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The Scottish Government requires General Practice and other healthcare settings to have different infection control and physical distancing guidance to other places such as hospitality and shops.
This is to help reduce the risk to practice staff and to people attending the practice who may be at greater risk if they catch Covid 19.
From 19 July 2021 (when we go to Level 0) the following rules still apply in General Practice:
 wearing of face coverings by patients and the public (unless you are exempt)
 physical distancing of 2 metres in waiting rooms
 contact your practice by telephone in the first instance
 wearing of PPE by staff
 screening of all patients for Covid 19 symptoms
Please support your local practice team by complying with this guidance.

 

Measure will provide confirmation of vaccination when required for foreign travel.

A service that allows people travelling abroad to access their record of vaccination status themselves has launched.

A vaccination status letter can be downloaded from the NHS Inform patient portal or -  for those not online - requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline.

Only those planning to travel to a country or territory where a record of vaccination status is needed as an entry requirement you will be able access your Covid-19 Vaccine Status online, by logging on to www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status.

People who have lost or forgotten their username or password will be able to create new ones by selecting 'forgot username' or 'forgot password' options. A Freephone Covid Status Helpline will allow people to get the record posted to them.

It can be contacted on 0808 196 8565.

 If you are intending to travel abroad you should:

 

Face Mask Exemption Guidance

According to gov.uk medical exemption for wearing face masks applicable when :
• Where a person cannot put on, wear, or remove a face covering because of a physical or mental illness or impairment or disability (within the meaning of section 6 of the Equality Act 2010), or without severe distress
• Where a person is providing a lip-reading service to a person they are travelling with

Common conditions include

Severe respiratory condition
Severe mental health condition
Autism
Dementia
Learning disability

If you feel you fit the above criteria and require such a medical exemption letter you must
Submit a request to the practice at least 4 weeks before travel in writing with an explanation of what you feel is the medical condition that fits the above criteria – this can be emailed to bmc@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Pay a fee of £30 prior to submitting the request - collect the letter in person.

Please note that sadly due to relocating Dr Wilson will be leaving the Practice on the 18th July
If you are registered with Dr Wilson you will be automatically transferred to one of our other GP Partners.
We will also have two new GPs joining us in July, more information to follow. 

PHOTOS

 

If you have been requested to send a photo by email please send them in to BMC@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk 

Please note that by sending your photos in confirms your consent to add these to your medical file.

Please note you will receive a automated confirmation that  we have received your email - please do not send any other requests via this service

Photos are emailed at your own risk from a non secure account.

 


*CORONAVIRUS/COVID–19 INFORMATION

IF YOU ARE SIGNIFICANTLY UNWELL WITH SYMPTOMS OF

NEW FEVER, COUGH OR CHANGE OF TASTE/SMELL

YOU NEED TO SEEK ASSESSMENT VIA THE LOCAL COVID ASSESSMENT CENTRE BY

CALLING 111


Should you have any of these new symptoms and be looking to confirm if they are COVID-19 then you can find information regarding testing at this link 

If you have general questions about this outbreak or are seeking advice for your employer you should refer to the information available on

 

 

WE ARE STILL HERE TO DISCUSS AND ASSESS ANY WORRYING SYMPTOMS OR CONCERNS YOU HAVE AT THIS TIME AND IT IS IMPORTANT YOU ARRANGE A REVIEW IF SOMETHING IS WORRYING YOU

We have adopted a 'phone first' approach which means that ALL patients will be spoken to by a member of the medical team before being offered a further review.

This means your problem may be dealt with by phone, video or in person at the practice.

Should our healthcare team feel your problem would be best reviewed by video call then we will give you a set appointment to use this link via Google Chrome/Safari

https://nhsattend.vc/70535

Please see the 'Appointments' section for more information on the ways we are adapting our services.

(Site updated 22/09/2021)

Contact Details

Blackhall Medical Centre

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0131 332 7696
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0131 311 7166
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