**Flu 2020**

Updated 1 November 2020. 

Below are the designated walk and drive thru sites for our patients but it should be noted that you can access any walk and drive thru site (preferably in the timeslots shown below).

More information is available on www.nhsinform.scot/flu or by calling 0800 22 44 88.

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. We would recommend that patients attend the drive thru and walk thru sites throughout the city. Please go to www.nhsinform.scot/flu to be presented with a series of questions which will lead you to the information; or call NHS Inform phoneline on 0800 22 44 88 if you need assistance. We have summarised the sites and dates, and further information below.

Letters are now being issued by The Health Board, please read the content carefully as we are unable to offer any further information than what is in the letter.

Some Pharmacies will be offering the flu vaccine, see below.


The Walk Thru/Cycle Thru The Site for Morningside Medical Practice has changed and is now Tollcross Health Centre Ponton Street Edinburgh EH3 9QQ on the below dates between 0900-1730 (see table below). Please check before attending that the clinic you wish to visit is still running as clinics can change at very short notice.

  • Sunday 15th November
  • Saturday 21st November

Tollcross Health Centre

For further information please follow this link https://www.nhsinform.scot/scotlands-service-directory/health-and-wellbeing-services/13443%201flu2020


The Drive Thru Site for Morningside Medical Practice for our patients aged 65+ is at Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Glenlockhart Road, Edinburgh EH14 1DJ. While these have taken place you can still attend on a Saturday or Sunday, see below for dates and time slots.  Please check before attending that the clinic you wish to visit is still running as clinics can change at very short notice.

Craiglockhart Travel 

Dates available

  • Saturday 14 November
  • Sunday 15 November
  • Saturday 21 November
  • Sunday 22 November


First letter of surname

9 - 10am

A – B

10 - 11am

C - D

11am - 12noon

E - H

12noon - 1pm

I – L

1 - 2.30pm

M – N

2.30 - 3.30pm

0 – R

3.30 - 4.30pm

S – U

4.30 - 5.30pm

V - Z


Housebound patients will be contacted by a practice staff member to arrange an on the day visit once we have been notified by the vaccination team of the dates they will be visiting.  The vaccination team will give us at least 5 days notice of when this will be.  Please note if you live with someone who is housebound, and are also eligible for the flu vaccine, you will also be offered the flu vaccine by the community vaccination team.  

We will keep our patients up to date with information on this page.

Your questions answered

Who should get a flu vaccine

Am I eligible for a free flu vaccine?

These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:

  • all primary school children
  • children aged 2 to 5 (children aged 2 on 1 September 2020 and not yet in school)
  • anyone aged 55 and over (from December)
  • anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
  • those living with people who were shielding during lockdown
  • pregnant women
  • healthcare workers
  • unpaid and young carers
  • social care workers who provide direct personal care

Where can I get a flu vaccine if I’m not eligible for a free one?

You can pay for a flu vaccination at many community pharmacies.

Why should I get a flu vaccine?

With COVID-19 around it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine.

Flu is serious. Getting the vaccine will protect you, others and the NHS.

Getting your flu vaccine

The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak and the need to keep physical distancing means it is not possible for GP practices to give flu vaccines to everyone that should get one.

In Edinburgh, we will set up hubs around the city to give flu vaccines to all eligible people over the coming months. Doing this will allow us to vaccinate as many people as possible, while making sure we can maintain physical distancing and hygiene standards.

If you attend a GP appointment in person during the Flu vaccine season, you may be given a flu vaccine while you are in the practice, but you will not be able to make an appointment just to receive a flu vaccine.

What do I do if I’m over 65, aged 18-64 and in a clinical risk group, pregnant, a carer or living with someone who was shielding during lockdown?

You should attend a drive through clinic to receive your flu vaccine. Read on to find all the information you need to know.

If you cannot attend the drive through clinic, you have the option of receiving your flu vaccine at a local pharmacy. Go to nhsinform.scot/flu to find a pharmacy where you can get a free flu vaccine.

What do I do if I’m 55-64?

