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To arrange an appointment with a doctor or nurse, please either phone the practice reception or speak to a receptionist whilst visiting the practice.
There are three main appointment types available. These are:
Routine appointments – to discuss a problem that has been an issue for a little while or to review a problem which you have discussed with a GP previously.
On-the-day appointments - to discuss a problem requiring urgent medical attention, e.g. an infection.
Telephone consultations – to discuss/review a problem that you feel can be dealt with over the phone or to review a problem at the request of a GP. You can pre-book these appointments a month or so in advance. Call us on 01968 675576.
There are approximately 20-30 on-the-day appointments each day. These only become available on the day of the appointment and can be booked when the reception opens at 8.30am each day. We do not want these appointments filled with patients who want to discuss a longstanding problem but haven’t been organised enough to book a routine appointment in advance which suits them.
There are a lot more routine appointments available than on-the-day appointments and patients can generally be seen routinely within 1-2 weeks by a GP of their choice. Routine appointments can usually be booked 8 to 10 weeks in advance.
If you wish to speak to a GP you can either arrange a pre-bookable telephone consultation slot and a GP will contact you roughly around the time that has been agreed. If you feel your problem cannot wait until the next available appointment then please contact reception and ask if a GP will contact you that day. Please be aware that we can’t specify a time for urgent telephone advice. If you feel your problem is best dealt with by a different healthcare professional (Midwife, Health visitor, Physiotherapist or District Nurse), please look at the relevant page on this website for contact details. Alternatively NHS24 offer a 24 hours advice line and can be contacted on 111.
Please phone the reception to cancel your appointment if you cannot attend or no longer need it. Patients who repeatedly fail to attend/cancel their appointments at the last minute will be asked to register elsewhere.
If you feel you warrant a home visit please contact reception before 10.30 am whenever possible to arrange this. The receptionist will ask you the nature of your illness–this helps the doctors assess the urgency for planning their calls and allows urgent visits to be dealt with promptly. Sometimes a GP will contact you prior to a visit to discuss the situation first.
Home visits are normally carried out after the morning surgeries have finished. Non urgent visits may be deferred until another day. In some cases, telephone advice from the doctor may be all that is required to deal with the problem. We realise that most patients do try to come to the medical practice if they can and we are very grateful for this.
If we can see you at the health centre we have better facilities available to help you. Home visits tend to be reserved for frail elderly patients who are housebound. We generally don’t visit children or young adults at home and we can’t provide transport to the surgery.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
There are lots of services that can help if you are unwell. This handy guide lists all the community health services in Midlothian, as well as giving information and advice about how and when to use services in the best way. Keep a copy handy.
Midlothian "Do I need to see a GP?" leaflet August 2017
NHS inform www.nhsinform.scot is a national health information service providing a coordinated approach and single source of quality assured health information for the public of Scotland. There are useful self-help guides for common conditions and injuries.
Or in the out-of-hours period (from 6pm through to 8am, and throughout the weekend) urgent medical advice can be obtained from NHS24 on tel. 111
MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Mental Health Foundation - self-help guides Looking after your mental health | Mental Health Foundation
NHS Mental Health self-help resources
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