St Bernards Well

Green Practice

Stockbridge Health Centre

1 India Pl, Edinburgh, EH3 6EH

Appointments 260 9226
Enquiries 260 9227

Practice Closed, Wednesday 20th August 12:30 til 6pm. Protected Learning Afternoon. If urgent call 111.



Public Holidays

2014/15

  • Easter - Friday 18th & Monday 21st April 2014
  • May - Monday 5th May 2014
  • September - Monday 16th September 2014
  • Christmas - Thursday 25th & Friday 26th December 2014
  • New Year - Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd January 2015

Newsletter
Summer 2014

Summer Newsletter has now been published, a hard copy is available in practice or can view on line

Summer 2014 Newsletter

COPD Choir
May-14

The Cheyne Gang Choir

Our Practice Nurses Pauline and Sarah started a choir in October 2013 for Green Practice patients who have the debilitating respiratory condition Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Research has shown that singing:

Improves breathing control

  • Improves lung capacity
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Reduces COPD exacerbations
  • Is a stress reliever
  • Help with sleep quality

The Cheyne Gang recently helped raise £1500 for The British Lung Foundation by performing at a charity tea party.

Please help us raise funds to keep The Cheyne Gang singing by buying a book at our stall on the 2 nd floor.

If you have COPD and are interested in joining the choir please make a review appointment with Pauline.

Newsletter
Easter-14

Easter Newsletter has now been published, a hard copy will be available in practice throughtout March/April or can view on line

Easter 2014 Newsletter

Registrar ST1
Feb-14

Dr Kirsten Wooley is joining for her registrar (ST1) for 6 months and will be here until Aug 2014.

Newsletter
Dec-13

Christmas Newsletter has now been published, a hard copy will be available in practice throughtout December or can view on line

Christmas 2013 Newsletter

Weigh Forward Group
Dec-13

Weigh Forward Group

In January we are starting a new group supporting people to make positive changes towards weight loss. The aim is to think more broadly than just calories, focussing on developing a healthier relationship with food and encouraging sustainable lifestyle change.

Meetings will include group discussion led by Dr Sayers, Dr Watson & Nurse Kath Williamson, plus local guest speakers designed to encourage fresh approaches.

When: Thursday evenings

6.30pm – 8pm

Weekly from 23rd Jan - 20th March

Where: Green Practice, Stockbridge HC - Health Education Room (2 nd floor).

Interested? See flyer on Green ReceptionDesk,

Complete the tear off slip and place in box

We will contact you to confirm your place (numbers limited to 16).

Flu Vacc
Sep-13

The flu clinics start the beginning of October to make an appointment for the clinics please phone reception on 260 9226 and ask for a flu injection.

To check what the symptoms of flu are or whether you are eligible for the inoculation, please click on the following link Symptoms and Eligibility of flu jab

Shingles Vacc
Sept-13

Aged 70 or 79 on 1st September 2013?

Shingles can be very painful, but there is a vaccine that can reduce your risk of getting shingles, or reduce the symptoms and pain it cases.

You will shortly be sent a letter from your GP advising you that you are eligible for the vaccinate and to make appointment

Shingles Leaflet

Registrar & Locum's
Aug-13

Dr Georgina Rowan has completed her 12 months training at the practice as a ST3 (3rd year registrar).

Dr Jennifer Lamb is on leave from September, Dr Rowan with be covering her patients throughout the leave.

Dr Alexandra Stephen is joining for her registrar (ST3) for 12 months and will be here until Aug 2014.

Newsletter
Summer 2013

Summer Newsletter has now been published, a hard copy is available in practice or can view on line

Summer 2013 Newsletter

Jul-12
Heat wave
Temperatures may remain higher than average of the weekend at least in parts of Scotland. Advice issued in association with the heat alerts applies to Scotland in terms of appropriate action to ensure avoiding illness or ill effects associated with the excess heat. Some groups are at particular risk from adverse effects especially the young, those with chronic health problems and the elderly especially if confined indoors at home or in care settings.
www.nhsinform.co.uk/summer
www.ageuk.org.uk
www.readyscotland.org

Pharmacy
April 2013

Suffering from a minor illness and want some advice as quickly as possible?

Did you know that you local pharmacist can give advice and treatment on a range of common illness

Find out more

Newsletter
Spring 2013

After an extended break the practice quarterly newsletter is being produced again. The newsletter will cover many different topic including, Public holidays, Staff News, Clinical Issues, Services and hopefully some pictures of staff events.

Spring 2013 Newsletter

Registrar
Feb-13

Dr Garreth Callaghan has completed his 6 months training at the practice as a ST1 (1st year registrar) and has now left the practice for his next post.

I'M VR
Oct-12

Working Health Services Lothian

Are you off work or struggling at work?

Do you live or work in the Lothian region?

Are you self employed or work for a small to medium organization (less than 250 employees)?

Call 0131 537 9579 today for help with your health and work problems.

The “I’m VR” short film was commissioned by Working Health Services Lothian and introduces you to the people behind vocational rehabilitation: from occupational therapists, physiotherapists and counselors to employers, employment rights advisers, GP's and employability professionals .

View the short film by following this link:

http://www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/Services/A-Z/WorkingHealthServices/Pages/default.aspx

 

Flu Vacc
Oct-12

The flu clinics start the beginning of October to make an appointment for the clinics please phone reception on 260 9226 and ask for a flu injection.

