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Please note we are currently experiencing GP staff shortages

We have advertised for two new GPs and despite our best efforts to date have not been able to fill the two posts available.  We will continue to try to recruit GPs.

There is a shortage of Doctors who want to work in General Practice in Northern Ireland and there are many vacancies at present for GPs in Practices.  We hope when the Northern Ireland Executive is up and running again that this issue will be addressed.

This is happening in many Practices across the Province and GP service provision is suffering

You may have heard reports in the press of General Practices having to close in some areas of Northern Ireland due to having no Doctors to provide appointments.

Due to our shortage of GPs we have had to adjust our appointment availability to allow the GPs who are here to cope with Patient demand safely and this has had an impact on the provision of routine appointments.  We are working hard to improve access to our services.

Our reception staff are giving you advice on how best to use the system and are not acting as a block to appointments, when they ask you questions it is because they have been asked by the GP to get as much information from you regarding your problem, this will allow the Doctor to deal more efficiently and appropriately with your request

Please bear with us in this difficult period we are doing our best with the resources available to us at present and hope that we can increase the number of routine appointments asap.

Please note we are currently experiencing GP staff shortages

We have advertised for two new GPs and despite our best efforts to date have not been able to fill the two posts available.  We will continue to try to recruit GPs.

There is a shortage of Doctors who want to work in General Practice in Northern Ireland and there are many vacancies at present for GPs in Practices.  We hope when the Northern Ireland Executive is up and running again that this issue will be addressed.

This is happening in many Practices across the Province and GP service provision is suffering

You may have heard reports in the press of General Practices having to close in some areas of Northern Ireland due to having no Doctors to provide appointments.

Due to our shortage of GPs we have had to adjust our appointment availability to allow the GPs who are here to cope with Patient demand safely and this has had an impact on the provision of routine appointments.  We are working hard to improve access to our services.

Our reception staff are giving you advice on how best to use the system and are not acting as a block to appointments, when they ask you questions it is because they have been asked by the GP to get as much information from you regarding your problem, this will allow the Doctor to deal more efficiently and appropriately with your request

Please bear with us in this difficult period we are doing our best with the resources available to us at present and hope that we can increase the number of routine appointments asap.

 

PATIENT INFORMATION

 

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE

SURGERY WILL BE CLOSED ON

MONDAY 26th AUGUST 2019

AND WILL REOPEN AT 8.30 AM ON

TUESDAY 27th AUGUST 2019

 

IN THE EVENT OF A MEDICAL

EMERGENCY PLEASE CONTACT

 

DALRIADIA URGENT CARE ON

028 2566 3500

 


Please click here for information regarding our closure dates and out of hours access


CASTLE PRACTICE MESSAGE FOR OUR PATIENTS REGARDING OUR APPOINTMENTS

OUR APPOINTMENT SYSTEM EXPLAINED

    • There will no longer be a “book opening date”
    • All Appointment requests will be assessed by the Doctor or our Nurse Practitioner.

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

    • When you request an appointment the receptionist/Patient service advisor will ask you some questions about your symptoms on behalf of the Doctor. **The Doctor needs as much information as possible to assess your problem! Your request will be dealt with faster if you pass this information on to the Patient service advisor, they are bound by confidentiality and are here to assist you with our services**
    • The Patient service advisor will then ask you which of the following you require;
    • An emergency appointment (Today. The issue cannot wait!)
    • A telephone call with advice or a prescription
    • A general appointment (Within the next 7-10 working days)

These details (You have given to the Patient Service Advisor) will be reviewed by a GP/Nurse Practitioner and you will either;

