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In an Emergency during opening hours  for collapse, Chest pain or Severe Breathlessness call 999 for ambulance assistance.  For urgent medical advice contact Out of Hours, by calling Dalriada on 028 25663 

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  CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR HOLIDAY PERIOD 2021: MANAGING YOUR REPEAT MEDICATION

Six weeks to go until Christmas!   Each year, we encourage and remind patients to allow sufficient time to order their repeat prescription and have it dispensed prior to the Christmas and New Year holiday period. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, it is important this year that patients plan ahead. Patients should order their repeat prescription at least 7 days in advance of when it is due.  Your co-operation will be greatly appreciated at this busy time of the year.

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29 November 2021    PATIENT NOTICE :   We would respectfully ask even if “exempt” that patients would consider wearing a plastic face visor (available at reception).  This will ensure we don’t find ourselves in the position again of having 2 of our 3 Treatment Room nursing staff having to self isolate for 10 days due to current close contact guidance.  When a mask is worn we respect other patients, nurses & doctors.

If you have any symptoms that are associated with covid and you require a face to face examination, this will take place in the covid centre, Ballymena unless you have a negative pcr test during your current illness.  Negative lateral flow tests can be unreliable and cannot be accepted as proof that you do not have covid.

New Travel Ban & Covid Testing requirements - see Clinic & Services  and Covid tab above for information.

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FLU & COVID VACCINE CLINICS  
Moderately vulnerable patients along with CEV group  (clinically Extremely vunerable) and all over 60 year are  invited  to attend vaccince clinics. 
If unable to book on-line please contact reception but expect to hold for some time as our phones are extremely busy. 
Only severe asthmatic patients fall into the moderately vulnerable patient group.  This means only those who have had 2 courses of oral steroids (prednisolone) in the past 24 months, or are on continuous oral steroids or have had a hospital admission in the preceeding 24 months are entitled to the covid booster.  The criteria has nothing to do with the type of inhaler a patient is on.
Once the above groups are complete we will move to the lower age groups as vaccine delivery allows.  
If you are in a risk group being called but are not 5 months from your 2nd covid vaccine you can still contact reception to make a 5 min appointment just your flu vaccine.  Do not book into the covid/flu appointments on line as these are 10 min appointment slots.
Please only book an appointment  if you are within the groups above to avoid being turned away on the day.
Please go to Clinics & Services/Covid tab above for full up to date covid information.  Selected Pharmacies are now offering covid vaccines to over 50 year olds.
Patient's receiving letters requesting them to attend the hospital (7 towers) for their covid vaccine can not be vaccinated at the Practice.   Covid boosters can also only be given 5 months after the 2nd primary covid vaccine was administered.

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ON-LINE PATIENT SERVICES register for this service to avoid having to ring into the practice.  Email your request to  Reception.z00382@gp.hscni.net to receive patient service log in details. This service is hosted by a 3rd party so any queries once registered need to be address using the contact information on the system not by contacting the practice.

Patient Services User Guide.

We currently have 4676 patients registered and using patient service out of 9132 patients registered at the practice.

Patient Services Options
1.  Order your prescriptions up to 1 week in advance.

2.  Add triage information any week day from 8.30 am until daily appointments are full.  At this point the GPs move to an emergency only triage service accessible only by a telephone call. 

3.  Access the email messaging service a which the reception staff monitor and respond to but this is a non urgent facility for non triage queries and may not be responded to on the day the message is sent. 

Telephone lines can be very busy and using patient services avoids patients queueing unnecessarily and makes sure that anyone without on-line access and patient's with urgent issues can get through in a timely manner.  Please support and help each other.

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TRIAGE ADVICE

Clinically Urgent Symptoms  Click for Patient Advice on what the Doctors consider to be clinically urgent symptoms in relation to the GP Telephone Triage Consultations in the first instance.

MINOR AILMENTS SERVICE AT YOU COMMUNITY PHARMACY :SUPPORTING SELF-CARE  : - see Prescription section above for full detail.

Self-Care Forum Factsheets are available online for common ailments. These provide patients with information around:

  • What patients can expect to happen (the natural history)
  • What people can do to help themselves – now and in the future
  • When to seek medical help (the ‘red flags’)
  • Where to find out more

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Additional Resources for our Patients  - Have a browse at the many sources of patient information available above in the Further Information Tab.  The most recent updates include:

  • Stress Control Sessions from October on-line - Free
  • Health Talks - Sept 21
  • Versus Arthritis - Sept 21
  • Extern Feel Better project - Free Online Counselling from Sep 21
  • Free Hearing Aid User Support Service in Carrickfergus
  • Better Days Pain Support Programme: Sep - Nov 21 
  • Pain Management 

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): proof of vaccination document  latest guidance

Link to register for  Coronavirus-covid-19-covid-certificate-ni-residents

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is advising that people must continue to follow public health advice when in healthcare settings due to the increase in case numbers we are currently seeing across Northern Ireland.

COVID Vaccine Centres   To book online go to: https://covid-19.hscni.net/get-vaccinated/(external link opens in a new window / tab)   For those who cannot book online, appointments can also be made using the telephone service 0300 200 7813.   Universities are now holding pop up vaccination clinics.  Its not to late to take a Covid Vaccine.

Covid Vaccination information for N IrelandThe information includes details of community transport schemes that can be accessed for those who may need assistance to travel to a vaccine centre

Department of Health link provides information on Covid-19 activity in Northern Ireland .

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Changes to blood and organ donation preferences

From 30th September 2021, patient are advised that their organ donation preferences can no longer be processed through their GP practice, but should they wish to, they can record their preferences directly through the organ donation online registration website, or directly by phone.

 

To register for Organ donation visit: https://www.organdonationni.info

                                   

To register for Organ donation by phone call: 0300 123 23 23

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Sample Box drop off point at our Front Door  -  Patients are advised that only samples requested by a GP or Nurse will be processed if left in the receptacle box outside our front doors. All other samples will be discarded.  Please use the triage at 8.30 am Monday to Friday if you have symptoms.

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NHS Data Sharing This only apply to the health and care system in England. This does not apply to health or care services accessed in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

CPRD & THIN anonymised patient data is extracted from Meadowbridge Surgery and has provided evidence for drug safety guidance and improved healthcare delivery.  More than 2,800 medial and public heath research studies have been published using CPRD/THIN data.  A small number of patients may want to opt out of having their records included in either CPRD or THIN data collection.  The default is that consent is assumed unless the patient specifically expresses dissent.  

N Ireland Electronic Care Record (NIECR) allows care professionals and authorised staff to get important information about their patients medical and social care history.  

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GENERAL INFORMATION

We hope you will quickly benefit from the user friendly layout of our website and benefit from the wealth of information on our healthcare services accessible through the sections above. Find out when we’re open and what to do when we’re not, all from the comfort of your own home.
Getting the Most from your Health Service - Patient Leaflet
Health and Happiness  Our team are dedicated to your continued good health and approach your care with professionalism, discretion and friendliness. You can count on a warm welcome from everyone involved here at the practice.

 

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