If you are aged 55-64, and are not in any of the above categories, you will get a vaccine in a later phase of the programme, which will likely be an extension to the above drive/walk/cycle thru services in December/January.. We will update this information as soon as all the details are confirmed. The 50-54 year old cohort may be added to the flu campaign, and again we will update this information as soon as details are confirmed.

What do I do if I have a child at primary school?

Most primary school age children will receive the flu vaccine at school. For more information visit NHS Inform

What do I do if I have a child who is 2, 3, 4, or 5?

Children aged 2-5 will get their flu vaccines at special hubs around the city delivered by Children's Services (School Nursing). Parents/carers will receive letters from Children's Services team with appointment times and venues soon, hoping to start in early October 2020.

What if I have any questions?

You can find more information about the flu vaccine process in Scotland at nhsinform.scot/flu. You can also call 0800 22 44 88.

Drive through site information

Napier University – Craiglockhart Campus


Napier University, Craiglockhart Campus, Glenlockhart Road, Edinburgh, EH14 1DJ

Associated practices

Grange Medical Group, 1 Beaufort Road, Edinburgh, EH9 1AG

Morningside Medical Practice, 2 Morningside Place, Edinburgh, EH10 5ER

Bruntsfield Medical Practice, 11 Forbes Road, Edinburgh, EH10 4EY

Who should use this site?

•           anyone aged 65 and over

•           anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups

•           those living with people shielding

•           pregnant women

•           unpaid and young carers.

When should I attend?

To help with queuing and traffic flow, we have allocated timeslots by surname.

Please come at the time next to the first letter of your surname. If there is more than one person in the car, come at the time allocated by the surname of the driver.



First letter of surname

9 - 10am

A – B

10 - 11am

C - D

11am - 12noon

E - H

12noon - 1pm

I – L

1 - 2.30pm

M – N

2.30 - 3.30pm

0 – R

3.30 - 4.30pm

S – U

4.30 - 5.30pm

V - Z



What should I do when I arrive?

·            arrive on time - please don’t come early

·            please come at the time set aside for the first initial of your surname. If more than one person in the car is getting a flu vaccine, come at the time for the driver’s surname

·            wear short sleeves if possible

·            have your sleeve rolled up by the time you get to the front of the queue

·            all eligible people from your household should come in the same car if possible

·            follow the signs

·            before you receive your flu vaccine, you will be asked some questions to check it’s safe for you to get the vaccine

·            please let us know if you’ve had a reaction to a vaccination in the past

·            turn off your engine if you think you might be sitting in the car for a while

·            you may have to wait in a queue, please be patient

·           after you have received your flu vaccine, please park in the spaces set aside and wait for 15 minutes before driving off. This is to make sure you don’t have an early reaction and that you’re safe to drive off afterwards

What else do I need to know?

·            you do not need to come to the first date available to you – there will be enough vaccines on any date you attend. To help with traffic flow, please think about coming on a later date in the programme if you can

·            if you feel unwell or have a temperature, do not come to the drive through site. Wait until you are well and attend at a later date

·            there are no toilet facilities available

·            the team giving the vaccinations are trained professionals who will be wearing protective clothing and equipment to protect both you and them

·            the systems we’ve put in place will get people vaccinated as safely and quickly as possible

·            if you feel unwell after receiving your flu vaccine, please let one of the team know as soon as possible

What pharmacists are offering the flu vaccine?





Lorimer Pharmacy – 153 Morningside Road

Colinton Pharmacy – 4A Bridge Road

Colinton Mains Pharmacy – 84 Colinton Mains Drive

Polwarth Pharmacy – 10 Polwarth Gardens

Craiglockhart Pharmacy – 2 Craighlockhart Road North

Dears Pharmacy – 7 Oxgangs Broadway

Boots – Cameron Toll

Boots – Princes Street

Boots – Shandwick Place

Boots – Newington Road

Boots – 6 St Patrick Street

Lindsay & Gilmour – 18-20 Comiston Road

Lloyds Pharmacy – 129 Bruntsfield Place

Paton & Finlay – 177 Bruntsfield Place

Omnicare Pharmacy – 2 Home Street

Well Pharmacy – 55A Mayfield Road

Lorimer Pharmacy – 153 Morningside Road


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