Welcome to Whinpark Medical Centre

We provide comprehensive NHS primary care services to help you manage your health and well-being.

Our aim is to provide a high quality, caring and personal healthcare service to our whole patient population by:

  • Putting our patients at the centre of what we do
  • Having a highly qualified and trained multi-professional integrated primary Healthcare Team
  • Offering our services in a safe, supportive and suitably equipped environment, using technological advances in healthcare systems for our patient’s benefit.

Due to cases of COVID -19 growing again we are asking that you attend any arranged appointments in the surgery at the time of your appointment and not earlier. We are trying to reduce the amount of patients in our waiting rooms at one time so you may be asked to wait outside, please ensure you are prepared for this by bringing a jacket etc . We also ask that you attend alone where possible and children and those who require carers only bring only 1 additional person anyone else will be asked to wait outside. We are trying our hardest to keep the practice doors open and the practice as accessible as possible while ensuring that we are working safely and following guidelines in this difficult time. We really appreciate you understanding and support.

If you have any questions about the COVID Vaccine, please visit NHS Inform by clicking here, or call the national helpline 0800 030 8013 which is open from 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.

Please see the below statement from the Scottish Government regarding Covid Vaccination Passports:

Please do not contact your GP Practice to ask for a Covid vaccination passport or status certificate – they will not be able to provide any standard document. International certification standards have not yet been agreed.

The Scottish Government is working to support the re-opening of international travel once it is safe to do so. We are working with the other UK Nations and with the World Health Organisation to agree on potential future COVID certification requirements for international travel.

COVID-19 Vaccination status scheme launched in Scotland.

A COVID-19 vaccination status letter can now be downloaded from the NHS Inform patient portal at the following link

https://www.nhsinform.scot/covid19status?fbclid=IwAR3wXKzW2AC1xB4yki9B5eiWfPzhrI5mSGvcwf5E1ZlFRjmrvNpJXzN1lrY

A Freephone COVID Status Helpline has also been set up to allow people to get the record posted to them. Please ring 0808 196 8565.

Flu Vaccination – Winter 2021

The Winter Vaccination Programme will start in September 2021.You can find out if you’re in a priority group eligible for a flu vaccine on NHS inform. We don’t have all the details at the moment but we can tell you:

The way you will get your flu vaccine this year has changed.

People aged 70 or over will now be sent a letter by the national booking system with details of an appointment at a vaccination centre.

From now on, GP practices will not administer the Flu jab. Across Scotland, Health and Social Care Partnerships are taking on this role in line with the GP Contract agreed by BMA Scotland on behalf of Scottish GPs. This change has been agreed to relieve pressure on GP practices. As a result your local practice will not offer any flu vaccinations or handle any booking queries for people in eligible groups.

Instead, the flu vaccine will be delivered by the four Health and Social Care Partnerships in Lothian – East Lothian; Midlothian; Edinburgh and West Lothian.

If you require further information or you need to rearrange your appointment, please contact the helpline on your appointment invitation or the local enquiry line on 0300 790 6296.

Please do not contact your GP. 

You can find out more on the websites of the Health and Social Care Partnerships or on NHS Inform

You will not get your vaccine at your GP surgery

• You will get your vaccine at a clinic set up to vaccinate large numbers of people quickly

• You will have a pre-booked appointment or be invited to make a booking at a vaccination clinic.

If you need to rebook your flu vaccination appointment you can do this by phoning 0300 790 6296 or 0800 030 8013, you can also do this online at https://www.nhsinform.scot/flu-vaccine/invitations-and-appointments/rearrange-your-flu-vaccine-appointment

PLEASE DO NOT PHONE THE PRACTICE ABOUT YOUR FLU VACCINATION APPOINTMENT. We cannot change your appointment.

Please see below for information regarding Children’s Flu Vaccinations.


Guidance for Children’s Flu Vaccines


All eligible 2-5 year olds should receive an appointment from SIRS and on that letter there is a contact number if the appointment is not suitable 0131 659 2920. The Edinburgh Vaccination Team are calling the at risk children to arrange an appointment at one of their routine clinics so they will not receive an appointment letter. The remaining cohorts (eligible school age groups) will be done by the Community Vaccination Team at school. If the child is going to miss this appointment then you can call them on 0131 446 4082 to book into a mop up clinic (but these have not been set up yet so wait until the start of October).

News & Announcements

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Community garden project

Join the Whinpark Community Garden Join the Whinpark Community Garden. Come for a relaxing garden session and help keepthis community

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iThrive Edinburgh

iThrive Edinburgh is the online space for mental health and wellbeing information for all Edinburgh’s citizens.

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Staff Training

We will be closed at 12.00pm for staff training every first Thursday of the month for 1 hour.

Public Holidays

Local Public Holidays The Practice will be closed on the following days:

Know who to turn to for your healthcare

We want to help you get the right medical assistance when you’re ill, injured or have a long term condition. Going directly to the person with the appropriate skills is important. This can help you to a speedier recovery and makes sure all NHS services are run efficiently.

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When you need healthcare advice or help with medicines

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When your mouth or teeth need urgent attention

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Alert

Coronavirus Update

We ask that you do not come to the surgery unless you have a pre arranged appointment with one of our clinicians. At the moment we are still unable to offer routine face to face appointments however we are able to offer phone appointments for on- going, routine issues. Please note that you may have to wait a few days, especially to speak to a specific doctor.

If you require urgent medical advice please call the surgery at 8am to arrange a call back from the GP that day. Our reception team will ask for a brief description of your symptoms this is so we can prioritise those with more urgent need. They may also direct you to another clinician or your local pharmacy who may be able to deal with your issue quicker and appropriately.

All GP and physio appointments will be triaged via telephone and you may be asked to email in pictures or arrange a face to face or video consultation, Please use the link below if you are given a video consultation.

Our nurses and health care assistant’s are now able to offer most services so please call the surgery to arrange an appointment if you had your appointment cancelled or postponed due to the outbreak.

Please do not attend surgery for any reason if you have any Coronavirus related symptoms instead call 111 for advice.

Finally we do ask that if you need to attend the surgery you wear a face covering unless exempt. Our reception team will ask you to wear one please follow the instructions given by them. Those who do not comply may be asked to leave.

Please use the below link if you have a video consultation

Visit NHS Inform for the latest guidance on coronavirus COVID-19, including symptom checker, self-care and social distancing.

If you have severe COVID-19 symptoms and need further advice call NHS 24 on 111not the surgery.

Isolation Notes are available online from NHS 111, if you are self-isolating and need a note for your employer.

Further information and guidance available from the Scottish Government – Coronavirus in Scotland.