We have now vaccinated the majority of our patients over 75 and those who have been in the shielding category. We are currently running a ‘mop up’ service to vaccinate patients in Priority Groups 1-9 who have been highlighted to us by the Health Board because they are yet to have a vaccination. If you are eligible for this then someone from or team will contact you to arrange an appointment in the near future.
You can find out more about the priority groups by clicking here.
All other groups will be offered appointments via Health Board run services by letter, however from 30/6/21 all of the Mass Vaccination Clinics in Lothian will now be offering a drop in service.
Please use the link below if you have not received a letter to query your missing Covid vaccination appointment:
Unpaid carers can self-register for the COVID-19 vaccine from 15/03/21 – Click here to read more
If you have any questions about the COVID Vaccine, please visit NHS Inform by clicking here, or call the national helpline 0800 030 8013 which is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.
COVID VACCINE STATUS
People will be able access their Covid-19 Vaccine Status online, by logging on to www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status.
People who have lost or forgotten their username or password will be able to create new ones by selecting ‘forgot username’ or ‘forgot password’ options.
A Freephone Covid Status Helpline will allow people to get the record posted to them – it can be contacted on 0808 196 8565.
COVID-19 VACCINATION AND BLOOD CLOTTING
The UK vaccination programme has been very successful with more than 30 million people fully vaccinated.
What is the concern?
There have been reports of extremely rare conditions involving blood clots and unusual bleeding after AstraZeneca vaccine.
Around 4 people develop this condition for every million doses of AZ vaccine given.
This is seen slightly more often in younger people and tends to occur between 4 days and 4 weeks following vaccination. This condition can also occur naturally, and clotting problems are a common complication of COVID-19 infection.
What should I look out for after vaccination?
Although serious side effects are very rare, if you experience any of the following from around 4 days to 4 weeks after vaccination you should seek medical advice urgently.
- A new, severe headache which is not helped by usual painkillers or is getting worse
- A headache which seems worse when lying down or bending over
- An unusual headache that may be accompanied by:
- blurred vision, nausea and vomiting
- difficulty with your speech
- weakness, drowsiness or seizures
- New, unexplained pinprick bruising or bleeding
- Shortness of breath, chest pain, leg swelling or persistent abdominal pain
More information on this can be read in this Health Scotland Leaflet
NHS SCOTLAND CORONAVIRUS / COVID-19 PATHWAY.
If you have questions about this outbreak you should, in the first instance, refer to the information available on:
- The NHS Inform website: https://www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus, OR
- The Health Protection Scotland website: https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19/
Both of these websites detail the current self-isolation advice for anyone with a cough or fever or loss of taste/smell.
TEST AND PROTECT
Anyone in Scotland who is self-isolating because they are showing symptoms can be tested.
You can choose whether to attend one of the testing sites in Scotland or, subject to availability, to have a home testing kit delivered to your home.
To find out if you are eligible for testing you can access the NHS Inform self-help guide at www.nhsinform.scot/self-help-guides/self-help-guide-access-to-testing-for-coronavirus
If you want to book a test for you or a household member you can do so online at www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test
Results are sent to you directly by text. Everyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be put in touch with their local contact tracing team to help identify who they’ve been in close contact with.
NHS Scotland have also now released a free phone app to help the Test and Protect process. The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus, but to protect privacy it won’t tell you who has tested positive or when you came into contact with them. The app is available to download now from the App Store and from Google Play. You can read more about it here: protect.scot
If you have been told by a healthcare professional/111 to isolate and you need a sick note/isolation note to give to your employer, this can be done online at: https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ – This process has been endorsed by NHS Scotland
INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR RECOVERY AFTER COVID-19
As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind. These changes should get better over time, though some may take longer than others. There are things that you can do to help and we want to make sure the you have access to information that can help you with your recovery.
We would encourage everyone who is still recovering to read the NHS Lothian information leaflet as this covers some specific, self-directed rehabilitation advice. If you are struggling with your mental-health, we would also encourage you to read our mental health and well-being web page which has a focus on local supports and services.
We hope you find these information sources helpful, but would also highlight that some people who are struggling with their recovery from COVID-19 will need medical assessment. The linked websites/documents provide advice on when you should call the practice to arrange a GP telephone consultation.
Recovery after COVID-19
Published by NHS Lothian:
Guidance produced by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence, the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network and the Royal College of General Practitioners:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Longer-term effects
Hosted by NHS inform – NHS Scotland’s health information service:
Your COVID recovery
NHS England website: