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Covid-19 Vaccination at Strathesk Medical Practice
Across Lothian, vaccination of the following groups of people is taking place at GP Practices:
- People over 80 years of age
- People aged 75-79
- People who are clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding)
- We have now completed the first round of vaccines for these patients in our practice.
Invitations to mass vaccination centres and visits to housebound patients are being administered nationally and are separate from the GP programme.
If you have received an appointment for a vaccination centre that is not suitable or you have not been sent an appointment yet but believe that you should have, then please do not telephone our practice as unfortunately we are unable to assist. Instead, you should visit this NHS Inform page.
We are very grateful for your patience while you wait your turn.
For more information about the vaccination programme please see:
NHS Lothian’s Vaccine Hub on their website
Self Isolation Advice - Understanding Self Isolation and Support
Please watch the video below to learn about self isolating during the coronavirus pandemic. This video is also available in British Sign Language, Polish, Arabic, Urdu, Bengali, Cantonese, Mandarin and Kurdish - click on the language you would like to view.
Midlothian Young People's Advice Service (MYPAS) Digital Drop-in – now daily from Monday 11th January
MYPAS Digital Drop-in will be running on a 7 week pilot basis EVERY weekday from Monday 11th January 3.30pm – 5.30pm
This is open to young people in East Lothian and Midlothian.
To access the drop-in, visit their website www.mypas.co.uk between 3.30pm and 5.30pm and click on the “chat now” tab that will appear on the right-hand side of the front page.
A MYPAS staff member will be available online to give advice and information on matters relating to young people’s health and wellbeing
Self Isolation Guidance
It is vital that anyone who is asked to self-isolate or is awaiting a COVID-19 test result follows the self-isolatation guidelines. Unfortunately we have had a few instances in the past week where people have been asked to self-isolate, but have attended the practice. This put our patients, our staff and the wider community at risk.
It is a finable offence to break these guidelines and your practice can take matters further if guidelines are broken.
If you feel you need urgent medical care please call us before attending the practice.
For more information on self-isolating please follow this link:
Waiting Room Now Open For Booked Appointments
Our waiting room has now reopened. You should only enter the Health Centre if you have an arranged appointment. Please do not arrive more than five minutes before your appointment time. Masks must be worn at all times. The reception desk is not open and you should check into your appointment using our self check in machine. Please sanitise your hands before you use the self check in machine and before you sit down. You will see that the waiting room is marked out into individual areas for patients to sit in. Please stay within your own zone, and do not leave the waiting room. The clinician you are due to see will collect you from the waiting room
New Minor Injuries service
You can now telephone 111Monday to Sunday from 8am to 8pm for assistance with minor injuries:
This service is for patients 8 years old and over (Children under 8 years old with a minor injury should attend one of the services at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Western General Hospital or St John’s Hospital, but if under 1yr should attend the Emergency Department at RHSC or SJH).
If you do need to be examined in person, Call MIA will arrange a suitable appointment at a minor injuries service so you don’t need to wait when you attend.
- Injuries, which should be less than 14 days old.
- Wounds less than 24 hours old with controlled bleeding with or without foreign body
- Foreign body in nose or ear
- Crush injury to fingers /toes with no wound
- Ring removal from fingers /toes
- Minor burns or scalds (not involving hands, face or genitals)
- Head and face injuries (not including those involving loss of consciousness, vomiting, disturbed vision, altered behaviour, reduced consciousness or patients with an underlying haematological condition or on an anticoagulant medication)
- Eye injuries (not including an injury which has caused visual disturbance or a penetrating injury)
- Limb injuries (below shoulder or below knee)
- Animal bites including insect bites & stings
- Patients with fracture that require review after being treated outwith NHS Lothian
- Animal bites with localised swelling and no evidence of allergic reaction.
Please be aware that you may need to wait in a queue when you telephone the service - however, the wait will be far less than attending Accident and Emergency.
If you telephone our practice with a minor injury you may be advised to use this service.
When you telephone the service you will initially be offered a video consultation with a Nurse Practitioner, who will either give you self care advice or book a face to face appointment for you.
This service replaces the Minor Injuries Assessment pilot service that launched earlier this year.
Visit services.nhslothian.scot/CallMIA for more details.
Flu Vaccinations - Eligible Patients Can Now Book Appointments
Flu is serious. With coronavirus (COVID-19) around it's more important than ever to get the flu vaccine this autumn to protect yourself, others and the NHS. Whilst we have been contacting the most at risk patients, our lines are open for those who are eligible and have not yet booked an appointment with us.
Eligible patients include:
- Over 65 year olds
- Pregnant patients
- Patients who are a main carer
- Patients with a chronic disease such as diabetes, asthma, COPD and coronary heart disease
Any questions? Follow this link to read more at NHS Inform:
If you are not eligible to get the vaccine through the NHS, you can visit your local pharmacy and pay to receive it privately.
Flu Vaccination Campaign 2020/2021
- More patients than ever before will be offered a flu vaccination this year. We will be offering vaccinations to half of our patients, over 4000 patients.
- There is no shortage of flu vaccinations this year so we appreciate your patience as we contact each group of eligible patients to attend for vaccinations.
- We must prioritise our most vulnerable patients and vaccinate them first.
- Patients who were on the shielding list and patients who live with a shielding patient will be vaccinated at a priority clinic at Midlothian Community Hospital. You will be sent a letter with further information on booking for this. If you were a shielding patient and have not managed to book an appointment at the Midlothian Community Hospital, please get in touch with us to book your vaccination here at the practice.
- Housebound patients will be vaccinated by the Community Vaccination Team. The practice will contact you with a date and time.
- Patients over 65 or under 65 in an at risk category please contact the practice to arrange an appointment.
- Children in the 2-5 age category will have their Fluenz (nasal vaccine) organised by the Childhood Immunisation Team. You can telephone 07766922751 between the hours of 9am-12noon to arrange your child's flu vaccination from 16th of September to 27th of November.
- The services our practice is currently able to offer will be reduced during the flu campaign and there may be some days that we can provide emergency services.
- Local Pharmacies in the area (Cohen’s Pharmacy, Lloyds in Straiton, Dalkeith and Newtongrange, Rowlands in Bonnyrigg and Loanhead, Roslin Pharmacy and Lindsay and Gilmour Pharmacy in Woodburn) are also able to administer flu vaccines to those in the eligible groups at no cost.
For the latest Government advice and information on flu and flu vaccinations, please visit www.nhsinform.scot/flu or telephone 0800 22 44 88.
Coronavirus - go to our coronavirus page for up to date information.