Welcome to the Almond Group Practice

ATTENTION: We are experiencing severe pressure on our service due to Strep A infections. If your child is unwell please follow this advice before phoning us. If you are concerned about Strep A please read this.

All Calls are Recorded for Staff Safety and Training

Please continue to wear face masks when attending the practices to protect other vulnerable patients.

Despite what you might have read in the media, our practice has been seeing patients face to face since march 2019. The difference has arisen in that a telephone appointment was required first and then a face to face appointment offered on the day if required. All but one of our clinical staff members have worked on site since 2019.

Finally, the Scottish government has lifted the COVID legislation and our practice has now returned to primarily face to face appointments with telephone appointments only for reviews of established, existing conditions. We understand this will be less convenient for some patients. However, we strongly believe that face to face appointments give a more accurate diagnosis, a better relationship between patient and doctor and a more efficient system in which we can offer more appointments of higher quality.

Lastly, for minor problems 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.

Patients aged 65 and over should have already been contact about their winter vaccinations.

Texts, emails or letters with appointment times are being issued to 5 – 65 year olds in Lothian and will arrive no later than 17 October.

Shingles and Pneumococcal vaccinations will commence once COVID and Flu vaccination is complete.

 Appointments for all other priority groups will be made available as the program progresses – people in those groups should wait until they are contacted or called forward.

If you’re not sure if your eligible for the flu vaccination and/or the COVID-19 winter booster, you can check this via NHS Inform. You can also contact the National Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013 or loth.covidvaccenquiries@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk for assistance.

More information on the winter vaccination programme can be found at NHS Inform and on NHS Lothian’s website.