Practice Newsfeed

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14th Feb

STI Screening

STIs can be spread around every day but a dramatic rise is often seen around Valentines Day. 
It is important to stay safe and consider getting tested with new partners.
Find out more about STIs, how to test for them and how to prevent them on the Chalmers Sexual Health website below.
 
 
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8th Feb

Student Vaccines

We have had lots of queries in the Practice about students getting vaccines and there is a handy link on NHS Inform that gives you all of this information particularly about the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine (MMR) and Meningitis ACWY (MenACWY). The link is below.

 

Vaccines for Students

Physiotherapy Consultation
11th Jan

Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners

In the Practice we have two Advanced Physiotherapy Practitioners (APPs). We have Mairead in all day Monday and Friday and Hayley who is in Tuesday am, Wednesday all day and Thursday am. You can book in to see them directly through Reception.

GP APPs can see patients (aged 16 years and over only) at the Practice for a range of musculoskeletal issues, such as sprains, strains, sports injuries, joint pain and stiffness, sore back/neck, arthritis and muscle, ligament, tendom or bone problems.

These appointments are 20 minutes long and are an alternative to seeing a GP for assessment and diagnosis as well as advice, support and exercise.

These appointments aren't for ongoing treatment, but they can refer patients on to physio and secondary care as well as for further investigations, including x-ray.

 

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5th Jan

Dry January

Every year more and more people are taking part in Dry January. Doing this has many benefits whether it is physical, mental or financial. 
You can follow the link below to find out more information on some of these benefits and some handy tips to stay on track. Alcohol Change UK
 
 
 
 
 
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20th Dec 2023

New Registration Process

Following feedback we are changing our new patient registration process from Tuesday 9th January 2024 at 11am.

Instead of telephone applications, there will be a simple online form to apply for a registration place.

Please note that spaces are limited, and the form will close once our weekly quota of applications has been submitted. If you are unable to submit your application, it means that our quota has been met for that week and we are unable to register you.

There is currently a shortfall of spaces at GP practices in this area. However, you will be eligible to apply to several practices according to your postal address and the catchment areas of local GP practices. You can visit the NHS Inform website to explore other practice options - www.nhsinform.scot/scotlands-service-directory/gp-practices

If you have tried and exhausted all options available to you and have had no success in securing a space at a GP practice, you can email the health board at nss.psdedinburgh@nhs.scot detailing where you have tried and when. They may be able to allocate you a GP practice.

Please note that we are not taking on any new patients for the two week holiday period.

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8th Dec 2023

Welcome Dr Dickie

We welcome Dr Emma Dickie who has returned as a permanent member of our team. She is delighted to take over the care of Dr Judith Penny's patients now that she has retired.
 
Dr Dickie first started working at Bruntsfield Medical Practice in 2020, when she completed the final year of her GP training. We are proud to say she achieved the top mark in her Royal College of General Practice membership exams for South East of Scotland.
 
She has worked as a locum doctor here since.
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5th Dec 2023

Dr Penny Retirement

Last Thursday we said goodbye to one of our GP Partners Dr Judith Penny. Dr Penny had been in the surgery for many years and was loved by staff and patients alike so she will be sorely missed. We wish her all the very best and a long and happy retirement. 

Pancreatic Cancer
28th Nov 2023

Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

November is #pancreaticcancerawarenessmonth and this year we want to highlight the symptoms of this as many people do not know them. Whilst these symptoms can be caused by a number of issues it always best to be aware of them. Follow the link below which gives a list of some of the symptoms and more advice. Pancreatic Cancer UK
 
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17th Nov 2023

Reading is Caring

This week is #BookWeekScotland a week which celebrates books and reading across the country. 
We have decided to shine a spotlight on Reading is Caring, this is an initiative to support people with dementia and anyone who supports them. 
They run workshops and can tailor these exactly to your needs. Scottish Book Trust You can find out more through the video below or on their website.
 
 
 
 
Self Care Week
14th Nov 2023

Self Care Week

It is Self Care Week this week from the 13-19th of November. 
#SelfCareWeek is a time to celebrate health and wellbeing and focus on how to better look after ourselves and our families. How do you take care of your #MindBody?  
Find out more below.
 
 
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10th Nov 2023

Dr Penny Retirement Notice

We are sad to announce that one of our partners Dr Judith Penny has decided to retire at the end of November 2023. She will be sorely missed in the surgery by both staff and patients. Follow the link below to read her letter to patients.

 

Letter to Patients

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10th Nov 2023

Contraception - Barclay Medical Plus

We know at the Practice and at Chalmers Sexual Health Clinic it can sometimes be a long wait to get or change long acting contraception such as the implant or coil.
So there is a new service being offered by Barclay Medical Plus. It is a free NHS Service and they are currently operating in Edinburgh, Livingston and Glasgow.
They have a lot of information about the service on their website which is linked below.
 
Movember
8th Nov 2023

Movember

November marks another year of Movember! A time when men around the country unite to take on mental health, suicide, prostate cancer and testicular cancer.
So this year whether you are growing a moustache in solidarity or moving for mental health it is all for a great cause.
Follow the link below to find out more info on fundraising or about Movember. 
 
Feeling stressed
2nd Nov 2023

Stress Awareness Day

November 1st was Stress Awareness Day.
 
It's hard to find someone who hasn't suffered from stress at some point in their lives, and at a time when the feelings of being overwhelmed and burnt out are on the rise, it's important to be aware of the effects of stress and how to manage it.
 
Have a look at the link below from NHS Inform that includes several video from people sharing their experiences with stress and how they cope, as well as having details of organisations that can help.…