A message from Dr Lavelle on her Retirement

Dear Patients,

As one of your GPs in Cromwell Harbour Practice, serving you and getting to know you and your families over the past 15 years has been a privilege.

I cannot think of a finer place to end my GP career of 33 years than in Dunbar Medical Centre. 

Please accept my sincere thank you and know how hugely touched I am by your kind words, lovely cards and thoughtful gifts received on my retirement; all totally unexpected but much appreciated.


I know how difficult the last 2+ years has been for you all. Thank you for your support of the practice and your understanding of the changes required during this time.

I would like to wish Dr Jo Holmes good luck as the new Cromwell Harbour GP Partner and also welcome our second Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Sue Bagley, to the practice.

All the very best for the future.

With my warmest gratitude,

Sincerely yours,

Del Lavelle

Scotland’s Census

Filling in the census helps find out what your community really needs. Whether that’s employment, healthcare, or other essential services. Census Day is 20 March, but you can fill it in as soon as you receive your letter, or call 0800 030 8308 for a paper questionnaire. Scotland’s Census. Getting the right things out starts with filling it in. Go to @scotcensus2022 and census.gov.scot.

Support to get online to complete the form will be available from East Lothian Libraries:

https://www.eastlothian.gov.uk/directory/10059/east_lothian_libraries

Support is available to complete a paper form from Carers of East Lothian:

One-to-one sessions at the Carers of East Lothian office in East Lothian Community Hospital on Thursday 10th and Friday 11thMarch 2022, where we’re happy to help to:

  • Complete the online Census questionnaire
  • Apply for a paper questionnaire 
  • Complete a paper questionnaire if this has already been applied for

Carers can sign up for a 30-minute slot by phoning us on 0131 665 0135 or emailing centre@coel.org.uk

Carers will be asked to bring the letter received from the National Records of Scotland with them to help us to complete any forms. If neither date is possible to attend, we’d still encourage folk to get in touch and we can look at alternative options for support in completing the Census.

Support is available from VCEL

Drop in  Sessions on 8th March 2-5 and 15th March 10-2. 

56 High Street

Tranent, EH33 1HH

Call | 01875 615423

Email | info@volunteereastlothian.org.uk

Dr Lavelle

After 33 years as a GP, Dr Lavelle has decided to retire from Cromwell Harbour practice as of Friday 8th April 2022.

We will miss her very much, but wish her a very long, happy and well deserved retirement.

Cromwell Harbour Medical Practice Team

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

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

Winter Flu Vaccination

Winter Flu vaccination programme will start in Sept 2021. The programme will be different from previous years. These will be managed and held by Health and Social Care Partnership who will distribute detailed information soon via local media, social media or local advertisements once finalised.

* Logon to NHS Inform website to check if you are eligible

* You will not get your vaccine from your GP surgery

* You will get your vaccine from a vaccine clinic which will be set up to vaccinate large numbers efficiently

* You will have a  pre-booked appointments or be invited to make a booking at a vaccination clinic. Details of clinics are being finalised.

* Please do not contact the practice for any further information as we don’t have any at this time.

We thank you for your understanding

Improving the Cancer Journey

People affected by cancer in East Lothian now have access to a new service that can offer emotional, practical and financial advice and support.

There are two local link workers who can provide advice, information and support on a whole range of non-medical issues related to having a diagnosis of cancer. The service is open to anyone with cancer and their family or carers, at any stage of the illness.  

To get in touch with the Macmillan Improving the Cancer Journey service or find out more call 07977 307 286  or 07929 784315 or email loth.icj@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk  

Patient Access to Children’s A&E

The Emergency Department is located in BioQuarter 2 and shouldn’t be accessed from the main hospital entrance.  This information and a map is also available on the RHCYP website:  Departments & Services | Royal Hospital for Children and Young People (nhslothian.scot)

The route (by car) is following the signs for Gate 2 of the BioQuarter with Emergency Department displayed on it – there is a drop off zone directly outside the main entrance of the emergency department. The closest car park is 1B (Gate 1) with the path to ED directly opposite which leads around the outside of the building to the ED entrance. The nearest bus stop is opposite car park 1B and patients should follow the same path.