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Welcome to Colinton Surgery

Website Upgrade.  With patients’ needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain access to the information you need.

The practice provides healthcare to approximately 11,700 patients.


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 vaccine, but this is not guaranteed, and you may have to attend two separate appointments.

You will not get your flu or COVID vaccines at your GP practice. Please do not contact the surgery about your flu or COVID vaccine appointments.

If you have received a letter with an appointment that you are unable to attend, you can rearrange your appointment online at  Alternatively you can call the national helpline on 0800 030 8013 for assistance with re-booking.

If you are housebound, your vaccines will be given to you by the housebound team, and they will be in touch to arrange this.

Consideration for our staff (31/8/21)

Our staff are working tirelessly to met an incredibly high demand and we are still required to take precautions to protect our vulnerable patients against coronavirus. Please be considerate and abuse will not be tolerated. Thank you.

Making an appointment with a GP

In an attempt to limit your exposure to COVID-19 and the number of patients in the waiting room, telephone consultations are required first for all GP appointments.

If you require a consultation with a GP this will begin with the receptionist taking your details, a brief description of your problem and then the clinician will call you back. Sometimes the receptionist may recognise that your problem may be better dealt with by a clinician other than a GP and should this be the case they will signpost you accordingly. Face to face appointments continue to be offered by the clinician if felt to be necessary but only after a consultation on the telephone.

Appointments for the GP are now either on the day or can be booked for a future date, subject to availability.   Please therefore phone early to ensure you receive an appointment.

To ensure care can be provided to those most in need as efficiently as possible, before booking an appointment please always consider whether your problem could be managed in a different way. NHS inform contains a wealth of information about managing common medical conditions.

Our local pharmacies provide a minor ailments service which deals with many common conditions.

Please note that ALL eye problems should be directed to an optician and not a GP.

Similarly ALL dental problems should be directed to the dentist and not a GP.

Due to increasing demand at the practice if you require clinical advice please contact the practice as early in the day as possible. Any calls that are not medically urgent, received after 16.45 will be advised to call back the following working day. Similarly once all the ‘on the day’ appointments have been taken any calls that are not medically urgent will be advised to call back the following working day.

Text messaging service

Using text messages to contact you is increasingly important to the way in which we are now working. We would very much appreciate if you would consider signing up for this service. Further information is available here.


Sending images to the practice

If you have arranged a telephone consultation with the Practice to discuss a rash, wound or the symptom is visible it can be very helpful to the clinician to see a photograph of the problem. For further details please click here.

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Get well, keep well

Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.

Join in

We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.


There are two parking spaces reserved for disabled people and the surgery consulting rooms are all on one level. Off street parking is available for patients on surgery grounds.


Colinton Surgery was first established by Dr Heriott, practising from 24 Dreghorn Loan in the early 1900’s and moved to the current premises in 1986 (extended 1997).

(Site updated 08/12/2021)
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