St Triduana's Medical Practice54 Moira ParkEdinburgh, EH7 6RUTel: 0131 657 3341
Summary of some of the special services offered by the Practice
When high blood pressure or another risk factor such as high cholesterol has been detected, your doctor will often arrange for you to be routinely reviewed by the practice nurse.
These are routinely carried out by the practice nurse. Appointments are available at most times during the week. Unless you have never had sexual intercourse you should have a regular cervical smear test once every three years or as advised from aged 20 until you are aged 60. The NHS operates an automatic recall system for cervical smears and will advise you when your appointment is due. However, if for any reason you are overdue for a cervical smear please contact our reception staff.
To find out more information about shingles in regards to what shingles is and what symptoms to look out for, please click on the link www.shinglesaware.co.uk
All the doctors and practice nurses are qualified to provide you with contraceptive advice. The "morning after pill" is available free of charge from your local chemist. If you need counselling regarding an unwanted pregnancy please make an appointment with any of our doctors as soon as possible, or with Chalmers Sexual Health Centre on 536 1070.
Dr Singh is responsible for looking after our diabetic service. All of our diabetic patients who are not attending a hospital diabetic clinic should be seen at least once a year for diabetic review in the practice. We have robust recall procedures in place to ensure all diabetics are seen regularly but if you are diabetic and think that you have not been seen in the past year please contact our reception staff. Practice Nurse Jo Wallace leads the nurse based diabetic checks.
Dressing and Removal of Sutures
Appointments can be arranged for dressings or removal of sutures/staples in the surgery with the practice nurses or Health Care Assistants (HCA's). Please arrange an appointment with the receptionists.
Minor surgery clinics are held regularly and appointments are arranged after consultation with one of the doctors. Operations are performed under local anaesthetic in the treatment room. Due to the demand there is often a short waiting list.
We have a full time phlebotomy service. All our staff have been trained and are highly skilled in taking blood. If you require an appointment please ask at reception.
A wart clinic is held regularly at the surgery. An appointment can be booked at reception only after a consultation with a doctor. For children it is better to use a wart preparation from the chemist for two or three months before further treatment is considered (children under 12 do not tolerate freezing warts very well).
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to comnplete a travel form and make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
Advice for patients travelling abroad:
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
If it is more than ten years since they had a boosting dose of oral Polio vaccine parents should receive a boosting dose at the same time as their baby's first immunisations.
Some travel vaccines and anti-malarial prescription you may require are not covered by the NHS and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. If several are required this can be quite costly. There are also several private travel clinics in Edinburgh if you prefer.
Please note; we will not undertake immunisations within six weeks of departure. Please go directly to a private clinic if this is the case.
Remember if travelling in Europe take your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) card with you. If you need a new one click here: Apply for EHIC
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice please fill out the form below, hand it in to reception and book a Practice Nurse appointment.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:
The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.
With winter here and the festive season fast approaching, this is one of the busiest periods for GP surgeries and hospitals. We have put additional resources in place across the Partnership to help keep Edinburgh healthy and well over winter.
Everyone can help themselves to stay healthy and well and reduce the impact on hospital emergency departments and GP surgeries. However, there are some people who need extra advice and support over the winter period:
· vulnerable older people · people who receive a care at home service· people with long-term health conditions, eg asthma, atrial fibrillation, cardiovascular disease, COPD, diabetes, heart disease and heart failure, hypertension, kidney disease, peripheral arterial disease and stroke· people at higher risk of falls· unpaid carers.
These are the people who make most use of our services. We can help keep them healthy and be seen by the most appropriate health or social care professional by giving support and advice. Which staff groups this briefing note is aimed at:
Primarily frontline staff who have direct contact with Edinburgh’s:· vulnerable older people· people who receive a care at home service· people with long-term health conditions· people at higher risk of falls· unpaid carers.
You can make the difference by passing on advice to people you come into contact with. This briefing is particularly relevant to:
· GP surgery teams (GPs, practice nurses, healthcare assistants, phlebotomists, health visitors and receptionists)· social workers, occupational therapists and physiotherapists· care at home workers and agencies· pharmacies· district nurses· long-term conditions team· carer support team. What we are asking Edinburgh’s citizens to do:
Over the festive period in particular:
Help yourself to a healthy festive season:
· know your self-management plan if you have a long-term condition· take action to guard against falls, particularly if are unsteady on your feet· keep your medicine cabinet stocked with cold and flu treatments· at well and keep your cupboards stocked in case you can’t get to the shops· stay warm· know what to do in the event of severe weather www.edinburgh.gov.uk/severeweather
In particular for those who are at risk of falls – take small steps to stay on your feet:
1. Get checked out top to toe:· get your eyes tested every year· if you notice a change in your hearing talk to your GP or visit a high street pharmacy which offers free hearing tests· wear shoes and slippers that are comfortable and fit properly· visit your podiatrist if you have sore feet, long toe nails or poor circulation as this can make you less steady on your feet· ask your local pharmacy to review your prescription medicines and any over the counter medication you are taking. 2. Keep bones healthy by making sure you take enough calcium. You can get this in dairy products, green leafy vegetables like broccoli and cabbage, nuts and bread among others. 3. Get enough vitamin D and speak to your pharmacist about taking a supplement during winter. 4. Stay active: walk as much as possible and don’t sit down for long periods. Go to www.edinburghleisure.co.uk to find out about classes at your local centre. 5. Clear your way at home and make sure there’s nothing you can trip over or bump in to like rugs and low furniture.
