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Mackenzie Medical CentreGeneral Practice SectionThe University of Edinburgh20 West Richmond StreetEdinburgh, EH8 9DXTel: 0131 651 1000
Am I eligible for a free flu vaccine?
These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:
Why should I 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.
Where can I get a flu vaccine if I’m not eligible for a free one?
You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies.
Getting your flu vaccine
The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the need to keep physical distancing means it is not possible for GP practices to give flu vaccines to everyone that should get one.
In Edinburgh, we will set up hubs around the city to give flu vaccines to all eligible people over the coming months. Doing this will allow us to vaccinate as many people as possible, while making sure we can maintain physical distancing and hygiene standards.
If you attend a GP appointment in person during the Flu vaccine season, you may be given a flu vaccine while you are in the practice, but you will not be able to make an appointment just to receive a flu vaccine.
What do I do if I’m over 65, aged 18-64 and in a clinical risk group, pregnant, a carer or living with someone who was shielding during lockdown?
You should attend a drive through clinic to receive your flu vaccine. Read on to find all the information you need to know.
If you cannot attend the drive through clinic, you have the option of receiving your flu vaccine at a local pharmacy. See the list at the bottom of the page for all local pharmacies offering the free flu vaccine.
What do I do if I’m 55-64?
If you are aged 55-64, and are not in any of the above categories, you will get a vaccine in a later phase of the programme. We will update this information as soon as all the details are confirmed.
What do I do if I have a child at primary school?
Most primary school age children will receive the flu vaccine at school. For more information visit NHS Inform
What do I do if I have a child who is 2, 3, 4, or 5?
Children aged 2-5 will get their flu vaccines at special hubs around the city. We will update this information as soon as the details are confirmed.
What if I have any questions?
You can find more information about the flu vaccine process in Scotland at nhsinform.scot/flu. You can also call 0800 22 44 88.
Drive through site information
Edinburgh Bioquarter, Gate 3, Unit 9, Little France Road, Edinburgh EH16 5QG
Who should use this site?
• anyone aged 65 and over
• anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
• those living with people shielding
• pregnant women
• unpaid and young carers.
Dates of drive through clinics
Saturday 26 September & Sunday 27 September
Saturday 3 October & Sunday 4 October
Saturday 10 October & Sunday 11 October
Saturday 17 October & Sunday 18 October
When should I attend?
You can attend on any of these dates. To help with queuing and traffic flow, we have allocated timeslots by surname.
Please come at the time next to the first letter of your surname. If there is more than one person in the car, come at the time allocated by the surname of the driver.
First letter of surname
9 - 10am
A – B
10 - 11am
C - D
11am - 12noon
E - H
12noon - 1pm
I – L
1 - 2.30pm
M – N
2.30 - 3.30pm
0 – R
3.30 - 4.30pm
S – U
4.30 - 5.30pm
V - Z
Please check the NHS Inform website for any changes to clinics due to inclement weather.
What should I do when I arrive?
· arrive on time - please don’t come early
· please come at the time set aside for the first initial of your surname. If more than one person in the car is getting a flu vaccine, come at the time for the driver’s surname
· wear short sleeves if possible
· have your sleeve rolled up by the time you get to the front of the queue
· all eligible people from your household should come in the same car if possible
· follow the signs
· before you receive your flu vaccine, you will be asked some questions to check it’s safe for you to get the vaccine
· please let us know if you’ve had a reaction to a vaccination in the past
· turn off your engine if you think you might be sitting in the car for a while
· you may have to wait in a queue, please be patient
· after you have received your flu vaccine, please park in the spaces set aside and wait for 15 minutes before driving off. This is to make sure you don’t have an early reaction and that you’re safe to drive off afterwards
What else do I need to know?
· you do not need to come to the first date available to you – there will be enough vaccines on any date you attend. To help with traffic flow, please think about coming on a later date in the programme if you can
· if you feel unwell or have a temperature, do not come to the drive through site. Wait until you are well and attend at a later date
· there are no toilet facilities available
· the team giving the vaccinations are trained professionals who will be wearing protective clothing and equipment to protect both you and them
· the systems we’ve put in place will get people vaccinated as safely and quickly as possible
· if you feel unwell after receiving your flu vaccine, please let one of the team know as soon as possible
Adult walk through clinics
If you cannot attend the drive through clinic you can attend the walk through clinic. This will be based at Conan Doyle Medical Centre, 4 Nether Liberton Lane, EH16 5TY. The dates you can attend are:
Saturday 24th October, Sunday 25th October, Sunday 8th November, Sunday 15th November
THE CLINICS FOR SATURDAY 31ST OCTOBER AND 1ST NOVEMBER ARE CANCELLED
You do not need an appointment so please do not contact Conan Doyle. You must attend at the time slot specific to your surname. Please see the table below for details.
If you have any comments, positive or otherwise, these should be directed to email@example.com and not the practice.
Local Pharmacies offering the free flu vaccine
By appointment only.
Newington Pharmacy, Clerk Street, 0131 667 2368
Right Medicine (Royal Mile) Pharmacy, High Street, 0131 556 1971
Right Medicine (Mackenzie) Pharmacy, Forrest Road, 0131 225 7770
Right Medicine Pharmacy, Marchmont Road, 0131 447 2198
Omnicare Pharmacy, Causewayside, 0131 667 2151
Omnicare Pharmacy, Home Street, 0131 229 7778
Omnicare Pharmacy, Walter Scott Avenue, 0131 664 2363
Bristo Square Pharmacy, Bristo Square, 0131 668 2182
Boots, St Patrick Street, 0131 667 1698
Boots, Newington Road, 0131 667 3008
Boots, Princes Street, 0131 225 8331
Boots, Shandwick Place, 0131 225 6757
Boots, Multrees Walk, 0131 556 2119
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.