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When ordering prescriptions can you please ensure that you know the name and strength of your medication 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE TREATMENT ROOM HAS MOVED TO AN APPOINTMENT SYSTEM. PLEASE PHONE RECEPTION TO ARRANGE YOUR APPOINTMENT.

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Children In Hospital                 Preparing for Hospital  - What/Why? Children in Hospital

    Helping children and parents prepare for hospital and answer some of their questions starting with What? and Why?


Medicine Sick Day Rules

When you are unwell with any of the following:

  • Vomiting or diarrhoea (unless only minor)
  • Fevers, sweats and shaking

Then STOP taking the medicines listed below. Restart when you are well (after 24-48 hours of eating and drinking normally). If you are in any doubt contact your pharmacist, GP or nurse.

Medicines to stop on sick days:

  • Ace Inhibitors : medicine names ending in 'pril' e.g. lisinopril, perindopril, ramipril
  • ARBs: medicine names ending in 'sartan' e.g. losartan, candesartan, valsartan
  • NSAIDs: anti-inflammatory painkillers e.g. ibuprofen, diclofenac, naproxen
  • Diuretics: sometimes called 'water pills' eg furosemide, spironolactone, indapimide, bendroflumethiazide
  • Metformin: a medicine for diabetes

The British Heart Foundation are looking for HEART PATIENTS and family members to raise awareness as a BHF media volunteer. 

For more information on how you can help contact Gemma Burns on 028 9053 8301 burnsg@bhf.org.uk


Information from the National Health Service on conditions, treatments, and healthy living is available at: 

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Pages/hub.aspx  

 

BOGUS TEXT MESSAGES

Patients in Northern Ireland have received text messages indicating that their registration with their Doctors' Practice was about to lapse and they should ring the number provided. This is a fraud designed to obtain personal details.

 

BOGUS TELEPHONE CALLS

Patients throughout Northern Ireland are receiving telephone calls purporting to be from their own health centre enquiring about patient medication and offering medication at a discounted rate. As you know, prescription medication is free. This is a fraud and these people are after your bank details. If contacted in this way report immediately to your local police.

 

ZIKA VIRUS  Click here for Patient Information

 

Need to cancel an appointment? It's easy to cancel a face to face or a telephone appointment leaving it free to be used by another patient who may urgently need it. Just click on the 'Let us know if you need to cancel your appointment' link at the bottom of the main page. It's a simple process.

                                 WAITING LIST CRISIS 

If you are waiting for a hospital appointment and the waiting time appears excessive please ring directly Appointments at the hospital to which you have been referred.

 

If you are waiting for an operation and your waiting time appears delayed/excessive please ring directly the secretary of the consultant you saw at outpatients which will be on your appointments card.

 

Please do not ask your GP or Reception staff to ring on your behalf unless your condition has changed.

 
If you have just found out that you are pregnant you do not need to see your GP. Please make an appointment to see the midwife.

 

Breastfeeding welcomeBreastfeeding is welcomed and supported at our surgery

              Bowel Cancer Screening Video

Bowel Cancer Screening - All eligible participants must be between the ages of 60-74 years and registered with a GP in Northern Ireland. Participants will automatically receive a kit in the post when they reach the set age. They will, at this point, be invited to participate in the screening programme.

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http://www.cancerscreening.hscni.net/2179.htm

A new video that shows women what to expect when they attend for breast screening has been produced by the Public Health Agency.

It covers the whole process of screening - from receiving the invitation letter to getting the results.

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Do you know someone whose family has a history of abdominal aortic aneurysm- a swelling of the main artery which lies in the abdomen? If you are a man over the age of 65 and you haven't attended for screening before you can now self refer for a scan. Ring 028 90631828 to book a scan.

                      

 

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The Practice now has a Portable Hearing Loop System.

 

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In the last month 23 patients have not attended for their appointments. Please let Reception know if you cannot attend - someone else will be very glad of that appointment slot!

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There is a link on our Online Services Menu near the bottom of this page.

Test Results

test_vials2For almost all tests arranged by the Practice, we work to the principle that we will contact you with abnormal results. Two exceptions to this would be:

  • Cervical smear results which are processed centrally and posted out to patients.
  • INR blood tests (for people on warfarin) Results are to be collected by the patient the following morning after 9am.

You can assume, if you don’t hear anything from us about a result, that no action is necessary other than that which may have already been arranged e.g. your GP may have already asked you to make an appointment after some blood tests so would not contact you knowing that he/ she will be seeing you to discuss them. They would of course contact you with results that required urgent action.

We do not suggest that patients phone routinely for results because of the administrative burden that this would place on the practice (we arrange for many, many tests each day). There may be occasional circumstances where your healthcare professional will suggest you do phone. If you do have a conversation with our reception staff about a result please realise that they can only pass on the message that the doctor has left on the result and that they are unable to give an interpretation of results. So don’t be frustrated if you are asked to speak to a GP for clarification!

If you have tests at hospital then usually the results from these will be returned to the hospital doctor who ordered them. It would be rare for us to receive the results before you, so enquiries about these results would best be made to the secretary of the consultant that you have been attending.

Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.

 
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