Meadows Medical Practice
9 Brougham Place
Tel: 0131 229 7709
4th Year Medical Students
We now have 4th year medical students from the University of Edinburgh training with us
We will ask your consent before a student is present in your consultation, and if you would prefer not to allow this, we understand and respect your feelings.
THE WINTER FLU VACCINATION PROGRAMME 2021
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 your GP.
You can find out more on the websites of the Health and Social Care Partnerships or on NHS Inform
Green Impact for Health
This practice is delighted to be signed up to the Green Impact for Health Toolkit and is actively taking steps to reduce our carbon footprint. The climate emergency is also a health emergency, and health care in the UK contributes 5.4% of the UK's carbon emissions.
We need to enhance the health of our current population without compromising the health of future generations, and this means operating within the sustainable boundaries of the planet. Fortunately most of the solutions for the planet also make our health better - for example eating a mainly plant-based diet, engaging in active travel and exercise in nature, avoiding smoking, reducing pollution etc all enhance our health and reduce our need for medications, with further benefits to the NHS, your health and the carbon footprint of healthcare.
Take a look at www.greenerpractice.co.uk to learn more about this.
Covid 19 vaccination programme
You can find out more information about the covid-19 vaccine by clicking here which takes you to the NHS Inform website
There is information about the drop-in vaccine centres, now available for anyone over 40 years
You are able to register for your vaccine, rearrange an appointment, and get a record of your vaccination status through this website
There is also a telephone helpline open from 08:00 to 20:00 every day of the week: call 0800 030 8013
Evidence of vaccination status for travel
The Scottish Government regularly updates their advice regarding foreign travel and covid vaccine passports here
People will be able access their Covid-19 Vaccine Status online, by logging on to www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status.
It can also be contacted on 0808 196 8565
If you are intending to travel abroad you should:
- check the entry requirements for your destination country on the UK foreign travel advice pages
- get up-to-date information from the website of your destination country
- check the re-entry requirements for your return to Scotland
- only request a vaccination record if it is absolutely required and you are due to travel in the next 21 days
Coronavirus (COVID-19) can cause a flu-like illness with fever, cough, shortness of breath and loss of a sense of smell and taste. If you have any concerns or questions, please follow this link to the NHS Inform website which is updated regularly as the situation changes.
As of Monday 23rd March, if you are unwell and worried about COVID-19 it is important that you consult NHS Inform and phone NHS24 on 111 as the first point of contact, not the GP practice. People who need to be seen will be offered appointments at dedicated local assessment centres, staffed and equipped to deal with COVID-19 infection.
There is also information about how to self-isolate, if this is reccommended, and general advice about how to reduce your chance of catching or passing on the virus, and a printable self-isolation certificate to use if your employer requires this.