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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.

 

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.

Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • assess your general state of health
  • confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

 
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