Winter ‘Flu Vaccination Programme 2021
The way you will get your ‘flu vaccine this year has changed.
People aged 70 or over will now be sent a letter by the national booking system with details of an appointment at a vaccination centre.
From now on, GP practices will not administer the ‘flu jag. Across Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships are taking on this role in line with the GP Contract agreed by BMA Scotland on behalf of Scottish GPs. This change has been agreed to relieve pressure on GP practices. As a result your local practice will not offer any flu vaccinations or handle any booking queries for people in eligible groups.
Instead, the ‘flu vaccine will be delivered by the four Health and Social Care Partnerships in Lothian - East Lothian; Midlothian; Edinburgh and West Lothian.
If you require further information or you need to rearrange your appointment, please contact the helpline on your appointment invitation or the local enquiry line on 0300 790 6296.
Please do not contact your GP.
You can find out more on the websites of the Health and Social Care Partnerships or on NHS Inform. Updated: 23/09/2021
Practice COVID-19 Update - 05-02-2021
COVID Update - We are aware that some patients aged 70-74 years have received an appointment letter for their COVID vaccination at one of the NHS vaccination hubs. This is wonderful news and is a sign that the Health Board has been able to roll out their national vaccination campaign run by a dedicated team of staff whose sole remit is to vaccinate.
We in General Practice continue to set up and run our own COVID vaccination clinics for the over 75s and shielding patients in our surgery around our usual working week, but delivering them at weekends in our spare time. Our aim is to have no vaccine left in fridges, because it has all been given to patients.
These two campaigns are running separately and at the same time, so naturally there will be some younger people, less than 75 years receiving their vaccines on similar dates as those over 75 years.
Here in Armadale Group Practice we only release vaccination appointments the minute we know the vaccine has arrived in our fridges, similar to how we run our flu vaccine campaign. You will appreciate that vaccine supply is outwith our control and we are working as fast as we can to book patients in as soon as we get vaccine. Fingers crossed we get another supply of vaccine this week then when we will start our phoning again.
Practice COVID-19 Update
GP Practices have remained open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Urgent medical problems are still dealt with by GPs, Nurses and other staff. As we move to a phased recovery, most medical services will start to come back on stream but this does not, and cannot mean, a return to normal. Just as the supermarket, the coffee shop and the office is a very different place, so too is the GP surgery.
Much of what you may need to contact the Surgery about can be dealt with without attending there, so people across the country are being asked to phone first. Telephone or video calls can then be arranged and only those who need face-to-face contact are asked to attend to keep you and others safe with as few people as possible in the buildings.
Because it is likely that those attending will have health problems, it is even more important to ensure safety than it is in the supermarket or office so staff will wear PPE and you will be asked to wear a face covering/mask. Contact time will be kept to a minimum for everyone's safety but despite this, each appointment needs to be longer, flow through the buildings will be controlled and waiting rooms will seem very different.
The way appointments are delivered will stay changed for a very long time to come.
We all need to feel safe when we use the NHS and need our NHS to be safe.
Access Your Covid Vaccination Information
You can now access your Covid vaccination information via the NHS Inform website. Please see the link below for more information:
This week sees the launch of the new WESTSPACE site : https://westspace.org.uk/
WESTSPACE is the one stop shop online mental health and wellbeing resource for all adults in West Lothian. It is clear, concise and locally lead. The site is fully accessible and using the recite me tool the viewer can use audio description, change the colour of the screen to support conditions such as dyslexia, print of any page or translate the full site into over 100 languages.
The site contains an easy access service directory, showing your 3rd sector and charity partners in West Lothian and this directory can be filtered by several categories including local area. The service information is regularly updated and contains info such as cost (if any), location, accessibility and waiting times. The site also has a fantastic self-help page with useful guides and resources, worksheets, YouTube videos, apps and suggested podcasts for each area such as help with sleep, anxiety, men's mental health and many more.
If you prefer you can pick a copy up from the practice reception.
New Surgery Door
We now have our electronic door installed that is controlled for entry by Reception. When attending the Surgery, please press the button on the intercom located on the wall outside and speak to our Receptionist. If appropriate, they will open the door electronically.
We also have our Perspex screening up around Reception. Both these measures are designed to keep you and our staff safe.
Face Covering Guidance
Quit Your Way (Stop Smoking)
Quit Your Way Services deliver free stop smoking support at a variety of locations, and are provided by stop smoking specialists. Sessions are very informal and their friendly stop smoking specialists will discuss the products that can help you quit (Nicotine Replacement Therapy or Champix). Their sessions run weekly, are open access and there are daytime and evening sessions.
CALL MIA - Minor Injury Assessment
NHS Lothian are now offering a Minor Injury Assessment by video call in your own home. Their aim is to provide timely assessments, advice or treatment for patients.
No one needs struggle with the death of a loved one alone, Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland is here and ready to help. Their contact details are:
- Helpline: 0845 600 2227
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chronic Disease Reviews
It is important that we continue to provide a level of service that is safe to both our patients and Practice staff as per government guidance. We will continue to monitor our services and update these as advised.
Dr Paul Baughan - The Importance of Care Planning Conversations
Dr Paul Baughan, a GP in Forth Valley and National Clinical Lead with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, has made this short video to explain the importance of care planning conversations for those most vulnerable to coronavirus infection. Watch the video by clicking below:
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect from 25th May 2018. Please click here for our privacy statement.
Patient Text Messaging
We can now offer a text messaging service to remind you of pre-booked appointments. In order to do this, we need your signed consent. Please complete a form at Reception to allow us to fulfil this service.
Patient Clinical Information
Please click here for information on the Lothian Eye Health Network.
Staff Training 2020
The surgery will be closed from 13:00 on the following afternoons for staff training:
- No training days are currently planned.
Public Holidays for 2021/22
The GP practice is closed on all public holidays so please ensure that you have enough medication to last you during these closures. If you require medical attention when the practice is closed please contact NHS24 on 111.
- Monday 3rd May - May Day
- Monday 20th September - Autumn Public Holiday
- Monday 27th December - in lieu of 25 December 2021
- Tuesday 28th December - in lieu of 26 December 2021
- Monday 3rd January - in lieu of 1 January 2022
- Tuesday 4th January - in lieu of 2 January 2022