We have recently added a Frequently Asked Questions page to our website. We hope this can provide some information and answer some of your queries. It can be found by clicking here
Cervical Screening Awareness Week is 16th-20th June. We are encouraging patients along with the NHS to ensure that they are up to date and have had a test within the last 5 years. The cervical screening test (smear test) is designed to check your cervix (neck of the womb) for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Cervical screening is routinely offered to anyone with a cervix in Scotland between the ages of 25 and 64 every 5 years. Most women have the cervical screening test at their GP surgery. If you decide to take up the invitation, contact your GP surgery to arrange an appointment. Try to make an appointment for a day when you won't have your period. During your period it's difficult to get a clear view of your cervix. If you'd like to bring a friend, or arrange for an interpreter, mention this when making your appointment. You can also ask for a female nurse or GP. Attached are some useful sites for more information.
NHS Digital App
You may see advertisements for the NHS Digital app in circulation. A quick reminder to patients that this is app is for NHS England ONLY and does not apply to the rest of the UK. If you wish to see your vaccination status please see following link - http://www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status
We have mixed feelings at Hillbank to pass on the news that our long serving GP, Dr Hannah, will be retiring. His last shift at the surgery will be on Friday 2nd July 2021. Dr Hannah has worked at Hillbank Health Centre for 25 years and has dedicated his working life to looking after our wonderful patients. Dr Hannah has been a loyal and dedicated partner at the surgery who has shared his vast knowledge with colleagues, staff and patients alike. I'm sure that you will all join us in wishing 'Stan' all the best for his well deserved retirement.
Unfortunately Hillbank Health Centre is currently unable to provide any ear syringing (irrigation) services due to current Covid-19 restrictions. Private Ear syringing clinics are operating as normal and the following companies provide the service:
More information on self care for blocked ears or earwax can be found here - - Ear Care Guide
Covid International Travel Enquiries
We are asking if patients can please refrain from contacting us regarding Covid vaccination passports or status certificates. We will not be able to provide any standard document as International certification standards have not yet been agreed.
However the NHS have created a platform where patients can access their Covid Vaccination status. http://www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status is a website where patients can check their vaccination status.
The Scottish Government continues to urge a highly cautious approach to international travel, given the risk of new variants. The four UK Chief Medical Officers have said that green-list status should be the exception, rather than the rule, with countries added to the list only where there are very good reasons for doing so.
SMS opt out
The practice is starting to update the way in which we contact patients regarding reminders and results. If you have a mobile number on file with ourselves we will start to send you an SMS (Text message) with any reminders that we need to inform you about and with any results from tests taken. If you would NOT like for this to happen and opt out, please get in touch with us and we will ensure that it is recorded.
We encourage all patients who are either registered carers or aged 65 years old or over to contact the surgery if you have not heard about receiving a Covid Vaccine. Can all other patients kindly be patient and await a phone call from ourselves to book your vaccine. We are currently working through lists in order of eligibility and will contact you when appointments are available. We are doing all we can in order to vaccinate everyone as fast as possible.
To keep updated on who is currently being vaccinated and for all other COVID-19 vaccine information, please visit http://www.nhsinform.scot/covid19vaccin. If you think you should have been invited to your vaccination by now, you can access the missing invites form at http://www.nhsinform.scot/covid-19-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/missing-appointment-details. Your enquiry will then be looked into. You will receive a communication within a couple of days.
Patient's aged 60 to 64, or will be by 31 March 2021, were invited to get the free flu vaccine in early December. Patients in this age group who have already received a flu vaccine since September 2020 don't need to attend another flu vaccination appointment. Patient's aged 55 to 59 will not be invited for flu vaccination. Current levels of seasonal flu remain very low and the risks associated with flu are considerably lower than in previous years. Coronavirus is currently a greater risk within the community. As a result, Scottish Ministers have decided to prioritise the COVID-19 vaccination programme. People aged 55 to 59 will be invited for their COVID -19 vaccination as part of priority group 8 of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JVCI).
Covid 19 Update
Everyone at the practice would like to thank all our patients for their assistance and patience throughout the pandemic. We are all working very hard to ensure we provide an efficient and proactive service. As we have had to adapt to a new way of working we are busier than ever behind the scenes. We are continuing with the roll out of Covid vaccines and aim to phone patients whenever we have vaccines available.
We are also asking that patients do not call us with repeat prescription requests. We ask if patients can place their completed repeat form or a piece of paper with your name, date of birth and medications you require through our letterbox at the front of the building. We can also take the requests via email or through Patient Services. More information on Patient Services can be found under the 'Prescriptions' tab on our website.
Please note that we have 11 spaces designated for patient parking including 2 disabled spaces. Access is via Rosebank Street into Rosebank Mews. All patients and visitors to the health centre are therefore requested not to park in any area outside our designated spaces as these are areas owned by local residents and other businesses.