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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The COVID-19 Pandemic has changed the way GP Practices across Northern Ireland deliver services.  The situation continues to evolve rapidly and we appreciate your patience as we strive to deliver the high standard of care synonymous with our Practice ethos, whilst minimising risk of transmission in the Community.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms include:

  • A new continuous cough OR

  • Fever (either feeling hot to touch or temp >37.8) OR

  • Loss of sense of smell or taste

We recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to  significant financial stress, social isolation and mental and emotional distress.  If you are struggling with your mental health you may need to seek medical support.

We have links to useful Support agencies here.

For further advice on Coronavirus please refer to the  NHS website or the GOV.UK website.

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What should I do if I have symptoms?

 

You should arrange a free PCR test for COVID-19 using this link or phone 119. PCR testing can be done by booking into a drive through centre (you will be given a self swab kit), or alternatively, a test kit can be posted to your home.

The test involves taking a swab of the back of your throat and inside of your nose, using a long cotton bud. 

Please refer to Public Health  guidance or phone 111 for Public Health Advice 

Lateral flow tests are being used in schools/ workplaces to alert users of potential infection -  but should only be used in those who are asymptomatic. Anyone who is symptomatic should book a PCR test. 

Follow this link to order 7 free Lateral Flow Tests for your household

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What should I do if my test comes back positive?

 

If your test comes back positive, you should isolate for 10 days 

Follow this link for advice re self isolation

If you are concerned that you are struggling with your symptoms and wish to seek advice or assessment, please phone:

The Surgery (Mon-Fri 8:30am-6:00pm)

028 9040 1844

 

At all other times the Out of Hours service

028 9079 6220

 

Do NOT attend the Surgery in person.

 

If you have very serious symptoms or feel it is a medical emergency and you need to call an ambulance, dial 999 and inform the operator of your symptoms. 

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What should I do if I am identified as a close contact?

Please refer to NI Direct website for most up to date information on self isolation and how to respond if a close contact has a confirmed COVID-19 infection.