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National Screening tests

The NHS offers a number of screening tests aimed either at detecting precancerous conditions [cervical smear test] or very early cancers [breast screening and bowel screening]
We strongly advise our patients to take up these tests. They are all by invitation and a letter will be sent to those who are eligible. 

If you have lost your invitation or think you have been missed out or have missed an appointment, you can still have your tests. Please speak to reception, the practice nurse or the doctor.  For replacement of bowel screening kits you can phone  0800 0121 833

CORONAVIRUS

For the latest Covid-19 advice, please visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus If you think you may have Covid-19 - please do not come to our GP surgery. Please phone NHS 111 as they are now triaging patients for Coronavirus appointments.

Further Information available from the following link: https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/

SICK NOTES FOR YOUR EMPLOYER

Please note not to contact our GP surgery regarding sick notes for suspected coronavirus. We would appreciate this at this difficult time. Please read the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

Please also direct your employer to the above link for details or go to NHS Inform.   There is a questionnaire for you to complete and you are then able to print a note for your employer.

COVID VACCINATION PASSPORT

  • 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, we are developing a technical solution that could allow people to access their Covid vaccination status directly.

Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are high across Edinburgh, so we’re urging people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated.

 

People with no COVID-19 symptoms can come along for a test at:

  • Piershill Library, from Monday 26 July to Saturday 7 August (closed Sunday 1 August)
  • Gilmerton Library, from Monday 2 August to Saturday 14 August (closed 8 August)
  • Wester Hailes Library, from Monday 2 August to Saturday 7 August
  • James Pringle Shopping Village, 70- 74 Bangor Road, EH6 5JU from 16 July to Sunday 8 August, Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm, Sunday 10am to 5pm.
  • Tynecastle Stadium rear car park (accessed of Wheatfield Place) from Monday 2 August to Sunday 8 August 10.00am to 5.30pm.
  • Craigmillar Medical Centre (car park) 106 Niddrie Mains Road, EH16 4DT from Monday 2 August to Sunday 8 August, 9.30am to 5pm
  • South East Locality Office, 40 Captain’s Road, EH17 8QF from Monday 2 August to Sunday 8 August, 9.30am to 5pm.
  • Craigroyston Community Hight School, 64 Pennywell Road, EH4 4NL, Monday 2 August to Sunday 8 August, 9.30am to 5pm

We’re open from 9am to 6pm unless stated above and there’s no need to book. You can also pick up home testing kits from our centres at libraries. Testing is free, fast and safe. It will only take around 15 minutes to take the test and 45 minutes for people to be sent their results.

 

If you can’t get to the library, you can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119. 

 

Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.

 

You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting

 

Please can you share this with your contacts in the community and encourage people to come along for testing.

 

Thank you for your help.



 
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