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New Website

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https://stratheskmedicalpractice.gp.scot/our-practice


Wednesday 13th October- Emergency Appointments Only

We are operating an emergency only service until further notice.


Two members of staff have tested positive for covid and close contacts within the practice are self isolating while awaiting PCR results.
There are no patients identified as close contacts.


We have been left with a skeleton staff with only 2 people able to work in reception and 2 doctors. We will only see you face to face if deemed absolutely necessary- this is to protect patients. We will not be able to manage routine enquiries today.


We are hoping to be back to a less restricted service tomorrow however this is dependent on how quickly our staff get test results back.
Please be patient with us as we work through the process of self isolation and staff contact testing.

THANK YOU.

Please check our Coronavirus Information Page for the latest details on how to seek medical assistance and testing, vaccinations and for information on how the pandemic has affected our services.

              

We are a friendly and modern General Practice offering a wide and comprehensive range of services to our patients with a commitment to high standards of health care.

Our team are dedicated to your continued good health and approach your care with professionalism.

Our practice is open to new patients. Please see our New Patients page for further details. We do not discriminate on grounds of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, social class, religion, disability or medical condition.


We are open weekdays 8.30am to 6pm.

Flu Vaccination Update

The way you will get your flu vaccine this year has changed.

People aged 70 or over will now be sent a letter by the national booking system with details of an appointment at a vaccination centre.

From now on, GP practices will not administer the Flu jab. Across Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships are taking on this role in line with the GP Contract agreed by BMA Scotland on behalf of Scottish GPs. This change has been agreed to relieve pressure on GP practices. As a result your local practice will not offer any flu vaccinations or handle any booking queries for people in eligible groups.

Instead, the flu vaccine will be delivered by the four Health and Social Care Partnerships in Lothian - East Lothian; Midlothian; Edinburgh and West Lothian.

If you require further information or you need to rearrange your appointment, please contact the helpline on your appointment invitation or the local enquiry line on 0300 790 6296.

Please do not contact our practice regarding your flu vaccination as unfortunately we are unable to help. 

You can find out more on the Midlothian Health and Social Care Partnership web page and NHS Inform.

If the Pandemic is over why aren’t GP practices open? The pandemic is not over. GP practices worked hard to provide a service throughout lockdown and continue to do so. To protect everyone, we must maintain safe infection control and minimise unnecessary physical contact. How are practices working now? All appointments are being triaged. This helps keep you safe and makes sure the people with the greatest need are seen first. We will see everyone in person who needs to be seen that way.What is triage? You will be assessed to decide who needs: • to be seen in person • a phone consultation • a video consultation • help from a community pharmacy.Why do receptionists ask personal questions? GP reception staff are a vital part of the health care team and ask questions to direct you to the best support. They are skilled in assisting with triage and treat all information confidentially.I wanted to see my GP, so why am I seeing someone else? Many GP practices now include nurses, advanced nurse practitioners (who can diagnose and treat health conditions), occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists and link workers. This ensures that you see the right person at the right time more quickly.What about emergencies Always dial 999 in a life-threatening emergency. If you need help with minor injuries at any time or urgent care when your GP practice is closed dial 111. Where else can I get help? Visit www.nhsinform.scot for advice on common symptoms and a list of local services or speak to your pharmacist first for advice on minor illnesses. Call 111: • to schedule a minor injuries appointment • for urgent mental health advice and guidance • if you’re too ill to wait for your GP or dentist to open.Please be patient Our health services are under enormous pressure, but we are open and here if needed. Please work together with us to make sure you get the right care, in the right place, at the right time by the appropriate health professional for your needs.

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