Information on how you and your doctor (or other healthcare professional) can work together to decide whether you need a medicine and, if so, which to prescribe, can be found in the Healthcare Improvement Scotland publication Medicines in Scotland: What's the right treatment for me?. This booklet also explains the likely benefits and possible risks of medicines.
You can go to your community pharmacy for advice and medicines for minor illnesses from the Pharmacy First service. Minor illnesses include:
Acne - Allergies - Athlete's Foot - Backache - Blocked or runny nose - Cold sores - Constipation - Cough - Cystitis - (in women) - Diarrhoea - Earache - Eczema - Headache - Head Lice - Haemorrhoids (piles) - Hay Fever - Impetigo - Indigestion - Mouth Ulcers - Pain - Period Pain - Sore Throat - Threadworms - Thrush - Warts - Verrucas
More information is available at NHS Pharmacy First Scotland.
Information about getting the right treatment for common viral illnesses such as colds and coughs without encouraging antibiotic resistance can be found in the NHS publication Get Well Soon Without Antibiotics.
Health board pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are becoming more involved in the care of patients in General Practice. Having the pharmacy team working in our surgery provides valuable medicines support, a close link with our community pharmacy teams and allows our GPs to focus their skills and time where they are most needed for patients who have more complex needs.
What does the pharmacy team do?
- Provide expertise on day-to-day medicines
- Give advice for patients taking multiple medications
- Carry out medication reviews and other medicines-related support, including discussing side effects
- Give help for patients with their medicines following a stay in hospital, particularly if there has been a change in regimen
- Answer medications and prescription-related questions
- Produce prescriptions
- Support managing patients’ long-term conditions, such as high blood pressure
When you may get an appointment with one of the pharmacy team
Our pharmacists can provide telephone and face-to-face appointments. The pharmacists, pharmacy technicians or the doctors often review some or all of your medicines and may want to talk with you about the medicines you are currently taking. In the practice we like to review your medicine at least once a year, or more often if needed.
You may have heard people referring to Polypharmacy. It means lots of medicines. A medicine review is particularly useful for people who take a lot of medicines; for these people their medicines review may be called a Polypharmacy Review. Further information is on the NHS Scotland’s website Polypharmacy: Manage medicines or the Managing Multiple Medicines app (available at: Polypharmacy: Manage Medicines)
For information and advice on Covid related symptoms please go to NHS Inform website or call the national coronavirus helpline (0800 028 2816 – open 8am-8pm each day).
Unfortunately during the school holidays of November 2021 we are short staffed due to a combination of factors including clinical and administrative staff illness, leave and covid restrictions.
As always, we will endeavour to help as many patients as safely and quickly as possible. We ask for your understanding when contacting us or awaiting a reply. We are trying our absolute best to provide a safe service under extreme pressure.
We also need to advise you that prescriptions are taking between 7-10 working days to process so please be mindful of this and request your medication via the pharmacy with this in mind.
Our whole team including our reception team are doing all we can in a really difficult situation. Our Patient Care Advisors on the phones and at reception desk are experiencing a high level of patient frustration, which is understandable (we are frustrated too!), however this has a serious impact on their working day and own health, so we are asking you to please be kind. We know people are worried and feeling unwell. We want to help.
Your understanding and co-operation is greatly appreciated.
Wester Hailes Medical Practice
The Winter Vaccination Programme 2021
Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership
The Winter Vaccination Programme will start in September 2021.
You can find out if you’re in a priority group eligible for a flu vaccine on NHS inform
We don’t have all the details at the moment but we can tell you:
- You will not get your vaccine at your GP surgery
- You will get your vaccine at a clinic set up to vaccinate large numbers of people quickly
- You will have a pre-booked appointment or be invited to make a booking at a vaccination clinic.
Details on the vaccination clinics are being finalised and when supplies of vaccines become available we will update this page as soon as we have more information.
Please don’t phone the practice as we don’t have any additional information for the moment.
Please keep an eye on our website or NHS inform
Stop the spread of Covid-19 in Edinburgh
Regular testing for people with no COVID-19 symptoms is one of the ways we can all help keep people safe and stop the spread new variants in Edinburgh. Infection rates are rising across Edinburgh, so we’re urging people to keep testing, even if they’ve been vaccinated.
You can order free rapid lateral flow test kits online or by phoning the National Testing Centre on 119.
Almost 1 in 3 people infected with Covid-19 don’t have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing on the virus unknowingly to family, friends and others in the community. By getting tested people can find out if they are positive and self-isolate at home to stop spreading the virus to others. People who have been vaccinated are also encouraged to take a test as they may still carry the virus.
You can find out more about community testing on our web pages at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/communitytesting
MIA - Online Minor Injury Assessment
Remember that NHS services remain available to you when the surgery and pharmacies are closed. For minor injuries, Call MIA to get advice quickly and safely.
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