Welcome to the Grange Medical Group, a Training and Teaching Practice
RIGHT CARE RIGHT PLACE
Scottish Government Campaign: Right Care Right Place – Urgent Care
If you think you need A&E, but it's not life-threatening, you can call NHS 24 on 111, day or night. Or you can still contact your GP practice during the day. More info at NHSinform.scot/right-care #RightCareRightPlace
If you need urgent care, but it’s not life-threatening, you should call NHS 24 on 111 before going to A&E. Help us keep you and the NHS safe. If it’s an emergency, you should still call 999 or go straight to A&E. More info at NHSinform.scot/right-care #RightCareRightPlace
Think carefully before going to A&E. If your condition isn’t life-threatening, you should call NHS 24 on 111, day or night, to access the right care. Or contact your GP practice during the day. If it’s an emergency, you should still call 999 or go straight to A&E. More info at NHSinform.scot/right-care #RightCareRightPlace
If you need urgent care, but it’s not life-threatening, you can call NHS 24 on 111, day or night. Or you can contact your GP practice during opening hours. If it’s an emergency, you should still call 999 or go straight to A&E. More info at NHSinform.scot/right-care #RightCareRightPlace
GPs are OPEN
How are GP Practices working?
*GP practices are open*
Since the pandemic, health services must operate differently to protect everyone. It’s important to maintain safe infection control and minimise unnecessary physical contact where possible. This means there are now more ways for you to access care.
What has changed?
All appointments are being triaged. This helps keep you safe and makes sure that those who need to be seen in person are prioritised. We will see everyone in person who needs to be seen.
What is triage?
This is an assessment to decide, with your agreement, whether it is best for you to be:
- Seen in person, or
- Given advice over the phone or via video consultation, or
• Helped by another healthcare provider such as a community pharmacist, physiotherapist, dentist or optician.
Why do receptionists ask questions?
GP reception staff are a vital part of the health care team and are there to triage enquires.
You don’t have to tell them anything that makes you uncomfortable, however they can help you get the most appropriate appointment as quickly as possible. All the information they handle is treated confidentially.
I wanted to see my GP, so why am I seeing someone else?
Many GP practice teams include, or are supported by, nurses, advanced nurse practitioners (who can diagnose and treat health conditions), occupational therapists, pharmacists, physiotherapists and link workers.
By using the skills of each healthcare professional we can ensure you are assessed as quickly as possible by the right person.
What about emergencies?
Always dial 999 in a life-threatening emergency.
If you need help with minor injuries or urgent care when your GP practice is closed dial NHS 24 on 111.
Where else can I get help?
Visit www.nhsinform.scot for advice on common symptoms and a list of local services or speak to your pharmacist first for advice on minor illnesses.
- for minor injuries
- for urgent mental health advice and guidance
- if you’re too ill to wait for your GP or dentist to open.
Please be patient
Our health services are under enormous pressure, but we are open and here if needed. Please work together with us to make sure you get the right care, in the right place, at the right time by the appropriate health professional for your needs.
PUBLIC HOLIDAY PRACTICE CLOSURES
Please note the practice will be closed on:
**MONDAY 19 SEPTEMBER**
If you require non-urgent care call '111'. In the case of a life threatening emergency call '999'.
PLEASE PLAN AHEAD AND ENSURE YOU HAVE ENOUGH MEDICATION WELL IN ADVANCE OF THIS PERIOD
CLICK HERE FOR LOCAL PHARMACY OPENING TIMES ON 19 September 2022
Unfortunately we are unable to do a number of private blood tests for services which do not have an agreed shared care protocol. This is in the interests of patient safety. Please do not be offended if your tests are refused.
Flu Vaccination Programme
Winter vaccinations 2022
The Scottish Government has announced that people aged 65 and over will be first in line for their winter vaccinations.
Texts, emails or letters with appointment times are being issued to those aged 65 and over in Lothian and will arrive no later than 13 September.
Appointments for all other priority groups will be made available as the programme progresses – people in those groups should wait until they are contacted or called forward.
If you’re not sure if your eligible for the flu vaccination and/or the COVID-19 winter booster, you can check this via NHS Inform. You can also contact the National Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 for assistance.
More information on the winter vaccination programme can be found at NHS Inform and on NHS Lothian’s website (click here for link).
If you are housebound, your jabs will be given to you by the housebound team, and they will be in touch to arrange this. Unfortunately the practice is unable to arrange this for you.
Register for Online Prescription Ordering
Our new online ordering is available to patients over 16 years. You can:
- Order active repeat prescriptions,
- Order other medication/expired repeats (acutes), and
- View status of request and messages from practice
Complete a form to register for this service and bring it into the practice along with photo ID. You will be contacted when we have updated your details with the link and details you need to place your prescription order.
Please allow 48 hours between ordering and collection.
OPENING HOURS - CORONAVIRUS
From 24 March 2020, the practice will be closed everyday between 1 - 2pm. The practice opens at 8am and closes at 6pm.
We also offer evening appointments once a week (usually Tuesday) for patients who need to discuss results with a GP outwith normal working hours.
If you urgently need to speak to a GP between 1 - 2pm Mon - Fri, please call - 07541 323 703.
ROYAL HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Children’s Emergency Department at RHCYP
The Emergency Department is located in BioQuarter 2. Please do not attempt access from the main hospital entrance. This information and a map is also available on the RHCYP website: Departments & Services | Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (nhslothian.scot)
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 held in Scotland. You are not required to opt out as your data is already safe.
We take patients confidentially extremely seriously and safeguards are in place to protect this, including when data is used for research.
Further information on how NHS Scotland handles your personal information is on the NHS Inform website:
Stop the spread of Covid-19 in Edinburgh
From 18 April, testing in Scotland is changing. You will no longer need to test if you are well and do not have any coronavirus symptoms. You can read more about what is changing and when in the Scottish Government's test and protect transition plan (http://gov.scot/publications/test-protect-transition-plan/).
Our community testing centres will close from Friday 15 April and the mobile units will close at the end of April.
Community test centres
Community testing centres are walk-in centres for people with no symptoms - you do not need to make an appointment. These offer lateral flow tests which take around 15 minutes and we send results in around 45 minutes. You can collect home testing kits from these centres:
- McDonald Road Library until Thursday 14 April (closed Sundays), 9am to 6pm. Library services will still be available.
- Wester Hailes Library, from Monday 4 April to Thursday 14 April (closed Sundays), 9am to 6pm. Closed Thursday 7 and Friday 8 April. Library services will still be available.
Mobile test units
Mobile testing units are run by the Scottish Ambulance Service and offer PCR tests. You will be sent your result in 24 to 72 hours. These units are for people with symptoms and people without symptoms. Until the end of April if you have symptoms or have been identified as a close contact you must book a PCR test online (https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test) or call National Testing Centre on 119 before coming along.
- Edinburgh University, Buccleuch Place (outside Gordon Aikman Lecture Theatre) until Sunday 30 April, 10am to 4pm
- Craigmillar Medical Centre, 106 Niddrie Mains Road until Friday 29 April, 10am to 4pm (Monday to Fridays)
- South East Locality Office car park, 40 Captain’s Road until Sunday 30 April, 10am to 4pm
- Blackhall Mosque, 1 House O'Hill Road from Monday 28 May until Thursday 28 April (Monday to Thursdays), 10am to 12.30pm
You can find out more about the changes to community testing at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting (Or click this link)
Thank you for your continued support in reaching communities with information on Covid testing in Edinburgh.