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Vaccine Passports

Important info on vaccine passports

Please do not contact your GP Practice to ask for a Covid vaccination passport or status certificate – they will not be able to provide any standard document. International certification standards have not yet been agreed.

The Scottish Government is working to support the re-opening of international travel once it is safe to do so. We are working with the other UK Nations and with the World Health Organisation to agree on potential future COVID certification requirements for international travel.

As part of this, a technical solution is being developed that could allow people to access their Covid vaccination status directly

Understanding Coronavirus Self Isolation and Support

As we continue further into and hopefully towards the closing of the Covid-19 Pandemic, The NHS have compiled a very useful video that outlines what to do if you contract the virus from self isolation to ongoing support. The video can be found below along with links to multilingual versions.

NEW- Covid 19 Vaccinations

Covid-19 Vaccination Patient Roll-out.

(Updated 22/1/21)

We are delighted to have started our COVID19 Vaccination Clinics.
GPs have been asked to provide vaccines for those aged 80 and over, moving on to those aged 75 – 79 and then those who are shielding. This will take us up to mid-February to complete, subject to supply.
You can find out more about the priority groups by clicking here.
All other groups will be offered appointments via Health Board run services by letter.
The delivery of the vaccine is in small batches and we are not certain when these will arrive. As soon as we have supplies of vaccine our team will contact you to arrange an appointment.
There is no need for you to contact the practice as we will be in touch with those eligible.  If you have any questions about the COVID Vaccine, please visit NHS Inform by clicking here, or call the national helpline 0800 030 8013 which is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.’

Digital Drop In

MYPAS Digital Drop-in

(Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service)

The Digital Drop-In will run 5 days per week, Monday to Friday between 3:30 and 5:30pm , starting from the 11th Jan 2021.

It is available for young people aged 12-21 in Midlothian and East Lothian. To speak online to a worker you can go to the website and click on the “Chat” button. You can visit the site by using the link below:

Seasonal Opening Hours 20/21

Festive Opening Hours 20/21

Like every year, the practice will be OPEN over the Christmas Period except for the Scottish national bank holidays.

eConsult will be available for self care advice over the Christmas period from Friday 24th December at noon  until midnight on the Monday 4th January. During that time, If you have an urgent medical problem that cannot wait until Monday 4th January then you can phone the practice.

Wishing every one the best possible Christmas, Newbattle Medical Practice

Pre-School Flu Vaccines

Pre-School Flu Vaccines

If your child is aged two to five years old and has not yet started school then you should book and appointment with the Childhood Immunisation Team. You can do so by telephoning 07766 922 751.

You can phone between 0am and 12 noon from the 16th September to the 27th November.

We are sorry but appointments cannot be booked at the practice.

 

2020/2021 Flu Update

Flu Vaccinations: 

NHS Scotland has compiled a very helpful video about the Flu Vaccine which outlines general information about the vaccination and much more. For non English speakers multiple versions can be found below:

Flu vaccines are now available at Newbattle Medical Practice

Availability Update:

The walk in flu clinic is now only available on Wednesdays between 2 – 5pm.  Out with these times they will have to phone to book an appointment with a practice nurse. You can can reach the practice to book one on 0131 663 1051.

Latest Coronavirus Patient Info

Patients please note:
Please do not attend your GP surgery if you have any reason to suspect you may have been in contact with corona virus, or you have any cold or flu-like symptoms.

Important Links:

For the most recent and up to date information please see:

>> NHS Inform Website 
>> Stay At Home Guidance 
>> Protecting The Vulnerable 

IMPORTANT UPDATE AS AT 21/04/2021

Please do not contact your GP Practice to ask for a Covid vaccination passport or status certificate – they will not be able to provide any standard document. International certification standards have not yet been agreed.

The Scottish Government is working to support the re-opening of international travel once it is safe to do so. We are working with the other UK Nations and with the World Health Organisation to agree on potential future COVID certification requirements for international travel.

As part of this, a technical solution is being developed that could allow people to access their Covid vaccination status directly

LATEST UPDATE AS AT 17/03/2020

To all our patients, We need your help. Please share this info if you can.

Similar to what the supermarkets are saying, we have capacity to help everyone who needs us most, but only if everybody uses our service wisely. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is placing unprecedented strain on the practice.

We are receiving several hundred more queries per day than normal in addition to managing with own staff absence. The answer to most of the queries we are getting can be found online and do not need medical advice. Please do not ask for sick notes. The government is urging employers and employees to have a flexible and common-sense approach to medical certification at this time. This will also help to reduce the pressure on GP services. Please, if you have a general enquiry about coronavirus, or need advice about whether you need to isolate your self or your family, please check the Government website or nhsinform for advice rather than contact us.

Only contact us if you are significantly worried about the symptoms you are suffering, mainly only if you are having difficulty breathing.

The main websites to use are:
https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-households-with-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

We are working flat out to attend to all of those that do need our help.

Many thanks for your help and support throughout this difficult time.

Our eConsult Service: Two Months On . . .

