The Community Midwives run clinics in Allermuir Health Centre (First Floor) on Tuesday afternoons. In addition all of the GPs are happy to undertake antenatal care during routine appointments. It is helpful if you can bring your “blue notes” along to any appointments during pregnancy.
Baby and child health
Our Health Visitors run a baby clinic every Thursday within Allermuir Health Centre (1st Floor) 1pm to 2:30pm for babies and children of pre-school age. You can have your baby weighed and get advice but also meet other local mums.
Women aged 25 to 64 are invited for smears every 3 years. Please make an appointment with one of the practice nurses for your smear. The GPs can also undertake smears during routine appointments. Please let us know if you would like a chaperone.
The GPs are happy to advise about all forms of contraception. Nexplanon (rod) insertion is undertaken in the surgery and coil fitting(IUD/IUS) is via Family Planning. If you require the morning after pill, please make a same day appointment with one of the GPs or practice nurses.
Chronic disease reviews
We like to see patients with many chronic health conditions for regular check ups. Most of these can be undertaken by the practice nurses and you will receive an invitation advising you what type of appointment to make. Most conditions are reviewed annually but patients with diabetes and high blood pressure should have check ups every 6 months.
If blood tests are required, your appointment will need to be early in the day and if you have high blood pressure, kidney problems, diabetes or heart disease you should bring a fresh specimen of urine with you. Patients with asthma and COPD should bring along their current inhalers and any peak flow measurements they have recorded.
If you are on any repeat medication, we will review this at least once per year. In fact, we are continually reviewing your medication when you order repeat prescriptions and in routine appointments. If you have not ordered a medication for over a year, this may be discontinued and you will be advised of this. If you need to be seen, the GP will advise you of this usually by writing a note on your prescription counterfoil.
Routine cryotherapy, incision of abscesses and joint injection is often undertaken during normal surgeries. In addition Dr Cowan undertakes minor surgery lists regularly at the practice for procedures requiring more time. Referral is made from routine GP appointments and our practice manager will then contact you with a date. Please note that lesions cannot be removed on the NHS for purely cosmetic reasons.
Everybody knows the benefits of stopping smoking but it can be very difficult to break the habit. The smoking cessation team offers advice, support and prescriptions for smoking cessation medications. You can be seen either in a group or 1:1. Please contact 0131 537 7447. Our GPs, nurses and local pharmacists will also be pleased to help you with smoking cessation advice.
Travel vaccinations and advice
We offer a full travel vaccination and advice service. Please remember that some vaccinations need to be given well in advance so if at all possible, try to make contact eight weeks before your date of departure. Initially you should complete a Travel form (also available at the front desk) and the practice nurses will then arrange to see you in an appointment. Please note that charges apply for non NHS vaccinations and payment by cash or cheque should be made on the day of receipt.
Private medicals and reports
If you require a private medical or report eg insurance reports, occupational certificates or holiday cancellation forms, please contact reception.