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.
The practice would like to welcome Dr Shaunagh McDonnell to our team. She will commence work on Monday 2nd March working 4 sessions on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. We look forward to this invaluable new addition to our team.
Guidance from the Department of Health NI and the HSCB advises GPs not to prescribe medicines that can be purchased over-the-counter.
This GP practice will no longer prescribe medicines that can be purchased over-the-counter by patients when they are being used to treat minor conditions or self-limiting illnesses where their is no evidence base for their use. The practice promotes self-care and patients should be advised that their local community pharmacist can provide advice and help to manage minor conditions and self-limiting illnesses.
The practice staff at Bernaghmore would like to wish all our patients Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We have had a few changes in 2019 and currently are hoping to recruit a new female GP in 2020 as Dr Lisa Adams was offered a full-time post and left the practice. We will update any information as soon as we can.
Due to the large volume of scripts coming in on a daily basis the practice now operates a 24hr prescription policy. If you require a prescription on the same day it can be collected at the reception after 4pm.