment for asthma annually. This may be a telephone review. If you are having problems with your asthma or would like an asthma check-up please phone for a 20-minute asthma check with Gail Duthie.
Baby and Child Immunisations
Since 16 April 2019 all routine immunisations for children under 5 have been administered differently as part of changes throughout NHS Lothian related to the new GP contract. Key points are:
All baby and child vaccinations are now administered on a Tuesday in Colinton Surgery by a visiting nurse from the NHS Lothian Community Vaccination Team (no longer by Practice Nurses or Health Visitors). Invitations for these appointments will be sent out by NHS Lothian Child Health department. For the appointments on each Tuesday, letters offering appointments should arrive by the previous Thursday at the latest. If you have not received a letter by that date, or have any queries regarding the timing of the appointment please phone Child Health on 0131 446 4295. Unfortunately, because of the complexities of managing child immunisations, these are the only times available for these immunisations. If you are working and find it difficult to take time off work, a family relative or friend can bring your child for immunisation, provided that they bring written consent by the parent to the appointment.
However, all questions relating to clinical pre-immunisation advice should be addressed to our Health Visiting team based at Allermuir Medical Centre on 0131 441 4704.
The safety of all these immunisations is well established and there are few genuine contra-indications. If, however, you have any concerns please discuss them at the 6-8 week appointment with the GP or with the Health Visitor.
In addition to the baby immunisations, after the Health Visitor's 6 week check home visit, you will be asked to book a combined 20 minute post natal appointment for you and your baby with any GP. This should be completed before your baby is immunised at 8 weeks.
Between the ages of 50 and 64 years women can participate in the National Breast Screening Programme, run locally from Springwell House in Ardmillan Terrace. You will automatically receive an invitation to attend before your 53rd birthday and three yearly thereafter.
Whilst both doctors and nurses can provide this service, we would usually recommend making a routine appointment with the practice nurse. Appointments are available at any time during the working week. The recall for smears is run centrally in Edinburgh and not organised by the Practice. This has recently changed and now runs from 25 until 64 years old. Further information regarding these changes can be found at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/Health/Services/Screening/Cervical and http://www.healthscotland.com/topics/health-topics/screening/cervical.aspx
Child Developmental Checks
The only formal Child Development Check by the Practice now occurs in the GP appointment 6-8 weeks after birth. However, the Health Visitors carry out developmental checks at home after 6 weeks, at regularly intervals in the first year and 6 months and should any concerns arise. Parents are encouraged to contact the Health Visiting team to discuss any concerns regarding their child’s development.
Chronic Disease Management
We regularly like to see patients who are Asthmatic, Diabetic, have Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Patients with any of these conditions are invited to attend for health checks which may involve blood tests, blood pressure measurements or breathing tests. You are most likely to see one of our practice nurses for this type of appointment. You should make a routine appointment with a doctor if you wish to discuss or review your condition with them at any time.
Contraceptive Services/Family Planning
A full range of contraceptive services are provided by the Practice including long Acting Contraceptives (coils, implants and injections). All GPs and Practice Nurses are qualified to give contraceptive advice, Dr McDermott and Dr Robertson can fit coils and insert contraceptive implants. Please make an appointment with the doctor or nurse of your choice if you wish to discuss contraception. If you are considering an implant, please make an appointment with Dr McDermott or Dr Robertson. Emergency contraception is available by appointment with any Practice Nurse or GP and, more appropriately, by accessing a same day minor illness appointment.
Cryotherapy Clinic (warts & veruccas)
There are a number of skin conditions which are treatable with cryotherapy, although only certain procedures are appropriate to be undertaken under the General Practice NHS contract. Treatments on the hands and feet are not permitted. For further guidance on the treatment of warts and verruca on hands and feet CLICK HERE.
Patients should consult a doctor in the first instance. If the GP deems that treatment under the NHS is appropriate, they will either complete the procedure during the consultation or you will be asked to make a routine appointment with Margaret Kennedy, Practice Nurse.
Developmental Baby Clinics (Allermuir Baby Clinic)
These take place every Thursday afternoon 1300 – 1430 at Allermuir Medical Centre. Open for all babies and children up to school age. The health visiting team will weigh your baby and discuss any problems you may have. Parents are requested to bring their “Parent Held Record” card (Red Book) with them at each attendance.
