News

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 closed from 12:30 on the following dates:

Wednesday 5th October
Wednesday 2nd November
Wednesday 7th December

 

 

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World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) runs from August 1st to August 7th.

 

https://worldbreastfeedingweek.org

 

Settling Lung cancer campaign is running from 21st June 2022 for 6 week. For more information please check - www.getcheckedearly.org/lung-cancer

 

 

 

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Covid Vaccine information

COVID-19 vaccine information - Scottish Refugee Council

Covid infections are on the rise in Scotland.  You can help to keep yourself and your community safe by getting vaccinated.

Please see above link for further information and videos.

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Give Cycle Space Campaign

Cycling Scotland’s Give Cycle Space campaign launches today. The campaign, which is supported by Police Scotland, encourages drivers to give space when passing people on bikes and reminds them of the legal consequences of close passing. People can get points on their driving licence and be fined – or receive a criminal conviction for more serious offences.

Travel vaccinations

 

Travel health and travel

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Full transfer from 1 April.

The new model in NHS

Lothian is a hub and spoke

model led by RIDU.

Patients and the public in the first instance should be

referred to

https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/home

Those at risk can then self-refer to the NHS Lothian travel clinic at the Western General Hospital or one of the many private, charity, or NHS travel clinics in

Lothian which can be found here:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/scotlands-servicedirectory/health-and-wellbeingservices?sortdir=Asc&svctype=51

RIDU travel clinic will go live by 01-04-22.

Patients can phone the Travel Clinic, RIDU, WGH on 0131 537 2823 to make an appointment

 

 

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NO CHANGE TO HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS 

Face covering rules will remain in place in Scotland until April 18, announced today.

The Scottish Government confirmed the legal requirement would remain in place for shops, public transport and other selected , before being converted to guidance.

While the legal requirement to wear face masks will drop, guidance will continue to encourage the public to wear face coverings in certain places.

 

Healthcare buildings (including our practice) will still be operating the same process as before. Please wear a face covering when in the building and use the hand sanitiser provided. 

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Click the photo on the left hand side for a further link.

Latest figures show the flu programme is well underway in Midlothian with almost 80% of residents over 70 now vaccinated. This year the vaccine is being delivered by Midlothian HSCP at local clinics, instead of by GP surgeries. This is relieving pressure on GP practices and freeing up GP time.

 

Please don’t contact the GP surgery for information about the flu programme as we won’t be able to help. Those currently eligible are being contacted by NHS Scotland offering either a vaccination appointment or inviting patients to register for vaccination.

In Midlothian, most patients will be invited for appointments at Gorebridge Mass Vaccination Centre or Midlothian Community Hospital.

Please make every effort to attend your appointment. If you need to reschedule, please call the local Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance. You can also call this number if you need help to travel to your appointment.

Additional info if you feel it’s necessary -

If you are currently eligible for both a flu vaccine and a COVID booster, this will be offered at the same time.  Depending on when you had your second dose of coronavirus vaccine, you may need two separate appointments. Eligible patients will have the option to book a COVID booster appointment via an online portal soon, but please don’t worry if this isn’t possible - letters will be issued to anyone in eligible groups who hasn’t booked online.

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Picture - Debbie Marklow - Clinical Vaccination Manager.

  1. 79.5% of Midlothian residents aged 70 and over have had a seasonal flu vaccination. 32% of this group has received a COVID Booster vaccination. The national priority has been to focus on seasonal flu vaccinations and the booster uptake will improve as we invite people to appointment  -  people aren’t eligible for a Booster until six months after their 2nd dose.

 

  1. Housebound patients. This programme started slowly in October. We are reconfiguring the model to reduce demand on the district nurse teams and workforce constraints. There will be a small team of vaccinators who will recommence the housebound programme  from 1st November. There are 1300 people in this group and all will have been offered a vaccination by the end of November.

 

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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

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

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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