GMS Contract Variation – Patient Registration Area (PRA) Reduction

The Practice has recently gained approval from the Health and Social Care Board to reduce its Patient Registration Area (PRA) from a radius of 10 miles to a mapped area.  

The current practice boundary starts at Trooperslane but from Tuesday 1st November 2016 this boundary will move to Irish Gate leading to Albert Road going up to the North Road toward the B90 leading to the Marshallstown Road and then via Beltoy Road over to existing areas of Ballycarry, Magheramorne, Islandmagee, Whitehead and back out through Larne Road to the A2 turning right back onto Irish Gate and onto Albert Road again.

Because of the boundary reduction some patients will  be living outside the new PRA but will not be removed from the practice’s patient list.  Any new family members of these patients will still be accepted and registered at the Practice.  To reiterate, patients who fall between the old and new boundary will still be registered with the practice and will remain so unless they move house outside of the new boundary area. Only in this case will they be asked to re-register at a local Health Centre and be removed from the practice list.

To register at another Health Centre please present at their reception with your current medical card and photographic identification.  Business Services Organisation can be contacted for information on local medical practices available for patient registration.

If you move address outside of out practice registration area we will:

  • Inform you verbally and give you details of how to register with another Practice
  • Let you know that we will be responsible for your medical care and prescriptions for a period of 30 days from the notification
  • Assist you with any further health needs or requests for a period of 30 days
  • Advise you that you will receive notification from Business Services Organisation (BSO) regarding registration with another Practice
  • If you are unhappy with the situation and state that you do not wish to leave the Practice due to extenuating circumstances we will review your reasons and the Partners will make a decision based on individual needs in relation to:
  • Extenuating circumstances may include; Terminal illness, Break in continuity of care or treatment, cancer care
  • If you are allowed to remain on the Practice list you will be informed verbally and in writing and the situation will be kept under regular review.

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