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Non-urgent advice: Appointment Information

Thank you for being understanding with the recent high amounts of staff sickness.

The way that GP services are run is changing. Depending on the problem, you may be asked to first contact your pharmacy, who can treat a wide range of illnesses, or another service that may be more appropriate. Information on the Pharmacy First service can be found here.

Anyone with a new cough, regardless of age, should book a COVID PCR test online here.

Lateral flow tests are NOT TO BE USED to test for COVID if you have any symptoms. These tests are inaccurate and are only to help find some cases in people who are infectious but don’t have symptoms. A negative lateral flow test does not mean you do not have COVID. Only a PCR test can tell you for sure.

You can read about the difference between PCR and lateral flow tests here.

Flu Vaccination 2021

The way you will get your flu vaccine this year has changed.

From now on, GP practices will not administer the Flu jab. Across Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships are taking on this role. As a result, Almond Group 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.

We understand that people aged 70 or over will shortly be sent a letter from the national booking system with details of an appointment at a local vaccination centre.

If you require further information or if you need to rearrange your appointment, please contact the helpline number printed on your appointment invitation or the local enquiry line on 0300 790 6296. 

Please do not contact the practice as we are not involved in the flu vaccination programme this year and we will be unable to help you.

You can find out more on the websites of the Health and Social Care Partnerships or on the NHS Inform website.

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