Please note that we have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release.
- For the first seven days of any illness, you can self certify using a form that your employer should provide you. Alternatively you can obtain this form from this government website. If your employer requires a doctor’s certificate for the first seven days of illness, this is a non-NHS service for a which a fee is applicable. You should discuss with your employer whether you or they will be liable for this. Please ask your practice reception team for further details on how to obtain a private medical certificate.
- If you feel that you need more than seven days off work, you can make a surgery or phone appointment with a GP to request a Fit Note. This is an NHS service for which there is no charge.
If you are asked to provide a medical certificate other than a Fit Note, this will need to be in the form of a Private Medical Certificate. We generally recommend speaking to your employer about this further, and clarifying if they will cover this cost. If there are specific considerations to make regarding your workplace conditions, they will need to organise an Occupational Health assessment.
For all soft tissue/joint problems, you can self-refer to the Musculoskeletal Service by calling 0800 917 9390 (please note the usual service has been suspended due to pandemic changes. Please see below for the new ways of contacting the MSK/physio service:
If you are self-employed or work for a company of less than 250 employees, and have a problem that is affecting your work, you can refer yourself to NHS Lothian Working Health Services by phoning 0131 537 9579. They offer a waiting time of 10 days or less for physiotherapy and counselling.
During the coronavirus lockdown period, you can access physiotherapy services via a new phone service, available on 01620 642 968.
For a factsheet all about this, click here.
- For Eye Pavilion referrals, call 0131 536 3920
- For Lauriston Buildings referrals, call 0131 536 1000
- For New Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh referrals, call 0131 536 1000
- For Roodlands (East Lothian Community) Hospital referrals, call 0131 536 8300
- For Royal Hospital for Sick Children referrals, call 0131 536 0000
- For St. John’s Hospital Livingston referrals, call 01506 523 000
- For Western General Hospital referrals, call 0131 537 1000
If you need to provide feedback or make a complaint about your clinic appointment or waiting time, please see this page.
- The easiest and quickest way to obtain forgotten medication is to contact your own GP practice and ask them to fax a prescription to a pharmacy for you to collect. You will need to liaise with the pharmacy to obtain their fax number, and also to check that they are willing to take a prescription in this way, and to check that they can supply (or obtain) your medication in the time required.
- Some pharmacists may be able to issue medication on an emergency basis, and this may require a private dispensing fee. You can read more about this here.
- If the above steps are not possible, you may need to register with us as a temporary resident. Please be patient to allow our reception teams to go through the necessary checks, and if necessary, confirm your medication requirements with your own GP.
- In the out-of-hours period, and when local pharmacies are closed, you should call NHS 111 for further advice if you are worried about missing your medication until normal GP services are open again. Please be ready to travel, including to an out-of-hours centre in East Lothian and/or to a pharmacy that is open at the time required.
The midwifery team will automatically request any relevant information from your GP.
Health visitors can be contacted at Dunbar Medical Centre on 01368 861 447 or 01368 861 448.
Health visitors are fully qualified nurses who have had specialist training in the field of health education. They have a particular responsibility to children under five.
More information about this service is available here.