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Latest News and Coronavirus Update

 

MAY BANK HOLDAY MONDAY

To all our lovely patients.  The practice will be closed on Monday 3rd May.  Please make sure you, or your representative, have ordered your prescriptions in plenty of time to have enough medication for the long weekend.

Change of address

Online Repeat Prescriptions

Due to increased Covid 19 demands on the surgery and the local pharmacies the method or ordering repeat prescriptions will be changing.

Over the next few months all new and existing patients will need to complete a repeat prescription ordering form for the new service. All patients must have a valid email address for this new service and is used solely by you or your representative.

Please keep watching the website for more information and the start dates.

Online Patient Registration

The online patient registration service can be found by clicking here, https://www.westendmedicalpractice.co.uk/clinics-and-services/registering-with-the-practice/

West End Medical Practice Patient Catchment Area Development

To reflect and improve the services for our patients the catchment area has been revised, in consultation with the health board

For new patient registrations the new catchment area is as follows:

Craigleith Road along Comely Bank Road onto Raeburn Place, Deanhaugh Street, Kerr Street, Gloucester Street, Gloucester Lane, Wemyss Place, Albyn Place to North Charlotte Street onto Charlotte Square and South Charlotte Street to Princes Street, up Lothian Road to Fountainbridge, along Dundee Street to Western Approach Road to Roseburn Street, along Roseburn Terrace along Corstorphine Road up Murrayfield Road to Ravelston Dykes to Craigleith Rise, Ravelston House Park, Ravelston Heights continuing north to Queensferry Road rejoining Craigleith Road.

The practice will continue to serve our valued patients who live outside this new catchment area up and until you are moving home.

COVID 19 SECOND VACCINATION NEWS

Please be advised that all patients who have had their first Covid 19 vaccination administered at the practice will be contacted so as to offer a date and time for their second vaccination.

AstraZeneca Vaccine News

Q: I am concerned about the safety of the Astra-Zeneca vaccine and blood clots?

A: Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon.  More than 11m doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine have been given in the UK; the number of blood clots that have been reported after vaccination are not more than would have been normally expected in that time frame.

The UK medicines regulatory authority (MHRA) is carefully scrutinising the reports of blood clots in the UK as well as the international data. The view of the MHRA experts is that the available evidence does not suggest the vaccine is the cause.  Some countries have taken a highly precautionary approach and have temporarily suspended the use of the vaccine whilst they investigate.

Any suspension of vaccine has to be balanced against the know risks of Covid which is a serious disease, can be fatal, and itself can cause blood clots.

Therefore the MHRA experts recommend that people should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.

National Cov19 Vaccination Programme

You should contact NHS Scotland if you think you should have received an invitation to your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination appointment by now, or if you have lost your invitation letter. You can do this by phone or by completing an online form.  The Form and details can be found by clicking on this https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/missing-appointment-details

 

COVID  - 19 Vaccination Programme Update

The West End Medical Practice are delighted to have started our COVID19 Vaccination Clinics.

You can find out more about the priority groups by clicking here

All other groups will be offered appointments via Health Board run services by letter.

The delivery of the vaccine is in small batches and we are not certain when these will arrive.  As soon as we have supplies of vaccine our team will contact you to arrange an appointment.

There is no need for you to contact the practice as we will be in touch with those eligible.  If you have any questions about the COVID Vaccine, please visit NHS Inform by clicking here, or call the national helpline 0800 030 8013 which is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

West End Medical Practice Surgery Times

 The surgery is open during the following times

Monday to Friday, excluding bank and public holidays , between 08:00 and 18:00

There is a reduced telephone answering service between 13:00 and 14:00.

West End Medical Practice News

Local pharmacies continue to be open during the current restrictions.  Please contact them direct for local opening days and times.  A list of the local pharmacies can be found here Local Pharmacies.

The Doctors, Nurses, Administration and Practice team thank you for your continued support during these difficult and challenging times.

The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

NHS 24 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do at nhsinform.scot.

There is also a dedicated line to take all Covid 19 queries on 111

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • in the last 14 days you've been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – see coronavirus advice for travellers and a list of high risk countries on nhs.uk
  • you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. Stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people. Call 111 if you need to speak to someone.

In Scotland call NHS 24 on 111 or your GP if you require a house call.

For region specific information and advice in:

Further information and details of how to self-isolate are available on nhs.uk.

For information on the coronavirus outbreak please go to the NHS Inform page on coronavirus or the information on GOV.UK.

There is also a dedicated Coronavirus Helpline on
0800 028 2816

DO NOT come to the surgery if you think you may have coronavirus.
Call 111 in the first instance or GPsurgery on 0131 225 5220.

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