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Welcome to Dunluce Family Practice
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need.
As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
Autumn Covid-19 and Flu vaccinations
Patients aged 65 and over
Starting in October we will be giving Covid and Flu vaccinations to all our patients aged 65 and over. Clinics will be run every Tuesday afternoon and Friday morning in October at Dunluce and we will have a further vaccination clinic on Sunday 16th October. We have been contacting patients by text, phone and post as appropriate. When you receive such a communication from us please phone the surgery (02890204218) to confirm your appointment.
Patients aged 50 and over
Once we have completed vaccinating those patients aged 65 yrs and over, we will be contacting patients 50 and over ( again by text, phone or post). Please be patient as we will be calling patients, starting with those in higher risk categories, and this should take place in November. When you receive such a communication from us please phone the surgery (02890204218) to confirm your appointment.
Getting to see a doctor
We know that most patients greatly value being able to see a doctor when they need to. Others appreciate being able to get advice quickly without having to come in to the surgery.
Our experience from having to do more remote consulting during the Covid-19 pandemic is that a mixture of face to face and remote consultations allows us to handle patients' problems far more efficiently than before. We feel a continuation of these arrangements, at least in part, will allow us to give be best access to most patients.
The system involves patients phoning the surgery in the usual way (02890204218) and a message being taken for the doctor to phone you back. Please give the receptionist as much detail as you can to include in the message to the doctor. This helps us to prioritise calls.
We will phone every patient back (unless you have made a request that does not require a call back). Please be assured that, if a face to face consultation is necessary, we will see you the same day. Please note we aim to address all patient problems on the same day we hear about them. This means there will be no more waiting weeks for an appointment. The other side of this is that normally you will not be able to book advance face to face appointments. If we were to allow advance bookings to be made, this could lead to us being booked up weeks in advance again.
We know this arrangement may not be ideal for some, and we continue to explore ways of accommodating the wide variety of access arrangements people may want. We are also reviewing our telephone access to see if there are improvements we can make there.
Coronavirus Outbreak (Covid 19)
What do I do if I think I have the Coronavirus?
The first thing is not to panic. Most patients will have a mild illness and will recover within 7 – 10 days.
The usual symptoms are a raised temperature (fever) and a new dry cough. With the new variants some of the symptoms are very much like those of the common cold. Some patients may also complain of flu like symptoms such as muscle aches and pains and “chills”.
If you experience these symptoms:
You and anybody in your household should isolate yourselves in your own home (to avoid spreading the virus) for up to 10 days depending on your test results.
You do not need to contact us for advice. You will not need a Coronavirus test. Make sure your fluid intake is adequate and take paracetamol for high temperature and muscle aches and pains.
DO NOT PHONE THE PRACTICE OR THE 111 help line OR Out of Hours unless you become very unwell.
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE COME TO THE PRACTICE.
If you are better and have not had a high temperature for 2 days you can stop self-isolation the following day.
What if I get worse?
The infection may last several days and that would be usual. If you feel that your symptoms are getting significantly worse, have lasted more than 7 days or if you are experiencing breathing problems
then phone NHS helpline 111 in the first instance
If you are having difficulty getting advice, then you can phone the practice on (028) 90204218 or Out Of Hours.
In a medical emergency phone 999
DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE COME TO THE PRACTICE
If your condition has deteriorated significantly we may advise that you go to hospital.
You will not be able to collect prescriptions or repeat prescriptions from the practice. Instead we will send (or in urgent circumstances telephone) your prescription to a local pharmacist of your choice.
We will not be issuing sick certificates ( fitness notes) related to corona virus infection and self-isolation circumstances. The Government are introducing special measures to deal with this and you should discuss with your employer.
If you require a sick certificate for an ongoing condition for which you have consulted, we may arrange to send this to you by post.
Home visits to patients will have to be significantly curtailed. All requests for house calls will be triaged first by telephone and we will only make visits when we deem these to be clinically essential.
For reasons of safety we will not carry out visits to patients with respiratory problems who may have corona virus. Instead patients who have significant respiratory problems will be referred directly to hospital.
Thank you for your cooperation at this difficult time.
More detail about the outbreak can be found on the Public Health pages: https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/covid-19-coronavirus
Advice about treating common ailments
Click on the links below for advice on how to treat some minor ailments yourself and when you may need to see the doctor.
Do I need an antibiotic?
Does my child need an antibiotic?
Common Cold and Flu-like Illnesses
Symptoms of cough / acute bronchitis
Caring for children with coughs
Practice closed on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm
The practice is now closed on Tuesday afternoons from 1pm to facilitate staff training and development and administrative tasks.
In a MEDICAL EMERGENCY you can still phone the practice on 07593874349
New Lifestyle advice
We have added a new "Lifestyle" page to link you to some advice about the measures you can take to stay healthy. This month we are looking at sugar.
New local resource - if you have diabetes and are even thinking about pregnancy
You will find a lot of really useful information from local Northern Ireland people speaking about their experience of diabetes in pregnancy.
If you have already been pregnant and told you had Gestational Diabetes - you may find clicking on this link below useful.
Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.
The health centre complies with current disability legislation.
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(Site updated 29/09/2022)