Welcome to The Hopetoun Practice at Bellevue Medical Centre.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak
If neither you, nor anyone else that lives with you, has any Coronavirus symptoms, but would like further general information about COVID-19, please navigate to NHSInform, or call the NHS24 dedicated Novel Coronavirus Helpline on 0800 028 2816.
If, however, you, or anyone else that lives with you, have developed a FEVER and/or a NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH and/or LOSS OF TASTE OR SENSE OF SMELL, no matter how mild the symptoms, THE ENTIRE HOUSEHOLD must STAY AT HOME and must not leave the house until the risk of transmitting infection has reduced. To find out exactly what you and your household must do, please follow the Stay at Home Guidance found HERE. You do not need to speak to a doctor or NHS24 - please just follow the instructions and go straight into self-isolation for the recommended timescale.
If your symptoms become very severe during self-isolation (such as difficulty breathing or severe shortness of breath), or if they continue to make you feel ill beyond a period of 7 days, please TELEPHONE NHS24 on 111. This is essential to deal with your situation in a safe and co-ordinated manner.
Do NOT call, or attempt to come to, the Practice if you have Covid-19 symptoms.
Suspension of Normal Practice Working Arrangements
From Wednesday 18th March 2020, the following emergency measures will be put in place in order reduce the risk of Coronavirus transmission to patients and staff. These measures are essential to keep our building free of Coronavirus, and keep a service running for patients in the most need of medical attention.
- All previously-booked face-to-face GP appointments will be cancelled. If you have an URGENT medical problem that cannot wait, and which must be dealt with by a doctor and no-one else, please telephone the Practice and a clinician will call you back. Most minor ailments can be dealt with by following advice from NHSInform, and/or your local Pharmacy.
- Repeat prescriptions will no longer be collectable from the Practice, but will be sent direct to a nominated pharmacy. Please indicate your pharmacy of choice when ordering prescriptions. Please use our online ordering system if possible, or post a written request through our letterbox.
- Some nurse appointments may have to be cancelled according to other competing clinical needs over the coming weeks. Our receptionists will be in touch whenever this is the case. You should attend any pre-booked nurse appointments as normal unless you are advised not to. You must obviously cancel pre-booked nurse appointments should you develop any of the Coronavirus symptoms described above.
- Medical certificates (“Sick Lines”) will be posted to patients and will no longer be collectable from the Practice.
Patients at Very High Risk from Coronavirus
People in the following groups are at risk of developing especially severe illness if they catch Coronavirus. As a result, the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Scotland will be writing to all of these people individually. The letter will contain full instructions about how to self-isolate and keep safe over the coming 12 weeks whilst the virus is circulating in the community. The letter will also serve as proof for employers that the person cannot work outside of home, and a "sick line" will not be required. Most eligible people should have received their letter by 7th April. The process of trying to protect you from Coronavirus is called "shielding" and is being organised centrally at Government level.
If you have not yet received your letter, but think you should be getting one, you can, in the meantime, download a copy HERE.
The very high risk groups are defined as:
1. People who have had solid organ transplants (eg liver, kidney)
2. People in specific cancer situations as follows;
- currently undergoing chemo or radiotherapy for lung cancer
- cancers of blood or bone marrow like leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma at any stage of treatment
- currently receiving immunotherapy or antibody treatment
- receiving other cancer treatments which target the immune system
- having received a bone marrow or stem cell transplant in the last 6 months, or who still take immunosuppressive drugs
3. People with severe respiratory conditions, including all Cystic Fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD
4. People with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell disease)
5. People on certain single agent, or combination, therapies that suppress the immune system enough to significantly increase risk of infection (eg azathioprine, methotrexate, mycophenolate (both types), cyclosporin, tacrolimus, sirolimus, high dose oral steroids for more than 4 weeks, "biologics"). Please note that just because you are taking one (or more) of these medicines does NOT automatically mean that you will need to be shielded. Your GP will be cross-checking behind the scenes to make sure that all patients taking these types of medicines get the right advice.
6. People who are pregnant with significant heart disease, form birth, or acquired later in life
Welcome to our website, where we hope you will find all the information you need in order to make the most of our services.
We operate from modern, purpose-built premises that house two separate Practices. On entering the building, The Hopetoun Practice is the Reception to the left, whilst The Annandale Practice is the Reception to the right. Please ensure that you come to the correct Reception in order to avoid any confusion!
Disabled access to the Medical Centre is via a ramp from either the small car park on Annandale Street Lane, or alternatively, the footpath on Huntingdon Place. All areas of the building are at ground-floor level, and there are male and female toilets for the disabled immediately opposite the entrance. Please note that parking is very limited around the Medical Centre, so we would encourage our non-disabled patients to avoid travelling to the surgery by car if at all possible.
Please use the menu above to navigate around our site, and to find out information about our opening times, surgery times, and things like how to order repeat prescriptions etc.
Please click on Further Information, then use the menu to the right to access information about services and organisations outwith the Practice that you may find useful. This contains, amongst other things, self-referral forms for Physiotherapy and Podiatry (also known as Chiropody), where you do not need to see a GP in order to arrange a routine appointment. The Health Visitors' pages can also be found in this section.
Please remember to inform us if you move house, or change your telephone number or email address. You may do this either in person via Reception, or alternatively, use the button below to inform us electronically.
We would also like you to tell us whether we can use you mobile number to send text messages to. This might be to remind you of your appointment time, or to ask you to call us about something important. We will never use your number to send any confidential medical information, or spam, so if you would like to use this service, please use the button below to give your consent.
You may also like to update your clinical record, including things like your current smoking status, weight etc, by using the appropriate button below. All information sent electronically via this website is securely encrypted through SSL technology, and will remain entirely confidential.
(Site updated 18/06/2020)