Face Coverings

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:

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/safer-travel-guidance-public-transport-users-walkers-cyclists-drivers 

If you wish to print an exemption card, click on the link below:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/903454/Exemption_from_face_covering_card_to_print.pdf

Access to GP services during the Covid 19 Pandemic

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.

Prescription Advice

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.

Medicines for Minor Conditions and self limiting illnesses

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. 

Updated news

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.

The practice will be closed on Monday 27th May for a bank holiday and reopen on Tuesday 28th May.  Please ensure you have any repeat prescriptions ordered beforehand.

May Day Bank Holidays

Please note the practice will be closed on Monday 6th May and Monday 27th May for the spring bank holidays. Please ensure your repeat prescriptions are ordered in advance as Dalriada Urgent Care do not hold supplies of repeat medication.