We now have a limited supply of nasal flu vaccine. If your child is aged between 2 and 5yrs and not yet started school, please contact the practice to make an appointment for vaccination on 01620 823 183. Children must be aged 2 on 1/9/19 to be eligible. Please note that vaccine supplies are still limited and clinics will be on fixed days / times. Please let the practice know if you do not wish your child to be vaccinated and we can make a note of this on their records.
If you are over 65 years of age or under 65 years of age and in one of the risk categories for flu vaccination, please contact reception to make an appointment for vaccination. If you are unsure if you are eligible, please check with reception on 01620 823 183. Please let the practice know if you do not wish to be vaccinated and we can make a note of this in your records for this year.
CHANGES TO GP APPOINTMENTS OVER THE FESTIVE PERIOD & DETAILS OF THE OPENING TIMES.
The practice will be closed on Wednesday 25th December 19, Thursday 26th December 19, Wednesday 1st January 20 and Thursday 2nd January 20.
We will be open as normal on the Monday, Tuesday & Fridays of both of these weeks. If you require urgent medical attention when the practice is closed you can contact NHS24 on 111.The appointments system for the Doctors change over the festive period. We do not operate a pre-booked appointment system from Friday 20th December 19 to Tuesday 7th January 20 inclusive. Appointments for the doctors can be booked on the day by contacting reception on 01620 823 183.
Appointments for all other members of the Primary Health Care Team remain bookable in advance.
Prescriptions can be ordered online at any time but please allow 2 working days for your request to be processed as usual. Please try and ensure that you have enough medication to last you over the festive period.
Signposting information sheet
We often hear in the news that the demands on General Practice are increasing and lots of practices across the country are struggling. We are not quite that bad yet in Haddington but we do need to make some changes to try and manage the increasing demand we are facing.
We want to continue to offer the best service we can and along with lots of practices have been looking at something called Signposting as one way to help.
There are lots of services that patients can access directly without seeing the GP or Nurse. Pharmacists can assess and treat many simple problems. Opticians and Dentists are the experts in their fields and can see patients as emergencies and refer to the hospital if required.
The hope is that by making the most of these services we can save some GP/Nurse appointments and make these available to those with more serious or complicated health problems.
We have created a sheet highlighting some of the options which are available and will attach this HERE. There are also paper versions in the surgery and a video on the waiting room TV. Just as a side note the waiting room TV videos are on youtube if you saw something and wanted to read more.
Its not that we don't want to see our patients but we need to focus our efforts on the patients who really need us and make the most of the other services that are out there.
With all the new houses in East Lothian the 3 practices in Newton port surgery are working with the health board to develop our services to cope with an increase of up to 3000 new patients over the next few years. The Newton Port building houses 3 separate GP surgeries (Tyne, Orchard, and Lammermuir medical practices). From next week there will be a notice at reception directing new patients to register with a preferred surgery each week. This will change on a weekly rotation to ensure the three practices all grow in size at about the same rate. New patients are of course entitled to register with any of the 3 practices at any time if they wish.
New website from the East Lothian Health and Social care website which aims to provide information on local services and practical adaptations to help people remain independent at home. Lots of info on appliances that are available such as stair lifts, key safes, Telecare alarms and much more. www.eastlothian.gov.uk/HILDA
New TV in the waiting room
You may have noticed we now have a TV in the main waiting room. This is to show information about the practice, general health information, and highlight local NHS services. It is presently being expanded and will be used to show more information over the coming weeks. If you saw something that caught your eye the slideshow is available on youtube at the following link. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeGaVGby4vsRSNwlWThGT2g
Notice for diabetic patients
If you use Lucozade to treat hypos it is important to note from April 2017 the amount of glucose in bottles of Lucozade will reduce. Click here for further information
Local services and self referrals
We have added a new page about local services and self referrals. A number of services in East Lothian are open to patients referring themselves directly without the need to see a GP.
Patient Access Report- - See Further Information section for full details.
BOWEL SCREENING PROGRAMME
Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in Scotland after lung and breast cancer. Every year, almost 4,000 people are diagnosed with the disease.
The Scottish Bowel Screening Programme will invite all men and women in Scotland between the ages of 50 to 74 for screening every two years. The programme has been rolled out across Scotland and is now available in all NHS Boards.
FURTHER INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE
FEES FOR NON - NHS SERVICES
The practice has updated the list of fees to include the most frequently requested items. The new fees are applicable from January 2018. Full details can be found under the Clinics & Services section.