To check what the symptoms of flu are or whether you are eligible for the inoculation, please click on the following link Symptoms and Eligibility of flu jab

Physio
Oct-12

Physiotherapy - Self Referral

For advice, information and assessment of muscle and joint problems call on:

0845 604 0001
Monday to Friday 2pm - 8pm
www.nhsinform.co.uk/msk

Registrar
Aug-12

Dr Nora Murray-Cavanagh has completed her 12 months training at the practice as a ST3 (3rd year registrar) and has now left the practice.

Dr Garreth Callaghan is joining for his registrar (ST1) for 6 months and will be here until Feb 2013.

Dr Georgina Rowan is joining for her registrar (ST3) for 12 months and will be here until Aug 2013.

Public Holidays

2012/13

  • Easter - Friday 6th & Monday 9th April 2012
  • May - Monday 7th May 2012
  • June - Tuesday 5th June 2012
  • September - Monday 17th September 2012
  • Christmas - Tuesday 25th & Wednesday 26th December 2012
  • New Year - Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd January 2013

Dr Keane
April -12

Dr Cormac Keane who joined us last year as a Salaried GP is leaving the practice on 30 April 2012 to return down south!

Dr Patrick Gilson who is currently working in the practice one day a week as a Locum will take over from Dr Keane, starting on 2 May 2012 as a Salaried GP.

CARE

Dr Lamb is currently involved in leading a pilot of the CARE approach for NHS Education for Scotland. The focus of this project is to enhance the communication & relationship skills of nurses and doctors towards patients. We are meeting regularly as a group to explore and share our values and approaches towards patients and reflect on a written manual supplied to us by the CARE approach team.

Flu Vacc
Sept-11

The flu clinics start the beginning of October to make an appointment for the clinics please phone reception on 260 9226 and ask for a flu injection.

To check what the symptoms of flu are or whether you are eligible for the inoculation, please click on the following link Symptoms and Eligibility of flu jab

Registrar
Aug-11

Dr Alex Stephen has completed her 6 months training at the practice as a ST1 (1st year registrar) and has now left the practice.

Dr Nora Murray-Cavanagh is joing for her registrar year and will be here until Aug 2012.

Vision
Aug-11

Our current computer software is due to be changed late August. This change is something which ALL NHS Lothian practices are undergoing in the next few years. We are migrating our current system (GPass) to the new software system, Vision (INPS). During the transition period disruption to appointments, prescribing and results service is to be expected, but we will continue to offer a service which we meet the medical need of our patients.

For more information click here

Symptoms
Aug-11

WHY does the receptionist need to ask me what my symptoms are when I call the practice?

For more info click here

Dr Morag Reid
21-06-11

Dr Reid is expecting her 3rd child and will be off on maternity leave from 21-06-11 and will return to the practice in Jan 2012. Dr Suzi MacKenzie with be covering her patients throughout that time

District Nursing
01-06-11

Judy Hamilton (Lead DN) has gone on a 3 month secondment to the New Royal Infirmary and DN Alison Robertson has taken over her duty's within the team until her return in Oct 2011.

A&E
Apr-11

Before attending A&E PHONE YOUR GP 1st - for further details

Dr Keane
01-04-11

Dr Cormac Keane will join the Green Practice initially as a Salaried GP. He will take on the patient list of Dr John McLaren.

We wish Dr Keane all the best in his new post and look forward to working with him

Dr McLaren
31-03-11

It is with regret and sadness that we announce that after many years with the Green Practice:

Dr John McLaren will be retiring from general practice on Thursday 31st March 2011

We wish him a long and happy retirement.

Registrar
Feb 11

Welcome to Dr Alex Stephen who started with the Practice as a GP Registrar on Wednesday 2nd February 2011 for a period of 6 months.

Oct-10

Scottish Backs

Oct-10

Seasonal Flu Clinics

The flu clinics start the beginning of October to make an appointment for the clinics please phone reception on 260 9226 and ask for a flu injection.

To check what the symptoms of flu are or whether you are eligible for the inoculation, please click on the following link Symptoms and Eligibility of flu jab

Registrar
Aug 10

Welcome to Dr Georgina Rowan who started with the Practice as a GP Registrar on Wednesday 4th August 2010 for a period of 6 months.

June-10
Human Papilloma Virus Vaccine
The Practice is currently offering HPV vaccine to teenage girls born on or after 1st Sept 1990 and aged 18 or under who may have missed the vaccination campaign at school.

The HPV vaccine is designed to protect against the two types of HPV that can cause 70% of the cases of cervical cancer. Cervical cancer kills 1000 women every year. It is therefore important that teenage girls get protection early enough to be effective.

HPV is spread by intimate skin to skin contact during sexual activity and although you may not be at risk at the moment, HPV is very common and easily spreads. The vaccine doesn't protect against all types of HPV so cervical screening is still required from aged 20 years onwards.

Three injections are given over a period of six months to get the best protection. The side effects are quite mild - mostly soreness in the arm that soon wears off. Serious side effects are rare.

