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COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS

If you are suffering from fever, cough or other respiratory symptoms you may have coronavirus.  This is usually mild and you can obtain advice from www.publichealth.hscni.net or www.111.nhs.uk

Please do not book an appointment and do not enter the health centre building if you have any of these symptoms.  If necessary you may phone our reception for advice.

Due to the pressures over the coming weeks we will be limiting advanced bookable appointments although will do our best to provide care to all other conditions as we normally do.

 

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BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURE

Ballymoney Family Practice will be closed on:

TUESDAY 17TH MARCH 2020

 Should you require a doctor in an EMERGENCY, please contact: 

028 2566 3500 

PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE ORDERED ADEQUATE MEDICATION TO COVER THE HOLIDAY PERIOD.  THERE IS NO NEED TO ORDER UNNECESSARILY UNLESS YOUR MEDICATION IS DUE TO RUN OUT DURING THE PLANNED CLOSURE!

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PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS!! 

It is essential that when a patient orders repeat medication that they allow 24 WORKING HOURS before attempting to collect at reception and a further 24 WORKING HOURS if you wish your  medication to be sent to a named chemist.  If you are ordering an acute item which might be deemed more urgent, it is important that you tell the receptionist so that this can be prioritised.  If you have asked for your medication to be collected at the chemist we would kindly ask that you would check with them first before presenting yourself to reception but again please allow a minimum of 24 WORKING HOURS!

THANK YOU

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Influenza Vaccination 2019/2020

It’s that time of year when we ask people to come along to the surgery for a flu jab. The seasonal flu can be a serious illness for certain “at risk” people and everyone over 65 years of age (born before 1st April 1955). In addition flu vaccination is recommended for all pregnant women and anyone who is a main carer for an ill or disabled person at home. For these people the Government recommends an annual Influenza vaccination.  Also over the next few years the Department of Health plans to offer this to all healthy kids under 16 however this year we are offering vaccination to pre-school children (born 2/7/15– 1/9/17).

 If you are eligible to get the flu jab you will receive a letter during the first week of October.  If you are unable to attend your clinic date and time you may contact reception to get an alternative.  Patients normally given the flu jab by the District Nurse will have their name passed over and you will not receive any correspondance and you can expect a Nurse to call.

If you missed you flu injection during the month of October when clinics were running you may telephone reception and get an alternative time to come for this vaccines.  We will run 2 short surgeries in December to accommodate these patients.

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Pharmacy First 

Over the winter period patients can attend the pharmacy for sore throats, colds and flu like illnesses.  https:vimeo.com/306371665

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Carers Health Check 

If you are a 'carer' (i.e. you have an unpaid role looking after someone in the community) for someone we can offer you a health check. 

This will involve an enquiry about any health problems / complaints and a review of any current medication which you may be on.  We can also provide information for organisations which may be able to help you in your role as a carer.

Please telephone our reception and ask for an appointment with our Practice Nurse for 'A Carers Health Check'

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Bogus Callers

We have had reports of patients receiving calls from persons claiming to be from Ballymoney Health Centre.  They are enquiring about medications and trying to obtain information about our patients.  Please DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES give out any of your information especially information relating to your Banking.  The Health Centre Staff will NEVER as for any financial details.  If you get a telephone call and are unsure please just hang up and phone us here at the Health Centre on the usual number and we will be happy to advise.

The PSNI & the Health & Social Care Board have also been notified.

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BOWEL SCREENING

A new video has been released giving information on the Bowel Screening Testing

which is currently underway for eligible patients in Northern Ireland. 

If you have to take the test please follow the link below - you may find it of use!

http://www.cancerscreening.hscni.net/2188.htm

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OCD SUPPORT GROUP - COLERAINE

 There is a new support group in Coleraine for OCD sufferers.  For futher information please click on the link below.....

http://www.ocdni.co.uk/coleraine-support-group/4588795096

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"A Guide to Preventing Blood Clots" - INFORMATION LEAFLET

 As part of on-going work a leaflet has been developed or patient to help them with the prevention of blood clots.  For futher information please click on the link below.....

www.publichealth.hscni.net/directorate-nursing-and-allied-health-professions/hsc-safety-forum 

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WELL WOMAN CLINIC

Appointments Tel. 028 2766 0300  Option 2

Child_immunisationThis is run by our Practice Nurses. They offer cervical screening, advice on breast awareness and general health advice. All women who require a smear will be offered an appointment.  A video can be accessed at the following website regarding your smear test:  http://www.cancerscreening.hscni.net/2179.htm

 

HEALTH PROMOTION & SPECIALISED CLINICS

Appointments Tel. 028 2766 0300  Option 2

All new patients have some basic health checks on registration.lady_exam  Existing patients can attend their Doctor for a general health check.  Those who often 'fall through the net' but would benefit from these checks are middle aged men, all smokers and those with a family history of heart disease.  We also offer DIABETIC, ASHTMA and COPD clinics and offer annual check ups for patients with EPILEPSY, HEART DISEASE, STROKES and CHRONIC MENTAL ILLESS.

