IMPACT OF STAFF SHORTAGES AT COLINTON SURGERY (10/1/22)
This week we are short of 5 admin staff due to staff absences. Current staff will be working extra hours, but unfortunately it will take us longer to answer your phone call or process your prescription request. We apologise for this inconvenience, but please bear with us. Thank you.
COVID BOOSTER DROP IN CLINICS (20/12/21).
Please click the following link https://www.nhslothian.scot/Coronavirus/Vaccine/Pages/Drop-in-Clinics.aspx
for updated information on how to book a booster vaccination if you are over 18 and where you can visit a drop in booster clinic in Lothian if you are over 40.
MenACWY AND MMR IMMUNISATIONS FOR UNIVERTSITY STUDENTS LIVING IN EDINBURGH (29/11/21)
University students living in Edinburgh are being offered vaccination through the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP). There is not a requirement for students to be registered with a GP as long as they live in Edinburgh. Students are asked to phone 0131 537 7205 Monday to Friday 8am-4pm to make an appointment. MenACWY and MMR vaccinations will be carried out at Sighthill Health Centre, 380 Calder Road, Edinburgh, EH11 4AU and Mountcastle Health Centre, 132 Mountcastle Dr S, Edinburgh EH15 3LL. HPV vaccination is also available.
COVID VACCINE CERTIFICATE MEDICAL EXEMPTION CERTIFICATES (28/10/21)
GPs and their teams cannot issue vaccination exemption certificates. Further information on the vaccination exemption certificates scheme, including information on safe
vaccination and routes to obtain an exemption can be found on the Scottish Government and NHS Inform websites. Alternatively you can phone the free NHS Covid
helpline on: 0808 196 8565
FLU AND COVID-19 VACCINATION PROGRAMMES (UPDATED 22/10/21)
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 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.
Who can get a free flu vaccine this year?
These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:
- Adults aged 50 or over (or will be by 31 March 2022)
- Pregnant women
- People aged 6 months or over with an eligible health condition
- Healthcare workers
- NHS independent contractors including GP, dental and optometry practices, community pharmacists and laboratory staff (working on coronavirus testing) and support staff
- Social care workers who deliver direct personal care
- Unpaid and young carers
- Nursery, primary and secondary school teachers and pupil facing support staff in both a Local Authority and Independent setting
- Children aged 2–5 years and not yet in school (children must be aged 2 years or above on 1 September 2021 to be eligible)
- Primary school children (primary 1 to primary 7)
- Secondary school pupils (years 1 to 6)
Why you should get a flu vaccine
With COVID-19 around it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine. Flu is serious. Getting the vaccine will protect you, others and the NHS.
What you should I do if you are:
· aged under 60 and in a clinical risk group
You will receive a letter from NHS Scotland with an appointment.
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 National helpline on 0800 030 8013 for assistance with re-booking.
What you should I do if you are:
· aged 50-60
· a carer
You will receive a letter from NHS Scotland with instruction on how to make an appointment using an online portal.
You can call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with making an appointment.
What you should do if you are pregnant
Your vaccination will be arranged by midwifery care.
If you have not received your first or second dose of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine you can also arrange this with your midwife.
Where you can get a flu vaccine if you’re not eligible for a free one
You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies.
Where you can find out more
You can find more information about the flu vaccine process in Scotland at nhsinform.scot/flu. You can also call 0300 790 6296.
What about COVID vaccines?
A COVID booster dose will be offered to:
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- frontline health and social care workers
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- adults aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health
- conditions that put them at higher risk of severe coronavirus
- adult carers (aged 16 or over)
- household contacts (aged 16 or over) of immunosuppressed individuals.
If you are eligible, you will either be sent an appointment letter, or be invited to make an appointment using an online portal. The booster dose can be offered any time at least 6 months after your second dose. This means that you may get your COVID booster at the same time as your flu vaccine, but this is not guaranteed.
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
For CORONAVIRUS INFORMATION click here
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.
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.
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