2 Lindsay StreetEdinburgh, EH6 4EGTel: 0131 561 1900
Consultations are by appointment only between 08:30 – 17:30, Monday to Friday. You are free to see any doctor in the practice. Patients with urgent appointments will either be seen at a same day appointment or assessed by the duty doctor, initially by phone.
There are two methods for making an appointment:
It will be necessary initially for you to register to use the secure internet appointment booking facility. Ask the receptionist for a registration form (one registration form for each adult and child, 6 years and over, in the household) which provides the information you need to register to use the internet facility.
Once the registration process is complete, you can log on to Patient Access using your login details and password, and be able to view appointments you have already made, cancel them if necessary, and book an appointment with your doctor after checking the times available.
This system is fully encrypted ensuring access to a remote highly secure site managed by EMIS, not at the practice, so there is no possibility of unauthorised access to clinical data.
This is a training practice and each year we have a fully qualified doctor attached to us to gain experience in general practice. Most of the partners also teach medical students and occasionally you may be asked whether you are willing to see your doctor in the presence of a student.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.
Whilst we encourage our patients to come to the surgery, where we have the proper equipment and facilities available, we do appreciate this is not always possible. In this respect, if you do need a home visit, you can help us by calling reception before 10:00. In the case of urgent problems during evenings, nights and weekends, please telephone the NHS 24 telephone service on telephone number: 111. Website: www.nhs24.com
You may only request a home visit if you are housebound or are too ill to visit the practice. Your GP will only visit you at home if they think that your medical condition requires it and will also decide how urgently a visit is needed. Please bear this in mind and be prepared to provide suitable details to enable the doctor to schedule house calls
You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.
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)
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