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COVID19 - please refer to the .gov.uk and NHS websites for up to date information on the current Coronavirus situation.

The surgery remains open. There is restricted access to the building. When attending the practice you MUST wear a face covering.

For prescription collections please present to the practice only if you are fit and well and NOT shielding or at risk. Pharmacies can be nominated for collection over of scripts the phone. GP telephone consultations are between 830am and 10am OR when all telephone consultations have been booked which ever is reached first. 

Due to the current COVID pandemic, telephone consultations is the first contact with a GP.

NO APPOINTMENTS can be booked unless you have spoken to a GP initially. The GP will book the appointment with you at the time of your telephone consultation.

Telephone consultations can be booked any morning between 830am and 10am or when all telephone consultations have been fully booked which ever comes first.

Nurse appointments are restricted to allow for infection control, social distancing in practice and patient safety. Only urgent or GP requested bloods/ B12 injections and other urgent injections and dressings can be booked. There are NO ear syringes or ECG's available.

We hope to introduce our previous appointment system in time to come. The website and telephone messaging system will be updated as to when this will happen, however, we do not see this happening in the very near future.

We are committed to providing a rapid service to our patients, but this is leading to our GPs being overloaded with requests from patients and in turn; wait times for appointments have increased dramatically and telephone requests are upwards of 60 per day.

So that we can deal with your queries more effectively we are instigating a new system.

Please refer to our appointments tab for updates.

Routine appointments can only be booked two weeks in advance.

There are limited on the day / urgent appointments released each day and these are allocated by the GP. You must request this option by phoning before 930am and stating the urgency of you concern with the receptionist.

GP telephone advice requests must also be requested before 930am. There are VERY limited appointments released each day for this type of request and is usually aimed at patients who have been asked by the GP to ring for follow up/ referrals.

Medication changes, adjustments and complications must be dealt with by the GP and requested via telephone ring back before 930am. All other medication  concerns like alternatives or dosage queries reissues or requests for medicine you have had before will be dealt with by the Practice Pharmacist.

The Reception staff have been tasked by the GP's to collect valuable information and document this for the GP's to assess appropriately. We would ask for your patience during this transition.

**Practice Closure Dates**

On occasions the surgery will be closed for essential staff training from 1 - 6pm. The Out of Hours Doctors will be on call if you require a doctor urgently, their number is 028 9182 2344.(In an emergency please ring 999) Dates for these training days are listed here. None scheduled at this time.

Please note that some of the listed dates may still have special clinics running however the phones will be diverted to the Out of hours doctors. 

Bank Holiday closure dates for 2020/21;

Monday 13 AprilEaster Monday
Tuesday 14 AprilEaster Tuesday
Friday 8 MayVE Day
Monday 25 MaySpring Bank Holiday
Monday 13 JulyOrange Day
Monday 31 AugSummer Bank Holiday
Friday 25 DecChristmas Day
Monday 28 DecBoxing Day
Friday 1st Jan 2021New Years Day
Wednesday 17 March 2021ST Patricks Day

Please ensure you order your repeat prescription in good time, to ensure you do not run out of your medicines when the Surgery is closed.

**Pharmacy Nominations**

Following guidance received from the Health and Social Care Board and changes to Data Protection Legislation we are making changes to the system for ordering and collecting repeat prescriptions.

These changes will come into effect on Monday 30th September 2019.

 

If you wish to nominate a pharmacy to collect your script please complete the nomination form which can be completed at reception in the surgery. Only ONE pharmacy can be nominated. One form per patient. If circumstances change you must complete a new form and advise the surgery at your earliest convenience. If you nominate a pharmacy only you - the patient - or the pharmacy can collect your prescriptions. No other relative or friend can collect your prescriptions.

**Repeat Prescribing **

Patients will have the option to order Repeat Medication by;

1. Ring the surgery, 028 9145 2410 and select the option 1 for Repeat Medication Requests. Leave your name, date of birth and first line of your address with the details of the medication you wish to order (name and dosage) on the voicemail box. This will be monitored by a member of staff on a regular basis. NOTE: this voicemail will not be monitored over bank holidays or weekends. Medication ordered via the voicemail option can take up to 48hrs to process.

2. Drop your request in the Post Box - located in the reception area, use the right hand side of the prescription which lists all your repeat medication and tick which items are required. Drop in the post box for action. NOTE: using this service may require up to 48hrs to process.

3. Online - you can request repeat medication, book, amend and cancel appointments with GP's. To use this service you must register with the Practice. Request for repeat medication can take up to 48hrs to process.

For medication not on repeat you must ring and request this via reception between the hours of 930am and 430pm. The doctor will then issue this medication. This will take a minimum of 24hrs to process.

**ONLINE SERVICES**

Using the online system allows you to request or check your repeat prescriptions, and view, book, or cancel your appointments with the doctor.

You will need to register with the practice to access this service, and once registered you will be given information that will enable you to create your username and password. If you are interested in this service, please call into the surgery and collect the registration form.

SELF REFER SERVICES

Patients can now self refer for Physiotherapy, Podiatry and some Occupational Therapy services. Please see more details under Further Information

PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY – EDUCATIONAL VIDEOS

What Happens At?     The NI Public Health Agency has produced educational videos to answer patient questions regarding “What Happens At” Breast Screening; Cervical Screening and Bowel Screening clinics. Please check “Further Information” for more details.

CHOOSE WELL CAMPAIGN – HOW TO USE YOUR HEALTH SERVICE

Choose well There are a range of healthcare services available to help you find the right expert care to meet your needs. Picking the service most appropriate to your symptoms means you get the right treatment in the right place - for further information check out  www.nidirect.gov.uk/choosewell

Is your medicine cabinet fit for winter? WINTER CABINET.pdf 

Should I use the Minor Ailment Scheme? Minor Ailments Scheme.pdf

Do I need an antibiotic? I_dont_cure_the_cold_antibiotic_leaflet.pdf

Does my child need an antibiotic? Does_my_child_need_an_antibiotic_leaflet.pdf 

 

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