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SEPTEMBER 2020 - FLU VACCINES ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE SURGERY - DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID-19 SITUATION WE WILL BE CONTACTING PATIENTS WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR THE FLU VACCINE BY TELEPHONE OR LETTER TO ATTEND THE SURGERY FOR AN APPOINTMENT ONLY.  

URGENT NOTICE - DUE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK WE WILL BE USING A TELEPHONE TRIAGE SYSTEM FOR THE FORSEEABLE FUTURE TO REDUCE THE RISK OF SPREAD.  IF YOUR PROBLEM IS AN EMERGENCY PLEASE PHONE THE SURGERY BETWEEN 8.30AM AND 10.30AM.  PLEASE LEAVE YOUR NAME, CONTACT NUMBER AND A BRIEF DESCRIPTION WITH THE RECEPTIONISTS AND A DOCTOR WILL GET BACK TO YOU.

DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF CALLS FOR TELEPHONE CONSULTATION WITH THE GP WE ARE LIMITING THE DAILY CALLS TO 30 PER DAY.  THE PRACTICE IS EXTREMELY BUSY AT PRESENT DUE TO THE CURRENT COVID 19 CRISIS AND THE GP WILL ONLY TELEPHONE ONCE.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION IN THIS MATTER.

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING ORDERING PRESCRIPTIONS - DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY YOU MUST ORDER PRESCRIPTIONS BY TELEPHONE ON 028 90391690 BETWEEN 10.30AM TO 12.45PM AND FROM 2PM TO 3PM OR VIA THE 24 HOUR REPEAT PRESCRIPTION LINE ON 028 90721540.  AS YOU CAN APPRECIATE OUR PHONELINES ARE EXTREMELY BUSY, PLEASE BE PATIENT - THANK YOU.

DUE TO THE CURRENT SITUATION YOU MUST ALLOW AT LEAST 48 - 72 HOURS FROM THE ISSUING OF YOUR PRESCRIPTION TO COLLECTING YOUR PRESCRIPTION FROM THE PHARMACY.  AS YOU CAN APPRECIATE THE SURGERY AND THE PHARMACY ARE EXTREMELY BUSY, PLEASE BE PATIENT - THANK YOU.  

WE WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME OUR NEW GP DR. FAYE GIBSON TO LIGONIEL HEALTH CENTRE.  DR. GIBSON COMMENCED WORKING AT THE SURGERY ON THE 2ND APRIL 2019. GOOD LUCK FAYE!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - WE ARE CHANGING TO A COMPLETELY NEW COMPUTER SYSTEM AND GO LIVE ON TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER, 2017.  THIS INVOLVES A LOT OF PREPARATION BEFOREHAND AND ON THE GO LIVE DAY.  WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR PATIENCE BEFORE AND AFTER THE 28TH NOVEMBER 2017 TO ALLOW US TO ADJUST TO THE NEW SYSTEM, THANK-YOU.

FROM TUESDAY 2ND MAY 2017 THERE WILL BE A NEW GP APPOINTMENT SYSTEM IN PLACE.  THIS SYSTEM WILL OPERATE WITH APPOINTMENTS BEING ALLOCATED ON A DAILY BASIS ONLY.  IF YOU NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR, PLEASE PHONE THE SURGERY BETWEEN 8.30AM AND 10.00AM ON THE DAY.  DUE TO NUMEROUS MISSED AND UNCANCELLED APPOINTMENTS, BOOKING IN ADVANCE IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.  

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND YOUR APPOINTMENT WITH THE DOCTOR OR THE NURSE, PLEASE PHONE THE SURGERY TO CANCEL THE APPOINTMENT SO THAT WE CAN ACCOMMODATE OTHER PATIENTS WHO NEED SEEN.

COMMENCING OCTOBER 2017 WE HAVE A NEW SMOKING CLINIC EVERY FRIDAY AFTERNOON BETWEEN 2PM AND 3.30PM.  OUR NEW COUNSELLOR IS SHARON MCCULLOUGH FROM CANCER FOCUS NI.  PLEASE CONTACT THE SURGERY TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

IF YOU ARE TRAVELLING ABROAD AND REQUIRE VACCINATIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE SURGERY 4 - 6 WEEKS PRIOR TO YOUR DATE OF TRAVEL, IT TAKES TIME TO CHECK UP ON YOUR VACCINATION HISTORY, ORDER THE VACCINATIONS AND BOOK AN APPOINTMENT WITH THE NURSE TO ADMINISTER THEM.  PLEASE GIVE AS MUCH NOTICE AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN.

   

 

 

 

 

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Sexual Health

coldBoth men and women need to look after their sexual health and take time to understand the issues that surround contraception and sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

For instance there are some STIs, like chlamydia, that you could be carrying without having any symptoms. This infection can affect fertility, so it's important to make use of the sexual health services available for free on the NHS.

Useful Resources:

Sex & Young People
A comprehensive guide to the questions you may have about sex from the NHS

Sexually Transmitted Infections
Issues, symptoms and treatments

Sexual Health FAQs
Expert answers from a qualified Doctor

NetdoctorFPA
Here you'll find tips for a fulfilling sex life plus advice on STDs, contraception and common sex problems.

FPA - The Sexual Health Charity
Sexual health advice and information on contraception, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy choices, abortion and planning a pregnancy.


Contraception

There are so many different types of contraception available that you should be able to find the right method. You may have to try several different things before you choose the one you like most.

Types of contraception

Useful Resources

NetDoctor
A Family Planning specialist writes about the different types of contraception, the benefits and pitfalls and how effective they are

Contraception - NHS
Information on Contraception from NHS Choices including why, when and how it should be used and with links to other useful resources.

Hormonal Contraception
This factsheet is for women who are taking hormonal contraceptives, or who would like information about them.


Chlamydia

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed sexually transmitted infection among under-25s. Often there are no symptoms, but testing and treatment are simple.

Causes and risk factors Chlamydia is usually passed from one person to another during vaginal, oral or anal sex, or by sharing sex toys. It can live inside cells of the cervix, urethra, rectum and sometimes in the throat and eyes.

Useful Links

NHS - focus on Chlamydia Information, videos and advice from the NHS website

Chlamydia
This factsheet is for people who have chlamydia, or who would like information about it.


These links all come from trusted resources but if you are unsure about these or any other medical matters please contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice

 
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