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Winter Vaccination Programme 2022



The Scottish Government has announced that people aged 65 and over will be first in line for their flu vaccination and COVID-19 winter booster.
Texts, emails or letters with appointment times have been issued to those aged 65 and over in Lothian. If you are 65 or over and your invitation has not reached you, please call the National Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 for assistance.


Please note that if you are registered as Housebound you will not be sent a letter inviting you to a vaccination clinic. You will be contacted by telephone by someone from your Health and Social Care Partnership Vaccination Team to arrange a suitable time for them to visit you in your home.
Texts, emails or letters with appointment times for patients who are At Risk and are aged 5-64 will be issued shortly and should reach eligible patients in Lothian by 17 October.


Appointments for all other priority groups will be made available as the programme progresses. You can check your eligibility for the flu vaccination and/or the COVID-19 winter booster via NHS Inform.


Those without internet access can contact the National Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 for any assistance.


Primary and secondary school children will receive their flu vaccination at school. Appointment letters have been sent to homes inviting children aged 2 to 5 who are not yet in school forward for the free flu vaccine, which is given as a painless nasal spray.


More information on the winter vaccination programme, how to book and how to obtain a copy of your COVID Vaccination Status can be found at NHS Inform and on NHS Lothian’s website which includes a helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions.


Initial COVID-19 vaccinations


Everyone aged 16 or above is eligible for a first dose, second dose and one booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccination.


If you've never received a coronavirus vaccine or an invite letter, you can register online for an appointment. This allows NHS Scotland to send you alerts and information digitally rather than through the post.


You need to be registered with a GP practice in Scotland to use this service. If you aren't, you can phone the National Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.


If you have missed any of your vaccinations, you can book an appointment using the booking portal by selecting the option marked '16+ first, second and primary booster'.


Appointments for children and young people under 16 years of age must be booked by calling the National Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.

UPDATE JUNE 2022

We would first of all like to say a big thank you to all of our patients who have been so warm and generous in their support of the practice over the last couple of years (and longer).  It is greatly appreciated.

We would like to give you all an update on our appointments.  We hope this will help everyone to navigate their way through the system so they get the result they need.

By way of background:

At the start of the pandemic, we were instructed to change our appointment system to a ‘GP discussion first’ arrangement, whereby patients call the practice and are allocated to a GP for a call back, either the same day (if urgent) or at a later date.  The GP and patient then have a discussion and come up with a plan about what to do next.  It might be that the patient’s questions can all be addressed by telephone.  Or the patient and GP may agree that a face to face appointment is necessary and this can be arranged.

And now:

Now that the majority of pandemic restrictions have been removed, we have chosen to stay with a ‘GP discussion first’ system – at least for the time being.  It has a number of advantages:

 

- many patients prefer not to have to attend the practice, whether due to their work schedule, difficulty travelling or simply convenience

- as doctors, we get a ‘heads up’ on the problem the patient has, which gives us time to think, arrange blood tests/ X-rays in advance, or discuss with colleagues if necessary

- we are also able to allocate the best slot: for complicated cases, we can allocate longer appointments; while for simpler cases, we can allocate a shorter slot to make best use of time

This current system seems to give us the best of both worlds – the convenience of the option of telephone consulting for patients and the advantage of triaged and planned face-to-face consultations for doctors.

However, If you would prefer to see the doctor in person, this is also fine.  There are many clinical circumstances where telephone discussions simply do not work.  When speaking to our reception team, please ensure that you state specifically that you would prefer a Face to Face consultation and we can make sure it happens.

We remain open to any suggestions for improvements to our appointment system.  Please speak to any of our reception team or to our Practice Manager Stephanie Currie if you have any suggestions to make.  

We truly value and respect our reception team and we love working with them.  We are thankful to all our patients for treating them with the kindness and respect they so highly deserve.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) Vaccine

For more information on the Coronavirus Vaccine please visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/

Why are gp practices still working diff

NHS Digital Data Sharing Opt Out

We would like to reassure our patients that the proposed extraction of GP data by NHS Digital does NOT include any patients registered at this practice, or elsewhere in NHS Scotland. NHS Digital provide services in NHS England only, and are not able to access any data held in Scotland. You are not required to opt out as your data is already safe. We take patient confidentially extremely seriously, and safeguards are already in place to protect this, including when  data is used for medical research.

Further information on how NHS Scotland handles your personal information is on the NHS Inform website.  

NHS NearMe Video Consultation 

 Patient Leaflet

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE - CORONAVIRUS

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE WITHOUT PRIOR AGREEMENT FROM A MEMBER OF OUR CLINICAL TEAM

We are here!  As many of you will know, due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, we are assessing everyone by telephone, before they come to the surgery.  However, we want to reassure you that we are still here to help with any health concerns.  We will phone you in the first instance and then determine whether or not you need to be seen in the surgery or whether we can issue a prescription for treatment and send it directly to your pharmacy of choice.  Please do not suffer in silence at home.

We have a post box to the left of the front door to allow patients to drop off letters. 

Prescription requests should be requested online or posted through the post box.

We would like to thank all our patients for their understanding during this challenging time.

Signposting

When you call to make an appointment the receptionist will ask you for a brief reason why you feel you need to be seen to enable them to direct you to the quickest and best way to meeting your needs.

There are many health problems which do not need a doctor or nurse and can be dealt with by another health professional (as detailed below)

Reception staff, like all members of the practice team, are bound by confidentiality. Any information given by you is treated as strictly confidential.

Providing this information will help us to help you

Thank you for your support

Dr Smith, Morrison, Wilson and West

"Why does the receptionist need to ask what's wrong with me?"

Lammermuir Medical Practice- Signposting Guide

NHS Inform

(Site updated 28/09/2022)

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