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Mackenzie Medical CentreGeneral Practice SectionThe University of Edinburgh20 West Richmond StreetEdinburgh, EH8 9DXTel: 0131 651 1000
Staying healthy, safe and cared for is more important now than ever before. Protecting yourself from flu this winter is one way to do this. And it’s quick, safe and easy.
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
Who can get a free flu vaccine this year?
These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:
èAdults aged 50 or over (or will be by 31 March 2022)
èPeople aged 6 months or over with an eligible health condition
èNHS independent contractors including GP, dental and optometry practices, community pharmacists and laboratory staff (working on coronavirus testing) and support staff
èSocial care workers who deliver direct personal care
èUnpaid and young carers
èNursery, primary and secondary school teachers and pupil facing support staff in both a Local Authority and Independent setting
èPrison officers and support staff who deliver direct front-facing detention services
èChildren aged 2–5 years and not yet in school (children must be aged 2 years or above on 1 September 2021 to be eligible)
èPrimary school children (primary 1 to primary 7)
èSecondary 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 I am aged 70 or older?
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 Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with re-booking.
What you should I do if I am:
· aged 50-70
· aged under 50 and in a clinical risk group
· 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.
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.
A COVID booster dose will be offered to
èthose living in residential care homes for older adults
èfrontline health and social care workers
èall adults aged 50 years or over
èadults aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health
èconditions that put them at higher risk of severe coronavirus
èadult carers (aged 16 or over)
èhousehold 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.
We have three practice nurses in the practice who work in their own treatment rooms. They have their own appointment system but may also see patients at the request of the doctors. Some appointments require joint appointments with a doctor and a nurse. Please let the receptionist know what your appointment is for (e.g. blood test, wound dressing etc.) in order to allot the appropriate amount of time. The senior practice nurse visits the housebound for chronic disease management. To contact the practice nurse please telephone 651 1000.
The work of the nurses includes:
During the pandemic we are providing an NHS travel advice service only. To use this service, please collect a form from reception, complete the form and return it to the desk where our reception staff will arrange a consultation appointment with the practice nurse. Some immunisations are available in the practice and are free of charge, others are available on private prescriptions (see table below)
## IMPORTANT: IF THE NATURE OF YOUR TRAVEL IS LIKELY TO REQUIRE YOU TO NEED NON NHS IMMUNISATIONS YOU SHOULD MAKE AN APPOINTMENT AT ONE OF THE SPECIALIST PRIVATE TRAVEL CLINICS AT YOUR EARLIEST CONVIENIENCE ##
NHS IMMUNISATIONS AVAILABLE FROM THE PRACTICE (FREE OF CHARGE)
Hepatitis A for adults and children
NON NHS IMMUNISATIONS AVAILABLE FROM THE PRACTICE (ON PRIVATE PRESCRIPTION)
NON NHS IMMUNISATIONS AVAILABLE FROM SPECIALIST PRIVATE TRAVEL CLINICS
Japanese B encephalitis
Tick borne encephalitis
Contraception can be discussed with any doctor. Follow-up appointments for contraception can be made with the practice nurse. We also fit and remove implants, Nexplanon, and you should make an appointment with one of the doctors to discuss this.
We are a C:Card point for people aged 16 and over who want free condoms. C:Card is an NHS Lothian sexual health service. During the pandemic these are available to request online.
These are done every three years for women aged 25 to 64. Appointments are usually with the nurse but can be arranged with a doctor if you prefer. Smears can also be done by Family Planning Services based at Dean Terrace who offer evening appointments. A central computerised recall system is in operation across Scotland (SCCRS), and women should receive an invitation to attend for a cervical smear.
These are done by the practice nurse and include all aspects relating to good health. Please tell the receptionist that you wish to make an appointment for a well person check.
Baby clinics are run by the health visitor and paediatric staff nurse on Thursdays between 11 and 12 (last weight at 11.45) at Conan Doyle Medical Centre. The health visitor offers advice on child care, including baby weighing. No appointment is necessary for the Thursday clinic. Vision checks on babies and young children are organised by the health visitor.
The health visitor runs a child health development programme to monitor the health and development of babies and young children. Invitations to attend are sent out at the appropriate times.
Babies and children under 5 - appointments are arranged through the health visitor.
We have a policy of reviewing the health of older patients on a regular basis using a birthday card system.
The practice has several policies for review of long term health problems e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, asthma and heart disease. Patients with these conditions may be invited to attend for review by the practice nurse.
In addition to the above, leaflets are available from the doctor or nurse on a wide variety of topics, including:
If you are aged over 16 and have a muscle, bone or joint problem then you could have an appointment with our Advanced Physiotherapist Practitioner, rather than your GP. During the outbreak of Covid-19, the practice physiotherapist is available on the telephone to assess your condition and help you to develop a plan to manage it. The physiotherapist may sometimes need to talk to your GP to help you get the care you need. To help direct you to the most appropriate person we will need to ask a few questions: please don't be offended.
Please note the practice physiotherapist does not provide ongoing treatment, however if this is required you can be referred on.
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You can call for the results of tests you have had carried out at the practice. Please call 0131 651 4145 between 9:00am and 11:00am when reception staff will pass on results which have been cleared by the doctor.
We cannot pass on results of tests that have been taken outwith the practice and you should contact the appropriate clinic where the tests were taken for those results.
Kate is our GP Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner (APP), and she now works in the Practice on Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings. If you have, or think you have, a musculoskeletal (MSK) problem she provides an alternative to speaking to your GP.
Kate provides expert assessment of all MSK conditions (eg muscle, bone and joint problems), such as back, neck, shoulder or knee pain. She can provide you with a clinical diagnosis, give you advice on how to manage the problem, and suggest appropriate exercise for you to work on independently.
With your agreement and when appropriate, Kate can refer you to specialist services, such as physiotherapy for supported rehab, x-ray or orthopaedics, and, if necessary, she can liaise with your GP to arrange medication or discuss any non-MSK symptoms which may have been found during your consultation.
You can book appointments with Kate directly via Reception, in the same way as you would book a GP or nurse appointment. Our Reception team has also been trained to identify problems that might be better addressed by an APP, so they may suggest seeing Kate rather than one of the GPs. Additionally, your GP may, after speaking to you, recognize that your issue needs an expert MSK opinion, and ask you to book a consultation with Kate.