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**We are upgrading our IT system on Wed 15th and Thu 16th November**

There will be some disruption to normal surgery services - see the News page for information.

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We are upgrading our IT system on Wed 15th and Thu 16th November

This upgrade offers a big boost to the speed and reliability of the system, and brings benefits to our doctors and patients alike.

There will be some disruption to our normal services.

On Wednesday and Thursday we will only process emergency prescriptions. There will also be minor delays in accessing test results

We apologise for the disruption, and ask that you work with us as NHS Lothian implements the upgrade.

Normal services will resume on Friday, when we hope to have a much better, faster computer system.

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This month we are focusing on screening and support for those living with cancer.  There is some information below and on the notice-boards in our waiting room.

Cervical screening

Cervical cancer is the most common cancer in women aged 25-35 in this country with six women being diagnosed every week in Scotland.

Cervical screening (the smear test) prevents 8 out of 10 cervical cancers from developing and saves around 5000 lives per year in the UK.

Smear tests are offered to women aged 25-49 every 3 years and to women aged 50-64 every 5 years.  You will be sent an invitation letter when your smear is due.  If you missed your last smear test please contact us to make an appointment.  If you have questions or are anxious about having a smear test please speak to your GP or practice nurse.

Breast screening

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women and around 1000 women die from breast cancer every year in Scotland.

Breast screening tests for cancers that are too small to see or feel.  Catching breast cancer early means that it is easier to treat.

Women aged between 50-70 are offered breast screening (a mammogram) every 3 years.

Bowel screening

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in the UK with 40,000 people diagnosed every year.

Bowel screening helps to detect bowel cancer early, which makes it easier to treat successfully.  In Scotland bowel screening prevents around 150 deaths from bowel cancer every year.

If you are aged 50-74 you will be offered bowel screening every 2 years.

For more information about all of the types of screening described above and useful links visit our screening page.

Support for those living with cancer


Macmillan offer a variety of information and support for those affected by cancer.  This includes those who care for someone with cancer and those who have a friend or loved one with cancer.

Macmillan libraries service

Macmillan are starting a drop-in service at some Edinburgh libraries.  This provides information and can help you access other support such as counselling.  Visit their website for information about which libraries offer this service and drop-in times.

Move More

Move More helps those living with cancer to get or stay as active as possible.  Various different activities are available, including walking groups and gentle exercise classes.  Click here for more information.

Maggie's Centre Edinburgh

Maggie's Centre is based at the Western General Hospital.  Click here for more information and contact details.

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