Welcome to Meadowbridge Surgery Online
Welcome along to our surgery website where we hope you will quickly benefit from a user friendly layout and a wealth of information about our healthcare services. Find out when we’re open and what to do when we’re not, all from the comfort of your own home.
BMA - Call Patients to Action - The British Medical Association has sent out to all 349 GP practices in Northern Ireland, a petition outlining the challenges facing the General Practice sector and encouraging patients to sign in support of GPs. The petition is now available for signature at reception.
This is a matter of urgency to not only rescue general practice but to ensure that patients in Northern Ireland have a responsive, safe and sustainable general practice service that they know will be there when they need it. For full information please click the following link: General practice faces ‘full-blown crisis’
- 3 WEEKS TO GO - PLEASE COME INTO RECEPTION AND SIGN THE PETITION BY END OF AUGUST 16.
Latest News Updates
BANK HOLIDAY – Monday 29th AUGUST 2016 - Meadowbridge Surgery will reopen on Tuesday 30th August 2016.
Folic Acid & Vitamin D in Pregnancy - New guidelines on folic acid and vitamin D in pregnancy reinforce the message that any woman who may be trying to conceive or who has become pregnant should be recommended to take folic acid, from at least 12 weeks before conception until 12 weeks gestation. Additionally all pregnant and breastfeeding women should take a daily supplement containing 10μg of vitamin D. See further information tab or click the following link - Folic Acid & Vitamin D in Pregnancy.
NEW PATIENT FACING SERVICES FOR ON-LINE REPEAT PRESCRIPTION ORDERING
Initially to register for the new on-line prescription ordering service you will need to bring photographic ID to reception for verification of ID to get your new account activated. You can then go to the On-Line Services, Prescription tab above to order your repeat medication. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to our patients.
We do normally have advance appointments to book but unfortunately through July and August this year, for the 1st time, it has been impossible to book GP locums to cover GP annual leave. We therefore have had to make a
decision to operate an on the day appointments system through July/August to be sure that we continue to meet daily patient demand.
This has been most unfortunate, but with the current crisis in General Practice the majority of Practices in N Ireland are experiencing the same problem. We will be reverting to offering advance bookings, from September and are genuinely sorry for any inconvenience caused to our patients over the summer months.
A BMA petition (see above) is available in reception for patients to sign.
2015-16 PATIENT SURVEY RESULTS
Results can now be viewed above using the Quick Links / Latest News Tab /Survey Reports.
Please remember to order prescriptions in good time to ensure we are able to supply your prescription before any scheduled bank holiday closures. Out of Hours will not issue repeat medications during Bank Holiday closures unless it is a genuine emergency and where a delay in provision would be potentially harmful to the patient.
NEW GPS We are delighted to welcome 2 new salaried GPs to our team namely Dr Janice Loane & Dr Jenny Johnston.
Strictly 1 GP appointment x 1 problem to ensure to the best of our ability that surgeries run on time with the exception of emergencies.
Meningococcal ACWY vaccine programme 2016-17 - A vaccination programme is available to immunising those young people born between 2/7/97 and 1/7/99 or starting university for the first time up to the age of 25 years.
Pregnant woman will now be offered Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine from 16 weeks gestation.
Message from Dalriada: GP Out-of-Hours is a service for urgent medical care. It is not a routine service for repeat prescriptions and repeat prescriptions will only be issued by Out-of-Hours providers in an emergency.
Promoting Self-Care for Chronic Pain: Most patients with Chronic Pain can help ease their condition by adopting some simple self-care techniques. See Further Information Tab links and information.
Patient Consent Form for 3rd party access to your medical information now available in Further Information Tab if you would like a relative or friend to be able to access information on your behalf.
Re-authorisation of Repeat Medications - Repeat medications are set up for a set number of issues and then have to be re-authorised by the Doctor in order to ensure medication review and good clinical management is adhered to. This process will take place for all patients including those on long term repeat medications.
Telephone Consultation: Patients will receive strictly a maximum of 2 return telephone calls from the Practice. If the 2nd call is not answered there will be no further call backs attempted.
Information on Local Services
See Further Information /Counselling & Support tab for further information on:
Air Aware Do you suffer from a chronic illness that affects your breathing, such as asthma or heart disease? You can receive alerts free to your mobile phone, to let you know when air pollution levels are high - Just text Air to 67300
AWARE - If you are affected by depression and bipolar disorder or are a relative , carer or friend of someone with depression and want to know more about how you can help, visit www.aware-ni.org. The website has a wealth of information on depression and services available in helping overcome depression and helping change lives.
See Clinics & Services tab above for further information and fact sheets on:
Self Care - Self Care covers 13 common ailments and fact sheets are available aimed to inform patients on issues around self care and on how to best handle the symptoms. (There will also be a leaflet display in reception)
Travel Vaccinations - Allow plenty of time for a pre-travel consultation, book an appointment with your Practice Nurse at least 6-8 weeks before you travel.
General Information Tab
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm - Men over 65, who have never attended for AAA Screening, can ask to be screened by contacting the Programme Office on: 02890 631828.
Bowel Cancer Screening programme The age range for Northern Ireland Bowel Cancer Screening programme to includes all eligible individuals aged 60-74.
The majority of the population covered by the new upper age range will have previously been invited to take part in screening and so should have some understanding of the programme and how it operates. Only a small number of people aged 74 will be invited to participate for the first time. If you have questions or concerns about your invite check out www.cancerscreening.hscni.net or call the freephone helpline number (Telephone 0800 015 2514). Individuals will continue to be invited for screening using the existing systems and processes.
One Click Away
Convenience doesn’t stop there and you can now access a number of services online. Ordering a repeat prescription or sending us your comments are both just a click away. And if you’re not yet registered with us you can download the necessary forms here too.
Health and Happiness
Our team are dedicated to your continued good health and approach your care with professionalism, discretion and friendliness. You can count on a warm welcome from everyone involved here at the practice.
You can see when the surgery will be closed here
(Site updated 24/08/2016)