Epilepsy Action NI’s free online / telephone counselling service. This service is for people with epilepsy, their parents or carers. Please click for information on this service. People can self refer either via this form or online: https://www.epilepsy.org.uk/involved/branches/nireland#counsel
Dental practices in the area can be viewed by accessing the following link: http://www.hscbusiness.hscni.net/services/2477.htm Urgent dental care centre referral pathways are in place for both registered and unregistered patients after initial triage at a dental practice.
Launch of ‘Phone First’ in the Northern Area - extending to Antrim Hospital Emergency Department / and Mid Ulster Hospital Minor Injuries Unit from 10am 1 December 2020. The Phone First service is designed for patients who are feeling unwell and considering travelling to an ED with an injury or illness which requires urgent treatment but is not immediately life threatening using the following contact information and be directed accordingly:
Phone First Number: 0300 123 1 123
Phone First Text Relay Number 18001 0300 123 1 123
Area Hospital COVID Assessment POD (it is signposted on the Antrim Area Hospital site). If referred on to Antrim from a Covid Centre appointment, the patients must not enter the Emergency Department! On arrival outside the COVID Assessment POD, ring from a mobile phone to 02894481717 and the POD staff will give instructions on where and when to come in. Remain in vehicle meanwhile.
Transport Options Following the withdrawal of NIAS patient transport service to the majority of outpatient appointments patients may qualify for one of the available community transport services below
There are three main community transport options and due to COVID-19 they have extended their travel services :
NI PEARS is an HSC funded eye care service provided by primary care optometrists for patients who develop an acute (sudden or very recent onset) eye problem. Please go to 'Files' section above for further information.
Prostate Screening The PSA test which can give an early indication of prostate cancer is available for all patients who wish to be tested, having arrived at an informed decision to do so. Although there is currently no evidence-base to support a national screening programme in the United Kingdom (UK), there is clear direction relating to patient access to testing.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. It is responsible for around 25% of newly diagnosed cases of cancer, and around 12% of cancer deaths. Most cases develop in men aged 65 or older.