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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.

 

Male Diabetics - ED

 

Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction

 

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a common problem amongst men who have diabetes, affecting 35-75% of male diabetics.

 

Up to 75% of men suffering from diabetes will experience some degree of erectile dysfunction (erection problems) over the course of their lifetime.

 

Men who have diabetes are thought to develop erectile dysfunction between 10 and 15 years earlier than men who do not suffer from the disease.

 

Over the age of 70, there is a 95% likelihood of facing difficulties with erectile function.

 

What causes erectile dysfunction amongst diabetics?

 

Causes of ED are extremely complex, and are based around changes that occur to the body over time affecting nerve, muscle and blood vessel functions.

 

In order to obtain an erection, men need to have healthy blood vessels, nerves, male hormones and a desire to have sex.

 

Without blood vessels and nerves that control erection, ED can still occur despite a desire to have sex and normal male hormones.

 

Factors amongst men

 

Many other factors bear on erectile dysfunction amongst diabetic men.  These include  

- Being overweight

- Smoking

- Taking too little exercise and other lifestyle factors

 

Surgery can damage nerves and arteries linked to the penis, as can some injuries.

 

Many common medications (including antidepressants and blood pressure drugs) can produce ED.

 

Psychological factors also have an enormous influence.

 

Anxiety, guilt, depression, low self-esteem and paranoia about sexual failure are estimated to cause between 10% and 20% of ED cases.

 

If you wish to discuss any issues in relation to erectile dysfunction, please make a routine appointment with your GP.

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