Shortage of appointments (15/4/21)
Due to the Easter school holiday period we have had a considerable shortage of appointments and it is appreciated that this is not meeting current demand. From Monday 19/4 we will have our normal number of appointments. If possible please phone back from 19/4 and we will have appointments available. We apologise that this isn't our normal service.
Colinton Surgery Covid Vaccination Clinics (updated 8/4/21)
Colinton Surgery is only vaccinating patients over 75 and extremely clinically vulnerable. Second dose appointments will take place as planned, so your appointment for the second dose will be at date and time given to you at the time of your first dose vaccination. If you are not sure of the time please contact the surgery.
All other vaccination invitations are being sent by a central NHS team, now working down from age 65. If you think that you should have received an invitation to a central vaccination clinic and have not, DO NOT PHONE US as we have absolutely no access to the centralised system. Instead please click the following link nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/missing-appointment-details and complete the online form or phone 0800 0308013.
For more information on the covid 19 vaccination programme run by NHS Lothian for patients under 75 go to nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine or phone the Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.
'For COVID-19 increased risk in association with asthma, this only applies to those who have had a hospital admission for asthma or those who require continuous or frequently repeated courses of oral steroids. In contrast to flu vaccine eligibility, patients who are well controlled on asthma inhalers are not eligible in cohort 6 for priority COVID-19 vaccination.'
In addition, pregnancy is not a defined group for Covid 19 vaccinations (unlike for flu).
Concerns about the Astra Zeneca Vaccine (updated 8/4/21)
The GPs at Colinton Surgery appreciate the patient concerns raised by the news articles about the Astra Zeneca vaccine. The GPs request that you consider the following information which explains why the Astra Zeneca vaccine is still considered safe for our covid vaccination programme, instead of requesting to speak to a GP. The GPs will only be consulting the same information to explain it to you.
NHS Inform Leaflet on COVID-19 Vaccine and Blood Clotting. Click Here
NHS Inform Guidance on Side Effects. Click Here
Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) Information. Click Here
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Information. Click Here
Retirement of Dr Duncan Reid
Dr Reid retired on 31 March after 30 years service and will be greatly missed. Dr Simon Wells-Cole joined on 6 April 2021. He works Monday mornings and all day Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Move of the Royal Hospital for Children and Young People to Little France (next to Royal Infirmary) from 23/3/21
From 23/3/21 all remaining Children's services presently located at Sciennes, including A&E will move to the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at Little France. From 8am on Tuesday 23 march, all patients and any child or young person up to the age of 16 requiring access to A&E must go to the new Royal Hospital for Children and Young People at Little France.
Consideration of our receptionists and coronavirus vaccine enquiries.
Colinton Surgery always aims to provide the best service we can to you, but some things are outside our control. We all appreciate how difficult and worrying medical concerns, particularly during this lockdown, are for everyone, but please continue to give consideration to the reception team who are only following guidance and protocols which are not ideal or what we would have in normal circumstances.
We are receiving lots of enquiries from patients about why they have not received a invitation for a covid vaccination yet. If you are under 75 and not in an extremely vulnerable clinical group we cannot vaccinate you. It has to be done by the central vaccination system to which we have no access. Please follow the advice on the coronavirus section of the website to contact them. I regret that we cannot help with such enquiries, so please do not phone us, but contact the central team via the NHS Inform website or 0800 030 8013. Thank you.
Restricted access to the surgery.
Due to the current lockdown and increase in covid 19 cases there is a strong requirement to reduce the number of visitors to the surgery to essential visits only to minimise the risk of infection. Colinton Surgery has reluctantly decided to restrict access to the surgery. Please ring the doorbell by the main entrance and a receptionist will respond and allow entry if it is appropriate. If unsure contact us by phone first.
Also please consider if your visit to the surgery is essential and come unaccompanied to the surgery, unless it is essential for someone to accompany you.
DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE IF YOU ARE SUFFERING SYMPTOMS CONSISTENT WITH COVID-19
B12 - Management of B12 deficiency (updated 9/3/21)
If you have received a letter regarding possible changes to the management of your B12 deficiency. This is the link mentioned in the letter:
For FLU VACCINATIONS click here
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.
ALL APPOINTMENTS WITH A GP ARE RELEASED AT 8AM. ONLY MEDICALLY URGENT CALLS AFTER 16:45
Book on the Day Appointments System. At Colinton Surgery we are currently experiencing very high demand for appointments. We are constantly struggling to balance your wish to book an appointment for a future date against the requirements to have sufficient urgent on the day appointments available to all. We also have to consider the continuing and strengthening Covid-19 requirement and ensure that the practice can survive any test and protect issues within the team. For this reason we have taken the difficult decision to no longer offer appointments for future dates.
However, there is now also a limited option to pre-arrange in advance for a GP to phone you back between 1745 and 1830 on Mondays. These have to be arranged in advance and are only for patients who cannot phone between and 0800 and 0900 or cannot receive a return phone call from the GP at any time.
Other than the limited option stated above, if you wish to make an appointment on a future date you will need to phone us on that day. We aim to have more available appointments each day using this system. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience and bear with us during these continuing challenging times. Thank you.
Telephone consultations. In an attempt to limit your exposure to COVID-19 telephone consultations will occur first and a face to face to face appointment will only occur if it is required. If you require to speak to a doctor the receptionist will take your details, a brief description of your problem and the clinician will phone you back. Face to face appointments will still be offered by the clinician if it is felt to be necessary but only after a consultation on the telephone.
If you have a rash, wound or the symptom is visible, it can be very helpful to the clinician to see a photograph of the problem. If you are happy to, you can email a photograph before the telephone consultation to the clinical inbox at: email@example.com (DO NOT USE THIS EMAIL TO CONTACT THE GP/NURSE)
Please include in the email your name, date of birth and the clinician the photograph is to be forwarded to.
Please note: on receipt of your photograph(s) your email will be forwarded to the clinician dealing with your problem and deleted from clinical inbox. Your photograph will also be saved to your electronic medical record. If this is not acceptable to you for any reason then please do not send a photograph.
Only medically urgent calls after 16:45. 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 asked to call back the following day.
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.
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.
CLOSED FOR STAFF TRAINING 1245 - 1315
We now close 1245 - 1315 every Tuesday to allow time for staff training. If you have an emergency select option 1, otherwise please phone back after 1315. Thank you.
CHILDHOOD IMMUNISATION VACCINATIONS
All routine immunisations for children under 5 are administered on a Tuesday in Colinton Surgery by a visiting nurse from the NHS Lothian Community Vaccination Team.
All future appointment invitations are 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 536 0465.
All clinical questions relating to pre-immunisation advice should be addressed to the Health Visiting team based at Allermuir Medical Centre on 0131 441 4704.
Dr Fiona Ford has joined the Practice as a retainer. She has replaced Dr Katherine Livingstone who has moved to become a Partner at Longhouse Surgery. Dr Ford will take over the care of patients who were previously seeing Dr Livingstone.
Dr Amanda Pringle returned from maternity leave in April. D
We have two doctors in training at the Practice:
Dr Gruffydd Perks (ST3) and
Dr Lindsay Keir (f) (ST1).
All GP's in training are fully qualified doctors who are training to become GP's. We have a Senior GP Registrar (GPST3) who is based at the practice for a year, a junior registrar (GPST1) who is with us for 6 months
Dr Hsi Tan has now successfully completed his training.
Travel vaccinations - unable to provide these if less than 6 weeks before departure. (suspended due to covid)
We always advise to contact us at least 8 weeks before travel as you may need a series of vaccinations at a set frequency. If you have less than 6 weeks before the date of departure we do not have the resources to provide the appropriate vaccinations and you are advised to contact a private specialist travel clinic.
Our Charity for 2020
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
Chip and PIN debit card reader
We now have one installed to take payments from all cards except Solo.