Welcome to Craigmillar Medical Group
Thank you for your patience and understanding at this very difficult time. We are taking all measures to ensure the safety of our patients and staff around coronavirus and keep essential services running.
Before contacting the practice, please could you make sure that you read the information found on this website https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19.
If you have symptoms of fever (above 37.8C) or a new cough (even if you have not travelled anywhere) the current advice is:
- If you live alone you must self-isolate at home for 7 days.
- If you live with others ALL of you must self-isolate at home for 14 days.
It is VERY IMPORTANT that you DO NOT come into the practice. More information on how to self-isolate is available on nhsinform.scot
Most people will be able to manage the illness at home without medical help and will not need to phone the surgery.
If you feel very unwell or much more breathless than usual, please do phone the surgery on 0131 322 2111 or NHS 24 on 111.
How you can help us to keep helping you:
Please try not to come into the surgery building unless absolutely essential. This helps reduce the risk of infection to you and our staff.
If you have no symptoms but are worried about the virus, contact with a possible case, or unsure about the latest Health Protection guidance, please do not call the surgery but use the freefone Coronavirus Information Line on 0800 028 2816.
We need to keep the phonelines open for our most unwell and vulnerable patients.
- Please do not come to the surgery to order or collect prescriptions. Try to use the prescriptions tab above, your usual pharmacy or post your request in our post box located at the front entrance OUTSIDE the building.
- ALL prescriptions will be sent directly to a pharmacy for collection. Please make sure you tell us which pharmacy you would like to collect it from.
- You should only order medication when it is due. There is no need to stockpile.
Chronic disease annual reviews by the nurse and other non-essential nurse appointments will be postponed until further notice. Elderly patients with conditions such as heart disease, diabetes etc should stay at home away from the risk of infection. Please follow the link for advice on social-distancing measures for at risk groups.
Look out for each other. Please think of what you can do to help others less able than you who may be self-isolating. #viralkindness
If you have any letters for the doctor these can also be posted in our grey post box at our main entrance just before you come into the surgery.
Our drop in baby weight clinic run by health visiting team has now also been postponed until further notice. If you need to speak with our health visitors you can still do this via phone by calling 0131 536 9620.
We understand this is a difficult time for us all and your mental health and well-being is really important. If you are feeling anxious or struggling with your mental health please click this link to watch our video where Kat our senior mental health nurse explains the "STOP" strategy.
If you are self-isolating and need a note for your employer, please follow the guidance here: 111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
Citizens Advice Bureau face to face appointments are currently postponed but they are still able to offer our patients an appointment by phone. If you wish to speak with an advisor please call the surgery on 0131 322 2111 to arrange a telephone appointment.
For any patients who have concerns regarding their coronavirus recovery you can call the Post Coronavirus Rehab Advice Line on 07969 334704. You can contact them between 9am - 12pm.
We will continue to keep our patients updated as the situation progresses.
Jim Cole, whose death has just been announced, was a GP in Craigmillar for 36 years.
He will be fondly remembered by many in the community and by his colleagues. At the practice, who learnt form his wisdom, his calmness and his commitment to the community were highly valued.
Although Jim was in the ‘traditional mould’ of GPs , he was much more than that.
He cared about people, families and the community and was a wealth of knowledge about family structures and relationships , and was committed to the notion of cradle to grave general practice care.
He delivered (when home confinements were common) many babies , was their GP for many years after that, until indeed they had started there own families, so had real connections with his patients.
His pipe smoking was legendary which gave him a gravitas in later years – something he well deserved.
However his major contribution was to support and encourage modernisation and development of the practice.
He grasped the need for the practice to commit to the management of drug users and patients with HIV, both of which were hugely challenging and indeed well beyond the comfort zone of most practices.
He similarly recognised the practice required a wider team, nurses, receptionists , secretaries and indeed more GPs to meet the challenges of a modern general practice.
When times were tough, Jim was in his element. “We’ll all just have to work a little bit harder for a little bit longer” mantra , has certainly stuck with many of us throughout our careers. But he was also very kind and always supported colleagues.
He will also be remembered for his love of golf and long-standing membership at Liberton GC
Although his leaving do in East Lothian, on the most perfect summer night, will be remembered as the most wonderful night ,for those who were there , my abiding memory will be of a wonderful, thoughtful, kind and compassionate GP, whose message for all of us was to work hard and get on with the important stuff, looking after our patients.
He will be remembered and missed by huge numbers of our community too.
We are a modern general practice offering a wide range of services to our patients and we are always looking
at new ways to improve our service for you and communicate this through regular patient newsletters.
Your suggestions to help improve our services are always welcome.
The information in this website will help you to make best use of our services and promote your best
health and wellbeing. Our practice team consists of doctors, practice nurses, health care assistants, and
We also have health visitors, district nurses, midwives and community mental health nurses working with us.
Let us introduce our practice, our team and the many ways how we can help you to get the best care when you need it. Please share this information with your friends or family, who are also our patients, and may find it useful.
(Site updated 02/06/2020)