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Flu vaccine / Fluenz /shingles campaign 2018

Patients due shingles vaccine 2018 - Patients 70 years (born 2/9/47 - 1/9/48), 78 (born 2/9/39 - 1/9/39) will receive an invite letter over the summer months - we plan to run our flu / shingles campaign Monday 1st October - Friday 5th October 2018.  No letters will be sent.  We will have adverts in local press, church bulletins etc.  Please attend between 9.00am - 1.00pm or 2.00pm - 5.30pm.  We would appreciate a good uptake of the flu / fluenz / shingles vaccine.  If you are outside of this age group and would like a shingles vaccine please leave your details at reception - we have to vaccinate patients in this age group first but if there are stock left over we can keep you in mind. 

Flu vaccines
No appointment necessary - Monday 1st October - Friday 5th October, 9.00am - 1.00pm or 2.00pm - 5.30pm for all patients born between 31/3/54 - 31/3/44 (65-74 yrs) - DIFFERENT VACCINE FOR THIS GROUP OF PATIENTS AS PER PUBLIC HEALTH - supply of these vaccines will be available in November.  Please check with reception. 
Patients born before 31/3/44 (75+) come week commencing 1 October 2018. 
Patients under 65 with heart disease, diabetes, asthma, renal disease, liver disease, carers, pregnancy wk: 1-5 October 2018.

FLUENZ - 2/3 year olds (born between 2/7.14 - 1/9/16)
This vaccine can be given as a nasal spray rather than an injection - your child will experience no pain.  The extended programme which has been running for the past few years is expected to appreciably lower the public health impact of flu by directly averting a large number of cases of disease in children, and, through lowering flu transmission in the community, indirectly preventing flu in unvaccinated younger children, people in clinical risk groups, and older adults.  This is expected to substantially reduce flu-related illness, GP consultations, hospital admissions and deaths.  No appointment necessary Monday 1st October - Friday 5th October 2018 - 9.00am-1pm or 2.00pm-5.30pm. We look forward to a good turn out and increase our % from last year which was 53%.

CHANGES TO RUNNING OF THE TREATMENT ROOM AT CASTLEDERG SURGERY FROM 1ST OCTOBER 2018

Starting 1st October 2018 the number of nurses available to provide treatment room access for patients will significantly be reduced due to sudden unforeseen circumstances.  The primary purpose of treatment rooms is to provide a space for nursing intervention such as dressings and wound care, administrating injectable therapies and review of post-operative patients as directed by secondary care.  With the reduction in capacity to see patient's Castlederg Surgery treatment room nurses will now focus on seeing patients which fulfill their primary purpose. 

Patients with minor ailments will be advised to seek review by alternative healthcare providers such as local pharmacists.

Should URGENT healthcare review of advice be felt necessary, patients can avail of our GP triage system whereby your name and contact details will be taken for a dedicated GP to phone back and discuss your health concern.  Individual outcomes from this consult may include advice over the phone, issuing a prescription over the phone, advice to book a routine GP review of a same day GP appointment if felt necessary.  GP triaged ring backs should be reserved for matters that my need Medical attention that day and not for routine matters.

We will continue to accommodate patients with minor injuries as much as possible but under periods of extreme pressure we may have to re-direct patients to the minor injury unit in Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.

Need to cancel an appointment? Call us or do it online

Please contact reception 816 71211 to cancel an appointment or log on www.castlederggroupsurgery.co.uk - we want to raise awareness of the need to cancel an appointment, were possible so we can offer it to someone else.

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Emergency Appointments

From 8.30am - 10.00am a GP will triage all 'on the day requests for an appointment' - a receptionist will take a note of your name and up-to-date mobile / landline contact for the GP to ring you back.  A dedicated GP will phone back and discuss your health concern.  Individual outcomes from this consult may include advice over the phone, issuing a prescription over the phone, advice to book a routine GP review or a same day GP appointment if felt necessary.  GP triaged ring backs should be reserved for matters that may need MEDICAL ATTENTION that day and not for routine matters.  These appointments are for emergencies only - remember it is 1 problem only, you may be asked to make a follow-up appointment if more than 1 problem.

Breast Screening

Patients aged 50-70 years will be invited for breast screening in August, September '14 - this is a 3 year re-call.  If the date, time does not suit please contact the number on your invite letter and not the surgery.  We look forward to a good uptake.  The breast screening programme in N.I. is for all women aged 50-70, if you are 70 or over and still wish to be screened you can contact Altnagelvin Hospital breast screening - 71345171 and an appointment can be arranged.  Over 70 - what now? Looking after your breasts leaflet available in receiption.  

Demand Management - Education & Self management. Click here to read more.

Improving Patient Access - read how we have improved services, particularly for those patients with a disability

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