New branch at the Pennywell All Care Centre
You may well be aware that a new three storey building, the Pennywell All Care Centre, is now completed and is located in Pennywell Gardens.
From 1st February we are opening a branch there and so some of your appointments may well be at the new branch rather than here at Muirhouse. When you make an appointment you will be advised whether your appointment is at the main Muirhouse surgery, or at the new Pennywell branch, which is on the ground floor of the new building.
Further details of how the new branch will work will be available shortly, and you can see below a map of where the new building is located. Here are some of the main details of how the new branch will work:
To book an appointment you will continue to use our current telephone number. When you are given an appointment you will be advised which branch to attend.
Both GP’s and Nurses will be located at the new branch. These will be the same GP’s and Nurses that you see at Muirhouse – they will consult from the new Pennywell branch on a rota basis.
Some midwife appointments will be based at Pennywell. Midwives will let you know where your appointments will be.
All Counsellor and GP Link Worker appointments will continue to be at Muirhouse.
Prescriptions will continue to be administered from the main Muirhouse surgery, though if you are seen at the Pennywell branch, your GP or Practice Nurse can issue prescriptions from there.
If you have any queries or concerns please ask at Reception.
New Staff at Muirhouse
In January we welcome some new doctors to the practice. Dr Suzy Scarlett will join us as a maternity cover GP for Dr Milner. Suzy will work on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
We also have a new FY2 Trainee called Dr Charlotte Bowry.
In addition, we have recruited a new Medical Receptionist, Donna Owenson who joins us from another Edinburgh practice.
To all our patients who gave generous gifts and kind Christmas cards to the surgery over the festive period, the staff at Muirhouse Medical Group would like to say a very big thank you.
NHS Minor Ailments Service
The NHS Minor Ailment Service is an NHS service for children, people aged 60 or over, people who hold a medical exemption certificate and people on certain benefits.
When you are registered for the Minor Ailments Service your pharmacist can give you advice or a medicine for a minor illness or complaint, if they think you need it. You will not have to pay for this
The NHS Minor Ailment Service is available from community pharmacies across Scotland. For more information on how the scheme works, speak to a local pharmacy, call the NHS Inform helpline on 0800 22 44 88 or contact our local Citizens Advice Bureau.
While you are registered for this service you can still make an appointment with your doctor whenever you like.
Remember that even if you don’t qualify for this free service, you can still go to your pharmacist for advice or to buy a medicine for a minor illness or complaint.