PRACTICE INFORMATION - updates and changes to services    In order to provide flu vaccination programme information on our home page you will now find the updates and changes to practice services in the clinics and services section of our website.  

Flu vaccinations - Important information for patients

Your questions answered - as at 20 October

Please can we kindly request that you read this website information first

Please note that Ladywell Medical Centre East will not be providing flu clinics this year.  Vaccinations will be provided at central hubs and the flu programme is being managed by the Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership.  

  • We have provided information below on venues and dates for the drive through and walk/cycle through flu hubs.   If you are able to attend the drive through we would ask that you attend this as a first option. - Please note as at 12 October - walk through clinics at Sighthill Medical Centre have been withdrawn on 7th and 8th November.  
  • Letters will be sent to families of 2-5 year olds inviting them to an appointment at a central location.  
  • We await information on dates for the community vaccination team to visit our housebound patients but if you receive a visit from a District Nurse or a GP they may do this for you.
  • You can also check the NHS Inform website  where full information is given, including a guide to your eligibility and vaccination arrangements.
  • If you have issues finding relevant information or have any questions, please only then, call the NHS Inform Helpline on 0800 22 44 88.
  • Please only call the Practice if all other options have failed to provide assistance as we will, in the first instance direct you to our website and NHS Inform.
  • The Edinburgh Health and Social Care Partnership are keen to hear feedback from the public in relation to the program - please contact them by e:mail with any comments, positive or otherwise.  Please e:mail them on 

We will keep our website up to date with any changes.

Thank you for your cooperation

Who should get a flu vaccine?

Am I eligible for a free flu vaccine?

These groups are eligible for the flu vaccine this year:

  • all primary school children
  • children aged 2 to 5 (children aged 2 on 1 September 2020 and not yet in school)
  • anyone aged 65 and over as at 31 March 2021
  • anyone aged 55 - 64 
  • anyone aged 18-64 in clinical risk groups
  • those living with people who were shielding during lockdown
  • pregnant women
  • healthcare workers
  • unpaid and young carers
  • social care workers who provide direct personal care

Why should I get a flu vaccine?

With COVID-19 around it’s more important than ever to get the flu vaccine.

Flu is serious. Getting the vaccine will protect you, others and the NHS.

Please click below for full detail

Please click Ladywell Medical Centre East - flu clinic hub information for full detail of the drive and walk/cycle through clinics arranged for Ladywell Medical Centre East.    Please note as at 12 October - walk through clinics at Sighthill Medical Centre have been withdrawn on 7th and 8th November.  

In the case of both the drive and walk through clinics, please ensure you have checked our website for the most up to date information to ensure that the clinic you are planning to attend is still running.  Changes to clinic dates and times may change at short notice which is outwith our control but we aim to update the information as soon as we get it.  

Flu information in other formats or languages

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Flu information - Bengali

Flu information - Cantonese

Flu information - Arabic

If you have coronavirus symptoms

Please see the NHS Inform website for the most up to date guidance   CORONAVIRUS ADVICE

If you’ve developed symptoms (however mild), stay at home for 10 days from the start of your symptoms and arrange to be tested. Do not go to your GP, pharmacy or hospital. 

You should remain at home until you get the result of the test, and then follow the advice you will be given based on the result. 

Read the NHS Inform stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection.

When to get help

Only phone 111 if:

  • your symptoms worsen during home isolation, especially if you’re in a high or extremely high-risk group

  • breathlessness develops or worsens, particularly if you’re in a high or extremely high-risk group

  • your symptoms haven’t improved in 10 days

If you have a medical emergency, phone 999 and tell them you have coronavirus symptoms.

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