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The Hopetoun PracticeBellevue Medical Centre26 Huntingdon PlaceEdinburgh, EH7 4ATTel: 0131 556 2642
In addition to general medical consultations, we are pleased to be able to provide services covering the following specific areas:
Our receptionists will be happy to advise you on the most appropriate member of the Practice team to see.
Some services that we provide fall outside the scope of what the NHS funds, as they are not part of day-to-day General Medical Services. Such non-NHS services therefore attract private charges that are necessary to cover the costs of medical and administrative time that patients are not normally exposed to under the NHS.
Examples of such private services include the following:
A comprehensive list of our fees for private services can be downloaded here:
Our reception staff will be happy to advise you about appointment availability and applicable charges.
From 1st January 2016, we will be introducing a small service charge for provision of our Travel Services. This has become necessary in order to cover the increasing costs of offering a Travel Service that is not, in fact, part of the current NHS General Practice contract. With increasing amounts and complexity of international travel, comes a corresponding increase in the amounts of administration, training, consultation time, and professional fees, such as medical indemnity insurance, that are not being funded by the NHS.
From 1st January 2016, the following charges will therefore apply to any patients requesting Travel Services:
Adults: £20 per person, per trip
Children £10 per child (under the age of 16), per trip
Families £50 per family, per trip (2 adults and up to 3 children under the age of 16 yrs)
The service charges will cover the following:
If you are travelling to an area where you will require any of the vaccinations listed below, these will require payment in addition to the standard service charges listed above.
This simply reflects the cost to the Practice of purchasing these vaccines on your behalf, and includes the nursing time required to administer them to you. If, for example, you are planning a trip that requires a prescription for malaria prevention, routine travel vaccines, plus Yellow Fever, the full cost to one adult for this service would be £20 + £55 (YF Vaccine) = £75.
Please click on the Travel Vaccines tab above to see our full pricelist.
If you require any services relating to foreign travel, you will need to have an appointment with our Travel Nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. She will need to know which countries, and areas within those countries, that you are visiting, in order to determine which vaccinations are required. Before organising a Travel Service appointment, you must complete and return our Pre-Travel Questionnaire, which is available from Reception, or download a copy by clicking on the link below.
If you did not spend your childhood in the UK, we will have no NHS records of your previous immunisations, unless you have previously supplied them. It is therefore ESSENTIAL that you make all possible efforts to obtain a translated record of your childhood vaccinations, and include this with your Travel Questionnaire.
Once your Pre-Travel Questionnaire has been returned and assessed by the Nurse, one of our receptionists will contact you to arrange a suitable appointment time, tailored to the exact requirements of your travel plans. Please allow at least 6 weeks before your date of travel and your first appointment, as any vaccinations that you require will take time to become effective, and we may need to order in some of the less-frequently-used vaccines. This may mean that you require a series of appointments in order to receive all the injections that you need. If you require malaria prevention (prophylaxis), the Nurse will advise you about this during your first appointment.
If your travel plans are especially complex and lengthy, if you have very complicated medical problems, or if your date of travel is between 3 and 6 weeks away, you may be directed to the Specialist Travel Clinic at the Western General Hospital, so please bear this in mind when planning your trip. If this is necessary, we will of course refund our £20 service charge in full.
Remember - many diseases are spread by mosquitoes. Download our leaflet to learn more about how to avoid being bitten.
Mosquito Bite Avoidance
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below.
If you're travelling to an area that is relatively "standard" in terms of health, you may only need vaccination against diseases such as Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus, Diptheria, Polio and Cholera. These will all be provided, if necessary, through our standard Travel Service charge.
If, however, you are travelling to areas where you may be at risk of more exotic diseases, you may require additional vaccines, and you will be advised about these at your initial travel consultation. Our Nurse will give you written advice about exactly which vaccines are recommended, and the number of injections that you will need to be adequately protected. For medicolegal reasons, it will not be possible to offer any of these travel vaccines to patients who have not had a prior travel assessment via our standard Travel Service, or to members of the general public who are not patients of the Practice.
In the case of Yellow Fever, because the international regulations surrounding this are more complex, and the vaccine itself more risky, please click on the Yellow Fever Vaccination tab above for more information.
You can read more about the vaccinations we can provide, and the diseases they prevent, by clicking on the name of the vaccine that you are considering having, below. The number of injections required refers to someone who is having a PRIMARY course of vaccination - i.e. who has not previously been vaccinated against that disease. If you have had a primary course before, you may only need a single BOOSTER vaccination to top up your immunity. This will all be clearly shown on your personalised advice sheet however.
Hepatitis B - primary course of 3 injections, administered at 0, 1 and 2 months.
Japanese Encephalitis - primary course of 2 injections, administered at 0 and 4 weeks
Meningitis ACWY - 1 single injection
Rabies - primary course of 3 injections, administered at 0, 7 and 28 days
Tick-Borne Encephalitis - primary course of 3 injections, administered at 0, 1 and 5-12 months. 90% protection is provided after the first 2 injections, and may be adequate for those at short-term risk of infection.
Our current prices are itemised below. Please note that these prices are for ONE injection (dose) of each vaccine, and they include the clinic time with the nurse for its administration.
Most of the vaccines require more than one injection in order to give effective protection, so please bear this in mind when planning not only for the costs, but also for the fact that your vaccination course may span several weeks. A full course of 3 doses of Hepatitis B vaccination would, for example, cost £90, and take 8 weeks to complete.
If you would like to go ahead and have any of the above vaccinations, the Practice will first need to buy them in on your behalf. You can place your order by downloading our order form and following the instructions carefully. Please use your personalised advice sheet, issued by the Nurse, to guide your completion of the order form.
Please complete a separate order form for each person that requires vaccination, including any children.
All orders will require pre-payment, and it is important that you understand that, as licensed medicines, vaccines that have been ordered cannot be returned to the supplier for re-use or refund, once they have been dispatched to us. It will not therefore be possible to refund the cost of any vaccines, in the event that you are unwilling, or unable, to have them administered after placing your order.
The Practice is now designated as a Yellow Fever Centre by Health Protection Scotland. This means that we now offer Yellow Fever vaccination to those travelling to affected areas of the world.
Following submission of your Travel Questionnaire, our nurses will perform a comprehensive risk assessment, using the latest World Health Organisation information, and advise whether you will require vaccination in order to enter any of the countries that you are visiting. You will be required by law to produce an International Certificate of Vaccination or Prophylaxis (ICVP) in order to proceed through Border Control of any country where Yellow Fever transmission is a risk.
Individuals with certain specific medical problems may be unable to receive Yellow Fever vaccine, and in this situation, we can provide a medical exemption certificate that may be accepted by the affected country in order to gain entry. This is not guaranteed, and no liability can be accepted for individual Border Control decisions.
You can read more about Yellow Fever, and the international regulations surrounding, it by clicking here.
Vaccination consists of one single dose for all age groups, and is NOT provided by the NHS. It must therefore be purchased privately, and our current fees are listed below.
If you will require Yellow Fever vaccination and/or certificates for any of the countries that you are visiting, you will be informed of this when our receptionist telephones to schedule your Travel Clinic appointment with our nurse.
If you have previously had Yellow Fever vaccination, and you have forgotten to mention this on your Travel Questionnaire, please tell the receptionist AT THIS POINT.
Remember - the best way to avoid Yellow Fever, and many other unpleasant diseases, is to avoid being bitten in the first place. Download our leaflet to learn more about how to minimise your risk.
For some people, coming to see the doctor or nurse can be stressful. For these people, this can mean that their blood pressure (BP) and pulse rate goes up whenever they see a healthcare professional. This is called "White-Coat Hypertension", and it makes it difficult to determine what their "true" BP really is underneath all that anxiety. For this reason, we may ask you to monitor your own BP at home, over a period of a week or so, and then give us a note of your readings so that we can work out your average home BP. This should reflect what your blood pressure is really like if you suffer from White-Coat Hypertension. This can also be very helpful if you are already on medication for your blood pressure, or you've had it increased recently, and it doesn't seem to be working properly.
If you have your own BP monitor at home, you can use this, or alternatively, we can loan you one from the Surgery for a week or two, depending on availability. If you do have your own machine, please be aware that only those that measure your BP at your arm provide a medically correct result. Those that measure BP at the wrist are not suitable for medical use. In addition, not all BP machines are of good enough quality for medical use, where the results might end up in you taking medication for the rest of your life. All of our Surgery machines meet these standards, so are reliable, but if you use your own machine, you should first check that it meets the approval of the British Hypertension Society by checking this website: Approved BP Machines
We have our own specially designed form on which to record your BP readings, and you will be given a copy by the doctor or nurse. If you lose it, or need to start again, another copy can be downloaded here:
Home Blood Pressure Monitoring Form
Please DO use our special form and DO NOT use scraps of paper, as this information needs to be clear and easy to interpret, and will be scanned into your electronic medical file.
If you would like additional instructions on how to measure your own BP at home, please watch: How to Use an Automatic BP Machine
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