LAUNCH OF THE COVID-19 VACCINE STATUS SCHEME (28/5/21)
This new service to allow patients travelling abroad to access their record of Covid-19 vaccination status themselves, by logging on to NHS Inform.scot/covid19status. This allows you to view your Covid-19 vaccination status.
For those patients without website access a letter of your Covid-19 vaccine status can be requested in the post via a Freephone Covid Status Helpline. 0808 196 8565.
Only those planning to travel to a country or territory where a record of vaccination status is needed as an entry requirement should download the record or request it.
There is a plan to replace this interim arrangement by digital Covid Status Certificates, which will include vaccination and testing data to be used for outbound international travel. However this is not yet available
Note: If you lose or forgot your username or password, you can create a new one by selecting 'forgot username' or 'forgot password' options.
If you are intending to travel abroad you should:
- check the entry requirements for your destination country on the UK foreign travel advice pages
- get up-to-date information from the website of your destination country
- check the re-entry requirements for your return to Scotland
- only request a vaccination record if it is absolutely required and you are due to travel in the next 21 days
SURGERY CLOSED FOR STAFF TRAINING 1245 - 1315
We now close our doors and do not accept routine phone calls 1245 - 1315 every Tuesday to allow time for staff training. If you have an emergency select option 1, otherwise please phone back after 1315. We apologise for any inconvenience, but this is the only time the practice now has to work together uninterrupted to train and update our processes. Thank you for your understanding.
Colinton Surgery Covid Vaccination Clinics (updated 26/5/21)
Colinton Surgery has only vaccinated patients over 75 and extremely clinically vulnerable.
All other vaccination invitations are being sent by a central NHS team, now working down from age 65. If you think that you should have received an invitation to a central vaccination clinic and have not, DO NOT PHONE US as we have absolutely no access to the centralised system. Instead please click the following link nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/missing-appointment-details and complete the online form or phone 0800 0308013.
For more information on the covid 19 vaccination programme run by NHS Lothian for patients under 75 go to nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine or phone the Vaccination Helpline on 0800 030 8013.
'For COVID-19 increased risk in association with asthma, this only applies to those who have had a hospital admission for asthma or those who require continuous or frequently repeated courses of oral steroids. In contrast to flu vaccine eligibility, patients who are well controlled on asthma inhalers are not eligible in cohort 6 for priority COVID-19 vaccination.'
In addition, pregnancy is not a defined group for Covid 19 vaccinations (unlike for flu).
Concerns about the Astra Zeneca Vaccine (updated 8/4/21)
The GPs at Colinton Surgery appreciate the patient concerns raised by the news articles about the Astra Zeneca vaccine. The GPs request that you consider the following information which explains why the Astra Zeneca vaccine is still considered safe for our covid vaccination programme, instead of requesting to speak to a GP. The GPs will only be consulting the same information to explain it to you.
NHS Inform Leaflet on COVID-19 Vaccine and Blood Clotting. Click Here
NHS Inform Guidance on Side Effects. Click Here
Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) Information. Click Here
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) Information. Click Here
IF YOU ARE SUFFERING SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19
If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (new persistent cough, loss of taste or fever) further information can be found at www.nhsinform.scot
If you feel you need to see a doctor in relation to these symptoms please dial 111 for the NHS Lothian COVID Hub. DO NOT ATTEND THE PRACTICE IF SUFFERING COVID SYMPTOMS.
If you require a test to see whether you have COVID-19 please visit www.nhsinform.scot to complete the online test form. If you are unable to access the test form online or need help to complete please phone 0800 028 2816
If you require further information about COVID-19 that is not available on www.nhsinform.scot please call the national helpline on 0800 028 2816
COVID Rehab Service
If you have on-going symptoms following a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infection further information and advice is available through NHS Lothian Post Coronavirus Rehab and Recovery Advice Line on 07969334704 (9am to 12noon Monday to Friday).
COVID-19 Clinical Trial
Join a COVID-19 clinical trial. The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19. You could be eligible to join if you have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
- new continuous cough or high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
- or have a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection with COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
- and you are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness or you are aged 65 and above
If this applies to you please consider joining. For further information or to sign up please follow this link: https://www.principletrial.org/
National helpline for high risk patients: 0800 111 4000 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday )
This helpline will offer help to those who do not have a family or existing community support and who cannot get online. You do not need to have received a shielding letter to use this service. It is meant for patients who are over 70, disabled, require the support of mental health services, pregnant or in a group that would normally receive the flu vaccination for health reasons.
How to obtain an isolation note for your employer
Online isolation notes are now available at: www.111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
Access to Colinton Surgery
The practice remains open for all essential primary care problems but on the advice of Health Protection Scotland we have put in place a process whereby everyone is screened by telephone prior to being seen. Rest assured that all patients will still have access to the care they require. Telephone consultations is the new norm. Face to face consultations will still be offered by the clinician if it is felt to be required but only after a telephone consultation has been undertaken. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.
Anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild should self-isolate for 10 days and NOT come to the surgery. All household contacts are required to self isolate for 14 days.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:
- new continuous cough and/or
- high temperature and/or
- loss of taste/smell
Further information can be found at https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Test and Protect
Further information relating to test and protect can be found at: https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/