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
COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE - Thursday 8th April 2021: When patients attend the practice for their first vaccination they are given a date and time for the second vaccination, please make every effort to attend these appointments to minimise our vaccine wastage. We have commenced contacting (by telephone) patients aged 50+ to offer vaccination at the surgery but we have a huge number of patients to contact. IF YOU ARE OVER 50 AND WISH TO RECEIVE BOTH VACCINATIONS IN THE PRACTICE, PLEASE CONTACT US. Alternatively, anyone aged over 50, (with a date of birth before 31st March 1971) can be vaccinated in one of the regional centres. To make an appointment either ring: 0300 200 7813 Monday - Friday, 8am - 8pm, or book online at Covid-19.hscni.net Some local pharmacies will also be offering a vaccination service. Be assured that we will contact all eligible patients when we are in a position to do so, in accordance with HSCNI age group guidelines and the availability of vaccines. Thank you for your patience.
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.
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.