Dr Reid and Nurse Shirley McCall hold regular clinics for patients with Type 2 diabetes. The practice policy is to review all patients who have Type 2 diabetes twice a year in the Diabetic Clinic. Diabetic patients will notice a change in the format of their reviews, developed in liaison with the House of Care project. To involve you more in the process, you should receive the results of your tests before your review. This will give you time to consider your diabetes and decide what issues you wish to discuss in the consultation. If you do not receive an invitation please ask at reception for an appointment.
Flu Vaccination/Pneumococcal Vaccine
The Practice offers this by open clinics, then by appointment each autumn (usually from mid- October). It is recommended if you are:
- Everyone over the age of 65.
- Anyone (aged six months or older) in one of the following high risk groups:
- Chronic respiratory disease: Asthma (but only if on steroid treatment or if previously hospitalised because of asthma); Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); Cystic fibrosis; bronchiectasis; Children who have previously been admitted to hospital with a lower respiratory tract disease.
- Chronic heart disease: Congenital heart disease; Hypertension with cardiac complications; Heart failure; Ischaemic heart disease.
- Chronic kidney disease: Kidney transplant; anyone with chronic kidney disease 3, 4 or 5; Nephritic syndrome; Chronic kidney failure.
- Chronic liver disease. Chronic neurological disease: Stroke; TIA; Severe neurological disability; Hereditary and degenerative disease of nervous system; Cerebral palsy; MS.
- Diabetes: Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
- Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment; HIV; Chemotherapy; Absent spleen; Systemic steroids >20mg prednisolone per day.
- Pregnant women at any stage of pregnancy.
- Unpaid carers.
The practice wishes to place emphasis on the promotion of good health and the prevention of disease as well as the treatment of illness.
To this end we will be happy to answer any questions you may have concerning exercise, diet and general lifestyle.
We routinely check blood pressure and weight and may from time to time ask you to complete a Health Promotion Questionnaire giving details of your smoking habits, alcohol intake, exercise, diet and family history of cardiovascular disease. This type of questioning may seem slightly intrusive, but their purpose is to help us to give the best possible health care. Your co-operation in this area is much appreciated.
Your doctor can perform certain procedures such as removal of skin lumps and joint injections, often with the assistance of the practice nurse. All patients should make an appointment to see the doctor for assessment.
Practice Nurse Clinics
Appointments are available daily with the practice nurses for cervical smears, blood tests, ear syringing etc. Our reception staff will ask which service you require so that the appropriate time is allocated.
Stop-Smoking. Whether through heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic bronchitis, emphysema or bad circulation in the legs, smoking is a major threat to health. It is possible to stop - many people who succeed have previously failed at least once. We can help you succeed. We can put you in contact with our area Smoking Cessation nurses who provide advice and clinics or you can contact them direct on 0131 537 7154. In addition, the Pharmacist at Colinton Pharmacy offers smoking cessation advice and prescribing and Smokeline on 0800 848484 can provide good advice.
For more information:
Visit our Stop Smoking Useful Websites page
Download our Stop Smoking Service Self-Referral Form
Travel Advice and Vaccination
We can give up to date advice for those travelling abroad and issue vaccinations.
We now administer the full range of travel vaccines including: Hepatitis A & B (currently no vaccine available), Typhoid, Diptheria, Tetanus & Polio, Meningitis ACWY, Yellow Fever, Rabies and Japanese Encephalitis. You are advised that if you wish to use our travel immunisation service, you should contact us at least 8 weeks before departure. If you are considering vaccinations and are less than 6 weeks from the date of travel we don't have the resources to manage the vaccinations and you will need to contact a private travel clinic.
For advice and vaccinations it is necessary to book a 20 minute appointment with a Practice Nurse and complete our Travel Assessment Form (available from our Forms to Download page or from Reception) giving information about your destination and travel dates and bring this to your appointment. Please ensure you bring the completed Travel Assessment Form and a method of payment to your travel appointment, as you will need to pay for any non NHS vaccinations at the time of the first vaccination. The surgery now accepts most Debit/Credit cards except American Express and Solo.
More information is available on the above “Travel Vaccinations” tab and at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.