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GOOD NEWS: We are absolutely delighted to have received a letter from the Royal College of General Practitioners to say we had been nominated for the prestigious "GP Practice of the Year Award".  Unfortunately we were not successful on this occasion, however, we are all so pleased and honoured to have been nominated.  In these unprecedented times ,it is so encouraging to hear that the daily challenges we face and our continuing hard work and efforts in the midst of the pandemic are appreciated. This has been a great morale booster for our team!

Wednesday 13th October, 2021.  SEASONAL FLU & COVID-19 BOOSTER INFORMATION: Seasonal flu clinics have commenced.  With the addition of the 50-64 age category this year, this has more than doubled our usual numbers of eligible patients!  Please bear with us as this is a huge task for us on top of our continuing daily workload. Everyone eligible will be sent out an invitation letter to attend a clinic.  If you have not heard from us by the end of October and feel you are eligible, please contact us.We would be very grateful if you would wait until this time before contacting us. COVID BOOSTERS: We would hope to be in a position to commence these in November but we all eligible patients will be contacted when we are in a position to do so.

For young people aged 11-19 a new Text-a-Nurse service has been launched. This is a secure, confidential and anonymous service which 11-19 years olds can contact for advice on: emotional health and wellbeing, stress and anxiety, self-harm, alcohol and drugs, body image, smoking, bullying, sexual health, Covid-19 related worry and general health issues. Service is available Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm during both term time and school holidays. Contact number for Northern Trust area is: 07480 635 982

 

Advice for Carers and Young Carers during Covid-19 Pandemic is available at:

www.health-ni.gov.uk/publications/advice-informal-unpaid-carers-and-young-carers-during-covid-19-pandemic

Anyone aged 18 or over can be vaccinated in one of the regional centres. Anyone over the age of 40 can also has the option of being vaccinated in one of our local pharmacies. To make an appointment at either a regional centre or local pharmacy: ring: 0300 200 7813 Monday - Friday, 8am - 8pm; or book online at: Covid-19.hscni.net  

TO HELP REDUCE THE POTENTIAL SPREAD OF INFECTION, WE ARE ADVISING ALL PATIENTS TO PHONE BEFORE COMING TO THE SURGERY. WHEN YOU RING YOU WILL BE ASKED SOME QUESTIONS TO DETERMINE YOUR CONDITION. THIS WILL ENABLE US TO TAKE THE APPROPRIATE COURSE OF ACTION AND PROTECT OUR STAFF AND VULNERABLE PATIENTS. IF WE ASK YOU TO ATTEND THE SURGERY, IT IS NOW MANDATORY TO WEAR A FACE COVERING.

 

COVID-19 (coronavirus)

If you have a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss of taste or smell, EVERYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD MUST STAY AT HOME FOR 10 DAYS

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

You can ring NHS 111 for information or advice and they will help you decide if you need to contact your GP.

Calling your GP directly is only necessary if you have:

• an existing health condition

• problems with your immune system

• very serious symptoms

If it is a medical emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and inform the operator of your symptoms.

*For further information and self-isolation advice, visit www.pha.site/coronavirus

Public Health Agency, 12–22 Linenhall Street, Belfast BT2 8BS. www.publichealth.hscni.net

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND AN APPOINTMENT, PLEASE LET US KNOW

 

Thank you for your participation in our recent survey.  We are delighted to announce that 98% of patients surveyed are extremely likely or likely to recommend us.  We will endeavour to action any suggestions where possible.  Sincere thanks for all the kind comments.

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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