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Edinburgh University Students and MMR, MenACWY and HPV Vaccinations
The vast majority of university students in Lothian live in Edinburgh and these students are being offered vaccination through the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP). There is not a requirement for students to be registered with a GP as long as they live in Edinburgh. Students are asked to phone 0131 537 7205 Monday to Friday 8am-4pm to make an appointment. MenACWY and MMR vaccinations will be carried out at Sighthill Health Centre, 380 Calder Road, Edinburgh, EH11 4AU and Mountcastle Health Centre, 132 Mountcastle Dr S, Edinburgh EH15 3LL. HPV vaccination is also available.
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 Closures
2nd May 2022
3rd June 2022
19th September 2022
26th December 2022
27th December 2022
2nd January 2023
3rd January 2023
Text Messaging Service
Morningside Medical Practice has 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.
Morningside Medical Practice is now operating a restricted list. If you require to register, this can be done on a Monday - Friday. Unfortunately, we are only able to 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.
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.
GDPR and Data Protection
Morningside Medical 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.
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 provides 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 patient confidentiality extremely seriously and safeguards are in place to protect this, including when data is used for research. Please click here for further information on how NHS Scotland handles your personal information