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TRAINING AFTERNOON CLOSURE

Ballymoney Family Practice will be closed on:

Wednesday 18th December 2020 at 1.00pm

&

Wednesday 15th January 2020 at 1.00pm

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

EMERGENCY DOCTOR

028 2566 3500 

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BANK HOLIDAY CLOSURE

Ballymoney Family Practice will be closed on:

WEDNESDAY 25TH DECEMBER 2019, THURSDAY 26TH DECEMBER 2016 & WEDNESDAY 1ST JANUARY 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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PATIENT ONLINE SERVICES 

The online services appear to be up and running again this morning (Monday 19th November 2019), although we have not had any formal notification to let us know that normal service has resumed. 

If for any reason it should go down again we will continue to keep our patients notified.

Once again we would like to apologise for the level of disruption to our patients but the online services are completely of our control as this was a Northern Ireland wide problem for users of the same clinical system.

Welcome to

Ballymoney Family Practice

We have changed our online services.  You can no longer order prescriptions via the old system.  If you wish to make appointments and order medication via our online services you will need to register by telephoning or attending reception so that we can get your e-mail address to send you a valid registration link.

We are aware that this might initially cause some disruption for you but in the long term the benefits of using our new Patient Services will be seen.  Once registered you will be able to view your repeat medications and should make ordering your prescriptions much easier.

In the next few months Ballymoney Family Practice hope to implement SMS text messaging service.  If you do not wish to avail of this service please let one of the reception team know.

We appreciate your patience at this very busy time.

(Site updated 18/11/2019)
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