Clinics & Services
If you become a patient of Edinburgh Access Practice, you will be able to access the following health professionals and services:
GP Surgeries - surgeries are partially open access, meaning you can see a GP without the need to make an appointment - see the timetable on Home Page.
Practice Nurses - You do not always need an appointment to see a practice nurse, as they are usually available both during and out-with the GP surgery times at both TAP sites (Leith St and Spittal Street site).
When you register with us at EAP, you will be seen by the Practice Nurse before seeing a GP, for a New Patient Health Assessment.
You can speak to a practice nurse for advice by calling the practice on (0131) 240 2810 or by calling in person to either of our practice premises at Spittal Street and The Access Point. If the practice nurse is unable to see you, we can make an appointment for you.
The practice nurses would be happy to see you for support with any Long Term Condition you may have. We can also see you for clinical nursing issues such as wound management, immunisations, sexual health screens, Blood Borne Virus screens, dietary and nutritional advice, skin care, ear checks including syringing if needed, asthma checks and updates, COPD and spirometry checks and ECGs as advised.
We can also support you with Stop Smoking, contraception advice, alcohol brief interventions, cervical smear updates or any other health question you may have.
Midwife and Health Visitor - Antenatal care and support during pregnancy on a Thursday afternoon at The Access Practice women-only clinic. If possible, let the Practice know before hand if you think you will attend and need to see the midwife or health visitor. Allowing for staff availability, the staff covering the Thursday clinics all day (GP, practice nurse, midwife and health visitor) will be female.
Practice Mental Health Team- There is a weekly drop-in at EAP Spittal Street Centre, 22-24 Spittal Street, on a Wednesday afternoon at 1.45PM, for anyone wanting to link-in with a Practice Mental Health Nurse (PMHN) or wanting mental health or substance misuse advice. Up to 6 spaces are available at the Wednesday Drop-In.
In addition, you can be referred to the Practice Mental Health Team by clinical staff at EAP. This service offers support from PMHNs and Occupational Therapist colleagues to assist you if you are experiencing difficulties with alcohol, drugs, other addictive substances, as well as mental and physical health problems.
Occupational Therapy - You can access the Occupational Therapy service through referral either by any member of the EAP clinical staff team, or by workers from other agencies.
Clinical Psychology Service – You can access the Clinical Psychology service through referral either by any member of the EAP clinical staff team, or by workers from other agencies. The service is available for the assessment of psychological and mental health difficulties and provides treatment in the form of psychological therapies, education and advice where appropriate.
Hep C Assessment &Treatment Clinic – we have a weekly Hep C clinic for assessment, support and treatment. Please ask for further information.
Welfare Rights Officer (Benefits Advice) – can identify what benefits you may be entitled to and help with every aspect of claiming these benefits from initial applications to representation at appeals. There are two ways to access this service: 1) a drop-in session at EAP Spittal Street site, on a Wednesday afternoon from 13.45hrs. Please note, appointments can last one hour each for this service. 2) an appointment-only service on a Tuesday PM at Spittal Street and a Thursday AM at 17 Leith Street please ask any member of staff if you wish to make an appointment.
Housing Advice - information and support regarding accessing housing, including options for appealing decisions, are available on a drop in basis at both Edinburgh Access sites. Please contact EAP Reception for details: 0131 240 2810
Interpreter & Translation Services - We have the facility to provide telephone access to a translator service for those whose first language is not English. In some cases, an interpreter can be arranged to accompany you to your appointment.
Visiting Services to EAP
- Podiatrist - available at the Spittal Street EAP site only, on the first Wednesday of the month.
- Optician - we have a regular optician clinic running on the first Tuesday of every month at the Spittal Street site.
- Dentist - EAP patients have a dedicated drop-in at Spittal Street Clinic all day on Mondays and Fridays 9:00-11:00am
- Legal Advice - will be available on a Friday afternoon at the Spittal Street site