The practice will be closed on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th April for the Easter holidays. Please ensure you have your repeat prescriptions organised. Dalriada Urgent Care will be on cover for emergencies only. They do not provide routine prescriptions. It is the patient’s responsibility to ensure you have enough of your repeat prescriptions to cover this period.
The Covid Vaccination Campaign is now underway in GP practices. We are following government guidelines and have been instructed to vaccinate starting from the most elderly first.
Please do not contact the surgery about your vaccine –
WE WILL CONTACT YOU WHEN IT IS YOUR TURN TO BE VACCINATED
If you are between the ages of 65 to 69 years before 31st March 2021 you can go online and book an appointment at your nearest vaccine centre (Ballymena Leisure Centre). If you have no access to a computer you can ring 03002007813. You do not need your Health & Care Number. Please do not ring the surgery for this as due to the current covid situation we are extremely busy.
Please be aware the flu clinic on Saturday 17th October will continue as scheduled. Please refer to your letter and bring with you to your appointment.
Some circumstances make it difficult for some people to wear face coverings. In these circumstances people may have a reasonable excuse not to wear a face covering in a shop or shopping centre.
These reasonable excuses include:
If you need to seek medical assistance or to provide care to someone who needs assistance, such as a vulnerable person or in an emergency
If you need to avoid injury, illness or escape from harm
If you have a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability that means you cannot put on, wear or remove a face covering
If putting on, wearing or removing a face covering would cause you severe distress
If you are travelling with, or providing assistance to, someone who relies on lip reading to communicate
If you need to eat, drink, or take medication
If you are asked to remove your face covering by a police officer or other official
THERE IS NO NEED TO GET A LETTER FROM A DOCTOR OR THE GOVERNMENT TO SHOW THAT YOU DO NOT NEED TO WEAR A FACE COVERING.
Please click on the link below for further information:
If you wish to print an exemption card, click on the link below:
During the Covid 19 pandemic you are now unable to book a routine appointment. We have moved to a ‘Telephone First’ Model were you will be added to the GPs telephone call back list. They will discuss your problem over the phone and deem whether they would need to see you as a face to face consultation. They may leave a prescription were it will be sent to a pharmacy and any sick lines will be posted to home. This greatly reduces the foot fall coming to the practice surgery.
If you need to be seen you will be ask to wear a mask to the surgery.
Repeat prescriptions should be ordered seven days in advance of the need for a re-issue.
Please allow 48-72 hours before you collect your prescription
Telephone numbers should be given to the pharmacy so they can contact you once your prescription is ready to collect
Pharmacy opening times will be from 10am-1pm and afternoon opening times as normal. Some may also close slightly earlier. These times may reduce further so local flexibility will be required.
We are advising those who are at increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) to be particularly stringent in following social distancing measures.
This group includes those who are:
- aged 70 or older (regardless of medical conditions)
- under 70 with an underlying health condition listed below (ie
anyone instructed to get a flu jab as an adult each year on medical
- chronic (long-term) respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- chronic kidney disease
- chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- problems with your spleen – for example, sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- a weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- being seriously overweight (a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or above)
- those who are pregnant
Note: there are some clinical conditions which put people at even higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19. If you are in this category, next week the NHS in England will directly contact you with advice about the more stringent measures you should take in order to keep yourself and others safe. For now, you should rigorously follow the social distancing advice in full, outlined below.
People falling into this group are those who may be at particular risk due to complex health problems such as:
- people who have received an organ transplant and remain on ongoing immunosuppression medication
- people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy or radiotherapy
- people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia who are at any stage of treatment
- people with severe chest conditions such as cystic fibrosis or severe asthma (requiring hospital admissions or courses of steroid tablets)
- people with severe diseases of body systems, such as severe kidney disease (dialysis)
- Stay at home
- Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
- Stay 2 meters (6ft) away from other people
- Wash your hands as soon as you get home
GETTING ADVICE / APPOINTMENT
• No patient should call to the reception desk regarding medical queries or symptoms • We understand telephone access is extremely difficult at this time. Please keep trying, we will answer. We are open from 8.30am-6pm, closed Wed from 1pm • We will update this page daily
• Think you might have Coronavirus? Follow up to date advice from the government and public health websites:
See our summary of this advice below
• If you need advice or wish to see a GP or nurse about other medical problems unrelated to Coronavirus, please telephone the surgery to arrange a telephone consultation or to book an appointment.
• Patients who are being asked to practice social distancing will be seen exclusively from 9-10am. This includes people over 70 years, pregnant ladies and anyone who is invited for the annual flu vaccination. This allows patients in the higher risk groups to be seen whilst keeping infection risk to a minimum.
GETTING YOUR PRESCRIPTION
• The practice has had to reduce all non-essential foot-fall to a minimum to reduce spread of Coronavirus and to protect vulnerable patients and staff
• All prescriptions will be sent to the pharmacy, please allow an INCREASED TURN AROUND TIME OF 2-3 DAYS as advised by our pharmacy staff
• Urgent prescriptions, only at the GP’s discretion, may be faxed on the same day
• Please do not allow your medications to run out – this will not be considered an emergency
• Do not come to reception to collect prescriptions unless arranged with the GP
CORONAVIRUS SUMMARY OF ADVICE
Anyone with symptoms of Coronavirus :
• a new continuous cough and/or • a fever
However mild, you should stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
• If you have mild symptoms, you do not need to be tested. Please do not contact or go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
• If your symptoms worsen during your home isolation or you are no better after seven days, seek medical advice by telephoning NHS 111
• If you have an underlying health condition and develop symptoms do let your GP know.
• Please only call 999 if it’s an emergency
• If you live with others and you are the first in the household to have symptoms of coronavirus, then you must stay at home for 7 days, but all other household members who remain well must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
What is social distancing?
Social distancing measures are steps you can take to reduce the social interaction between people. This will help reduce the transmission of coronavirus (COVID-19). They are:
1. Avoid contact with someone who is displaying symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19). These symptoms include high temperature and/or new and continuous cough
2. Avoid non-essential use of public transport, varying your travel times to avoid rush hour, when possible
3. Work from home, where possible. Your employer should support you to do this. Please refer to employer guidance for more information
4. Avoid large gatherings, and gatherings in smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
5. Avoid gatherings with friends and family. Keep in touch using remote technology such as phone, internet, and social media
6. Use telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services
Everyone should be trying to follow these measures as much as is pragmatic