Christmas and New Year Practice Closures
The practice will be closed on:
Tuesday 26th December 2018
Wednesday 27th December 2018
Tuesday 2nd January 2019
Wednesday 3rd January 2019
If you require medical attention when the practice is closed, please telephone NHS 24 on 111. For advice on self-care, please look at our signposting page.
Remember that repeat prescription requests take two working days to process and special requests take five working days so please ensure you order any medications you may need in good time.
We wish all of our patients a happy and healthy Christmas and New Year!
Monday 31st December 2018 - Emergency Appointments Only
We are only able to offer emergency appointments on Monday 31st December as only two doctors are working that day. We have tried our best to secure locum doctors but have been unsuccessful.
For patient safety, we must ensure that the patients with the most urgent needs are prioritised on this day. We are therefore unable to deal with routine requests.
Please be assured that the doctors will be on hand to advise reception staff which patients require emergency appointments and decisions on who can be seen will be made on a strictly clinical basis.
Thank you for your understanding at this busy time of year.
Flu Vaccinations 2018
We have bookable flu vaccination appointments now available.
Flu vaccination is available for all over-65 year old and under 65 year olds who suffer from a chronic disease or are immuno-compromised, pregnant women and carers. Please speak to a receptionist if you are unsure if you are eligible. Two to five year olds born after 1st September 2018, who are not yet at school, are also eligible for flu vaccination here at the practice.
Limited Appointments Friday 16th November
On Friday 16th November we will only be able to offer Emergency Appointments, due to staff shortages. This means that we can only see patients who need to be seen urgently and cannot offer any routine appointments.
With reference to recent press coverage we would like to inform our patients of the following:
We cannot make a public reply about an individual patient due to confidentiality and data protection laws.
If a patient is aggressive and uses inappropriate or abusive language this is understandably upsetting and distressing for our staff. Our staff have the right to work in a safe environment and to be treated with respect.
The relationship between a GP and a patient is vital to high quality care. There are occasions when the partnership decide that there has been a breakdown in the relationship between the GP Practice and a patient. In these circumstances we would advise that the patient may be better supported by another local practice. Any decisions regarding removal from our list are considered extremely carefully and taken very seriously.
We wish to reassure our patients that we welcome feedback both positive and negative, and have a robust complaints system in place. A patient will never be removed from our list simply for complaining.
We have a policy in our practice for patients that arrive late for appointments. We will not see patients who arrive late. Patients have a duty to attend pre-booked appointments promptly, and to take into account logistical difficulties or the time involved in travelling to the practice. The clinicians have very busy surgeries and therefore we feel it necessary for patients to reschedule another appointment if they are late. A patient will never be removed from our list simply for turning up late for an appointment.
Thursday 6th September 2018 - Practice List Restricted
With effect from 6th September 2018 until further notice, our practice list is restricted for new patients.
We will only be accepting new babies, household members and assigned patients.
Currently all three practices in Bonnyrigg Health Centre are operating on this basis. Therefore, if you are not in one of the groups above, in order to register with a practice in the area you will be required to telephone NHS Lothian Practitioner Services on 0345 300 1024 (choose option 4). They will allocate you to a practice by letter. This is to ensure a fair allocation of new patients across all three Bonnyrigg practices. If you are allocated to our practice then please bring your letter from the Health Board with you when you attend to collect your registration forms. No patient moving into the area will be left without a GP.
Detect Cancer Early Campaign
NHS Lothian launched a Detect Cancer Early campaign on 17th September. The campaign aims to reduce fear around cancer and empower people to act early when invited for screening. As well as advertisements on the television and radio, there is a campaign website : getcheckedearly.org. There is also an associated Facebook page called the wee C. Please have a look at the information, which we hope is useful.
Quit Your Way - Local Stop Smoking Services
Smokefree East and Midlothian is a local NHS run service to help you stop smoking. They have a base here in Bonnyrigg Health Centre and run drop in support groups across East and Midlothian. You can refer yourself by telephoning 0131 537 9914, and have the option of individual appointments if you do not wish or are unable to attend a group. You can also be referred by your GP. Local pharmacies also provide free stop smoking support and medication. Click here to read more about stopping smoking and to view the Smokefree support group timetable.
At this time of year, hayfever can be particularly troublesome. We have therefore created an information sheet with advice on medications to try, and when you should seek medical advice from the practice. Please click here to read the sheet. Paper copies are available from our reception desk and in our waiting rooms.
General Data Protection Regulation
General Data Protection Regulation is a new data protection law that comes into effect from 25th May 2018. We have created an information leaflet about this, which you can read as a .pdf file or as a Word document - please click on the links to open the leaflet.
