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Welcome to Blackhall Medical Centre

With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.

FLU VACCINATION SHORTAGE FOR OVER 75 YRS

DUE TO A NATIONAL SHORTAGE OF THE FLU VACCINATIONS FOR THE OVER 75'S PRACTICES ARE RECEIVING A LIMITED SUPPLY EACH MONTH.

FLU CLINICS

If you are aged 65 or over on 1st September 2018 or are under 65 and fall into any of the 'at risk' catagories below then you are entitled to a flu vaccination -

Diabetic, Coronary Heart Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Chronic Liver Disease, COPD, Asthma (which requires steroid medication), Chronic Neurological condtions, Stroke/TIA, if you are immunocompimised (have no spleen, are on chemo/radiotherapy, HIV, or are on any medication which affects your immune system) Pregnant woman and Carers.

CHILDRENS FLUS -AGE 2YRS-5YRS AND NOT YET IN SCHOOL

Flu vaccinations for children age 2-5 years on 1st September 2018 who are not yet at school will be done by appointment in clinics with the practice nurse. Please telephone to make appointment for your childs nasal flu vaccine.

SHINGLES VACCINATIONS

If you were aged 70 or 76 yrs on the 1st September 2018 then you are eligible for a vaccination to protect you against shingles. This is a one off vaccination so if you have already had the vaccine you do not require it again. If you fall into the eligible criteria and would like the vaccination please telephone the reception (option 1 for appointments) to make a 10 minute appointment with the practice nurse. If you are aged 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 77, 78 or 79 on 1st September 2018 and have not yet had a shingles vaccination you are still eligible. If you would like to have the vaccination please telephone the reception (as above) to make an appointment with the practice nurse.

Private Prescriptions

The GP partners at Blackhall Medical Centre reserve the right to suggest that any prescription that is recommended by a private practitioner may have to be issued as a private prescription. The usual scenario for this  is either that the particular medicine is not on the approved NHS Lothian Formulary or a medicine is being prescribed for a condition that it is not licensed for according  to the British National Formulary.

Each prescription requested from a private practitioner will need to be discussed with all the GPs on a case by case basis and this decision may take up to 5 working days.

If a prescription is required urgently it will need to be sought from the private practitioner who recommended it.

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

From Friday 25th May 2018 new data protection guidelines will be in place. If you would like more information regarding this please see our practice leaflet on GDPR below or click on the Data Protection link at the bottom of the page for our update privacy statement.

Blackhall Medical Centre - GDPR Leaflet

HEALTH VISITOR AND DISTRICT NURSES HAVE MOVED

On Tuesday 12th December 2017 our health visitor, Sheila Garrity, and our district nurses are all moved to their new base at the Pennywell All Care Centre. They will still continue to provide their services to our patients as normal and we will continue to have a close working relationship with them. Please see the new contact telephone numbers below -

DISTRICT NURSES - 0131 286 5044

HEALTH VISITOR - 0131 286 5022

Public Holidays

The surgery will be closed on the following public holidays-

Tuesday 25th December 2018 - Christmas Day

Wednesday 26th December 2018- Boxing Day

Tuesday 1st January 2019- New Years Day

Wednesday 2nd January 2019 - Public Holiday

Friday 19th April 2019 - Good Friday

Monday 22nd April 2019 - Easter Monday

Monday 6th May 2019 - May Day

Monday 16th September 2019 - Autumn Public Holiday

If you require URGENT medical advice during these times please contact NHS 24 on 111

 

PROTECTED LEARNING AFTERNOONS/STAFF TRAINING

The surgery will be closed on the following afternoons for staff training-

Wednesday 7th November 2018 1pm-6pm

If you require URGENT medical advice during these times please contact NHS 24 on 111.

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