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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.

 

Carers

CARERS

If you are a nominated Carer for a patient who is unable to contact the Practice directly, please make yourself known to a Patient Services Advisor who will provide a pro-forma for you to complete to enable us to flag your information on the said patients medical record.

This will enable us to liaise openly with yourself and provide you with access to other agencies on behalf of the patient you care for. For example, occupational and social services.

Alternatively, you can print, and complete, the form here and leave with reception.

 

***WE ARE CURRENTLY RUNNING A CARERS REVIEW CLINIC***

CARING FOR CARERS!

 DO YOU CARE FOR OR LOOK AFTER SOMEONE?

  • THE DEMANDS OF BEING A CARER CAN AFFECT A PERSON’S QUALITY OF LIFE INCLUDING THEIR HEALTH.
  • WE TRY TO IDENTIFY CARERS AND SUPPORT THEM IN THEIR ROLE BY PROVIDING AN ANNUAL HEALTH CARE REVIEW TO ENSURE THAT HEALTH NEEDS ARE BEING ADDRESSED.
  • Contact reception on 028 9331 5805 to arrange an appointment.

 

Local Support Group Carrickfergus - Contact Lyn Campbell to find out more on 028 9043 9843 or email: lyn.campbell@carersni.org

The group meets as follows:

  • Carrickfergus - 1st Tuesday of every month at 10am in the Miskimmon Suite, Old Town Hall, Antrim Street, Carrickfergus
  • The Groups meet every month except July and August.

 

USEFUL CONTACTS FOR LOCAL SUPPORT

 

Carers UK – Northern Ireland

Website: www.carersuk.org

Telephone: 028 9043 9843

Email: advice@carersuk.org

 

Young Carers – Northern Ireland

Website: www.nidirect.gov.uk/young-carers

Telephone: 028 9046 0500

 

Cross Roads – Caring for Carers Northern Ireland

Website: www.crossroadscare.co.uk/

Telephone: 028 9181 4455

Email: mail@crossroadscare.co.uk

 

Belfast Carers Centre

Website: www.carers-centre.org

Telephone: 028 9073 0173

Email: info@carers-centre.org

 

Family Support NI

Website: www.familysupportni.gov.uk

Telephone: 0845 600 6483

 

An online booklet with information for carers –

http://www.northerntrust.hscni.net/pdf/A-Z_for_carers.pdf

 

DO YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE MEDICAL RECORDS OF THE PERSON YOU CARE FOR? WITH THEIR PERMISSION THIS IS POSSIBLE, CHECK WITH OUR RECEPTION STAFF FOR AN ACCESS TO RECORDS FORM AND RETURN IT TO THE PRACTICE.

HAVE YOU HAD A FLU VACCINE? YOU ARE ENTITLED TO THIS AS A CARER

 



 
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