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In an Emergency for collapse, Chest pain or Severe Breathlessness call 999 for an ambulance. If you need medical advice Out of Hours, please call 028 25663 500.
Sample Box - 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.
COVID VACCINATION UPDATE as of 15 April 2021
Current practice supplies of covid vaccine are being held for upcoming 2nd covid vaccine clinics due to low supplies in recent weeks. Please do not call reception in order to help keep incoming lines free for clinically urgent matters. We will contact patients as soon as covid vaccines become available again for 1st vaccination clinics.
Patients over 40 years are now able to attend the Regional Covid Centres and are strongly encouraged to book appointments by calling 0300 200 7813 or by accessing the on-line portal at Vaccinations.covid-19.hscni.net. Some local pharmacies in Carrickfergus/Larne are also offering covid vaccine appointments.
For Pain Self Management Virtual Courses / Free Counselling and Support Services and other general information - go to the Further Information Section tab above.
Clinically Urgent Symptoms Click for Advice for patients on what the Doctors consider to be clinically urgent symptoms in relation to the Telephone Triage
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
Anonymised Patient Feedback following attendance at the Covid Clinic
To the staff, doctors and nurses at Meadowbridge Surgery, I attended the Health Centre today for my first COVID vaccination and I wish to express my thanks to all concerned for making the experience so easy. I was impressed with the speed and efficiency of the whole experience and, in fact, was in and out of the Health Centre before my actual appointment time. It all worked on “oiled wheels” down to the last step of checking for a date/ time available for the second vaccination, writing this in an appointment card and handing this to me with leaflets of information. As for the actual vaccination, it was so quick and easy that I barely felt it and had to ask if that was it!
General Practices are now experiencing a new way of working to keep both patients and staff as safe as possible and to allow us to continue being able to offer patients necessary services. Meadowbridge Surgery is still open to treat and where necessary see patients, provide advice and deal with general queries etc. and GPs want our patients who have a health concern to feel reassured that they will be able to get an appointment to see a doctor if necessary through initial telephone consultation (triage). If you do need seen by a nurse or doctor, your mobile number will be taken at the time an appointment is being arranged and you will receive a call while waiting in the car park to invite you to come to the front door to gain access. For anyone without a mobile an intercom is available at the front door where you can check in on arrival. The clinical staff will use a loud hailer to call you from the door if you want to wait in your car so do listen out for your name being called.
PATIENT REMINDER: Patients cannot attend appointments in the clinic if they have covid symptoms, are awaiting a test result, or if anyone in their household is currently awaiting a covid test result or has had a recent positive test where house contacts should be isolating for the required time.
How to book your flu vaccine appointment on-line Click link for easy to follow instructions on booking an appointment on-line and for information on 'at risk groups'. Shingles (70 - 79 year olds) & Pneumococcal vaccine appointments are also available to those in at risk groups. If you need to register for patient services to use this service contact reception.
If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all other household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill. You only need a test if you develop symptoms yourself.
Covid-19 symptoms are:
a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature), or;
a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual), or;
anosmia - the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell (it can also affect your sense of taste)
MESSAGE FROM THE GP Partners - The Meadowbridge Surgery team need to continue to protect the provision of necessary clinical services. To accomplish this doctors, nurses and admin staff now adhere to increased infection control measures which has resulted in consultation capacity reducing by approximately 50%. Covid Centres remain operational in supporting and protecting general practice during this pandemic situation. Our GPs help cover the Covid weekday sessions along with GPs from other local practices which also decreases cover within our practice.
Of late worryingly, patient triage contacts have notably increased and this workload is felt to be unsustainable, especially in light of the rising numbers of Covid 19 infections and the impending flu season quickly approaching. To continue to ensure safe working practice, patients are asked to consider seriously what they can self-manage at home in the first instance before contacting the practice if symptoms persist. Self-care information and advice is also available above.
Although our front doors remain closed with patients escorted to and from booked appointments, telephone consultations & all other workload including incoming blood results, prescription requests, paper-work and patient/hospital requests continue to be actioned.
Restrictions imposed over recent months have led to a new way of working to facilitate reduced capacity and this is going to continue into the foreseeable future but we need your help if we are to protect the provision of essential NHS services going forward.
If you are experiencing anxiety issues go to the Further Information/ Counselling and Support Services tab above for information and links to support services.
COVID-19 - GENERAL INFORMATION/GUIDANCE/LINKS
Everyone over five years of age in Northern Ireland with symptoms of COVID-19 is now eligible for testing. Testing is offered through the National Testing Programme and symptomatic members of the public can book their own test via this weblink: www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-tes
Covid-19 symptoms are encouraged to get tested. Tests can be arranged via https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test.
Department of Health link provides information on Covid-19 activity in Northern Ireland .
Welcome along to our surgery website where we hope you will quickly benefit from a user friendly layout and a wealth of information about 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.
(Site updated 15/04/2021)