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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.

What should I do if I have symptoms?

 

Everyone you live with must stay at home. 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

What should I do if my test comes back positive?

 

If your test comes back positive, you should isolate for 10 days (or longer if your fever has not settled) 

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. 

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

If you are a household contact, or have been told you are a close contact of someone who has received a positive PCR test, you should book a PCR test, and isolate until the result is available. 

If the result is subsequently negative and

A) You are >18 yrs and have received both COVID vaccinations >14 days ago: you do not have to isolate but must book another PCR test on Day 8 following contact, or if you develop symptoms at any stage.  However, you should avoid Care Homes, Hospitals or Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people over the 10 day period.  Additionally, you may be asked to carry out a daily Lateral Flow test depending on your work context

B) You are >18 yrs and have not been fully vaccinated: you must isolate for 10 days and book a further PCR test if you become symptomatic of COVID infection. 

C) You are aged 5-17 yrs and not fully vaccinated:  you should isolate and book a PCR test. If the test is negative you can end your self-isolation and book a further test at Day 8. Children <5 yrs are encouraged to get a PCR test but do not have to isolate unless symptomatic or a positive PCR.

D) You have had a positive PCR test in the last 90 days.: you do not have to isolate or take a PCR test unless you become symptomatic