Staying healthy, safe and cared for is more important now than ever before. Protecting yourself from flu this winter is one way to do this. And it’s quick, safe and easy.
In Edinburgh this year, if you are eligible for a flu jab, you will receive a letter. The letter will either give you an appointment, or instruct you to make an appointment using an online portal.
Over 50s, pregnant people, unpaid carers and those at risk due to existing health conditions will be offered a flu jab. You may also qualify for a flu jab because of the job that you do.
To check if you are eligible for a flu vaccine, or for more information, go to www.nhsinform.scot/flu.
You may also be eligible for a COVID-19 booster jab this winter. If you are, you may be given both you flu and COVID jabs at the same appointment. However, this will not always be possible, and you may have to attend two separate appointments. To find out more about the COVID boosters, visit NHS Inform
Keeping people safe and healthy is a priority, so before the jab is administered, a nurse will ask some questions to make sure it is safe to administer the vaccine. You will also be asked to sit for a short period after you have had your jab, to make sure that you are not experiencing any side effects.
Please do not go to your appointment if you are feeling unwell with symptoms of coronavirus, have recently tested positive for coronavirus, or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of coronavirus.
If you are unable to attend your appointment, you can rearrange your appointment online, or call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with re-booking.
To find out more about flu jabs for children, visit the NHS Lothian website
Physiotherapy Self Referral System Restarted
The Edinburgh Community Physiotherapy Musculoskeletal Out-Patient Service has restarted their self-referral process, so patients can submit their own self-referral form if they feel they need to seek help with a musculoskeletal issue.
The service is available to those aged 16 years or over, to request ROUTINE out-patients physiotherapy. If you consider your problem to be urgent then you will need to be referred from your GP.
The service should be used to refer yourself for ONE problem only. They are not able to accept self-referrals for multiple, unrelated problems. For that, please speak to your GP.
To access the forms, and more information on the service, use the link, or scan the QR code, below:
It’s not currently possible to email the completed forms back to the service, so you need to be able to print them and post them to the address detailed in the form. If you don’t have access to a printer then you can pick up a copy of the referral form from the Practice reception.
For advice and self-care information that can help muscle and joint problems, visit www.nhsinform.scot.
Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner
Do you have muscle, bone or joint problems?
Mr Sam Lockwood, a GP Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner (APP) now works within our practice.
If you have, or think you have, a musculoskeletal (MSK) problem, he can provide an alternative to seeing a GP.
He will provide expert assessment of MSK conditions i.e. muscle, bone and joint problems such as back, neck, shoulder or knee pain. He 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, he can refer you to specialist services such as physiotherapy for supported rehab, X-Ray or orthopaedics. If needed he 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 him 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.
How can getting out in to nature help me?
There is growing evidence that nature makes us healthier and happier.
Connecting with nature can help you:
• Reduce anxiety.
• Improve cardiovascular health.
• Sleep better.
• Improve concentration.
• Improve vitality and mood.
• Increase your life satisfaction and happiness.
A Patient’s Story
“Woodland walk is a very good activity to do for people with anxiety, depression, work related stress and any other mental health issues.
I was given a leaflet by my doctor to go online, which I did, and I found it very helpful. You can do activities online or you can do various outdoor and local activities walking, group sessions.
I benefited from the woodland walk with people that are in the same or similar situation so you can walk and chat, it takes your mind off every day life and gives your mind time to relax and enjoy the day.
I benefit from it a lot and it does help especially if you’re having a down day as well and I’m really glad I looked at the website.”
Find out more about the health benefits of nature at:
hutton.ac.uk/research/projects/green-health and findingnature.org.uk
As with any trip outdoors, please dress for the weather and be aware of your own safety.
Take your doctor’s advice and work to your ability.
New Members of staff
We are delighted to welcome:
Dr Jemima Attwell who is a General Practice Specialist Trainee and will be working with us for the next year.
Dr Hannah MacDonald is a Second Year Foundation doctor who will be with us for the next four months.
Mr Sam Lockwood who will be joining us as an Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioner.
Miss Katie Greenhill and Miss Holly Enderby have joined us in the Reception Team
Did you know that HPV (or Human Papilloma Virus) causes 99% of all cervical cancers?
Your smear test now screens for HPV.
HPV testing is more effective, that's why if no HPV is found, it's safe to wait 5 years between tests.
Visit NHS inform for more information.