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Influenza 2020

The flu programme for 2020 will be delivered by Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership and all GP Practices in Edinburgh for 2020 will not be performing flu clinics.

Further information about the importance of the influenza vaccination can be obtained by visiting http://www.nhsinform.scot/flu.

We will keep our patients up to date with information on Flu 2020 page, please click here.

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CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19). UPDATED 26 August 2020.

We ask all patients that if you have any concerns and/or symptoms regarding COVID-19 then to please visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus or call NHS24 on 111.

Please note that private COVID-19 tests are not offered by our medical practice.

From 9th April the main practice door will be closed.

We are operating as normal but for the safety of our patients and staff, we are now operating a complete telephone triage system, where the clinician will call you back, and can offer a face to face appointment if clinically needed. It is important that you do not attend the surgery unless advised by a clinician. Please call our receptionist team on 0131 452 8406.

If you are offered a face to face appointment, when you arrive, please press the intercom button. You will then speak with a receptionist who will alert the clinician that you have arrived. We ask that patients wait outside, and the clinician will call you through. As we do not have a sheltered waiting area, we would strongly advise that you do not arrive earlier than your appointment time. We are currently working to open the waiting room in the next few weeks but only when it is safe for our patients and staff. We thank everyone for their patience.

Patients wishing face mask exemption

The Transport for Scotland website states that here is no requirement for GPs to provide exemption letters. Please click here for the link.

If you would like more reassurance by having a card showing face mask exemption, then please click here.

 

Prescriptions

Please order your prescriptions online and nominate a pharmacy that we can send this to rather than coming in to the surgery. We will only issue the normal repeat prescription requests - no additional amounts will be prescribed.

Specimens

To improve infection control, we have changed our policies on patients and their carers handing bodily fluid specimens (urine, faecal, sputum). We ask that all patients and/or carers should speak with a clinician PRIOR to handing a sample. A sample that is handed in without clinician authorisation may be discarded.

Isolation Notes for Work

If you are unable to work for more than seven days because of COVID-19, you can obtain a self isolation note through the NHS online service by clicking here. 

Shielding, further assistance and support

Some patients may have received letters from the Chief Medical Officer indicating that they are at risk of severe illness compared to others if they catch Coronavirus (COVID19) due to an underlying disease or health condition.

These patients are asked to 'shield' which means that they should stay at home at all times and avoid all face-to-face contact for at least twelve weeks, except from carers and healthcare workers who must see them as part of their medical care.

The Scottish Government can help with provisions and additional services, and will send these patients with a letter detailing instructions to text their CHI (patient identifier) to a phone number. Please click here for a copy of that initial letter.

Please note that these services won't be available until the Scottish Government central database is updated which can take several days. The Scottish Government will notify patients when this has been done by a second letter.

In an attempt to protect all patients who are considered to be at highest risk of severe morbidity or mortality from COVID-19, The Scottish Government may have sent some patients a shielding letter, but on reflection, may not be required. If a patient has received a letter to shield, but do not think they need to, then please contact the practice to speak to a doctor to discuss the risks and benefits.

At Morningside Medical Practice, we are performing searches, and calling our patients who we believe should be shielded. However, if a patient has not received a shielding letter, but believe that should be shielded, then we ask if they could contact the practice to speak to a doctor to discuss this further.

As well as shielding, we are also discussing anticipatory care planning to discuss what is most important to the patient and their family. These conversations can be challenging and emotive, but they are very important discussions to allow preparation and support - what would be important if you became very unwell with coronavirus, and how would you like to be cared for, and where? For more information, please click here.

If you have need further assistance or support, we would advise patients to click here for the Ready Scotland website, and if you are over 70 or disabled or require support from the mental health services, or are pregnant, or receive a flu jag, you could call the National Support Line on 0800 111 4000.

Anticipatory Care Planning

As well as shielding, we are also discussing anticipatory care planning to discuss what is most important to the patient and their family. These conversations can be challenging and emotive, but they are very important discussions to allow preparation and support - what would be important if you became very unwell with coronavirus, and how would you like to be cared for, and where? For more information, please click here.

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Public Holiday Closures

Mon 21st Sept 2020

Fri 25th Dec 2020

Mon 28th Dec 2020

Fri 1st Jan 2021

Mon 4th Jan 2021

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Text Messaging Service

Morningside Medical Practice have introduced a text messaging service.  In order for you to receive text messages for appointment reminders, we require to have an up to date mobile telephone number.  If you do not wish to receive a text message, then please inform reception and your record will be updated.

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Exit from European Union

GP practices have received word from The Chief Pharmaceutical Officer for The Scottish Government stating the essential points if the UK exits from the EU without an agreement about the terms of withdrawal:

  • The Scottish Government is working with all other UK Administrations to make sure that patients receive the medicines and other medical supplies they need, as far as is possible, if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
  • Pharmaceutical companies have stockpiled medicines and across the UK the NHS has stockpiled other supplies like medical devices and clinical consumables.
  • Arrangements are also being made to transport into the UK, including by air, items that cannot be stockpiled.
  • Patients, GPs, community pharmacies and hospitals should not stockpile.
  • Shortages may occur, but the NHS will manage the situation and if necessary provide suitable alternatives or other treatment while supply is restored to normal levels.
  • Patients do not need to do anything new.

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Restricted List

Morningside Medical Practice are now operating a restricted list.  If you require to register, this can be done on a Monday - Friday.  Unfortunately we are only able register a limited amount of patients per week until further notice.  The decision was taken so this would allow the doctors to continue providing high quality and safe care to our patients.  Thank you for your continued support and patience.

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Scottish Primary Care Information Resource (SPIRE)

From May 2017, NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government will be improving the way information is used from GP patient records. These changes will help to plan and improve health and care services in Scotland. Please click here for more information, or call NHS Inform on 0800 22 44 88.

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GDPR and Data Protection

The practice complies with Data Protection and Medical Records Legislation. Please click here to find out about our data policy on how we collect your data, how we process it, and who we share the information with.

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