We will always try to offer you an appointment but due to high demand we currently have a waiting time of two to three weeks for routine appointments. This may be longer if you wish to book with a specific GP.
Our reception team will ask you for details of why you need your appointment. This is to ensure we are directing you to the most appropriate professional to deal with your problem. The more information you can give the receptionist the more helpful this will be.
Across East Lothian, there are a wide range of health, medical and care services that can be accessed by getting in touch directly with the most appropriate health professionals first time around.
You can GO DIRECT to a number of primary care services without needing to speak to a GP first by clicking on the link to the Right Care, Right Place page.
If you have an urgent problem and cannot wait for a routine appointment, please tell the receptionist, who will attend to you promptly.
Please remember we are not an emergency service. If you feel your problem is life threatening, please dial 999.
In a number of cases it might be worth considering an appointment with a practice nurse rather than a doctor. Practice nurses are qualified to deal with many ailments and you may be seen more quickly.
CTACS Nurses (Community Treatment and Care Service)
The CTACS nurses visit Dunbar Medical Practice on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. if you require a dressing, wound care or are on a prescription for vitamin B12 injections. The CTACS nurses will also take some blood tests when requested by hospital clinics (eg for cancer care or haematology). For contact details please follow the CTACS link on the Right Care, Right Place page.
CWIC (Care When It Counts) Mental Health Team
CWIC Mental Health is a primary care service for people in East Lothian aged over 17 years and 9 months. The team includes mental-health occupational therapists, mental-health nurses and primary care administrators, who are based at East Lothian Community Hospital, Haddington and Musselburgh Primary Care Centre.
The team works closely with GP practices, Adult Mental Health services and local third sector services to help you get the right support for your needs. For contact details please follow the Mental Health link on the Right Care, Right Place page.
Pharmacists and their teams are experts in medicine and can help with minor health concerns. It is often worth speaking to a pharmacist before a GP. Our reception team can let you know if your problems is something that can be dealt with at the pharmacy.
Our practice supports medical education and will occasionally provide opportunities for medical students to be present during surgery consultations. This is a valuable educational experience for the doctors of the future, but if you would not like the student to be present during your consultation then just ask your doctor.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.