Flu 2021 -
This year your Flu Vaccine will be given at a local vaccination centre by the Midlothian Health & Social Care Partnership by the vaccination team. You will receive a letter in the post explaining how to book your appointment. They will also provide information about assisted travel or home visits if you are unable to travel. If you cannot make your appointment or you have been allocated to a venue too far away then please call the number on your letter.
Unfortunately the new local arrangement's for all practices in Midlothian means that flu vaccines will NOT be given at the practice this year. We will not be able to book appointments and we will have no vaccines to give whilst you are in the surgery.
**The reason for the change this year**
From now on, GP Practices will not administer the Flu jab. Across Scotland, Health & Social Care Partnerships are taking on this role in line with the GP Contract agreed by the BMA Scotland on behalf of Scottish GPs. This change has been agreed to relieve pressure on GP practices. As a result your local 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 & Social Care Partnerships in Lothian - East Lothian; Midlothian; Edinburgh and West Lothian.
If you require further information or you need to rearrange your appointment, please contact the helpline on your appointment invitation or the local enquiry line on 0300 790 6296.
Please do not contact the GP. You can find out more on the websites of the Heath & Social Care Partnerships or on www.nhsinform.scot
Covid Booster 2021 - we are still waiting for guidance on this and will update you as soon as we know. The booster vaccines will also take place at one of the vaccination centres and not in the practice. We are still waiting for guidance on which group of patients will be given the covid booster.
COVID CLINICS AVAILABLE - SEE BELOW (UPDATED SEPTEMBER 2021)
NHS Lothian are looking to make Covid vaccinations as accessible as possible to all eligible populations. Drop in clinics are now available at all vaccination centres in Lothian for people over 16, no appointment is necessary, and they can deliver both first and second dose (if over 8 weeks). All 3 vaccines will be made available.
You do not need to be registered with a GP, more clinics are being added all the time so please keep up to date by using NHS Inform.
In Midlothian, there are two Vaccination Centres:
Gorebridge Vaccination Centre
Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge, EH23 4TX
Monday to Sunday
Midlothian Community Hospital
Eskbank Road, Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith, EH22 3ND
Monday to Friday
East Lothian Community Hospital
Alderstone Road, Haddington, East Lothian, EH41 3PF
Monday to Friday
Volunteer Hall, Galashiels
St John Street, Galashiels, TD1 3JX
Tuesday 24th August
Wednesday 25th August
Saturday 11th September
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