You can get more information at www.nhsinform.co.uk/falls and www.edinburgh.gov.uk/fiveeasysteps
NHS 24/NHS Inform: 111 NHS Inform website www.nhsinform.scot Health-wise campaign www.nhsinform.scot/campaigns/be-health-wise-this-winter Twitter @NHSInform (uses hashtag: #healthwise) Council Social Care Direct 0131 200 2324 Web pages www.edinburgh.gov.uks/severeweather Twitter @Edinburgh_CC Facebook www.facebook.com/edinburghcouncil NHS Lothian Web pages www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/HealthInformation/YourHealthThisWinter Leaflet Right care right time right place (available on website) Ready Scotland www.readyscotland.org/are-you-ready/severe-weather/ Twitter @readyscotland Facebook www.facebook.com/ReadyScotland
If at any point you are needing to hand in any samples that have been requested from your GP then these would need to be brought to the surgery before 3pm.
We would kindly ask if you could make sure your sample pot has the following:
If the samples do not have all the above information on them correctly then we unfortunately have to discard of these.
It is very important that we ask when you hand samples in to NOT leave them lying on the reception desk and wait to speak/hand them to a receptionist as they will pass the sample on for appropriate testing and they will need you to fill out a small form which can be found below.
There are midwife-led clinics run by midwives from Simpson's Reproductive Medicine Unit. If you have recently found out you are pregnant, please contact the midwives on 536 2009.
For all new mothers, babies and children up to 5 years old.
Health visitors are available for advice all day (08:00 – 16:00) on 669 8060. If no one is available there is an answer machine where you can leave your details and we will call you back as soon as possible. You may find the Family Health tab on the right helpful.
There is a facility for weighing babies at any time in the clinic room. Parents are encouraged to use the baby weighing scales as required. Please discuss with the health visitors.
Immunisation clinics are held usually on a Thursday morning. You will be sent your baby's first immunisation appointment at eight weeks. Thereafter parents should arrange their own appointments for the next two immunisations. Your baby's immunisations and any concerns you may have will be discussed when you attend for his or her first developmental assessment at about eight weeks of age. You will be asked to sign a consent form at that assessment - only a parent or guardian can sign this.
The safety of immunisations is well established and there are very few genuine contra-indications.
Social prescribing - linking patients to non-medical support in their community.
Mental Health self-Health Guides
www.ntw.uk/selfhelp - Self-help guides written by NHS clinical psychologists with contribution from healthcare staff and service users. The guide offers opportunity for you to find out more about the cause of mental health issues and provides tools to work through your feelings and emotions. They are available in a range of formats including easy reading, BSL and audio. Titles include: Anxiety, Depression and Low Mood, Stress, Controlling Anger, Sleep and many more. This can be uploaded as an app, search for self-help, you will find 3 orange books icon, upload this.
USEFUL SELF-HELP WEBSITES
www.edspace.org.uk - This is the main mental health website for Edinburgh. It contains lots of helpful information and links to self-help resources and information about local events, organisations and counselling agencies. Counselling gives you an opportunity to talk confidentially about your experiences and feelings with someone who will listen carefully to help you look at your life and your feelings in order to seek possible changes. Counselling is offered by voluntary organisations who will often request a financial donation based on what you can afford. It is best to speak with the relevant organisation about this. A full list of counselling agencies is available on this website.
www.llttf.com - Living Life to the Full is an online life skills course, aimed at people who would like to develop their skills in coping with anxiety and depression. Users are required to register on the site to access worksheets, guides etc.
www.healthscotland.com/uploads/documents/5828 - Practical guide for ways to deal with stress right now and to stop it building up in the future.
www.getselfhelp.co.uk/website.htm - This website provides therapy resources; worksheets, information sheets and self help mp3s. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) steps 1-7 aim to help people develop an understanding of their unhelpful thinking patterns. CBT has been proven to help mental health problems.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/moodzone-mental-wellbeing-audio-guides - Audio guides to boost your mood.