For further information and advice: www.fightcervicalcancer.org.uk

Please make an appointment (0131 260 9226) for one of our Practice Nurses.
June-10
Police Newsletter
Lothian and Borders Police - a Division, Community and Neighborhood Watch News - June 2010
Apr-10
Immunisation Scotland
Immunisation Scotland is a 'one-stop-shop' site providing, in one place, information about all the current immunisation programmes in Scotland, the vaccines available and the diseases they protect against.
This new resource complements the existing range of printed information materials of leaflets, booklets and posters available on each of the immunisations. As all the information is in one place, this comprehensive site provides information on immunisations for babies, infants, children, teenagers, adults and those in at risk groups.
Immunisation Scotland
Mar-10
Police Newsletter
Lothian and Borders Police - a Division, Community and Neighborhood Watch News - Mar 2010
Mar-10
Dental Care
Access to Urgent Dental Care for Children under 16 if not registered with a dentist
Feb-10
VOCAL newsletter
VOCAL News - Feb 2010
Jan-10
Police Newsletter
Lothian and Borders Police - a Division, Community and Neighborhood Watch News - Jan 2010

Jan-10

Dr Nicol

Dr Nicol will be retiring from The Green Practice at the end of March this year.

Attached is a retirement letter which is also displayed in the practice.

Public Holidays

2010/11

  • Easter - Friday 2nd & Monday 5th April 2010
  • May - Monday 3rd May 2010
  • September - Monday 20th September 2010
  • Christmas - Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th December 2010
  • New Year - Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd January 2011

Jan-10

Swine Flu Vaccinations

The Scottish Government has now announced that all children aged from 6 months to under 5 years will be offered the H1N1 (Swine Flu) vaccine.

Patients of the Green Practice will be invited via letter from NHS Lothian who are organising community clinics within the area.

Please do not phone the practice as we have no knowledge of the dates/times or venue of these clinics. You will receive your letter within the next few weeks from NHS Lothian direct.

23-Nov-09

Swine Flu Vaccinations

The Influenza A (H1A1) vaccination is available in the practice. The Scottish Government has therefore asked us to prioritising who receives the vaccination first:-

If you fall between one of the above categories please call appointments on 0131 260 9226 and ask for the flu line.

Nov-09

Swine Flu Vaccinations

A small supply of the Influenza A (H1A1) vaccination has arrived within the practice. The Scottish Government has therefore asked us to prioritising who receives the vaccination first:-

If you fall between one of the above categories please call appointments on 0131 260 9226 and ask for the flu line.

If you have an "at Risk" category and are over 16 please phone the flu line in December for further information regarding the vaccination program.

Oct-09

Seasonal Flu Clinics

The flu clinics start the beginning of October to make an appointment for the clinics please phone reception on 260 9226 and ask for a flu injection.

To check what the symptoms of flu are or whether you are eligible for the inoculation, please click on the following link Symptoms and Eligibility of flu jab

Sep-09
Police Newsletter
Lothian and Borders Police - a Division, Community and Neighborhood Watch News - Sept 09
Swine Flu update

If you have 'flu like' symptoms (fever, cough, headache, rhinorrhea or vomiting/diarrhoea) - DO NOT visit the HEALTH CENTRE.

Please telephone NHS24 (08454 24 24 24) or the practice (260 9227) for advice.

For up-to-date information please visit the NHS24 website.

Registrar
Aug-09

Welcome to Dr Suzi MacKenzie who started with the Practice as a GP Registrar on Thursday August 2009 for a period of one year.

Jun-09
Police Newsletter
Lothian and Borders Police - a Division, Community and Neighborhood Watch News - June 09
Jun-09
Dentists
You can obtain details of NHS dentists who are currently registering new patients here or by calling 0131 537 8444.
Jun-09
Self Management and Rehabilitation
Do you want to learn more about managing your condition?
www.enablinghealth.scot.nhs.uk
Swine Flu weblinks

NHS Lothian - Swine Flu

NHS24 - Swine Flu

World Health Organisation - Swine Flu

Possible Pandemic Alert
April 09

Could you have Flu?

If you have 'flu like' symptoms (fever, cough, headache, rhinorrhea or vomiting/diarrhoea) and have been traveling in the last 7 days - DO NOT visit the HEALTH CENTRE.

Please telephone the practice (260 9227) and ask for advice from the Doctor.

A Doctor will telephone you back and if necessary visit you at home.

Spring Newsletter
March 09

The Spring practice Newsletter is now on-line Spring Newsletter 2009 and limited copies will be available to pick up at the front desk.

Dr Rodgers
March 2009

Dr Rodgers will be retiring from The Green Practice at the end of March this year and Dr Jo Richards will be taking over from her in June.

Attached is a retirement letter which is also displayed in the practice.

Christmas Cover
Dec 2008

NHS Services placemat entitled "Your Guide to Round-the-Clock Healthcare and Support" has been produced to help direct patients to appropriate healthcare services and support

Festive Closing
Dec 08

CLOSED ON FOLLOWING DATES:

  • THURSDAY 25th DECEMBER
  • FRIDAY 26th DECEMBER
  • SATURDAY 27th DECEMBER
  • SUNDAY 28th DECEMBER

&

  • THURSDAY 1st JANUARY 2009
  • FRIDAY 2nd JANUARY 2009
  • SATURDAY 3rd JANUARY
  • SUNDAY 4th JANUARY 2009
BE PREPARED - DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH MEDICATION OVER THIS PERIOD UNTIL THE PRACTICE RE-OPENS
RE-ORDER IN PLENTY OF TIME TO ENSURE YOU ARE NOT WITHOUT MEDICATION.
BUT:
BE AWARE - THAT IF YOU DO HAPPEN TO RUN OUT OF MEDICATION AT ANY TIME WHEN WE ARE CLOSED: ANY PHARMACY CAN HELP BY PROVIDING YOU WITH A SUPPLY OF YOUR ROUTINE MEDICATION ON PRODUCTION EITHER OF YOUR RE-ORDER SLIP OR YOUR MEDICINE BOX/BOTTLE.

