Things are a little different this year for us all with the onset of the Covid19 pandemic in March 20, but looking after your health is still important. At present all Breast services are continuing throughout NI.
Breast Screening have implemented new risk assessed measures to help keep everyone safe:
- Covid questionnaire on entering unit
- PPE worn by staff
- Social distancing guidelines in place
- Increased infection control measures including regular cleaning of equipment and touch point areas after every mammogram
Women over the age of 70 can attend for screening by simply contacting the Breast Screening unit to arrange an appointment. If you have recently been offered a screening appointment but are concerned for any reason, please contact your local screening unit where staff are on hand to answer any questions.
✈NORTHERN IRELAND COVID VACCINE PASSPORT
Interim arrangements have been introduced by the Department of Health to allow people to travel before official COVID-19 vaccine certification comes into place later in July. You can find out on the link below how to apply for a document to prove you have been vaccinated.
New telephone number from 23rd June 2021
To improve your experience and access to the surgery we are upgrading our telephone system. In order to implement this we are having to change our telephone number. Along with our name change on 23rd June 2021 our new telephone number will be 02891 638700. This will also include an option for the prescription line.
IMPORTANT ANNOUCMENT - New surgery name & telephone number
From the 23rd June 2021 Dr Reid & Partners will be rebranding to 'Redwood Surgery'. We would like to reassure our patients that Dr Reid is not retiring and all our current GPs and services will remain the same.
If you are wondering where our new surgery name came from, we took inspiration from Castle Park beside Bangor Health Centre. Located within this park are several Redwood trees.
Redwood trees symbolise wellness, safety, wisdom, communication, vitality and longevity, they can grow to 1000 years old.
With this symbolism in mind we feel this integrates perfectly with the ethos of our surgery.
To improve your experience and access to the surgery we are also upgrading our telephone system. In order to implement this we are having to change our telephone number. Along with our name change on 23rd June 2021 our new telephone number will be 02891 638700. This will also include an option for the prescription line.
COVID Vaccine Programme Update
We wanted to take a moment to come onto our social media & website & thank all our patients for all their support and patience during these recent months.
Helping deliver the COVID vaccination programme while also continuing to deliver our high level of service to our patients daily has been extremely challenging and alot of work!
We wanted to update our patients so they know exactly where we are at with the COVID vaccination programme. So far we have vaccinated (excluding patients vaccinated at the COVID hubs):
- Care homes
- Our staff
- Over 80 year olds
- Housebound patients
- 75 - 79 year olds
- 70 - 74 year olds
- 'Clinically Extremely Vulnerable' patients
- 65 - 69 year olds
- alot of our 'Vulnerable' patients
We received a vaccine order this week and will be holding a vaccination clinic this weekend at Bangor Elim Church. Patients invited will receive a letter in the next few days. After this clinic we will have finished vaccinating our 18 - 65 year old 'vulnerable' category and carers and started our 60 - 64 year old patients. Aswell as giving our over 80 year old patients and housebound patients who are due their second vaccine.
The following groups can also book into the COVID vaccination hubs online at https://vaccinations.covid-19.hscni.net/booking :
- those aged 70 or older
- those aged 65-69 at 31st March 2021
- those who are clinically extremely vulnerable aged 16 or over at 31st March 2021 and have a shielding letter
- those aged 60 – 64 at 31st March 2021
- those aged 55 – 59 at 31st March 2021
- those aged 50 – 54 at 31st March 2021
- those who have an underlying condition aged 16 -17 at 31st March, who have received a GP letter
50-64 year old flu vaccine
We are now able to extend our flu vaccination programme to our 50 - 64 year old patients. We are holding a vaccination clinic on Saturday 16th January at Bangor Elim Church. If you fall into this age category & would like to receive the flu vaccine please ring reception on 02891 515200 to get booked in & receive further information.
Covid Testing Appointments
We are aware there is an increasing demand for coronavirus tests & we are getting a lot of phonecalls that there are no available tests to book online. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to speed this process up. These are not arranged through the GP practice.
Please click the below link that advises the best times to go online to access testing.
Minor Ailments Scheme
From 1st September the Minor Ailments Scheme is once again available at your community pharmacies. This service supports patients to manage & treat a range of minor ailments under the professional healthcare guidance of a community pharmacist. This service is accessible without an appointment & a list of conditions covered can be found at http://www.hscbusiness.hscni.net/services/2055.htm
In order to protect you & those around you we require that you wear some kind of face covering over your nose & mouth when you attend Bangor Health Centre. By wearing a face covering you are showing your support & consideration for staff & other patients & you are playing your part to prevent transmission of the virus. Thank you for your cooperation.
For further info please see the below link:
Maternity - Self referral
As soon as you have a positive pregnancy test you can now refer yourself for hospital maternity care. Please click the link below:
Please click here for frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 & our GP practice.
Useful Coronavirus links
Asthma shielding guidance: https://www.asthma.org.uk/coronavirus
COPD & other lung conditions shielding guidance: https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus/what-is-social-shielding
Government shielding guidance on extremely vulnerable people: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19
Self isolation note
Use this service if you have to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.
If you have to stay at home but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work from home, you will not need an isolation note.