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AUTUMN 2021 FLU AND COVID VACCINATION  PROGRAMME (7/10/21)

The way you will get your flu vaccine this year has changed.

From now on, GP practices will not administer the Flu Vaccination. Across Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships are taking on this role in line with the GP Contract agreed by BMA Scotland on behalf of Scottish GPs. This change has been agreed to relieve pressure on GP practices. As a result your local practice will not offer any flu vaccinations or handle any booking queries for people in eligible groups.

Instead, the flu vaccine will be delivered by the four Health and Social Care Partnerships in Lothian - East Lothian; Midlothian; Edinburgh and West Lothian.

If you require further information see below, if  you need to rearrange your appointment, please contact the helpline on your appointment invitation or the local enquiry

line on 0300 790 6296.

Please do not contact the surgery on this subject as we have no involvement in this programme.

More information is below.

Vaccination information

Vaccinations will be done at sites designed to vaccinate large numbers of people. You will not get your flu or COVID vaccine at the GP surgery

The larger sites will be arranging appointments from Early October. Local venues will be made available into October/November.

Visit www.nhsinform.scot to find out more.

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 https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/rearrange-your-flu-vaccine-appointment.  Alternatively you can call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 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.

In Edinburgh this year, if you are eligible for a flu vaccine, you will receive a letter. The letter will either give you an appointment, or instruct you to make an appointment using an online portal.

Over 50s, pregnant people, unpaid carers and those at risk due to existing health conditions will be offered a flu vaccine. You may also qualify for a flu vaccine because of the job that you do.

To check if you are eligible for a flu vaccine, or for more information, go to www.nhsinform.scot/flu.

You may also be eligible for a COVID-19 booster vaccine this winter. If you are, you may be given both you flu and COVID vaccines at the same appointment. However, this will not always be possible, and you may have to attend two separate appointments. To find out more about the COVID boosters, visit NHS Inform

Keeping people safe and healthy is a priority, so before the vaccine is administered, a nurse will ask some questions to make sure it is safe to administer the vaccine. You will also be asked to sit for a short period after you have had your vaccine, to make sure that you are not experiencing any side effects.

Please do not go to your appointment if you are feeling unwell with symptoms of coronavirus, have recently tested positive for coronavirus, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of coronavirus.

If you are unable to attend your appointment, you can rearrange your appointment online, or call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with re-booking.

To find out more about flu vaccines for children, visit the NHS Lothian website

 

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.

Reductions in Covid-19 restrictions, but not in healthcare settings (updated 31/8/21)

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the removal of covid-19 restrictions in 'most areas' from 9/8/21. However, In healthcare settings there are still special concerns relating to the significant number of very ill and immuno compromised patients who visit the surgery and other particular issues. There has not yet been any reduction in the 2m distancing rule or other covid-19 restrictions in healthcare settings.

We do listen to feedback and concerns over our current appointments system. We will be making adjustments to our system in the future to adjust to the changing situation, however these need careful consideration to make sure we get it right, as we must protect the most vulnerable in our community. We cannot yet return to full face to face appointments with our GPs whilst we have to keep numbers of patients in our waiting room low - we don't feel it is yet appropriate to have the waiting room as full as it was pre covid at this stage). This will require a reduction in healthcare covid 19 precautions. Please bear with us whilst we plan this carefully. Thank you.

LAUNCH OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE STATUS SCHEME (28/5/21)

This new service to allow patients travelling abroad to access their record of Covid-19 vaccination status themselves, by logging on to NHS Inform.scot/covid19status. This allows you to view your Covid-19 vaccination status.

For those patients without website access a letter of your Covid-19 vaccine status can be requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline. 0808 196 8565.

Note: If you lose or forgot your username or password, you can create a new one by selecting 'forgot username' or 'forgot password' options.

If you are intending to travel abroad you should:

  • check the entry requirements for your destination country on the UK foreign travel advice pages
  • get up-to-date information from the website of your destination country
  • check the re-entry requirements for your return to Scotland
  • only request a vaccination record if it is absolutely required and you are due to travel in the next 21 days

SURGERY CLOSED FOR STAFF TRAINING 1245 - 1315

We now close our doors and do not accept routine phone calls 1245 - 1315 every Tuesday to allow time for staff training. If you have an emergency select option 1, otherwise please phone back after 1315. We apologise for any inconvenience, but this is the only time the practice now has to work together uninterrupted to train and update our processes. Thank you for your understanding.

DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE IF YOU ARE SUFFERING SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT WITH COVID-19

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WEAR FACE COVERINGS IF ATTENDING THE PRACTICE.

It is very strongly recommended that a mask is worn when entering the surgery for your appointment. Thank you.

NEW NHS EAR IRRIGATION SERVICE (from 30/11/20)

Colinton Surgery suspended its' Ear Irrigation Service throughout the covid pandemic due to the close contact covid risk of this procedure and a 50 % reduction in nurse capacity due to infection control and social distancing constraints. We will not be resuming the service here, but the NHS Community Treatment and Assessment Centre (CTAC) at Sighthill has just announced that it now has the capacity to resume this service.

Patients can now self refer for this service by either phoning the CTAC administration line on 0131-537-7205 or emailing CTAC.Allermuir@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk. In both cases you will need to state your Name, DOB, Address and that you are registered at Colinton Surgery. You will then receive an appointment by post. There may be a significant waiting list at the CTAC, but treatment with oil for 2 weeks is still recommended as the initial non intervention treatment and this should alleviate the symptoms. There remains the option to obtain ear irrigation treatment privately.

Text messaging service.

Using text messages to contact you is increasingly important and useful to the way in which we are now working. If you haven't yet signed up to our text messaging service, please see the section on our website (on the right hand side of this text) and apply. You will be asked for your permission for text messages during most phone calls to the surgery.

Our selected charity for 2020 is the Ripple Retreat which is a locally run charity which supports a respite in Stirlingshire for the families of teenage cancer patients. Details are at www.Itsgood2give.co.uk

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