We try to keep our GP appointments for patients with more serious health problems.
Before you book an appointment to see a doctor please consider whether an appointment with a Practice Nurse or Advanced Nurse Practitioner might be appropriate. They can help you with a wide range of medical problems.
Our receptionists can help you decide which is the right person for you to see.
If you have a cough, cold, headache or other minor ailment try treating yourself at home first. Find out more about treatments for common minor ailments.
Please remember that self-care for common conditions can help free up our GPs’ time, making it easier to get an appointment when you have a more serious condition.
Your pharmacist can help too
Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals and can give you confidential health advice for a range of common illnesses and complaints.
Don’t wait for a GP appointment for coughs, colds, aches and pains. Just give your local pharmacy a call or drop in – there’s no need to make an appointment.
Your pharmacists can also help you decide if you need to see a doctor or nurse.
111 is the free NHS non-emergency number.
You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.
Call 111 if:
- you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
- you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
- you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
- you need health information or reassurance about what to do next
A&E is for life-threatening accidents and emergencies only. Before you go there, ask yourself, “Is it a real emergency?”
If not, please consider using other local health services before you visit A&E.
MIA (minor injuries assessment)
Get advice quickly and safely for injuries including:
- strains, sprains and suspected broken bones of
arms and legs
- wounds and minor burns
- damage to joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves
- minor bumps to head and face
- simple eye injuries
- insect bites and stings
Call 111 to arrange a confidential consultation with a Minor Injuries Nurse Practitioner. You might be able to treat the injury at home or with help from a local pharmacy. If you need to attend the minor injury service, for further examination or treatment, you will be given a convenient appointment. services.nhslothian.scot/CallMIA