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PLEASE NOTE THAT FROM MONDAY 30th MARCH 2020 THE TREATMENT ROOM WILL  TEMPORARILY BE MOVING TO AN APPOINTMENT SYSTEM. THIS IS TO ALLOW THE FOOTFALL IN THE HEALTH CENTRE TO BE KEPT TO A MINIMUM DURING THE PRESENT TIMES. PLEASE PHONE RECEPTION TO ARRANGE YOUR APPOINTMENT.

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If you have any ideas on how we can spread engagement in the practice please let us know.

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.

In Times of Bereavement

In the unfortunate event that a person has passed away, there are three things that must be done in the first few days;

  • Get a medical certificate from your GP or hospital doctor (this is necessary to register the death)
  • Register the death within 5 days (8 days in Scotland). You will then receive the necessary documents for the funeral.
  • Make the necessary funeral arrangements.

Register the death

If the death has been reported to the coroner (or Procurator Fiscal in Scotland) they must give permission before registering the death.

You can register the death if you are a relative, a witness to the death, a hospital administrator or the person making the arrangements with the funeral directors.

You can use the ‘Register a Death’ page on the gov.uk website that will guide you through the process. This will also explain the registration process for Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Arrange the funeral

The funeral can usually only take place after the death is registered. Most people use a funeral director, though you can arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral directors

Choose a funeral director who’s a member of one of the following:

These organisations have codes of practice - they must give you a price list when asked.

Some local councils run their own funeral services, for example for non-religious burials. The British Humanist Association can also help with non-religious funerals.

Arranging the funeral yourself

Contact the Cemeteries and Crematorium Department of your local council to arrange a funeral yourself.

Funeral costs

Funeral costs can include:

  • funeral director fees
  • things the funeral director pays for on your behalf (called ‘disbursements’ or ‘third-party costs’), for example, crematorium or cemetery fees, or a newspaper announcement about the death
  • local authority burial or cremation fees

Funeral directors may list all these costs in their quotes.



 
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