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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 test for COVID-19 using this link or phone 119.

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

Your household should remain in isolation until the test is back. 

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

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 symptoms have not cleared by Day 10).  Your household contacts must isolate for 10 days.

Contact tracing will find out whether you have had any close contacts who also need to isolate for 10 days.  

Your close contacts should not get a Coronavirus test unless they have symptoms. If they develop symptoms and test negative they must continue to isolate for the full 10 days. 

Follow this link for a simple guide to self isolation

What should I do if I am struggling with my symptoms?

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.