Newsletter
Christmas 2008

The Christmas practice Newsletter is now on-line Christmas Newsletter 2008 and limited copies will be available to pick up at the front desk.

Registrar
Aug 08

Welcome to Dr Jenny Lamb who started with the Practice as a GP Registrar on Wednesday 1 August 2008 for a period of one year.

Health Visiting - drop in clinic
July 08

There is now a drop-in clinic with the Health Visiting Team at Stockbridge Health Center (2nd Floor) on a Thursday from 11 - 1pm for babies up to 6 months of age.
If you have any questions, please come along.


Child and Parent Forum Tuesday 1 - 3pm at Stockbridge Parish Church (St Bernards Center), Saxe Coburg Street.
A place for you and your baby to get to know others, share ideas and discuss relevant issues. There is also the opportunity to weigh your baby.
This forum is staffed by Eyre, Inverleith and Bangholm Loan Medical Practices.

Evening Surgeries
June 08

From Wednesday 25 June 2008 the practice will offer routine late GP appointments. The surgeries will run once per week 6pm to 7.30pm, and is especially for the benefit of patients who cannot get time off work to attend their GP.
The building will be open ONLY for those patients who have booked appointments on the night.
Unfortunately it will not be possible to supply repeat prescriptions, book future appointments or collect any letters etc. The late surgery is for patients who have booked routine appointments.
NHS24: is available for immediate medical attention telephone: 08454 24 24 24.
In a life threatening emergency phone 999.

Newsletter
Spring 2008

The Spring practice Newsletter is now on-line Spring Newsletter 2008 and limited copies will be available to pick up at the front desk.


Patient Satisfaction Survey 2007

Thank you once again to all patients who completed a patient satisfaction questionnaire in 2007. We value your feedback, and it helps us to plan, develop and improve our service.
The entire practice team recently met to discuss this year’s results. We were delighted to find that satisfaction levels for all aspects of our service remain high and we thank you for the many positive comments received.
We discussed the degree to which we had achieved last year’s action plan, and identified new actions for the coming year, based on the feedback we received. The following link is a short summary of our plan for this year, Patient satisfaction survey 2007

Dr Hayley Tait
Feb 08

Dr Tait left the practice on Friday the 22nd of February 2008 after her extended registrar period.

We wish her well on her future career.

Public Holidays
08/09
  • Easter - Friday 21st & Monday 24th March 2008
  • May- Monday 5th May 2008
  • September - Monday 15th September 2008
  • Christmas - Thursday 25th & Friday 26th December 2008
  • New Year - Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd January 2009

BMA Newsletter

Jan 08

The NHS is undergoing some significant and worrying changes which demonstrate a lack of value placed on the quality of General Practice. The government appears to be determined to move from traditional GP partnerships to one where the private sector would play a much greater part in the future structure and running of general practice. What is at risk is not simply a practice funding increase but the personal, list-based system of general practice that is so valued by the vast majority of our patients. GPs must respond to this threat by remaining united and by engaging with patients and MPs locally and highlighting the threats facing traditional general practice and the wider NHS.

To assist with this, the General Practitioners Committee has prepared a patient newsletter for practices to display to encourage patients to support their GP practices. BMA Newsletter Jan 08

Information about health in Polish

Sept 07

A new web site has been created by NHS Education for Scotland. This web site is about Information about services in Scotland in Polish

Flu clinics
Sept 2007

The flu clinics start the end of September to make an appointment for the clinics please phone reception on 260 9226 and ask for a flu injection.

To check what the symptoms of flu are or whether you are eligible for the inoculation, please click on the following link Symptoms and Eligibility of flu jab

Change in Practice
Aug 07

Change in Partnership

From 1 August 2007 Dr Morag Reid will join the Green Practice as a Partner. Dr Reid has worked in the Practice as a GP Retainer since 2003.

From 1 August 2007 Dr Janet Sayers will take over from Dr Reid as the GP Retainer within the Practice

Introducing three new NHS Scotland web sites for patients, carers and the public.

Jul 07

A family of new websites has been developed by NHS Education for Scotland in partnership with NHS 24. The aim of these websites is to empower patients, carers and the public to take more charge of their own health and wellbeing and support patient- professional communication.

  • Health Information+
    Health information+ is a one-stop-shop for quality assured general health information for patients, their families and carers, and interested members of the public. This information includes:
    • Patient leaflets, medicines information, and support groups
    • Information about benefits, health and social services
    • Learning resources to build confidence in managing your health
    • Treatment guidelines, evidence and research for those who want more in-depth information
  • Diabetes Information+
    Diabetes Information+ is a gateway to quality information sources relating to diabetes including: NHS Scotland, Diabetes UK, Insulin Dependent Diabetes Trust and others.
  • Stroke Information+
    Stroke Information+ is for stroke survivors, their carers and families, and interested members of the public. Resources include evaluated stroke patient leaflets, information about medicines, stroke support groups and other relevant information.
Public Holidays
06/07
  • Easter - Friday 14th to Monday 17th April 2006
  • May- Monday 1st May 2006
  • September - Monday 18th September 2006
  • Christmas - Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th December 2006
  • New Year - Monday 1st & Tuesday 2nd January 2007

Prescription Order Service

Jan 07

From Thursday 1st February 2007 the telephone order line will NOT operate in the mornings but will still be available from 2.00-3.00pm. However this will also cease from Thursday 1st March 2007. (last orders taken by telephone Wednesday 28th February 2007).

Further information
Oct 2006
Flu clinics
To make appointments for the clinic please phone reception on 260 9226 and ask for a flu injection. Please click on the following link to find out the dates of the flu clinics. Flu dates
To check what the symptoms of flu are or whether you are eligible for the inoculation, please click on the following link Symptoms and Eligibility of flu jab

Pneumococcal

Sept 2006

Pneumococcal Vaccine
From September 2006, pneumococcal vaccine is being introduced into routine childhood immunisation programme at two, four and thirteen months of age to protect children from pneumococcal infection. This means that there is a large group of children under the age of two that will be unprotected against pneumococcal. A catch-up programme has been placed insitu to protect these children. Please contact the practice on 260 9226 to make an appointment or to get further details.

What is pneumococcal infection?
Pneumococcal infection can cause pneumonia, septicaemia (blood poisoning) and meningitis. Children under two years of age are particularly at risk from this infection. The UK's routine immunisation programme now offers protection against this infection. Because your child is under two, he or she is being offered this vaccine. Children over one will only need one dose and children under one will be offered two doses.

Further information

Healthy Hearts Day
7th June 06
Coinciding with British Heart Week, Lothian Healthy Hearts Day is aimed at people in Lothian who are living with heart illness.

Lothian Healthy Hearts Day
Wednesday, 7 June 2006
Between 3.00pm and 7.00pm
Royal Commonwealth Pool, Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh

Those coming along on the day will have the opportunity to take part in a number of free educational and activity taster sessions (Flyer 1 and Flyer 2), get health improvement advice and find out about the services and support that are available in Lothian. There will also be a free prize draw with the winner receiving a year's free access to Edinburgh Leisure facilities across Lothian
Avain Flu
April 06
We have received the following helpful information from Scottish General Practitioners Committee:-
 
Following confirmation that a swan found dead in Fife has tested positive for the H5N1 strain of avian flu, NHS Board Directors of Public Health have been fully briefed on the management of the situation. Information and advice can be found by check the information which has been posted on the Health Protection Scotland web site www.hps.scot.nhs.uk or Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs web site www.defra.gov.uk

In addition, a NHS24 Helpline (08454 24 24 24
) has been set up from 3pm Thursday to advise anxious patients. This service is not restricted to Fife and will be available to members of the public throughout Scotland.
Forget me not cafe
Jan 06
If you have a memory problem bring your family, friends or carer along to the Forget-me-not Cafe, have a cup of tea/coffee and meet others in the same position as you. This is a very informal meeting place, but information will be available if you want to, and professionals will be on hand if you have any questions for them.
The Cafe will be open every Wednesday from 10am until 12noon.

It is situated in the Granton Community Hut, Granton Crescent

Further details :-
Carole Deans 0131 552 8647
Geraldine Howard 0131 336 4495
Carers Upskilling Programme
Jan 06
  • Do you have 10 hours a week to spare?Are you interested in a free 30-week course for carers?
  • If you can answer yes to these questions then we have the course for you!
For more information come along to one of our open days.
Tuesday 14th February 06 from 12.00pm to 3.00pm
Thursday 16th February 06 from 5.00pm to 7.00pm
At our office
North West Carers Centre
36 Muirhouse Crescent
Edinburgh
0131 315 3130
Parking
Dec 05
On response to the concerns from patient of the lack of parking available around the Health Centre area the GPs wrote a letter to the City of Edinburgh Council. The letter proposed introducing additional parking bays in India Place. The Councils Traffic Control Manager has initiated a Variation Order to get metered bays introduced but this can take up to 9 months to pass all stages of the process.
Flu Vaccinations
Sept 05
The Influenza vaccination has arrived into the practice. If you are eligible to have this please call the appointment line on 260 9226 to arrange an suitable time.
To check what the symptoms of flu are or whether you are eligible for the inoculation, please click on the following link Symptoms and Eligibility of flu jab
Complementary Healthcare
Sept 05
Recently the Executive available to NHS Boards copies of a booklet produced by the Prince of Wales' Foundation for Integrated Health, Complementary Healthcare - A Guide for Patients. An electronic version is available at www.fihealth.org.uk
Lift update
Sept 05
The lift is back up and running. Thanks for you patience and understanding throughout the time the lift was out of action.
Jul-05
Lift Update
We had expected the lift to be up and running the week beginning the 18th but unfortunately we have been contacted by NHS Lothian to explain why this is not happening.
Unfortunately whilst working on replacing the lift a further complication has arisen resulting in the completion of the new lift being delayed for several more weeks.
We offer our sincere apologies for this unfortunate set of circumstances but please be assured we are doing everything in our power to get the work carried out as quickly as possible.
Please do not hesitate to contact your practice if you have any problems attending your doctor or nurse appointments above the ground floor.
June-05
Lift Update
Work has started on production of the new lift and we hope that it will be installed by the 16th of July. Please ensure when booking appointments over this period you alert the receptionist to the fact that you cannot manage the stairs. If you feel that with help you can manage the stairs use the intercom system at the foot of the stairs so you can alert the practice that you require help. Mothers with young children in prams could leave these under the stairs – at their own risk. If at all possible please avoid bringing a pram, perhaps using a carrier.
June-05
Public Holiday
Monday 4th July 2005 is a Public Holiday for GP surgeries. Therefore the Health Centre will be closed for 3 days: from 6pm on Friday 1st July through, Saturday 2nd July, Sunday 3rd July and Monday 4th July.
The Out of Hours Service will be extremely busy over the this weekend as the “ Make Poverty History” demonstration is planned for the 2nd July which may involve an additional 200,000 people arriving in Edinburgh. Therefore we ask that you telephone for medical advice only if you think that your condition cannot wait until your surgery reopens on Tuesday 5th July.
Your first point of contact for our service is by telephoning NHS24: 08454 24 24 24
When you contact NHS24 it is essential that you listen to the whole message. Urgent problems are put straight through to a Nurse Advisor who will give you advice or arrange for you to see one of our GP’s or Nurses. If your problem is less urgent it is likely that during times of peak call volume the call handler at NHS24 will arrange for a Nurse Advisor to return your call.
PLEASE order and collect your repeat prescriptions before the surgery closes for the July holiday weekend.
It is also advisable that you stock up on over the counter medication such as paracetamol, ibuprofen, cough / cold remedies and treatment for hay fever. Your local Pharmacist or Health Visitor will advise you if you are unsure of what to buy, particularly if you have young children.
May-05
Lift broken
Unfortunately after inspection it now appears that the lift cannot be repaired but must be replaced. This work will obviously take a few weeks. Alternative arrangements are being sought to accommodate patients who cannot manage the stairs. Please ensure when booking an appointment over the next few weeks you alert the receptionist to the fact that you cannot manage the stairs. If you feel that with help you can manage the stairs an intercom system is being put in place at the foot of the stairs so you can alert the practice that you require help, until this is installed please ask for help from someone who is passing. Mothers with young children in prams could leave these under the stairs – at their own risk. If at all possible please a void bringing a pram, perhaps using a carrier.
Mar-05
GPAQ
A General Practice Assessment Questionnaire (GPAQ) was carried out within the practice at the end of last year. The feedback was collated and is displayed on the following document.
Mar-05
Co-Proxamol
This widely used prescription-only mediation contains paracetamol and dextropropoxyphene. When taken in the correct dose it is safe, though some reports suggest that it is no more effective in relieving pain than paracetamol on its own. However, if it is taken in excess of the recommended dose, particularly when taken with alcohol, it can be very toxic and result in breathing problems and sedation which can be fatal. It is one of the drugs most commonly used by patients who commit suicide by self-poisoning, and there are also deaths from accidental overdose each year. For this reason it has been decided that co-proxamol is to be withdrawn from use over the next year. It must be emphasised that if you are presently taking this drug in the correct dose it is quite safe and there is no need for any immediate action, but you should discuss alternative painkillers with your GP at some stage over the next year.
Dec-04
Mumps Vaccines
The Chief Medical Officer has advised that GPs should offer MMR vaccination to young people who have not previously received two doses of mumps containing vaccine. It is considered particularly important for those aged 17-20 years attending school, university or further education. To make an appointment for the vaccine call 0131 260 9226, to enquire if you have had two courses of mumps vaccine call 0131 260 9227. Further information can be found on www.immunisation.nhs.uk
Oct-04
Flu Vaccines
The practice has managed to obtain a limited supply of Flu vaccine. There has been a clinic set up for this on the 1st of November, to make an appointment please phone 260 9226 and ask for a flu clinic appointment.
Sept-04
Flu Vaccines
As you may have herd on the news there is a problem with the main supplier of the flu vaccine Chiron. This is the company that we where expecting our supply from. Due to this we have no vaccine until November. So if you are eligible for a vaccine can you please phone the practice (260 9226) after the 1st week in November.
Sept-04
NHS 24
From September 1st 2004 our Out-of-hours(Needs) service will be answered by NHS24. If your require urgent medical attention please telephone 08454 24 24 24. For patients who have a hearing difficulty, speech difficulty or patients with a text telephone call 18001 08454 24 24 24.
Out-of-hours covered are Monday to Friday 6pm to 8am and from 6pm on Friday to Monday 8am.
Sept-04
Flu clinics
To make appointments for the clinic please phone reception on 260 9226 and ask for a flu injection. Please click on the following link to find out the dates of the flu clinics. Flu dates
To check what the symptoms of flu are or whether you are eligible for the inoculation, please click on the following link Symptoms and Eligibility of flu jab
Aug-04
Childhood Immunisation Programme
The Department of Health has announced changes to the childhood immunisation programme for further information please click on the link Child Imms
Aug-04
GP Registrar
Goodbye:
Dr Sarah Houston - Green Practice Registrar, from August 2003 to August 2004, completed her year and has now moved on.

Welcome:
Dr Nicola Smithson will start her year as Green Practice Registrar on Wednesday 4th August 2004. Dr Smithson joins us from MacKenzie Medical Centre where she successfully completed her registrar training.
Dr Smithson will be working half a week at the practice and the other half at the Family Planning Clinic.
Aug-04
Peak Flow Meters
New Peak-expiratory Flow Meters (PMFs) will be available as of September 2004 and the traditional Peak Flow Meters are being phased out from then.
The new PFMs are based on absolute flow so a more accurate reading will be obtained. For any more information concerning this please contact the Practice Nurse (0131 260 9227) or your local pharmacist.
Jun-04
Result phone in Times
The practice has recently conducted a questionnaire and after reviewing the results the practice has extended the phone in time:-
  • 8:30 to 12:30
  • 2pm to 5pm
It would be preferable not to phone at 8:30 or 2pm as these are busy times and you might be waiting longer on the phone.
May-04
Practice closure
Due to the success of the Protected Learning Time the practice will be closed in the afternoon of the last Wednesday of each month for staff training. For how to contact the GP during this time please click on the following link .Protected Learning Dates
Feb-04
Saturday Closures
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PATIENTS

CHANGE TO SATURDAY MORNING OPENING HOURS FROM 1 APRIL 2004

From the 1 April 2004, Saturday morning cover will be provided by the North Edinburgh Emergency Doctors Service (NEEDS). If you have a medical emergency on a Saturday morning and you need to see a Doctor urgently, please telephone: 0131 537 2700.

The practice will not be open to collect repeat prescriptions. Please ask at reception for details of alternative collection methods.
Feb-04
Dementia Café
Edinburgh’s first Dementia Café opened within the Youth Café at 6 Victoria Terrace on the 29th of Jan.

It is open on the last Thursday of every month from 1.00-3.00pm for people with dementia to meet in a comfortable environment to get mutual support, information on the illness and socialise with others. Carers and professionals are also welcome. The café will also provide invited speakers to discuss topics such as nutrition; welfare rights and tips to support memory functioning. For further information contact: Katrina Balmer Dementia Care Co-ordinator on 0131 668 2688.
Dec-03
Nurse Trainer
Pauline Waugh our Lead Practice Nurse is one of nine Practice Nurses across Scotland who has completed a course to become a qualified Practice Nurse Trainer.
Her first trainee is Miriam O’Rawe. She is currently employed as a Staff Nurse in Intensive Care at the Royal Infirmary for 6 years. She would like to move into the primary care setting.
Miriam will sit in with Pauline one day per week whilst she sees patients, learning initially by observation. Your help in allowing her to listen and learn is much appreciated – you will always be asked if this is acceptable to you.
This process is likely to take 6-12 months as the trainee will continue to work in their hospital post during their primary care training.
Nov-03
GP Retainer
Our former GP registrar Dr Morag Reid, is returning to the practice as from November as a GP Retainer, she will be working 4 sessions per week.
Oct-03
Practice closure
The practice will be closed one afternoon a month for staff training. For how to contact the GP during this time and to find out the dates please click on the following link .Protected Learning Dates
Aug-03
Flu clinics
To make appointments for the clinic please phone reception on 260 9226 and ask for a flu injection. Please click on the following link to find out the dates of the flu clinics. Flu dates
To check what the symptoms of flu are or whether you are eligible for the inoculation, please click on the following link Symptoms and Eligibility of flu jab
Aug-03
GP Registrar
Goodbye:

Dr Morag Reid - Green Practice Registrar, from August 2002 to August 2003, completed her year by passing her MRCGP examination with 'distinction'. Congratulations and good luck in your chosen career. Dr Reid can still be seen in the practice over the next few months, she will be covering various locum sessions in the practice.

Welcome:

Dr Sarah Houston will start her year as Green Practice Registrar on Wednesday 6 August 2003. Dr Houston joins us from Northern Ireland where she worked in hospital as a Senior House Officer.
Jul-03
Royal Mail Postal Services
Royal Mail Postal Services

We have been experiencing erratic mail deliveries over the past few months, with post being delivered only once daily and times varying from 11am to midday (or indeed not at all).

As our mail in the past was always delivered twice, once before 8am and again at 1pm. I telephoned the local sorting office today to enquire why our service was so bad. Their reply was that due to recent changes in the system this was just they way it would be for some customers. The change had benefited some but not others. There was nothing Royal Mail can do about this.

Please note therefore if you are sending postal requests for repeat medication, or indeed any other service, allow several days for its return.

Please see our web site for Internet ordering if this would serve you better:
May-03
HIB   Catch-Up Campaign
Haemophilus Influenzae type b (HIB) Vaccination Catch-Up Campaign

Since 1998, enhanced surveillance of Hib disease by the Scottish Centre for Infection and Environmental Health and the Public Health Laboratory Service has identified a gradual increase in cases, mostly in children under 4 years of age. While the number of Hib disease cases (23 cases in Scotland, 2002, provisional data) is much lower than the levels of disease seen before the introduction of Hib vaccine (around 60-80 in Scotland every year), the rise is still a concern.
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has advised that while the immunisation programme against Hib has been highly successful, further enhancement of immunity appears necessary. All children aged under four years are therefore offered an extra dose of Hib vaccine.
The Green Practice plans to hold Saturday morning clinics starting in June 2003, please phone 260 9226 to make an appointment if your child is eligible for this vaccine (all children born between 2 April 1999 and 3 April 2003).
The children will be invited to the clinics/make an appointment with the Practice Nurse or Health Visitor by age, starting with the youngest:
  • Children aged between 6months to 1 year Children aged between 13 months and 24 months Children aged between 25 months and 36 months
  • Children aged between 37 months and 48 months
If you cannot make a Saturday morning clinic, simply phone 260 9226 and ask for a 10 minute appointment with the practice nurse or 260 9206 for Lesley Horn and rearrange an appointment for a mutually convenient time.
Hib information leaflets and facts sheets are available at the practice and will be sent out with the letter invitation. For further information concerning HIB Vaccinations www.immunisation.nhs.uk/ is a Department of Health web site about child immunisations.
Feb-03
Lothian University Hospital Trust
The LUHT provides a comprehensive range of first class acute adult and paediatric care to the people of Lothian and beyond. Their hospitals are situated across the entire City of Edinburgh. For further information concerning Lothian University Hospital Trust please click on the link.
Jan-03
Building Changes
Over the next few weeks Lothian Primary Care Trust are undertaking works at the front of the building.
This work involves moving the front door entrance to the Health Centre to its original position (the doors with the blinds to the left of the door) Removing the blinds from this door and giving them the automatic mechanism will allow everyone to see the letter box! A new inner door will be put in place to help reduce drafts.
The current entrance (the stone floor pram park area) will become an administrative office for the Mental Health Team (CPNs).
Jan-03
Thiomersal

The Scottish Executive's advice regarding the latest media alert on DTP and Influenza vaccines containing Thiomersal is that it is factually wrong. The compound ethyl mercury is present in extremely small quantities in the DTP vaccine currently recommended for babies in the UK immunisation schedule. This vaccine is used because it provides children with reliable protection against diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough. UK experts have advised us that preparations containing thiomersal offer better protection against whooping cough than preparations not containing thiomersal. We have taken that advice.
Research has shown that giving vaccines containing thiomersal has a short term effect on blood levels of mercury which do not present significant health risks, as ethyl mercury is quickly expelled through the bowel by natural processes. All evidence points to there being no link between thiomersal in vaccines and toxicity or poisoning in babies, children or adults. This is the considered view of the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety (GACVS), a scientific advisory body established by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to provide a reliable and independent scientific assessment of vaccine safety issues.
Parents who want to protect their baby with DTP vaccine, and those at risk who wish the protection of flu vaccination, are entitled to know about recognised side effects, key ingredients in the vaccine, and the reasons for their inclusion. Our clear priority is to provide children (and adults) with the most effective protection against life-threatening diseases. We are setting known consequences of infectious threats against theories of possible damage that, as indicated above, are not supported by evidence. Thiomersal has been extensively used in the last 60 years without any major adverse effects being noted.

Dec-02
Traveling Overseas
'Know Before You Go' campaign by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office: This site contains a wealth of useful information and tips for travelers, including regularly updated travel advice notices for every country in the world. Research shows that a large percentage of these travelers fail to take out adequate travel insurance or make necessary preparations before going overseas.www.fco.gov.uk/knowbeforeyougo
Note:- You should still check with the practice for your current vaccination status at least a month before traveling.
Oct-02
Medication withdrawal
As from the 7th of October Efamast and Epogam will not be licensed medication. For further information click here
Sept-02
Flu clinics
To make appointments for the clinic please phone reception on 260 9226 and ask for a flu injection.
To check what the symptoms of flu are or whether you are eligible for the inoculation, please click on the following link Symptoms and Eligibility of flu jab
Jun-02
Prescription Pre-Payment Certificates
If you have to pay for your prescriptions and need prescribed medicines on a regular basis you can save money by buying a Prescription Pre-Payment Certificates
May-02
Multiple Sclerosis - New Drug therapy
The Government have announced that patients diagnosed with MS, who meet appropriate eligibility criteria can now receive drug treatment (Beta Interferon or Glatiramer Acetate) under the MS risk sharing scheme .Multiple Sclerosis
Please make a appointment to discuss this with your GP.
May-02
MMR
Publication of a expert group report on MMR can be found at www.scotland.gov.uk or alternatively if you require more information about the MMR vaccine please phone the Health Visitors:
Lesley 260 9206
Catherine 260 9207
April-02
Personal Care
A campaign has been launched to tell the public more about Free Personal Care please click on the link to learn more.Free Personal Care
Jan-02
Menc
All 20 to 24 year old patients are now entitled to the meningococcal vaccine (menc). Please make a 10 minute appointment with the practice nurse to receive this. The phone number for appointments is 260 9226.
If you require more information about the menc vaccine please come down and collect a leaflet from the Health Centre or click on the Meningococcal vaccine link
Jan-02
New PSB
DT (diphtheria and tetanus) has now become DTaP with the introduction of pertussis to the pre-school booster which is given to all children over 4 years. For further information there are leaflets in the practice or you can contact the Health visitors (Catherine 260 9207 or Lesley 260 9206) or click on the Pre-school booster link

 

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