A new video is now available on the Northern Ireland Cancer Screening Programme website produced by the Public Health Agency to aid those people eligible to have the Bowel Screening Test.  It covers how to take the test, processing the samples at the laboratory, receiving your results and being called back to  colonoscopy.  Please follow the link

http://www.cancerscreening.hscni.net/2188.htm

 

MINOR SURGERY

Appointments Tel. 028 2766 0300  Option 2

Each doctor offers this service including removal of skin lesions, joint injections and other minor procedures.

 

CHILDHOOD IMMUNISATION AND SURVEILLANCE CLINIC

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Every Wednesday 9.00am to 11.00am run by a GP and Practice Nurse. When due routine immunisation/checks, each child will receive an appointment. If your child misses a jab he/she will automatically get another appointment in the post.

 

HEALTH VISITING TEAM 

Health Visitors Tel. 028 2766 0300 Option 1

Our Health Visiting Team can offer a family centered service from pregnancy until your child goes to school.  They can offer support on matters such as healthy lifestyle, parenting, breast feeding, bottle-feeding, immunisations, play stimulation & child development, weaning and behaviour management along with keeping your child safe.  The Health Visiting team run a parenting group "Your 1st Year" on a Wednesday between 10am and 12noon.  For further information contact your Health Visitor .

ANTENATAL CARE

pregnant_stomachMidwives                                          Tel.028 2766 1802 Direct Line         Tel.028 2766 0300 Option 2 Appointments

All women considering pregnancy should seek pre-conceptual advice from their doctor.  If you become pregnant you should arrange an appointment with your GP who will set up a 'booking appointment' with the midwife.  Twice weekly antenatal clinics are run by our midwives, supported by the Doctors and care is shared with a Consultant Obstetrician.  Preparation for labour classes are held in the health centre and no appointment is necessary but dates for these are provided by the named midwife.

Appointments are made by a member of the Reception Team.  Please call at the desk or telephone 028 2766 0300 - Option 2. 

 

CONTRACEPTION and FAMILY PLANNING

Appointments Tel. 028 2766 0300  Option 2

Contraceptive services including coil fitting and implant are provided by the GPs.

NEW CENTRALISED BOOKING SYSTEM for FAMILY PLANNING

The Family Planning Service are operating a new Centralised Booking system to improve access to clinics.

To make an appointment in ANY of the clinics within the Northern HSC Trust please telephone the number below between 9:00 am and 1:00 pm, Monday to Friday      028 2826 6163

Appontments can continue to be made via your local Family Planning Clinic during clinc hours - Tel. 028 2766 0300 Option 1

 

TREATMENT ROOM

Sister Helen Cochrane Tel. 028 2766 0309


Weekdays 9.00am -12.30pm & 2.00pm - 5.30 pm (4.30 pm Friday) Sister Helen Cochrane and her team are available for blood/urine tests as well as routine dressings, injections and removal of sutures. They may also see emergencies and if necessary refer to the doctor.  No appointment necessary.

 

DISTRICT NURSING

Tel. 0845 600 3111

The team provides nursing care at home for those patients of all ages with acute and severe chronic ailments as well as the terminally ill.  

 

OTHER SERVICES

  • ANNUAL INFLUENZA IMMUNISATION
  • SHINGLES VACCINATION PROGRAMME
  • PNEUMOCOCCAL VACCINATION PROGRAMME
  • ANTI-COAGULATION (Warfarin) MONITORING (Run by Practice Nurse Siobhan Dan.  Onsite testing via appointment only)
  • HIGH RISK DRUG MONITORING
  • MINOR INJURIES SERVICE Avoid the queue of A&E.  We provide a Minor Injury Service.  Either attend the Treament Room or book an Urgent Appointment with the GP.
  • SMOKING CESSATION SERVICE
  • LEARNING DISABILITY SERVICE
  • COUNSELLING SERVICE (By Referral from your GP)

 

 
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