GP Medical Practice

For medical advice, treatment or prescriptions, you can contact your local GP Medical Practice.  


Right now, GP Practices are very busy. Image of a male doctor sitting at a desk with computer screens beside him with NHS Lothian on them

Before calling your medical practice, please consider if you can manage your illness yourself with self-care guidance from NHS Inform or visit your local pharmacy first. 

On contacting your Medical Practice you will be asked to describe the nature of your enquiry or concern in a sensitive way.  This allows the patient advisory team to effectively assess your needs and direct you to the most appropriate medical professional within the practice, or refer you onto another primary care team that can best meet your needs.  All information that you give the team will be treated confidentially.

Find your local GP Medical Practice

GP out of hours service

If you need urgent medical advice which can’t wait until your GP practice is open, or you have a sudden onset or worsening of conditions, please call:

  • NHS 24: 111
  • Text phone users: 18001 111
  • If English is not your first language: tell the person answering the call the language the patient speaks to be linked as soon as possible to a translation service
  • in life threatening illness or injury always dial 999

For more information about the Out of Hours service, please visit the NHS Inform website here.


Visiting your GP Practice 

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Each GP practice in East Lothian receives support from Pharmacists and Pharmacy technicians who form the Pharmacotherapy Team. Image of a pharmacists hand holding two packets of tablets and a clipboard

The Pharmacotherapy Team work within the practice, undertaking a broad range of tasks including: 

Supporting patients by:

  • providing direct patient care for patients with chronic conditions such as high blood pressure.
  • reviewing medication for patients on complex and high risk medication regimes for safety and effectiveness
  • liaising with patients and the local community pharmacists to resolve medicines related queries and short supply issues.

Supporting GP practice teams by: 

  • processing hospital discharge and outpatient clinic letters to ensure patients’ medicines are reconciled and prescribed safely.
  • providing advice to healthcare professionals around medicines and medicines governance.
  • supporting changes in prescribing processes such as increasing uptake of serial prescribing for patients on long term medicines.
  • delivering quality improvement initiatives
  • ensuring medicines prescribed are cost-effective to get more from limited NHS resources.