Some 2 months after we set up our new eConsult Service, we take a look at how it has been working for our patients and the practice as a whole.

Following feedback from patients regarding access issues to the telephone triage system we launched our new eConsult service. This allows people to request an administrative task or a GP review by the end of the next working day. Demand for the service has been high but we have managed to meet the target of answering all queries within the allotted time.

We are currently dealing with 60-100 requests per day with over 90% of patients satisfied with the service. It is likely that as the service gains more popularity we will need to dedicate more GP and administrative time towards supporting it.  We find it has been particularly helpful for our working population who can find it difficult to wait on the phone in the morning.

If you were unaware of the service or would simply like more information on it please visit our eConsult page here>>

  
Very satisfiedSaved time waiting in the queue to request a call back and with my ongoing health issues I always feel bad taking up an appointment that could be used by someone who has an urgent need for the doctor this service allowed me to put in a request for the doctor to call when he had a free minute
Fairly satisfiedBecause j dicng actually managed to speak to GP
Very satisfiedAs I was able to get an appointment at a time where I could make it
Very satisfiedI think it's great that it's a very fast service you're not sitting for 30 minutes on iPhone waiting for a phone call to be answered and then the email you back and everything is technology nowadays and and if you do need to see you then the phone and you book an appointment there and then I just think it's amazing
Very satisfiedI got to speak with the go I requested
Fairly satisfiedI used this for myself and it was fine, however I have also used for my daughter and it wasn't great. I never got the email return confirming a prescription was provided or any aftercare. It took for me to call to be told and the person I spoke to was a tad rude about it. It wasn't my fault the email wasn't there and I understand your busy, but maybe a phone call back would have avoided this.
I also need to point out on a separate note that there was a call made on an emergency appointment for my daughter and it took over 3 hours to call me back. I had been to A&E with her and was home by the time it took you to call back.
Very satisfiedI put my request in the morning and got my sick note that afternoon
Fairly satisfiedI wasn't dissatisfied but I ended up having to call nhs24 in the evening because I felt worse and was going to have to do sit two more days for a call back
Very satisfiedbecause it is quicker
Very satisfiedEfficient service.
Fairly satisfiedIt is fine depending on the nature of the problem
Very satisfiedEverything was easy to understand.quick and easy to fill out request form.and In the comfort of your own home.
Very satisfiedThe system works fine if it helps to keep the waiting times down
Very satisfiedCalled backed and got further prescription
Fairly satisfiedI was able to write my query in the the first paragraph but was forced to answer a lot of irrelevant questions in order to submit the e form . I had to tick a box when sometimes the question wasn't applicable. If I left it blank I couldn't move on. Also there was something else I wanted to say in the first paragraph but had to delete is as I had used up my 500 characters.
Very satisfiedIt's easier than calling and waiting in a phone queue
Very satisfiedPlease see the previous answer extremely satisfied.
Very satisfiedConvenient when working
Very satisfiedSuch a quick & easy way to contact the GP at a time of your choosing. Really quick response from the surgery. Staff who call back are so helpful at the surgery. For me, it took the anxiety out of contacting the surgery initially by telephone. Brilliant service!
Very satisfiedTrying to phone early morning to make an appointment to see a doctor is like a lottery, very little chance of getting an appointment. The eConsult service was quick and easy and call back was fairly quick. Very satisfied with this service.
Fairly satisfiedThe service I needed was difficult to find on line. The line doesn't have administrative help clearly visible .
Fairly dissatisfieddissatisfied as I never received a call back regarding my 5 year old son which led me to have to call the doctors surgery directly the following day
Very satisfiedIt was frustrating to start with as I picked the wrong option a number of times so more clarity on the start options would be good. Once started it worked great the DR called me back about a prescription that had a manufacturer production delay.
Very satisfiedVery easy
Very satisfiedA great alternative to waiting for a phone call to be answered, especially at busy times.
Very satisfiedQuick and easy to use. Perfect to fit around work

New Phone System Info

The Newbattle Medical Group Phone System

At the start of October the practice introduced a new phone system which makes patients aware as to where they are in the queue. This will to allow you to decide whether you wish to hold on or call back later when the lines may be quieter.

There are no other changes from the phone system we previously operated. This was made as the previous telephone system allowed only 4 calls to queue at any time and cut off any others waiting, meaning that patients constantly had to redial in order to book an appointment.  The waiting period to be answered was no different if anything it may have been longer as we are now able to see the number of patients waiting in the queue and increase the number of receptionists answering the calls to enable patient’s calls to be answered quicker.

Currently the practice answers an average 4 calls every minute at peak times, therefore if you were number 36 in the queue it would take approximately 9 minutes for your call to be answered.

The size of the queue is driven by patient demand on a daily basis.

Since the 3rd of October we have had the ability to see how many calls are coming through the practice.  During the period from 3rd October up to the 31st October (a three week period) a total of 11486 calls were answered by our reception.

In November a total number of 11430 calls were answered between the 1st and 30th of the month.