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Covid-19 Vaccine – Information for Unpaid Carers

The Scottish Government has confirmed that unpaid carers aged 16 plus will get priority access to the Covid-19 vaccine. National Carer Organisations have produced a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for unpaid carers to explain what we know currently: Covid-19 Vaccine – Carers FAQ

Carers aged 16 to 65 are in priority group 6. The Scottish Government will write to them (via local carers centres etc.) with details of how to book their appointment. Carers aged 65 plus will be prioritised on the basis of their age (priority groups 2 to 5) and will be contacted by the NHS regarding vaccinations.

Carers will be identified in a variety of ways including via local carers centres such as Carers of East Lothian (CoEL). Please do not contact your GP surgery about accessing the Covid-19 vaccine unless they contact you first or you receive a letter from the Scottish Government or the NHS instructing you to do so.

If you are an unpaid carer living in East Lothian, please check CoEL have your up-to-date contact details. You can call us on 0131 665 0135 or email us at to make sure you are registered on our database. You can also complete a self-referral form on our website: Online Referral Form

Further information on unpaid carers and the COVID-19 vaccination is available on the  Scottish Government’s COVID-19 advice for unpaid carers webpage. You can also call the Coronavirus Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 (available 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week).

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There is a new mental health service starting in East Lothian which can be accessed directly by patients. Please see the details below:
Monday to Friday from 9am-4pm
Telephone - 01620 642963
This new service is open to those who are 18 and over who are registered with an East Lothian GP practice and are looking for support with their mental health. The service is staffed by experienced Mental Health Occupational Therapists and Community Mental Health Nurses who will work with patients with symptoms of anxiety, emotional distress, low mood, psychosis, known mental health problems, depression, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
There is no requirement to contact your GP Practice first. Patients can self refer to the service by contacting the team (based at East Lothian Community Hospital) on the telephone number above. Due to the Covid19 crisis, consultations will be telephone based with the option to also use video conferencing.

NHS Lothian are now offering a Minor Injury Assessment by video call in your own home.



This group has been set up by Haddington Community Council to provide anyone with advice, support or just a chat if anyone is struggling at home alone during this difficult time.  They can be contacted on 07592003386 between 10-4pm.




MSK service


Please note that there will be some changes to services which are currently located at Newtonport Surgery.  Some services will be re-located to East Lothian Community Hospital. 

Please see information below.

CTAC service    CTAC patient information leaflet

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.

New patient registrations

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.

H.I.L.D.A website

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.

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.

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.  


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.




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.

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