Seasonal Flu vaccination

The winter vaccination programme has started. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccine, you will get a letter from NHS Scotland. This will either give you an appointment date and time at one of the flu vaccination clinics in Lothian, or instruct you to make an appointment using an online portal.

If you are eligible for a COVID booster, you may get this at the same time as your flu jab, but this is not guaranteed, and you may have to attend two separate appointments.

You will not get your flu or COVID jabs at your GP practice. Please do not contact the surgery about your flu or COVID jab appointments.

If you have received a letter with an appointment that you are unable to attend, you can rearrange your appointment online at  Alternatively you can call the Lothian helpline on 0300 790 6296 for assistance with re-booking.

If you are housebound, your jabs will be given to you by the housebound team, and they will be in touch to arrange this.





If you have any questions regarding the Covid vaccination please click on the link below.

The Family Medicine Chest

Here is a list of some useful medicines and dressings with a description of their uses.  All are quite cheap and are worth stocking at home in readiness for minor illnesses.

  • Soluble Aspirin tablets – For adults and children over the age of 16 - good for headaches, colds and sore throats.
  • Paracetamol – For adults - good for general pain relief.
  • Paracetamol Mixture (e.g. Calpol) – For young children – good for pain relief. Remember that you can telephone the Health Visitor on 554 3310 for advice about your young child.
  • Antiseptic Solution – Use one teaspoon diluted in warm water to clean cuts and grazes.
  • Antiseptic Cream – For cuts and grazes, sores and septic spots.
  • Calamine Lotion – Apply gently to insect bites, stings and sunburn.
  • Cotton wool and dressing strips – For cleaning and dressing minor cuts and grazes.
  • Clotrimazole (eg Canesten) Cream and Pessary – For vaginal thrush.

Keep all these items in a box or cupboard with a lock and store them well out of the reach of children.  Remember that your local chemist can advise you about minor ailments and medicines, and in many cases can also supply these items free of charge.

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