Australian site with self help materials on depression, panic, self-esteem,
Health anxiety, worry and rumination, assertiveness, sleep, distress tolerance, self compassion,
bipolar, Disordered eating, perfectionism and social anxiety.
http:/www.moodjuice.scot.nhs.uk– Self-help information on depression, anxiety, stress,
panic and sleep problems for both the public & professionals.
http://www.dbtselfhelp.com/ - Developed by service users to provide information on dialectical
behaviour therapy. Emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and
mindfulness skills are discussed.
http://www.lifesigns.org.uk/ – (Self injury Guidance and Network support) support all people who are affected in anyway by self injury.
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/mindfulness/ - Information on mindfulness.
Other mindfulness resources: Headspace and Youtube; Guided mindfulness Mark Williams.
Digital Apps Library - You can find a wide verity of mental health apps available on NHS Moodzone e.g. Calm, Beat Panic, Be Mindful, Calm Harm, Change it, Chill Panda, Couch to 5K, My Positive Self, Sleep Station.
Mental Health Information Station
Are you affected with mental health issues or do you care for someone who is?
The Mental Health Information Station drop in runs every Thursday from 11am-3pm and is based at ‘A -Sense of Some Place’ in the Walpole Hall (next to St Mary’s Cathedral), Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, EH12 5AW.
The Information Station is a one stop shop acting as a source of support, information and sign posting lead by NHS Occupational Therapists, input is drawn from health and social care staff, peer support workers, volunteers and key third sector partners. The Information Station offers: Faster self-service access to individuals;
Health in Mind - Mental health charity supporting positive mental health and wellbeing. Services include counselling and trauma counselling; befriending; guided self-help; support for people from minority ethnic communities; combating isolation by connecting people within their local community; art therapy; outdoor conservation for greater wellbeing; suicide prevention; support with substance misuse; mental health and wellbeing information; training and much more. You can sign up for most workshops/groups directly and for some, you would simply ask your GP to refer you. You can explore what is available on their website firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 0131 225 8508.
Thistle Foundation – Health and wellbeing service offering support to people living with one or more long-term health conditions, such as MS, arthritis, depression, chronic fatigue or PTSD. Some of the services offered: self-management course, mindfulness workshops, young people’s project, veteran’s, programme, and men’s shed where men can socialise and spend time on their terms. Full details are available on their website. Website: https://www.thistle.org.uk Tel: 0131 661 3366. Drop in visits welcome : 13 Queen's Walk, Edinburgh EH16 4EA
STRESS CONTROL CLASSES
Free 6 week evening classes; each week focuses on a different aspect of stress, how it affects us and how to cope with it. Classes are run in a lecture format with 20-40 people often attending during the day and up to 100 in the evening. You will never be asked to talk in front of the group or singled out. You will be given a booklet to accompany the class.
Contact: Health in Mind 0131 225 8508 Email email@example.com www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/services/a-z/stresscontrol. Dates of the next classes can be found on the Edspace website under Events.
COPING WITH ANXIETY COURSE
Small groups of up to 15 people where you can participate in discussion, share experiences and practice methods of managing anxiety. Telephone and register your interest by leaving your name and contact details on the answering machine. A course facilitator will then get in touch with you to tell you about the course and discuss if it’s right for you. Courses are run in various venues across Edinburgh. Each course lasts for an hour and a half each week.
Health All Round on 0131 337 1376
TELEPHONE BASED HELP
www.livinglife.scot - for help with low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Psychological therapy approach focused on here and now, 6-9 telephone sessions working with a qualified therapist. Guided Self- Help – speaking with a self-help coach who guides you through a series of workbooks over 4-8 weeks. Offered by NHS 24.
Call: 0800 328 9655 Monday - Friday 1pm-9pm Free from a landline www.nhs24.com/usefulresources/livinglife
HEALTHY ACTIVE MINDS - For those with mild to moderate low mood, anxiety and depression.
A physical activity programme which aims to help you improve your mental well being. A 12 week physical activity action plan will be agreed along with one to one consultation and support from specialist project staff. A free Edinburgh Leisure card will entitle you to free access to swim, gym and fitness class visits at off peak times, for a 12 week period in Edinburgh Leisure facilities. A programme will be developed to suit your lifestyle and needs, and can incorporate different forms of physical activity. Speak to your GP or Practice Mental Health Nurse (Hazel Rafferty) about a referral if you are interested.
Hibernian Community Foundation -– Offers health & wellbeing programmes to all age groups. Fit For Change, Healthy Hibee and Still Game courses are just a few. Find more information phone:0131 656 7062 website: firstname.lastname@example.org
CRISIS CONTACTS - IF YOU NEED TO SPEAK WITH SOMEONE URGENTLY
Edinburgh Crisis Centre 0808 801 0414 Local confidential helpline 24 hours.
