East Dunbartonshire Improving the Cancer Journey

East Dunbartonshire Improving the Cancer Journey (ED ICJ) is a new service provided by East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership (HSCP) in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support. The ED ICJ service will offer people with a cancer diagnosis, access to the support they need in a timely manner. 


We work with our local primary care colleagues, GP’s and Local Authority partners, who can send referrals on your behalf.  Once we receive a referral, we will ask you to complete a Holistic Needs assessment (HNA) to highlight the most important issues to you. The HNA is a concerns checklist which includes all areas of concern; physical, emotional, social, financial, family, spiritual and practical. If anything listed on the form has caused you concern recently, please score the concern from 1- 10, with 10 being the highest.


We then offer a consultation with a dedicated Cancer Wellbeing Practitioner who will discuss your concerns so we can advise and support you. 


Referring into the service is easy, via telephone, email or website. Patients can self-refer via these pathways. We also welcome referrals for family members and carers of a person affected by cancer. 


Please contact us:

Travel Vaccinations

In line with the vaccination transformation programme general practice will no longer be required to provide travel health services from 1st April 2022.

If travelling, you should access information on what vaccinations are required, together with malarial and safe travel advice at Home – Fit for Travel.  This website allows you to select your destination and then view the requirements for the destination before contacting the providers on the board website.

Four Travel Vaccines are available on the NHS (Typhoid, Hepatitis A, DPT and Cholera) at no direct cost.  Any other vaccinations will incur a cost to the patient as at present.

There is also a GGC webpage with information about the process


Christmas & New Year Hours

Christmas Opening Hours

Our opening times over the Christmas and New Year period are listed below. Please ensure you order your prescription(s) in plenty of time.

  • Friday 24th December : 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday 25th December : CLOSED
  • Sunday 26th December : CLOSED
  • Monday 27th December : CLOSED
  • Tuesday 28th December : CLOSED
  • Wednesday 29th December : 8am to 6pm
  • Thursday 30th December : 8am to 6pm
  • Friday 31st December : 8am to 6pm
  • Saturday 1st January : CLOSED
  • Sunday 2nd January : CLOSED
  • Monday 3rd January : CLOSED
  • Tuesday 4th January : CLOSED
  • Wednesday 5th January : 8am to 6pm
  • Thursday 6th January : 8am to 6pm
  • Friday 7th January : 8am to 6pm

New Respiratory Screening Questions

The Scottish Government have introduced a set of screening questions that we must ask anyone who may need a face to face appointment. This will potentially lead to longer waiting times to get through on the phones. We thank you for your patience during this time. 

Please note that patients who already have an appointment at the practice booked before 13th of December will be asked these questions when they attend for the appointment.

As per the Scottish Governments ongoing guidance, all requests to see a GP will be initially assessed remotely. Thank you for your ongoing patience at this difficult time.



No Fit Note Required for first 28 days of Illness

To allow General Practice to focus on the government’s current priorities for the NHS of delivering the coronavirus booster programme and emergency care, employees will not be required to provide their employer with medical evidence of sickness absence for the first 28 days of absence. GPs will still be required to supply fit notes for periods of absence exceeding 28 days. The Government guidance states-

If an employee goes off sick on or after 10 December 2021, up to and including 26 January 2022, you cannot ask them for proof of sickness until they have been off for 28 days or more.

This change takes effect from 17 December, but applies to absences beginning on or after 10 December 2021, up to and including absences which begin on or before 26 January 2022. The self-certification period will revert to seven days for absences beginning on or after 27 January 2022.

Covid Vaccination Exemption Certificates

GPs and their teams cannot issue Vaccination

Exemption Certificates.

Further information on the vaccination exemption

certificates scheme, including information on safe

vaccination and routes to obtain an exemption can

be found on the Scottish Government and NHS

Inform websites.

Alternatively you can phone the free NHS Covid

Helpline on:

0808 196 8565

Dr Gregor Smith

Chief Medical Office