The NHS does not pay for some of the services we provide, such as private sick notes, insurance forms, passport countersignature applications, medical reports, private prescriptions, holiday cancellation forms, fitness to travel certificates and some vaccination services. Please contact the Practice regarding current fees for any of the above non-NHS Services.
Out of Hours
Out of Hours cover is provided by NHS24 from 6pm to 8am Monday to Friday and over the weekend from Friday 6pm to Monday 8am. Please call NHS24 on Free Number 111 if you require urgent medical attention. In a life threatening emergency phone 999.
The District Nurses provide care at home. They can be contacted by phoning: 228 7503.
The Health Visiting Team is available to provide advice to expectant mothers and families with babies and small children. They run regular baby clinics and also see patients at the surgery and at home.
The Health Visitor and Doctor carry out developmental checks for your child. The clinics are usually held on Tuesdays. The practice arranges the required appointment without any action being necessary on your part. Health Visitor phone number is : 536 9770.
If you are unable to attend surgery due to acute illness, please request a home visit before 10:00am.
Please contact the surgery a week after your test between 1pm – 4pm, unless advised otherwise.
If you are sick for up to a period of 7 consecutive days of absence, please ask your employer for a self-certificate form (SSP), which you need to complete. A doctor’s medical certificate (Med3) is only issued after a period of 7 consecutive days of absence as a result of illness. If you are ill for more than 7 days you should see your GP who will decide if you need another sick note.
If you would like to stop smoking you can see either the doctor or nurse for advice. Alternatively, you can contact Smoking Cessation service on one of the following telephone numbers, to get an appointment at one of their clinics: Gorgie Office 0131 537 7447 or Gracemount Office 0131 672 9532.
Data Protection Act 1998
In order to provide care for you we are obliged to keep medical records. The Practice fully complies with the Data Protection Act 1998 and other guidance on privacy and data confidentiality. In order to manage services and improve the quality of care we provide, we share some information on Practice activity with the appropriate health authorities and, where possible, this information is made anonymous. Information is NOT shared with third party outside the Health Service without your explicit consent, however, we are obliged by law to provide certain information, e.g. notification of certain infectious diseases. If you have any questions, please contact the Practice Manager.
Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 recognises that members of the public have the right to know how public services are organised and run. Marchmont Medical Practice is obliged to respond to requests about recorded information that it holds. The Act creates a right of access to that information, subject to certain exemptions. Marchmont Medical Practice has adopted the British Medical Association (BMA) model publication scheme for General Practitioners in Scotland. Overall responsibility for the model publication scheme rests with the BMA. A copy can be obtained on request by contacting reception.