07974 429 075 Text number you can text them and they will call you back.
Offers sensitive, one to one support and information on a primarily face-to-face basis. The centre also provides a safe private space for people in distress to receive support, including overnight accommodation if required.
Mental Health Assessment Service Tel: 0131 537 6000 Available 24 hours.
MHAS based at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital offers an emergency/crisis mental health assessment service for people under 65yrs where required, who are experiencing mental health crisis. MHAS is a nurse led service. If an assessment is carried out this assessment will be shared with your health care provider, usually you’re GP. Once you have been assessed MHAS if required may then sign post you or refer you on to an appropriate service.
Breathing Space 0800 8385 87 (6pm -2am weekdays and 24hrs at weekends)
They offer support in times of difficulty to provide a safe and supportive Space by listening, offering advice and providing information.
Samaritans 0131 116 123 Local branch 9am – 10pm.
0845 790 9090 National confidential helpline 24 hours
NHS 24 111 Available 24 hours www.nhs24.com
Mental Health Community Centre North East - www.staffordcentre.org.uk Tel: 0131 557 0718
The Outlook Project - runs educational courses for those using mental health services. Information
from Springwell House, Ardmillan Terrace, Edinburgh EH11 2JL.Tel: 0131 537 7571.
Forth Sector – Employment service for those with mental health problems. Unit 1 Block 3 Peffermill Industrial Estate, 12 King's Haugh, Edinburgh EH16 5UY Tel: 0131 539 7374 https://www.forthsector.org.uk/
Volunteer Edinburgh – There are hundreds of ways to volunteer all over Edinburgh. No matter who you are, how much or how little time you have or why you want to volunteer, there is role that is just right for you.
Contact: Tel: 0131 225 0630 or drop in to Volunteer Edinburgh 222 Leith Walk, Edinburgh, EH6 5EQ
Community Hubs - Offering support in your local community with a wide variety of activities for all ages.
Craigentinny Community Centre Tel: 0131 661 8188 or email: email@example.com
Northfield & Willowbrae Community Centre Tel: 0131 661 5723 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ripple Tel: 198 Restalrig Road South, Edinburgh, EH7 6DZ. Tel: 0131 554 0422 email: email@example.com
Community Link Workers at St Triduanas surgery
The surgery has two Community Link Workers based at the surgery, Alison Leitch and Rebecca Goodman. Link workers can help you to find services, groups and activities that you may enjoy and that could benefit your health and wellbeing. Link workers can also support you to contact and/or attend the services, groups and activities that you are interested in.
If you are interested and suitable for support from a Link Worker, a member of staff within the practice will refer you (Self-referrals are not permitted).
Useful support services
Women’s Aid - 0800 027 1234 or 0131 315 8110 www.scottishwomensaid.co.uk
Victim Support - 0845 603 9213 www.victimsupportsco.demon.co.uk
Citizens Advice Bureau - 0131 554 8144, 166 Great Junction St. www.cas.org.uk
Edinburgh Housing Partnership – Provide information to people in a variety of settings to enable them to avoid homelessness. Phone:0845 302 4607 website: www.ehap.org.uk
Advocard – Is an independent advocacy service for mental health services users in Edinburgh. They are independent of other mental health services provided by the statutory and voluntary sectors. This enables us to stand alongside the person we are working with and to support them without any conflict of interest arising. 332 Leith Walk. Tel: 0131 554 5307 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ROOM FOR ART.
Art workshops take place every Tuesday morning 10.30 – 12.30 at Piershill Library.
Taking part in art activity can enhance a person’s health and wellbeing and reduced stress and anxiety. More communication and social interaction can increase confidence and can provide a distraction from pain/anxiety in order to improve daily functioning.
Leith Men’s Shed
A community for all men, working together to improve men’s health, connection and wellbeing. Members can engage in a range of activities with opportunities for mentoring and sharing skills or learning new ones. The Men’s Shed is designed to be a social and practical place where any man with time on his hands can find a sense of purpose, can go to make, repair or upcycle things, use tools, relax and/or make friends. Alongside DIY and woodwork, Men’s Sheds can also offer opportunities for arts, crafts, board games, computing, cooking and reading combined with the all-important ingredients of friendship and banter. The project is open to men of all ages. We meet every Tuesday from 2pm - 5pm at The Edinburgh Tool Library Workshop, 67 Commercial Street, Custom Lane, Leith. For more details please call either: Alan Silcock Tel: 0754 820 6142Email: email@example.com or Charlie Tel: 0794 684 3882
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