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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.

Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Evidence that you are sick

Sickness CertificatesIf you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)

 
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