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COVID RULES FOR VISITING THE PRACTICE

1. Only come to the Health Centre if you have been asked to by one of our staff.

2. Attend alone.

3. Wash your hands or use hand gel before arriving at the Health Centre.

4. Arrive at 3rd floor reception no earlier than your appointment time.

5. Follow latest government guidelines in relation to social distancing.

REGISTRATION QUERIES

If we have any queries on your registration details the we will contact you direct within the next month. It takes up to 5 days for your registration to be processed. If you do not hear from us then your registration will have been successful. Please do not call or email us to check this.

NHS NUMBERS

These are not required in Scotland so you will not automatically be issued with one of these. If you do need this then there will be a delay in provision of this at this busy time. Please make any request for an NHS number via email to clinical.s70592@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

PROOF OF REGISTRATION

If you need this for insurance purposes then we can provide you with a letter but this is private and not NHS work so a charge will be made for this. This is not a priority for us to provide this and so there may be a delay of up to 40 days or longer before we can provide this.

APPOINTMENTS / SIGNPOSTING

There are many medical problems which you do not need to see a doctor about, which can be dealt with quickly. Please see our attached signposting poster for help you can access before considering if you need a doctor.

If you need to make an appointment with us to see a healthcare professional, please telephone our reception on 0131 650 2777. Although we cannot respond to clinical queries by email due to patient confidentiality reasons, if you have a general query you can send this via eConsult which you will find on the website.

Please ask reception staff for details of how to book an appointment online to speed up this process in future.

1. Only come to the Health Centre if you have been asked to by one of our staff.

2. Attend alone.

3. Wash your hands or use hand gel before arriving at the Health Centre.

4. Arrive at 3rd floor reception no earlier than you appointment time.

5. Follow latest government guidelines in relation to social distancing.

1. Only come to the Health Centre if you have been asked to by one of our staff.

2. Attend alone.

3. Wash your hands or use hand gel before arriving at the Health Centre.

4. Arrive at 3rd floor reception no earlier than you appointment time.

5. Follow latest government guidelines in relation to social distancing.

Non-urgent advice: PATIENT NOTICE

NHS DIGITAL 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. Click here to read more

Please note NHS app is only available to patients registered with a GP in ENGLAND

Non-urgent advice: COVID VACCINATION CLINICS

DROP IN CLINICS

Covid Vaccination Status

If you have had you vaccinations in SCOTLAND you can view your vaccination information here

Non-urgent advice: Covid-19 Vaccination at
University Health Service GP Practice

Across Lothian, vaccination of the following groups of people is taking place in GP Practices:

· People over 80 years of age

· People aged 75-79

· People who are clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding)

We have offered and delivered vaccination to these groups.

Vaccination of all other individuals not in the above groups will be carried out in mass vaccination centres and invitations to these are being administered nationally and are separate from the GP programme. Information on these is available on the below webpages.

NHS Lothian’s Vaccine Hub on their website

NHS Inform

Those aged 18 to 29 (as of 17 May 2021) are currently being invited to register for their coronavirus vaccine. Click on the following link to register. https://www.nhsinform.scot/under30register

Notably your CHI number is optional for the registration process. If you need to update your address with us to facilitate registration please click the following link https://www.health-service.ed.ac.uk/practice-information/keeping-your-details-up-to-date/

Missing COVID vaccination appointment? Call the Scottish COVID-19 Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 (open daily, 8am to 8pm) or click the link below.

https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/missing-appointment-details

If you are an unpaid carer and want to register as such in order to receive a COVID vaccination you can register online at https://register.vacs.nhs.scot/ or by telephoning 0800 030 8013

· Please do not contact your GP Practice to ask for a Covid vaccination passport or status certificate – they will not be able to provide any standard document. International certification standards have not yet been agreed.

· The Scottish Government is working to support the re-opening of international travel once it is safe to do so. We are working with the other UK Nations and with the World Health Organisation to agree on potential future COVID certification requirements for international travel.

· As part of this, we are developing a technical solution that could allow people to access their Covid vaccination status directly.

Thank You,

University Health Service

Non-urgent advice: Telephone Lines

Our telephone lines can be extremely busy. Please consider using eConsult Doctors online form in the first instance. This service is only available between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

REGISTERING – see the website “How to register with us”

Practice Forms

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This page is a repository for the various forms and links that you may have been directed to by the practice.

Go to Forms
Out of Hours and Emergencies

11 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

Practice Closure Dates

Monday 3rd May

Monday 27th December

Tuesday 28th December

Practice Signposting System

This Practice uses a signposting system to prioritise requests for appointments so that we can direct you to the appropriate healthcare professional and reduce your wait for an appointment. Our Reception staff will ask you to give a brief reason for the appointment, which is at the GP’s request. Please see our signpost guide which will help you find the best person to deal with your medical problem along with clarification on why the receptionist may ask you some questions when you call to make an appointment with us. We appreciate your help with this. 

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Latest News

Covid-19 Vaccination at University Health Service GP Practice

Across Lothian, vaccination of the following groups of people is taking place at GP Practices: · People over 80 years […]

eConsult – Now available

Contact your Doctors online

Consent for Contact

Consent for Contact and Sharing of Information with other Clinical Services By law we are required to obtain your consent to […]

Non-urgent advice: Our Online Booking System is now Available for Telephone Consultations only.

You can also order your repeat prescriptions online if you had previously signed up for this

Book/Cancel Appointments On Line

We offer this facility which allows you 24 hour access to book or cancel Doctor Appointments with us. If you want to do this and are unsure how to then please speak to reception staff.

(You must have received a password and username for online booking BEFORE you can use the service, this is only available from Health Centre reception by calling 0131 650 2777)

Latest Advice & Information
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