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Wondering why you are having to wait longer for routine appointments?!

Patients not attending is becoming a chronic problem! KEEP OR CANCEL YOUR APPOINTMENTS, DON'T FORGET THEM!

201 appointment slots were wasted in October due to patients not attending or cancelling appointments!! 68 with the GPs, 72 with the Nurse Practitioner/Practice Nurse, 53 in the Treatment Room, Other 8.

If you cannot attend please contact us asap to avoid this happening. Please see the Missed Appointment Policy for more information.

PLEASE REMEMBER REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS REQUIRE 24 HOUR NOTICE (Monday-Thursday) REPEAT SCRIPTS ORDERED ON A FRIDAY WILL BE AVAILABLE THE FOLLOWING MONDAY

Welcome to Templepatrick Surgery

We aim to offer a high standard of patient-centred healthcare.  We run many clinics for the management of chronic diseases such as as

thma and diabetes and offer a wide variety of other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups. In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the menu on the right hand side. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like.

Flu Clinic 2017/2018 - get the vaccine not the Flu!

We are now offering appointments for the Flu Vaccination to the following groups:

All patients aged 65 years and over

Children aged 2 years and over NOT yet at Primary School (ie Date of Birth 2/7/13-1/9/15

OR if you have one of the following conditions:

Diabetes, Asthma, COPD, Heart Disease, Kidney Disease, Liver Disease, Chronic Neurological Disease, Stroke, Immunosupression, Spleen Problems

Adults with a BMI>40

Pregnant

Please contact the Surgery on 028 9443 2202 to book your appointment

PLEASE DO NOT WAIT FOR A LETTER OF INVITATION FOR THE FLU VACCINE - IF YOU FALL INTO ONE OF THE ABOVE GROUPTS MAKE YOU APPOINTMENT ASAP!

EAR SYRINGING

Unfortunately due to increasing pressure on services we are no longer offering Ear Syringing at the Practice.

New Computer system

Templepatrick Surgery will be using a new computer system from 1st June 2017.  We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to the patient in the initial stages. Your patience is very much appreciated! Thank you!

Lunchtime Closing

From Monday 8th May we will be closing the Surgery door from 1:00 - 1:45 pm.  You will still be able to get through on the phones as normal.

Templepatrick Surgery Policy for prescribing of over-the-counter medicines

Templepatrick Surgery:

—  Promotes self-care for minor conditions and self-limiting illnesses

—  Advises patients that medicines on the list below should be purchased by the patient from community pharmacies or supermarkets and will no longer be prescribed for minor or self-limiting conditions

—  Advises patients that their local community pharmacy pharmacist can provide advice and help to manage minor conditions and self-limiting illnesses

In line with the NI Department of Health and from the 1st May 2017 this practice will not prescribe medicines that can be purchased over-the-counter by patients when they are being used to treat minor conditions or self-limiting illnesses, or where there is no evidence base for their use (see table below)

This new policy will:

—  Encourage self-management of minor illnesses and free up GP appointments to treat patients with complex health problems

—  Increase the money available to the health service to treat more serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer

—  Increase patients’ confidence and feeling of positivity in being able to look after their health

OTC Indication

Medicines no longer prescribed for minor and self-limiting illness

Mild aches and pains e.g. headache, occasional migraine and teething

·        Anti-inflammatory gels or creams e.g. ibuprofen or diclofenac gel

·        Oral painkillers e.g. paracetamol or ibuprofen

Athlete’s foot

Antifungal creams e.g. clotrimazole, miconazole and terbinafine

Cold sores

Anti-viral creams e.g. acyclovir 5%

Colic

Infacol®, Dentinox®, Colief®, Gripe water

Coughs, colds and sore throats

·        Cough bottles

·        Lozenges and sprays for sore throats

·        Oral painkillers / antipyretics e.g. paracetamol, ibuprofen

·        Nasal decongestants e.g. pseudoephedrine tablets, decongestant sprays, drops

Diarrhoea (occasional and short duration)

·        Oral rehydration solutions e.g. Dioralyte

·        Antidiarrhoeal medicines e.g. loperamide

Constipation (occasional and short duration)

·        Laxatives e.g. ispaghula husk (Fybogel®), bisacodyl, lactulose, senna

Ear wax

Ear drops for softening ear wax

Haemorrhoids (piles)

Haemorrhoid creams, ointments and suppositories

 

 

OTC Indication

Medicines no longer prescribed for minor and self-limiting illness

Head lice

Head lice lotions and sprays

Indigestion and heartburn

e.g. Maalox®, Peptac®, Gaviscon®

Infant feeding

·        Comfort milks

·        Lactose free formulas for colic

·        Reflux milks

Nappy rash

e.g. Metanium®, Sudocrem®

Oral health

·        Mouthwashes e.g. Chlorhexidine

·        Fluoride toothpaste

Sunscreen

Should only be prescribed for certain approved conditions

Threadworms

Mebendazole tablets and suspension

Vitamins and minerals

Should not be prescribed as dietary supplements or as a general “pick-me-up”

Should only be prescribed in line with actual or potential vitamin or mineral deficiency

 

Are you a Carer?

Are you a Carer or know someone who is that is who is currently registered at Templepatrick Surgery? If so we would like to offer you an appointment to make sure your needs are being met. Please telephone the surgery to make an appointment with a Clinician.

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 £6 million was spent on prescribing Paracetamol in 2015 in Northern Ireland! Please think twice before asking for a short term prescription of Paracetamol - look what that money could have been used for!

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It is estimated that unused medicines cost the NHS approximately £300 million every year!

Please see the link below for more information on the cost of medicines:

https://vimeo.com/149623414

wasting medicines

WARNING!

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Please make sure you advise us of any changes in your telephone or mobile numbers.

You can book your appointments on line using this website 24 hours a day 7 days a week and avoid those expensive telephone calls.

You can also order your repeat prescriptions on line 24 hours a day 7 days a week and avoid those expensive telephone calls.


 

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