Flu Vaccine 2021/22
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.
We are open and here to help. Please call us on 0131 651 1000. We are operating a telephone triage system. The call handler will ask for details of your problem and arrange the most appropriate appointment. If you have arranged a telephone appointment you will be given a 1 hour time slot. Please ensure you will be available to answer the call during this time.
If you have any questions about the COVID Vaccine, please visit NHS Inform by clicking here,
If you need to reschedule your appointment at the mass vaccination clinic you should call the NHS Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296.
If you think you have missed your appointment letter please visit the NHS Inform website and complete the online form.
Any other general enquiries regarding the coronavirus vaccine you should call the National helpline on 0800 030 8013 which is open from 8am to 8pm every day.
There is no need for you to contact the practice as we will be in touch with those eligible.
COVID WALK IN CLINICS (Astra Zeneca)
Anyone over the age of 40, who have not yet had their first dose – for whatever reason – can attend the clinic without an appointment, while those who are waiting for their second dose can turn up as long as they received their first injection of the Astra Zeneca vaccine at least eight weeks before.
14th June onwards – 8.30am until 5.30pm
Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC)
Pyramids Vaccination Centre, Bathgate
Royal Bank of Scotland, Edinburgh Park site (South Gyle)
Gorebridge Vaccination Centre
COVID-19 vaccination status scheme
The Covid-19 vaccination status scheme is a service that allows people travelling abroad to access their record of vaccination status themselves.
A vaccination status letter can be downloaded from the NHS Inform patient portal by clicking here or - for those not online - requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565.
Only those planning to travel to a country or territory where a record of vaccination status is needed as an entry requirement should download the record or request it.
Proof of Covid-19 PCR Test
To view the results of your Covid-19 PCR test please click here to visit the Test and Protect website.
If you have concerns related to Coronavirus, please first refer to the NHS Inform website by clicking the link. If you require further advice or medical attention for symtoms of Coronavirus, please contact 111.
This is a GP training practice. Qualified doctors who are specialising in General Practice after training in hospitals join our practice for 6 months and a year at a time and work as equal members of the medical staff.
In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the menu on the right hand side.
You can, of course, choose to see any of the doctors at the practice.
Your local pharmacist is also available and happy to give advice on some medical matters.
TEXTS TO YOU
We are now sending text messages to patients as a reminder that you have an appointment. You will be able to respond to the message to say 'CANCEL' which will save you calling us and will free up the appointment for another patient. Please ensure we have your current mobile phone number. If you wish to opt out of receiving a text, please drop us a note and we will remove you from the service.
Please let us know of any changes to your telephone numbers. You can do this using our check-in screen in our waiting area, speak to the receptionist or drop us a line.
DATA PROTECTION NOTICE
A copy of our Data Protection Notice is posted in or waiting areas and copies can be obtained from reception. You can also view this notice here. Subject Access Request forms are also available from reception. Should you wish to have access to your medical records you should complete the SAR form and also provide two forms of ID, one of which must be photographic. We hope to make the forms available on the website in the near future.
WE ARE LGBT FRIENDLY
Here at Mackenzie Medical Centre, we are committed to ensuring people feel confident to use our services no matter who you are and we are committed to making sure all our patients feel supported and listened to.
(Site updated 01/12/2021)