Meadows Medical Practice
9 Brougham Place
Tel: 0131 229 7709
WELCOME TO OUR NEW GP PARTNER
Meadows Medical Practice is extremely happy to welcome our new GP Partner Dr Sabraj Gill to our team here at the Meadows.
PATIENT NOTICE - Week Commencing Monday 5th September
Please be advised that Covid has hit our reception team this week and along with some other members of the team being on annual leave, this has left us with severe staff shortages. Therefore, please may I ask for your understanding and patience when contacting our depleted reception team this week. They are doing nothing short of a wonderful job in keeping things running for us all.
Thanks so much.
Business Manager / Associate Partner
The Right Care Right Place Campaign - MEDICAL RECEPTION TEAMS
This campaign aims to create a greater understanding of the pivotal role medical receptionists play in signposting patients to the right care for their specific healthcare needs. It also highlights the role of multi-disciplinary teams in and outside of a general practice making patients more aware of alternative care pathways.
Research identified that a lack of awareness on the role of a medical receptionist was creating a barrier among some in the public to getting them to the right healthcare expert.
Key messages from the campaign
- GP Medical Receptionists are much more than receptionists.
- GP Medical Receptionists are here to help guide you to the right care your healthcare needs.
- There are a range of expert healthcare professionals who can help you, and the medical receptionists will be able to help get you to the right person.
Additional important message
- Medical Reception Teams do a very difficult job and have the right to work without the threat of violence or being verbally abused.
PRACTICE CLOSED - PUBLIC HOLIDAY
The practice will be closed on the following Public Holiday:
- Monday 19th September 2022
Please ensure you have enough of your REPEAT MEDICATION to last you through the short period our practice will be closed.
If you require ROUTINE medical attention whilst we are closed, please contact NHS24 on '111'.
If you require URGENT medical attention whilst we are closed, please contact '999' immediately.
THE WINTER FLU AND COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME 2022
You will no longer get your flu or COVID vaccines at your GP practice. Please read the information below:
When will I get my vaccinations?
People aged 65 and over are due to receive a letter, email or text (depending on how they’ve asked to be contacted) inviting them for their winter vaccinations.
The winter vaccinations for over 65s will begin on 19 September and you should receive your invite no later than 13 September.
Appointments for all other groups will be made available as the programme progresses – people in those groups should wait until they are contacted or called forward.
Where will I get my vaccination?
Vaccinations are being delivered at vaccination clinics across Lothian.
If you receive an invite to an appointment at a time or location which is inconvenient for you, you can rearrange this via the online booking portal or by calling the National Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.
Who should I call if I don't get a letter or can't attend my scheduled appointment?
If you need any assistance, you can call the National Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013. More information is also available online (for those with internet access) at www.nhsinform.scot/winter-vaccines
Where can I find the latest information?
Here at NHS Inform: https://www.nhsinform.scot/winter-vaccines
NHS Lothian also has information for the public on their website:
For advice for patients in other languages or formats, please visit NHS Inform: https://www.nhsinform.scot/contact-us
Please also click on the link below for further information.
ALL TYPES OF VACCINATIONS
ALL TYPES OF VACCINATIONS
The majority of vaccinations will no longer be carried out by GP Practices. This responsibility has now moved to Health and Social Care Partnerships.
For more information, please go to the public facing website using the link below:
Alternatively, the Helpline number is 0300 790 6296
MESSAGE FROM THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT
The Scottish Government requires General Practice and other healthcare settings to have different infection control and physical distancing guidance to other places such as hospitality and shops.
This is to help reduce the risk to practice staff and to people attending the practice who may be at greater risk if they catch Covid-19 or a respiratory infection.
The following rules still apply in General Practice:
- wearing of face coverings by patients and the public (unless you are exempt)
- physical distancing: 1 metre if no covid or respiratory symptoms or 2 metres if covid or respiratory symptoms
- contact your practice by telephone in the first instance
- wearing of PPE by staff
- screening of all patients for Covid 19 and respiratory symptoms
Please support your local practice team by complying with this guidance.
Evidence of vaccination status for travel
The Scottish Government regularly updates their advice regarding foreign travel and covid vaccination passports.
People will be able access their Covid-19 Vaccine Status online by clicking on this link www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status.
REQUEST AN UPDATE TO YOUR COVID VACCINATION RECORD
If you had your 1st Covid vaccination administered somewhere else in the UK or the Republic of Ireland but are now resident in Scotland where you had your 2nd Covid vaccination, you can now request for both of these vaccinations to appear on your vaccine passport. Please visit the website below for more information:
4th Year Medical Students from Edinburgh University
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.
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.
PATIENT NOTICE - DATA SHARING
NHS DIGITAL Data Sharing Opt Out
We would like to reassure our patients that the proposed extraction of GP data by NHS DIGITAL does NOT include any patients registered with this practice or in NHS Scotland. NHS DIGITAL provide services in England, so are not able to access any data in Scotland. You are not required to opt out as your data is already safe. We take paient confidentiality extremely seriously and safeguards are in place to protect this, including when data is used for research.
Further information on how NHS Scotland handles you personal information can be found at the NHS Inform website: