Clinics and Services

Practice Clinics

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Asthma Clinic

If you have been diagnosed with asthma, you will be regularly sent a letter inviting you for an asthma review. Please make an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses.  Our Practice Nurse also provides an asthma review service for our patients age 20 years and over. Please telephone the practice and state you wish an appointment for an asthma review so that our reception staff can allocate an appropriate time slot.

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Diabetes Clinic

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes and attend the practice for your care, you will be sent an invitation to attend for a review appointment on a regular basis with our Practice Nurses.  Please telephone the practice and state you wish an appointment for a diabetic review so that our reception staff can allocate an appropriate time slot.

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DMARD Clinic and Monitoring

DMARDs (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs) are a group of medicines that are used to ease the symptoms of certain autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). They work by by blocking certain chemicals involved in the inflammation process and therefore reduce the damaging effect of the disease on the joints. DMARDs are also used to treat other conditions – for example, chronic inflammatory skin or bowel disease. However, this page only relates to DMARDs when they are used to treat RA.

What are the side effects of DMARDs?

It is not possible to list all the adverse effects of each DMARD, but, as with all medicines, there are a number of side-effects that have been reported, and some of which are serious. Serious side-effects are rare, but include damage to the liver and blood-producing cells. Therefore, on recommendations with the Lothian hospital specialists, your GP will make sure you are monitored correctly before safely issuing a prescription. We also ask that each patient follows the guidelines, which allow safe prescribing by your GP.

Screening

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Bowel Screening

 

In Scotland, all men and women aged 50–74 are invited for bowel screening. Bowel screening involves taking a simple test at home every two years. Bowel screening has recently been the subject of an advertising campaign across Scotland as part of the Detect Cancer Early programme. Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland. Every year in Scotland, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease. Although bowel cancer is common, it is also highly treatable if detected early. If we find bowel cancer early enough, there’s more than a 90% chance of successful treatment. The sooner it’s caught, the easier it is to treat.

If you require a screening kit, contact the Scottish Bowel Screening Helpline on 08000 121 833, or you can also get information from their website.

 

Pregnancy and Post-Pregnancy Care

BABY CLINIC

Child Health Surveillance

You can contact your named health visitor for advice and guidance on 0131 312 2168 for issues such as:

  • Baby and child growth and development
  • Childhood conditions, allergies and infections
  • Breastfeeding, bottle-feeding and weaning
  • Teething
  • Post-natal depression, and parental mental and physical health
  • Child behaviour issues, such as sleeping, eating, potty-training and tantrums
  • Support with parenting, family health and relationships

Family Planning and Sexual Health