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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.

 

If you move address outside of the Practice Catchment Area and give us notification of your change of address (this includes patients who currently live outside the catchment area, and have done so for many years prior to this policy being put in place, but may be moving to a new address close to their current address, ie Whitehead -to- Whitehead, or Ballycarry -to- Ballycarry)...

  • We will inform you verbally and give you details of how to register with another Practice 
  • We will let you know that we will be responsible for your medical care and prescriptions for a period of 30 days from the notification
  • We will assist you with any further health needs or requests for a period of 30 days
  • We will advise you that you will receive notification from BSO ( Business Services Organisation) regarding registration with another Practice
  • If you are unhappy with the situation and state that you do not wish to leave the Practice due to extenuating circumstances we will review your reasons and the Partnership will make a decision based on individual needs
    • Extenuating circumstances may include; Terminal illness, Break in continuity of care or treatment, cancer care, Patient’s unmet need based on the decision of a GP that it would not be reasonable for you to be removed from the Practice list at this time.
    • If you are allowed to remain on the Practice list you will be informed verbally and in writing by the Practice Manager
    • We will also inform you that this arrangement to remain on the Practice list only exists for your current new address and should you move again outside of the Practice catchment area the removal protocol will again be invoked
    • A note will be placed on your medical record to inform Clinicians and staff of this agreement between yourself and the Practice

 

 
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