Springwell Medical Centre
39 Ardmillan Terrace Edinburgh EH11 2JL
Tel: 0131 347 1860
Fax: 0131 347 1861
Out of Hours: 111
In the month of May there were 229 missed appointments (DNA'd). Please cancel appointments if you are unable to attend.

Antenatal

Tuesday morning and afternoon and Wednesday morning with the community midwives. Please note this appointment is made by the midwives directly.

Asthma/COPD

We have recently updated our appointment system so we no longer have a set day for the chest clinic.  Appointments to check your Asthma/COPD should still be made with Nurse Leith Murray and are scattered throughout the week instead of having one clinic on a Wednesday morning.  Please note chest clinic appointments are 15 minutes long and you should bring any inhalers/peak flow readings with you to your appointment.  You must also ensure when making the appointment you inform reception you require an appointment for an "Asthma Review" or "COPD Review"

Baby Clinic

The Health Visiting Team will see all babies in the home between 6-8 weeks of age to conduct a development assessment. Aged 8 weeks the GP will conduct a medical exam within Springwell Medical Centre. The HV Team provides an appointment for all babies to have their GP medical and 1st set of immunisations. All immunisations thereafter must be organised by the parents.


The HV office is open for phone calls between 08:30 and 16:30.

A drop-in baby clinic runs every Thursday 13:30-14:30 at Tynecastle Community Wing. This clinic is staffed by the Health Visitors or Staff Nurse.
 

Diabetic Clinic

We have recently updated our appointment system so we no longer have a set day for the Diabetic clinic.  Appointments to check your Diabetes should still be made with Nurse Elizabeth Forrester however we require you to make an appointment with Anne Frater for blood tests at least one week before the diabetic clinic.  The diabetic appointments are set out Monday-Wednesday both morning and afternoon.  Please note diabetic clinic appointments are 20 minutes long.  You must also ensure when making the appointment you inform reception you require an appointment for a "Diabetic Review".

Cardiovascular

We no longer hold set cardiovascular clinics on Thursday and Friday afternoons with our Health Care Assistant. These appointments have been taken over by the Practice Nurses.  Appointments are scattered throughout the day/week so we have appointments available morning and afternoon.  Please note these appointments are 15 minutes long and you must ask for an appointment for a "Cardiovascular Review"

Blood/BP

Our Health Care Assistant offers appointments on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (08:20-15:00) for basic blood and blood pressures. These appointments are 10 minutes long.

Child Immunisations

These appointments take a bit more time than a normal nurses appointment so we have set times during the day when these can be administered.  We have appointments in the morning and afternoon each day for both Nurses.  Please note that these appointments are 15 minutes long.

While Nurse Leith is in training we can only offer immunisation and travel vaccination appointments with Nurse Liz Forrester.  Liz works Monday to Wednesday.

Cervical Smear

Any appointment with a practice nurse - It is recommended that women between the ages of 20 and 60 have a cervical smear every three years. As of 6th June 2016 this will change; 25-50 year olds - 3 yearly; 50-65 year olds - 5 yearly and 66-71 year olds will be screened if they have previously had any abnormalities. You will be notified by letter directly from the Cervical Screening department when your smear is due. Please ensure that you arrange an appointment with the practice nurse for when you are mid cycle as this provides a more accurate result.

While Nurse Leith is in training we can only offer cervical smear appointments with Nurse Liz Forrester.  Liz works Monday to Wednesday.

Contraception

We provide a full range of contraceptive services. Most are provided at normal GP surgery appointments. You will be asked to make a special appointment if you wish to have an Implanon or an IUCD (coil) fitted. Post coital contraception (the morning after pill) is also available. It is important that you take this as soon as possible after unprotected intercourse. If you need this please make a same day appointment or go to any pharmacy and request to speak to the pharmacist who can supply you with this free of charge providing you are over the age of 13 and are registered with a GP in Scotland. Please note for the contraceptive pill you need to see the GP.  Please also see the Sexual Health and Contraception  tab under "Do I Really Need To See The GP?" tab.

Travel Vaccinations

Travel Vaccinations

Please make an appointment a very minimum 8 weeks before you travel. You will need to fill in a “Travel Advice” form below or if you prefer you can pick one up from reception.  This must be either submitted or handed in to the surgery at least 5 working days before your appointment so the nurse can go through your record and check the current recommendations for the place(s) you are visiting.  If you have not submitted the travel advice form at least 5 working days before your appointment we may not be able to vaccinate you fully and you may require a follow up appointment.  Travel Vaccination appointments are 15 minutes long and we have appointments scattered throughout the day with both Nurses.

While Nurse Leith is in training we can only offer immunisation and travel vaccination appointments with Nurse Liz Forrester.  Liz works Monday to Wednesday.

If a private prescription for some vaccinations or tablets is organised you may need to pay £20 for the prescription at the surgery and pay for the medication at the pharmacy. The following vaccinations are free of charge:  Tetanus, Diptheria, Polio, Typhoid and Hepatitis A.  This procedure is set by the British Medical Association (BMA).

General Advice

Read the latest health advice for the country you're travelling to on the Fit for Travel website, and check the travel safety updates with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.You may need travel vaccines or, if diseases such as malaria are a risk, you may need to start protecting yourself well in advance.  Prepare a kit of travel health essentials, including sunscreen, painkillers, antiseptic, insect repellent and anti-diarrhoea pills. These will be useful wherever you're going.  Sexual health experts advise taking condoms with you to avoid the risk of buying fake brands, which may be unsafe, when you get there.

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Cryotherapy (Wart)

We no longer have a set clinic for Cryotherapy (wart, veruccae, skin tag removal). All nurses are able to perform this at any time Monday to Friday. No referral from the GP is required.

Ear Syringe

In the first instance you must consult with a GP as there may be an underlying infection or damage to the ear drum in which case an ear syringe could make the problem worse. After the GP has examined you and ruled out any possible underlying issue you will then be asked to make an appointment with a nurse to have your ear(s) syringed.