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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

To help reduce the potential spread of infection, we are advising all patients to phone the surgery.

When you ring us, our staff will ask you some questions to determine your condition. Some of these questions may include if you have a temperature or a cough. These questions help us to determine the best action to take but also helps protect our staff and other vulnerable patients.

If appropriate, you may receive a call back from a GP or be given other relevant advice. Please ensure the practice has up to date contact numbers for you and that you are available for a GP to call you back.

If you need a repeat prescription, please ring the practice on 028 4481 1535 and select option 2. Please advise which chemist you wish your prescription to go to as you will not be able to collect it from the practice.

Coronavirus related fit notes should be downloaded from NHS 111. Patients can self-certify for up to 7 days and self certificates can be accessed online at HMRC website.

For general Coronavirus queries, please refer to the Public Health website - htpps://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov

SEASONAL INFLUENZA VACCINATION CLINIC - 2019/2020

We would like to thank all patients that attended our seasonal influenza vaccination clinic in Clough Surgery on Tuesday 15 October 2019 for their patience and understanding as we had a high turnout.

If you do not wish to avail of the seasonal influenza vaccination, please let us know so we can update your medical records.

SHINGLES VACCINATION PROGRAMME - 2019/2020

Shingles vaccines will be available from September/October 2019 for eligible patients born between 2 September 1948 and 1 September 1949.

If you were born between 2 September 1940 and 1 September 1941 and have not already received the shingles vaccine you are also eligible to receive it.

Please contact the Surgery to arrange an appointment with the Nurse to get your Shingles Vaccine.

PIP's LETTERS

Unfortunately, due to increasing workload in general practice, GPs will no longer be able to provide supporting letters for PIPs.

PROTECTION FROM MENINGITIS AND SEPTICAEMIA

As part of the NHS vaccine programme, patients born between 2 July 1996 and 1 July 2001 who have not already received the Men ACWY vaccine, will be eligible to request the vaccine up until the age of 25 years. First time university students up to the age of 25 are also eligible.

This meningococcal ACWY vaccine protects against meningitis (inflammation of the brain) and septicaemia (blood poisoning) caused by meningococcal groups A, C, W and Y.

The number of cases of meningococcal W disease continues to increase year on year so it is vital that young people are offered protection.

GROWING DEMAND FOR APPOINTMENTS

Due to our growing list size we are having a significant increase in demand for GP appointments. There is a province wide shortage of GPs and over the next few months you may need to wait longer for routine appointments. We are actively trying to recruit additional GPs to join our Primary Care Team.

NEW ADVICE ON VITAMIN D INTAKE - see further information section for more details

COUNTERSIGNING PASSPORT AND DRIVING LICENCE APPLICATIONS AND PHOTOGRAPHS

The Doctors at Dundrum and Clough Surgery are no longer able to countersign passport and driving licence applications and photographs. Please refer to the recognised professions on the passport website - www.gov.uk/countersigning-passport-applications and DVLA website - www.nidirect.gov.uk for further information.

NON NHS SERVICES

Most of the Practice's clinical and non-clinical services are provided without cost under the NHS.  However, there are some items, for which we charge, as they are not provided under the NHS.  Please click on the clinic and services tab above for a detailed list of non NHS fees from 1 April 2017. 

ANTIBIOTIC PRESCRIBING - see further information section for more details

BLOOD PRESSURE MONITORING

A blood pressure monitoring system is now available to use in a private side room in Clough Surgery. Please feel free to take your own blood pressure whenever you wish, hand the blood pressure reading print out to the receptionist along with the completed form so that your medical records can be updated. At times, a GP or Nurse may ask you to do this.

NEW PATIENTS

We welcome new patients. However, from 5 April 2016, we are only able to accept new patients who reside within our Practice Area as approved by HSCB. (see our Practice Area map under New Patients)

REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS ONLINE

Did you know that you can order your repeat prescriptions online?  Call into Dundrum or Clough Surgery for personalised login details and then follow the links on the website.

WHOOPING COUGH VACCINATIONS

Whooping cough vaccinations are advised for pregnant women who are 16 weeks and over. This is to prevent whooping cough in newborn babies. If the surgery has not yet contacted you, please phone to arrange this vaccination. It is safe to have the flu and the whooping cough vaccinations together.  The flu vaccinations can be given at any stage in pregnancy.

Have you used the FREE Minor Ailments Scheme? For further information click on the link under further information.

Please see our Self Care section under our further information.

COVID-19 - useful links & local info

COVID-19 - Useful links and local information

Our MDT team have compiled a list of useful links and information: 

LOCAL BUSINESSES OFFERING HOME DELIVERY SERVICE

 

CLOUGH AND DUNDRUM AREAS

  • Brennans (Seaforde and Dundrum) 028 44812710 - 48hrs notice and 5-10 mile radius
  • Hales Fruit & Veg - 028 42723941 - Newcastle, Dundrum and Clough areas

CASTLEWELLAN

  • Nisa Eco (O’Higgins) - 028 4370200
  • Nisa Fresh food centre - 082 43771881 ring before 11am to ensure delivery same day.
  • Spar Lennon’s – 028 43778263
  • Urban Café Castlewellan – 028 43218029 (Call between 9am and 3pm and they will give free soup and sandwiches for most vulnerable and over 70 with no family or isolated)
  • Nels – 43771999
  • Smokeys – 43771158
  • Little O’s - 43771158

 NEWCASTLE

  • Centra Newcastle – 028 43722762
  • Spar Newcastle (Carlisles, Castlewellan Rd, Newcastle) – 028 43724388 (Ring early in the day for delivery same day)
  • Nutty Chef – 43726236
  • Harbour House – 43723445 or 07708857555 (12pm to 5pm)
  • Smalls – (Shop) 43723512 (Patrick) 07811162812 (Bernie) 07972511291
  • Smyths will deliver Newspapers to both Castlewellan & Newcastle areas - 43722762

BALLYNAHINCH

  • Morrisons vivoxtra – 028 97564639 - Phone between 9-10 am for vulnerable and elderly only
  • Carlises – 028 97563434 – phone before 10am for delivery between 12-2pm (max of 10 items)
  • Subway Ballyhanich – 028 97560014 – deliveries between 1-3pm and 5-7pm free for vulnerable, healthcare providers and emergency services everyone else £1.50
  • Chips Ahoy – 028 97560036 deliveries 2-6.30pm

DRUMANESS

  • O’Hares Euro Spar – 028 4497563082 pre-order for collection and delivery

DOWNPATRICK

  • Hanlons 028 44612129/44612518 – phone ahead for delivery or collection pay over the phone.
  • John Wilson Butchers 028 44617867 or text 07761843460
  • McGreevys Butchers 028 44617163 – delivery service available for elderly
  • Meadow farm 028 44831543 - 8-5pm Tuesday- Saturday farm produce scones, pancakes soda bread, and Guinness wheaten milk soup stews and ready made meals free delivery to Downpatrick, Saintfield, Seaforde, Ardglass Crossgar, Killyleagh area £10 min spend

FOODBANKS

Pantry Foodbank – Behind Methodist Church, Newcastle – open Tues & Thurs 2-4pm. Tel: 07517 766006

Pantry Foodbank- Circular Rd, Castlewellan –open Tuesdays 11am – 1pm. Tel: 077 0967 0918

Ramsays Fine Foods – deliver frozen meals – home delivery Co Down and Northern Ireland- most areas - 028 91469009 ramsaysfinefoods.com

Wiltshire Farm Foods –ready made frozen meals - home delivery Tel: 028 70358880

The Community Foundation – Coronavirus Community Fund – www.communityfoundationni.org

WEBSITES FOR FOOD DELIVERIES

  • Ramsays fine foods provide/deliver home cooked meals(Frozen) and deliver around Co Down area and beyond – www.ramsaysfinefoods.com
  • https://eating.directory/ 
  • HelpAround.co.uk  a useful website set up by some folks in Newcastle to help people in need during the COVID – 19 outbreak by matching them with local volunteers.

USEFUL LINKS

CHILDREN

http://www.autismni.org/

 

ADULTS

https://chatterpack.net/blogs/blog/list-of-online-resources-for-anyone-who-is-isolated-at-home

 

https://www.mentalhealthandmoneyadvice.org/ni/top-tips/mental-health-and-money-advice-for-covid-19-outbreak/

 

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/

 

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-anxiety-tips/

 

https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/exercise/get-fit-with-strength-and-flex/

 

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/addictions/overcoming-alcohol-addiction.htm

 

https://alcoholchange.org.uk/help-and-support/get-help-now

SELF CARE

https://www.moodcafe.co.uk/ - range of information for adults & children and good relaxation sources for children

 https://childmind.org/article/supporting-kids-during-the-covid-19-crisis/

 https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/     -  ‘feeling good’ app recommended

 https://www.parentingni.org/

 https://www.barnardos.org.uk/blog/coping-anxiety

Local mental health crisis helplines – Lifeline and Samaritans contact details

https://www.lifelinehelpline.info/

https://www.samaritans.org/branches/belfast/

BENEFITS

  • Community Advice – Benefits/completing forms etc… – 0300 30 30 306
  • Make the Call – Benefits - 0800 232 1271 – or text ‘CHECK’ to 67300 – indirect.gov.uk/makethecall

 



 
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