|Cervical Smears||The surgery is keen to promote disease prevention and it is important for all women to have a cervical smear test every three years. We have specially trained nurses and appointments are available on request or by recall system.|
|Asthma / COPD||Nurse Roberta Gault has been specially trained in both the diagnosis and management of these important chest conditions. You will be advised about treatment and reviewed as necessary. Please contact surgery for appointments.|
|Diabetic Clinic||Nurse Roberta Gault is fully trained in management of diabetes. Patients are assessed, diagnosed, advised regarding treatment and monitored. The practice will contact patients directly with appointments.|
|Anti-coagulation Clinic||Nurse Roberta Gault monitors patients on Warfarin Medication.|
|Minor Surgery||The Practice refers patients to another Practice in the area. Please contact for further details|
A carer is someone who looks after family, partners, friends and neighbours in need of help. To access this service please contact receptionists who will pass your details to the Belfast Carer Association.
The surgery runs dedicated clinics for pregnant women. Midwives attend the surgery on alternate Mondays. Please contact reception staff for appointment.
Child Health Services
The practice health visitor attends our Carrickhill surgery on alternate Mondays. Child health surveillance and vaccinations are carried out at the clinic. In Albert Street this service is provided by the Practice nurse Mon – Fri by appointment.
The practice provides a range of advice eg. smoking cessation, family planning healthy lifestyle etc. The doctors and nurses have experience in all these areas. An annual flu vaccine is offered to patients over 65, those at risk with chronic conditions and relevant carers. Patients will be invited by letter and telephone.
Cigarette smoking is the major cause of preventable ill health in Northern Ireland. It accounts for 2400 premature deaths every year. Fifty percent or one in every two smokers will die prematurely due to their addiction; many will suffer chronic ill health and poor quality of life before their death (DHSSPS, 2007; ASH, 2008). Approximately 340,000 people smoke in Northern Ireland or 24% of the population over 16yrs. The Public Health Agency (PHA) commissions specialist stop smoking services across Northern Ireland. It has enabled the establishment of specialist stop smoking services in a range of settings including GP practices, pharmacies, hospitals and community settings. Tobacco control activities are overseen locally by the PHA’s Tobacco Control Groups. The multi-agency groups oversee and advise on tobacco control initiatives. The practice offers help to those patients who wish to stop smoking.
Active intervention is offered to all patients wishing to lose weight. In our Albert Street site we work closely with staff from the H.E.A.R.T. project and have access to exercise programs. Please ask at reception for details.
The practice encourages patients to use the minor ailments service. The link gives a brief summary of the conditions which are treatable using this scheme. Minor Ailments pdf
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
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It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible – at least 6 weeks before you travel – as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.