    • Receive a call from reception regarding an emergency appointment.
    • Receive a call from reception with a general appointment sometime in the near future.
    • Receive a call from the GP re advice or discussion regarding your symptoms.
    • PLEASE NOTE OUR PATIENT SERVICE ADVISORS ARE HERE TO ADVISE YOU OF THE SERVICES PROVIDED BY THE PRACTICE AND THE BEST WAY TO USE THEM. THEY REQUIRE MUCH MORE KNOWLEDGE THAN SIMPLY ANSWERING CALLS AND DIRECTING PATIENTS AT THE FRONT DESK, THEY ARE TRAINED TO PROVIDE AN INVALUABLE ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT ROLE TO YOUR DOCTORS AND NURSES AND ARE ABLE TO HELP YOU WITH ALL ASPECTS OF YOUR HEALTHCARE AT THE PRACTICE – THEY ARE HERE TO ASSIST YOU WITH PRACTICE PROCESSES, PLEASE BE KIND, IT CAN BE A VERY BUSY JOB AT TIMES. THEY ARE PART OF A GREAT TEAM WHO ALL WANT THE BEST FOR YOU AS PATIENT’S AND STRIVE TO PROVIDE THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE CARE

We have introduced this system as a safe way of ensuring that those who require medical care have the best access we can currently provide due to the constraints of the shortage of GP appointments.

The GP appointments will be spread across the normal surgery hours 8.30 am – 3.20 pm Monday and Friday/8.30 am – 5:00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

NEW TELEPHONE AND RECEPTION DESK HOURS

Reception desk

Monday to Friday                      8.30 am - 12.30 pm and 1.30 pm - 5.30 pm

Appointment Bookings – On the Day Appointments and General - 028 9331 5805

Monday to Friday                      8.30 am – 11.30 am

Prescription telephone orders - 028 9331 5802

We would encourage patients to use online ordering where possible for your own convenience (www.castlepractice.co.uk)

Monday to Friday                      9.30 am – 11.30 am and 2.00pm – 3.30pm

Telephone queries and other issues 028 9331 5805

Monday to Friday                      8.30 am - 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 3.30 pm

Should you have a medical emergency outside of these hours contact;

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm; 3.30 pm – 5.30 pm; Castle Practice - 028 9331 5804

5.30pm onwards; Dalriada Urgent Care - 028 2566 3500


NEW SERVICE FOR PATIENTS

**UPDATE YOUR MOBILE NUMBER AND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS**

CASTLE PRACTICE TEXTING AND EMAIL SERVICE

Our new service will go live from January 2019

  • We will at times use TEXTs or E-Mails to contact you regarding routine Appointments or reviews
  • If you suffer from a long-term condition such as Diabetes, Cardio problems, Asthma, COPD or Hypertensions we may TEXT or E-mail you regarding your review appointment.
  • If your bloods are monitored on a regular basis we may TEXT or E-Mail you a reminder
  • We may contact you by TEXT or E-Mail to contact you regarding non urgent results
  • We will send you reminders regarding booking your annual Flu Vaccine
  • We will TEXT you if you have DNA (DID NOT ATTEND) please see our DNA Appointment Practice Policy here
  • All contacts will be made by Reception with patients on the instruction of the GP or Practice Manager
  • The TEXT/E-Mail system is confidential and will not contain any details of your medical record
  • You can opt out of our text system if you wish by contacting us
  • Why not sign up for online prescription orders and help to cut down on phone time (you can do this by clicking on the Online Options section at the bottom of this page)

WONDERING WHY YOU ARE HAVING TO WAIT LONGER FOR ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS???!!

 Patients not attending is becoming a chronic problem! 

KEEP OR CANCEL YOUR APPOINTMENTS, DO NOT FORGET THEM!!

Over 250!! appointment slots are wasted each month due to patients not attending or cancelling them.

This not only wastes the appointment time on the day, it also clogs up the phones with these 250+ people ringing, to book the appointments, which they then do not attend.

The Castle Practice introduced a “DNA Policy” (Did Not Attend or Does Not Arrive) in 2014. Please read and familiarise yourself with this policy as we have, and will, enforce it.

Castle Practice - D.N.A. Policy

As you can see from the Policy we have numerous options, including texting and online links, to help you cancel your appointment, in adequate time for someone else to use it.

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