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. 

Update 24 Sept 2020    -  staffing and telephone issues  

Due to unforseen staffing problems we are limiting calls to urgent only.  We apologise for this and hope to return to normal circumstances as soon as possible.   

Unfortunately we are also experiencing ongoing intermittent faults with our telephone system.  We are in contact with our supplier to try to resolve these as quickly as possible.    

We realise how frustrating this will be if you are trying to contact us and appreciate your understanding and co-operation.   Thank you.

We are currently a Partnership of 8 Doctors.

At present we also have Associate Doctors as well as training Doctors called Registrars. 


The Registrar is in the final year of a ten year training programme, gaining supervised experience in general practice.  With your consent, the Registrar may record your consultation for teaching, training or assessment purposes.


At times of high workload, holiday or sickness Locum Doctors may be employed to assist the Practice.  They are fully qualified general practitioners who wish more flexibility in their working hours.  Checks are carried out in keeping with current recommendations from the GMC.

Medical Students

The Practice is committed to teaching medical students.  We teach second and final year University of Edinburgh students.  

The final year student may be present when the Doctor is consulting.  You may be offered an appointment with the student with a Doctor in attendance, or you may be asked to see the student before seeing the Doctor with whom you booked the appointment.  Occasionally, consultations are recorded for teaching purposes. In all of these circumstances your consent will be sought beforehand and it is perfectly acceptable to decline. 

We are very grateful for patient support in this important venture of assisting the Registrar and students develop their skills.

Community Midwives

Midwives provide care for expectant mothers.  Appointments are made by the Midwives. They can be contacted directly on 0131 286 5023.  The team are based at Pennywell All Care Centre.

Community Nurses

The district nursing team provides care and support for patients in their own homes. They can be contacted directly on 0131 316 4053 from 08:00 to 16:30 Monday to Friday. An answering machine is available if the nurses are out on calls and the machine is checked at regular intervals.

The nurses work closely with GPs, carers, hospitals, hospice services, social work, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and chiropody services. After 16:30 and at weekends and on public holidays please contact NHS24 on 111.

Health Visitors

Health Visitors are qualified nurses who have undertaken specialist training in community and public health nursing. 

Members of the Health Visiting Team offer support and provide health promotion advice on many health issues such as immunisation, infant feeding, sleep and behaviour management and aim to support families with general child health concerns.

The Team also undertake developmental assessment at scheduled intervals and work closely with other partner agencies, including local nursery schools and Early Years providers and can offer assessment and appropriate referral when necessary.

A new parents group, drop in sessions and local breast feeding support group are available to families with babies up to six months of age.

The Team can be contacted on 0131 334 5086/4955 (08:30 – 16:30) Monday to Friday. An answer machine will take messages if they are out of the office.

Attached Staff

Welfare Rights Adviser

There is a free, confidential Welfare Rights Adviser service operating on Thursday mornings within the centre.  Karen is available for consultation on a wide range of issues including financial/benefits advice. Appointments can be made by contacting reception or speaking with your doctor. 

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