IMPORTANT PATIENT INFORMATION
SEASONAL FLU CLINICS 2017 – East Calder Health Centre - ANOTHER DATE ADDED
If you are registered with a doctor at East Calder Medical Practice and you will be 65 or over before March 31st 2017, or if you suffer from Asthma, Diabetes, Stroke, Heart trouble, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, or you are Immuno-suppressed or Pregnant, you are encouraged to attend one of our clinics for flu vaccination.
Children: The parent/guardian of all children aged 2 – 5 years (children must be 2 or above on 1st September 2016) will receive an invite to make an appointment to have the flu vaccine given via a nasal spray with the treatment room nurse, here at the health centre. Please note - These will NOT be given at the walk-in Seasonal Flu Clinics.
Primary school children 5 yrs and older will be offered immunisation at school.
The next FLU CLINIC is scheduled for the following date:
Thursday 23rd November 9.30am - 1.00pm and then 2.00pm - 4.30pm
No appointment is necessary, just come along between the times stated.
For many years the Ratho practice has operated under a '2c' contract which means that the practice is directly managed by what is now the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership. The practice has been served by a number of locum doctors during this time.
We are delighted to inform you that East Calder Medical Practice made a succesful bid to establish Ratho as a second practice in our Partnership and will be assuming responsibility on a date still to be agreed.
We would like to reassure patients that all of the existing doctors will still provide appointments at East Calder Medical Practice and will be joined by new doctors to manage the increased responsibility.
We will update you with further details as soon as these are available.
We are delighted to announce that Dr Elizabeth Strachan will be joining us as a Partner in the practice from 1st August 2017. Dr Paul Micallef also joins the practice from 2nd October 2017.
Dr Gourlay has now retired after being with the practice for many, many years. We wish her a long and peaceful retirement and she will be missed by patients and staff.
We will soon be sending appointment reminders by text message. Please ensure your mobile number is up to date. Please let reception staff know if you do not wish to receive reminders from the practice.
CHANGES TO APPOINTMENT BOOKING PROCESS
We are reducing the timescale for booking ahead to see a doctor. Nurse appointments will remain unchanged.
We are consistently losing around 30 appointments per week because patients book then fail to keep the appointment. An audit of these lost appointments reveals that more than ¾ of them have been booked more than 2 weeks in advance. By reducing the number of wasted slots we expect to be able to offer more routine appointments.
If a doctor asks you to return in 3-4 weeks you should contact us 2 weeks before you want to be seen.
Any patient who feels they have an urgent problem that cannot wait until the next routine appointment will be assessed by one of our highly trained and qualified Nurse Practitioners.