Clinics We Offer
We now offer annual diabetes screening for patients who have had high blood sugar readings in the past, as well as patients who have had Gestational Diabetes (temporary diabetes during pregnancy). Some patients will go on to develop Type 2 Diabetes, and it’s best to pick this up early to reduce the risk of problems later on.
A simple blood test is all that is required. We aim to call people in every year to offer this test. If you think you should have this, but haven’t heard from us, please let us know.
You can book a blood test by calling reception on 0131 657 5444. When calling, please mention ‘Diabetes Screening’. The results will be available a week after the test.
How do I measure my Blood glucose?
Have a look at this youtube video which shows you how!
- We offer a 20 minute appointment with our practice nurse at your convenience. This covers your current symptoms and medications, inhaler technique, and recommendations for future treatment.
- Provided during normal surgeries. If you require a repeat prescription of the contraceptive pill, you can make an appointment with the Practice Nurse. Specialist services are also available at Chalmers Sexual Health Centre 2 Chalmers Street, Edinburgh EH3 9ES Tel: 0131 536-1070.
- Contraceptive Implant Clinic: Appointments available with Dr Thomson and Dr Lewis. Please explain to reception when booking your appointment.
C-Card Direct Point
A C-Card allows you to have quick and easy access to free condoms. We don’t need any personal details, you just need to come along to the surgery and ask at reception. A trained member of staff can issue you with a c-card and can give up to 4 boxes of condoms and/or 6 packets of lubricant each time you visit.
If you already have a c-card please bring this along with you. There are various different types of condoms we have to offer, visit http://www.ccard.org.uk/ or come into the practice for more information.
You don't have to be a patient of Baronscourt Surgery to be given a bag of condoms.
Do you have muscle, bone or joint pain?
A GP Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner (APP) now works within your practice. If you have, or think you have, a musculoskeletal (MSK) problem they provide an alternative to seeing a GP.
They provide expert assessment of MSK conditions i.e. muscle, bone and joint problems such as back, neck, shoulder or knee pain. They can provide you with a clinical diagnosis, give you advice on how to manage the problem and suggest appropriate exercise for you to work on independently.
With your agreement and when appropriate, they can refer you to specialist services such as physiotherapy for supported rehab, X-Ray or orthopaedics. If needed they can liaise with your GP to arrange medication or discuss any non- MSK symptoms which might have been found.
You can request an appointment with the GP APP; you may also be directed to them by reception staff who have had training to help them guide you to GP APP. Your GP may also ask you to see the GP APP for an expert MSK opinion.
- Appointments are available with our practice nurse at your convenience.
- Available here together with our Midwife who is available on a Tuesday afternoon by appointment only.
- The Practice Nurse sees patients by appointment and provides health information and advice including chronic disease management.
- The Treatment Room Nurse sees patients by appointment and provides health information and advice including wound management, injections and ear syringing.
- The Phlebotomist can provide blood tests and blood pressure checks.
- The District nurse offers nursing care at home assessing treatment needs as required. Contact details are on the front of this leaflet.
- The Health Visiting team offers support to young families, and health advice. Contact details are on the front of this leaflet.
Hep C Screening
We are contacting some patients to offer them a blood test for Hep C.
Hepatitis C is caused by a virus that mainly affects the liver. If left untreated, it can cause serious and permanent damage to the liver. It often does not have any symptoms meaning it is possible to have the infection without knowing it. However, with treatment it is usually possible to cure the infection.
Some patients may be at higher risk of this infection. Certain medical conditions, having had a blood transfusion before 1992 and being born outside of the UK are some of the factors that can make it more likely to have come into contact with this virus.
If you would like to be tested for the virus, please make a routine blood test appointment and mention “Hep C Screening”. The result is usually available a week after the blood test is taken. Please phone reception to check the result.
More information is available at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/Hepatitis-C/
Well Baby - Health Visitors
- Baby Immunisation & Development Clinics: Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment.
- Walk-in clinic on the first Thursday of every month from 13:30 – 14:30. Please contact the Health Visiting team on, 0131 467 7007 for more information.