Special Services

Family Planning

thepillContraception can be discussed with any doctor. Follow-up appointments for contraception can be made with the practice nurse. We also fit and remove implants, Nexplanon, and you should make an appointment with one of the doctors to discuss this.


We are a C:Card point for people aged 16 and over who want free condoms. C:Card is an NHS Lothian sexual health service. During the pandemic these are available to request online. 


Cervical Smears

These are done every three years for women aged 25 to 64. Appointments are usually with the nurse but can be arranged with a doctor if you prefer. Smears can also be done by Family Planning Services based at Dean Terrace who offer evening appointments. A central computerised recall system is in operation across Scotland (SCCRS), and women should receive an invitation to attend for a cervical smear.

Well person checks

These are done by the practice nurse and include all aspects relating to good health. Please tell the receptionist that you wish to make an appointment for a well person check.

Child Health Care

Baby clinics are run by the health visitor and paediatric staff nurse on Thursdays between 11 and 12 (last weight at 11.45) at Conan Doyle Medical Centre. The health visitor offers advice on child care, including baby weighing. No appointment is necessary for the Thursday clinic. Vision checks on babies and young children are organised by the health visitor.

Child Development

The health visitor runs a child health development programme to monitor the health and development of babies and young children. Invitations to attend are sent out at the appropriate times.


Babies and children under 5 - appointments are arranged through the health visitor.

Screening of older patients

We have a policy of reviewing the health of older patients on a regular basis using a birthday card system.

Long term health problems

The practice has several policies for review of long term health problems e.g. diabetes, epilepsy, asthma and heart disease. Patients with these conditions may be invited to attend for review by the practice nurse.

In addition to the above, leaflets are available from the doctor or nurse on a wide variety of topics, including:

  • Contraception (all aspects)
  • Sterilisation (male and female)
  • Menopausal problems
  • Pregnancy problems
  • Asthma
  • Back pain
  • Special diets
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Weight reduction
  • Stopping smoking
  • Incontinence
  • Migraine
  • Infant feeding
  • Immunisation (babies)
  • Sexual health

 Physiotherapy Service

If you are aged over 16 and have a muscle, bone or joint problem then you could have an appointment with our Advanced Physiotherapist Practitioner, rather than your GP. During the outbreak of Covid-19, the practice physiotherapist is available on the telephone to assess your condition and help you to develop a plan to manage it.  The physiotherapist may sometimes need to talk to your GP to help you get the care you need.  To help direct you to the most appropriate person we will need to ask a few questions: please don't be offended.

Please note the practice physiotherapist does not provide ongoing treatment, however if this is required you can be referred on.

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