Our practice keeps medical records confidential and complies with the General Data Protection Regulation. We hold your medical record so that we can provide you with safe care and treatment. You can read our Privacy Statement in full on our Data Protection page.
New Practice Physiotherapy Service
We have a Specialist Physiotherapist, as an alternative to an appointment with the GP, for people with a muscle, bone or joint problem.
The Physiotherapist can assess your condition and help you to develop a plan on how to manage it, and will liaise with the GP where required.
To help direct you to the most appropriate person we will need to ask a few questions. Please don’t be offended.
The practice physiotherapist does not provide ongoing treatment, however if this is required you can be referred on.
Patient Results - Best to Telephone
In our practice, clinicians are able to organise certain tests inhouse - we can check blood results, as well as take sputum, urine or stool samples and swabs when clinically required. The doctors are also able to refer patients to hospital for x-rays, ultrasound scans and MRI scans as required.
The results of the tests that your doctor or nurse have arranged return to the practice and you are able to contact us to find these out. We recommend you telephone the practice for your results rather than ask for them at reception desk. This is because it is more confidential. If you ask for your results at our reception desk, your conversation with the receptionist may be overheard by others. You may ring for your results after 10.00 am each day.
We do understand that sometimes a patient may not be able to telephone the practice, for example if they do not have a telephone or cannot use one, and if this is the case we will always try to maintain confidentiality at our reception desk.
Online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
Beating the Blues is an online treatment programme that uses cognitive behavioural therapy (sometimes known as C.B.T.) to help people experiencing depression and/or anxiety.
Click here to download the patient information leaflet. If you are interested in accessing the Beating the Blues service then please book a routine GP phone appointment to discuss this.
If the doctor feels this would be a suitable service for you then they will refer you and you will receive an activation code, which will allow you to access the online sessions.
Please note that if you are feeling suicidal, please ring the practice to speak urgently to a doctor, or telephone NHS 24 on 111 if the practice is closed.
Telephone Queuing System
Our practice has a telephone system that allows our patients to choose options, and allows calls to queue. One of the advantages of this system is that patients who require emergency assistance can choose our emergency option and their call is able to be given priority. Another advantage is that it is a fairer system as rather than our patients having to chance their luck with each redial, calls are placed in a queue and patients are helped in queue order. Our queue can hold up to eighteen calls at any one time, which is almost always more than enough. However, at our busiest time at half past eight each morning, sometimes more than eighteen patients are trying to call through at the same time. In this case, unfortunately calls are sometimes dropped off the queue or patients are unable to get through. If this happens to you, please try calling again. In order to try to alleviate this problem we would very much appreciate if patients who are ringing with a routine question or query (as opposed to requesting an appointment) could ring after nine o' clock, if it is suitable for them. Thank you for your help.
Changes to Our Appointment System from 26th September 2017 - Signposting
Our practice is working in conjunction with Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership to improve our services for our patients. The partnership has been formed between NHS Lothian and Midlothian Council.
We know that every day our clinics are completely filled and that we are still unable to meet patient demand. There are a variety of reasons for this, such as the growing population size in Bonnyrigg, and the difficulties in managing to recruit locum doctors when they are required. However, with guidance from Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership, we have identified a new strategy that we hope will help more of our patients access appropriate treatment more easily:
• Signposting involves directing you to the health professional that will best be able to help you.
• The receptionists will ask you questions regarding the nature of your call. They will refer to careful guidance and protocols created by doctors in the practice and let you know who best can help you.
• You may be booked in for a telephone call with a doctor, booked in to see a nurse, or advised to self refer to a pharmacist or other service.
Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point
If you are feeling low, stressed or anxious, you may find it helpful to access the Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point.
Click here to see their poster.
Read more about the service on our Midlothian Wellbeing Access Point web page.
**Please not that this service is not suitable for crises or emergencies.**
SHARE - NHS Research Scotland
SHARE is a new NHS Research Scotland initiative created to establish a register of people interested in participating in health research and who agree to allow SHARE to use the coded data in their various NHS computer records to check whether they might be suitable for health research studies. This access can be incredibly useful when it comes to developing new treatments and cures for a wide variety of health conditions. Participation is entirely voluntary.
Please click here to view their Participant information leaflet.
You can find out more about SHARE on their website, and can register online if you are interested - https://www.registerforshare.org/
Cervical Screening Campaign
NHS Scotland has released a new campaign. View the campaign film and read more about cervical screening here.
March 2017 New NHS Scotland Service - SPIRE
NHSScotland is improving the way it uses information from GP patient records. SPIRE is a service that will allow small amounts of information from GP practice records to be used to help doctors’ surgeries, NHSScotland and the Scottish Government to improve care and plan services, and to help researchers to learn more from patient information held at GP practices. Please read our SPIRE page to find out more.