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This page is designed to give you updates from the Practice about holidays, current campaigns running throughout Midlothian and any correspondence we feel may be useful for you to know.

The Practice will be operation an emergencies only service from 12:30pm on the following dates to allow for staff training:
Wednesday 6th October
Wednesday 3rd November
Wednesday 1st December


Christmas and New Year closures are:

Monday 27th December - CLOSED
Tuesday 28th December - CLOSED
Monday 3rd January - CLOSED
Tuesday 4th January - CLOSED

All other dates we are open as normal 08:30am-6:30pm.  

The way you will get your flu vaccine this year has changed.

 

People aged 70 or over will now be sent a letter by the national booking system with details of an appointment at a vaccination centre.

 

From now on, GP practices will not administer the Flu jab. Across Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships are taking on this role in line with the GP Contract agreed by BMA Scotland on behalf of Scottish GPs. This change has been agreed to relieve pressure on GP practices. As a result your local practice will not offer any flu vaccinations or handle any booking queries for people in eligible groups.

 

Instead, the flu vaccine will be delivered by the four Health and Social Care Partnerships in Lothian - East Lothian; Midlothian; Edinburgh and West Lothian.

 

If you require further information or you need to rearrange your appointment, please contact the helpline on your appointment invitation or the local enquiry line on 0300 790 6296.

 

Please do not contact your GP. 

 

You can find out more on the websites of the Health and Social Care Partnerships or on NHS Inform

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Did you know HPV causes 99% of all cervical cancers?
Your smear test now screens for HPV. HPV testing is more effective, that's why if no HPV is found, its safe to wait 5 years between tests.

Around six women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every week in Scotland. Your smear test now screens for HPV which causes 99% of cervical cancers but has no symptoms

Visit NHS inform for more information.

https://www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/screening/cervical/cervical-screening-smear-test 

Did you know that 1 in 2 people who learn they have HPV don't know what it is? We want to see that change, so that fewer people feel confused or worried when they learn that they have HPV. Ready to get the facts with @JoTrust?

https://www.jostrust.org.uk/test

 

 

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Government launches UK-wide antibody surveillance programme

  • UK Health Security Agency to launch UK-wide antibody surveillance programme for the general public for the first time

  • Home antibody tests available for up to 8,000 people a day across the UK who opt in to the service through NHS Test and Trace

  • Data will improve understanding of the protection provided by antibodies generated following COVID-19 infection and vaccination

  • Click on the link below for more information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-launches-uk-wide-antibody-surveillance-programme

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Macmillan – Improving the Cancer Journey Service

Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming and many people don’t know where to go for support.  If you are living in the Lothians and have been affected by cancer, our Improving the Cancer Journey service is here to help you live as well as possible.

 

An appointment with the Improving the Cancer Journey practitioner gives a person the time to discuss their concerns and think about ‘what matters to them’.  The service is here to help people affected by cancer (including family members and carers) access the right support at any point on their cancer journey.  

Here are some of the things we can offer support with:

 

  • Money or housing worries
  • Work
  • Caring responsibilities
  • Physical concerns
  • Emotional Concerns

 

If you would like to find out more about how we can help or to book an appointment, please contact us:

Tel no: 07977307286 / 07929784315

Email: loth.icj@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Lothian are looking to make Covid vaccinations as accessible as possible to all eligible populations. Drop in clinics are now available at all vaccination centres in Lothian for people over 16, no appointment is necessary, and they can deliver both first and second dose (if over 8 weeks). All 3 vaccines will be made available.

 

You do not need to be registered with a GP, more clinics are being added all the time so please keep up to date by using NHS Inform.

 

In Midlothian, there are two Vaccination Centres:

 

Venue

Address

Opening Times

Gorebridge Vaccination Centre

Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge, EH23 4TX

Monday to Sunday

08:00-19:00

Midlothian Community Hospital

Eskbank Road, Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith, EH22 3ND

Monday to Friday

08:30-12:15,

13:00-15:45,

16:30-19:30

Midlothian health activities

 

Click on the link below to find Temporary Ageing Well activities programme during restrictions.

https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/info/521/sport_and_leisure/9/midlothian_health_activities/3

These activites are organised by Midlothian Council and take place at your local Leisure Centres and Community Halls.

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Detect Cancer Early Campaign is set to Launch on 31st May.
For more information - www.getcheckedearly.org

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