PHONE FIRST  The Phone First service is designed for patients who are feeling unwell and considering travelling to an ED with an injury or illness which requires urgent treatment but is not immediately life threatening.  It is important to note that Emergency Departments will always be a safe place for patients, and if they attend an ED without ringing first, they will not be turned away.  If their condition is not life threatening, they may have to wait longer or be signposted to another service.

For all emergencies that are life threatening always call 999 immediately. This can include: Stroke, heart attack, loss of consciousness, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding or major trauma.

NI PEARS is a regional service provided by community optometrists for patients who develop an acute (new and sudden or very recent onset) eye problem e.g. sudden red, painful or sticky eye, sudden flashes & floaters, sudden reduction in vision, something in the eye that you cannot remove. Contact a local optometrist for investigation and management of your acute eye problems. Patients with non-acute eye problems, including non-acute headaches and previously diagnosed chronic eye conditions, should not attend a PEARs clinic  but contact the GP via triage.  

If the patient is not eligible for NIPEARS or a GOS sight test there may be a charge.

When a pharmacist may be able to help

The Pharmacy First Scheme is available at local chemists and offers free treatments and advice for everyday health conditions such as:

Acne

Groin infection

Scabies

Athletes foot

Haemorrhoids

Threadworms

Diarrhoea

Headlice

Vaginal thrush

Earwax

Mouth ulcers

Verrucae

 

Oral thrush

 

You can also avail of over the counter treatment and adivce for:

  • coughs, colds, eye conditions, stomach upsets, skin conditions, allergies, aches and pains
  • common drugs, vitamins and minor first-aid
  • healthy eating and living, including giving up smoking
  • blood pressure and diabetes monitoring and needle exchange, truss fittings, stoma products and incontinence supplies
  • women's health, including treatment for thrush, emergency contraception and pregnancy testing
  • children's health, including nappy rash, teething, coughs and colds, threadworms, head lice, warts and verrucas
  • all prescribed and over-the-counter medicines

PHARMACY FIRST SERVICE :  EMERGENCY HORMONAL CONTRACEPTION is now available from the following community pharmacies.  The service will ensure that women and young people aged 13 years and over have timely access to sexual health advice and free EHC (including the provision of bridging contraception) when clinically indicated.

CARRICKFERGUS CHEMISTS LTD

HEALTH CENTRE PHARMACY

TAYLOR'S AVENUE, CARRICKFERGUS, CO ANTRIM, BT38 7HF

028 9336 5111

BOOTS UK LTD

BOOTS

3B MARKET PLACE, CARRICKFERGUS, CO ANTRIM, BT38 7AW

028 9335 1200

A & F A DUNDEE LTD

MEDICARE PHARMACY

9-10 VICTORIA ROAD, CARRICKFERGUS, CO ANTRIM, BT38 7JE

028 9335 1722

LARNE CHEMISTS LTD

MCFARLANES CHEMIST

86/88 MAIN STREET, LARNE, CO ANTRIM, BT40 1RE

028 2826 0768

LARNE CHEMISTS LTD

LINN ROAD PHARMACY PLUS

14 LINN ROAD, LARNE, CO ANTRIM, BT40 2BT

028 2827 9919

LLOYDS PHARMACY LTD

PHARMACY DEPT IN SAINSBURYS

4 BRAIDWATER RETAIL PARK, LARNE LINK ROAD, BALLYMENA, CO ANTRIM, BT42 3AG

02825653420

BOOTS UK LTD

BOOTS

38 MAIN STREET, LARNE, CO ANTRIM, BT40 1SS

028 2827 4701

LARNE CHEMISTS LTD

LARNE HC PHARMACY PLUS

LARNE HEALTHCENTRE, GLOUCESTER AVENUE, LARNE, CO ANTRIM, BT40 1NZ

028 2826 0696

B MCGRATH

 

19 CROSS STREET, LARNE, CO ANTRIM, BT40 1JW

028 2826 0675

Travel Vaccinations

Meadowbridge Surgery  no longer offers a Private Travel Vaccination Service. There are however, various clinics in Northern Ireland offering this service, the most local at Carrick Health Centre Pharmacy, Taylors Avenue, (contact information can be found on line for other clinics in Belfast/Bangor). 

An appointments at Meadowbridge Surgery can then be arranged for any NHS Travel Vaccines outstanding following your attendance at  the Private Travel Clinic.   Patients will receive writing information to bring to the Practice Nurse indicating any outstanding NHS free Travel Vaccines required. Our Practice Nurse will not give Travel advice regarding private vaccines.

You can find information on vaccines you may require from the links below.  We cannot vouch that the information on the links is up to date.  You should contact a travel clinic to confirm vaccinations required.

• Allow plenty of time for a pre-travel consultation at least 6-8 weeks before you travel.

• A dental check-up before you travel may prevent problems while you are away.

• Take out adequate insurance for your destination and activities. A European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) entitles you to free or reduced rate medical care in most EU countries. You can apply for one free of charge online (www.dh.gov.uk), by phone (0845 606 2030), or by post using a form from the Post Office

• Pack a first aid kit (a sterile kit of emergency equipment may be a good idea if you are going somewhere remote).

• Find out about the place you are travelling, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website www.FCO.gov.uk contains information and up to date advice on travelling abroad, including information about risks in specific countries.  There is further information about countries and vaccinations on the links below

Europe Europe & Russia North America North America
Central America Central America South America South America
Caribbean Caribbean Africa Africa
Middle East Middle East Central Asia Central Asia
East Asia East Asia Australasia Australasia and Pacific

  Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)

 

 
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