Community Midwife Update

Message from Rachel Murdoch, Community Midwife in Dunbar.

I hope everyone is keeping well and staying safe during these uncertain times.

I just wanted to reassure everyone who is pregnant in the area that all appointments with myself are going ahead as scheduled, as antenatal and maternity care has been confirmed as an essential service by the government. With that being said, we are taking additional precautions to ensure we keep pregnant women and their unborn babies safe. To do this, we are aiming to minimise face to face contact to reduce exposure time, and so I will contact you prior to your appointment and conduct as much of this over the phone as possible. We will also be undertaking risk assessments to ensure that nobody displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 attends the surgery.

If you are newly pregnant and have a booking appointment with me in the coming weeks, I will contact you by telephone also.

This is the link to the most recent guidance from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists:…/covid-19-virus-infection-and-pre…/

Unfortunately, antenatal classes in Lothian have been temporarily suspended. Below are some useful links to NHS pages which contain some information which I would usually cover in class. You will also find information within the Ready Steady Baby book and Off to a Good Start book provided at your booking appointment.

WEEK 1…/…/what-happens-during-labour-and-birth/

WEEK 2…/pregnancy-a…/ventouse-forceps-delivery/…/pregnancy-and-baby/pain-relief-labour/

WEEK 3…/pregnancy-an…/breastfeeding-first-days/

WEEK 4…/pregnancy-and-baby/being-a-parent/…/pregnancy-and-b…/your-baby-after-birth/

I appreciate that this is an anxious time for anyone expecting a baby. Please feel free to contact me if you have any specific worries or concerns.
Thank you for your understanding.


Information about coronavirus for pregnant women and their families

COVID-19: Changes to the Appointment System

Due to the ongoing situation with Coronavirus, we are taking measures in line with guidance shared by NHS Scotland and Public Health authorities to minimise risks associated with the virus.

In order to protect our patients and staff, we are asking for your support. The same measures are being taken by all three practices in Dunbar.

What does this mean for you?


From Monday 16th March 2020 we are asking all patients to NOT attend the medical centre unless they have prior agreement from a member of our clinical team. We aim to minimise the number of patients attending the medical centre for face to face appointments. This means that all patients must contact their practice by telephone to request an appointment, providing details of their need.

A member of the clinical team will phone you back to discuss your need, and wherever possible this need will be met over the telephone. If the clinician deems that you require a face to face appointment, you will be asked some screening questions to determine whether there is a need for a coronavirus assessment. If this is the case you will be asked to self-isolate for 7 days, and other arrangements will be made to address your medical need if it is urgent. If there is no risk you will be given a face to face appointment.

Access to the medical centre

Access to the building will be restricted to the patients who have been invited for an appointment by a clinician.
Anyone who attempts to gain access to the surgery who has not been invited will be asked to leave the premises.
Only the patient with the appointment will be allowed into the building.
For children, only one parent or guardian will be allowed to accompany the child.


Paper requests for repeat prescriptions have temporarily been suspended, again to avoid the spread of the virus. You will not be able to collect your prescription from the practice reception.
To order a repeat prescription, please request via online services, where possible. Please do not order prescriptions via telephone on Monday 16th March as our phone lines will be extremely busy.

Remember to use the hand sanitiser provided when entering the building or wash your hands in the patient toilets.

Please remain courteous to our staff at all times, any incidents of verbal or physical abuse may result in removal from the practice list.

This is a very challenging time for us all and we would appreciate your co-operation during this period of uncertainty.

Our priority is the health and safety of all our patients and staff.

Coronoavirus Advice

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(WN – CoV) advice – Wuhan Novel Coronoavirus


If you have a sore throat/ cough/ temp/ respiratory tract infection or flu like symptoms:


  • Have you travelled to Wuhan, China recently; in the last 14 days before onset of symptoms?


  • Have you had contact with anyone from that region?


If the answer to either of those 2 questions is “Yes” you should

  • NOT come to the surgery.
  • Stay indoors
  • Do not have contact with anyone else
  • telephone NHS 24 on 111

Wuhan Novel Coronoavirus

(WN – CoV) advice – Wuhan Novel Coronoavirus

If you are have a sore throat/ cough/ temp/ respiratory tract infection or flu like symptoms:

  • Have you travelled to Wuhan, China recently; in the last 14 days before onset of symptoms?
  • Have you had contact with anyone from that region?

If the answer to either of those 2 questions is “Yes” you do not come to the surgery.

You can telephone the surgery for further advice or NHS 24 on 111

Staffing Update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have a limited number of reception staff at present. Please, if at all possible make any repeat prescription requests through this website.

I ask that you bear with us at this busy time.

Many thanks

Lynne Bolton – Practice Manager

Vacancy: Reception Staff

A rare opportunity has arisen to join our friendly, forward-thinking team.

We are looking for enthusiastic, conscientious, loyal and self-motivated individuals to join our hard working team. Hours are negotiable. Candidates must be very flexible as practice opening hours are 8.00am – 6.00pm and cover for annual leave is also required. Excellent people skills and team relations are essential as well as high quality, efficient, typing experience.

For an application form, please contact Lynne Bolton, Practice Manager by email;

If you require further information or would like to arrange an informal visit please do not hesitate to contact me.

Closing Date: 17th May 2019.