Practices have received notification from SPPG (formerly the Health and Social Care Board), that they have frozen the free movement of patients between practices for an initial period of 3 months, commencing 1 November 2022. This is to help practices deal with winter pressures.
Any patient who is currently registered with a GP practice in their area should remain registered with their current practice and should not move to another practice within the same catchment area. Any patient new to the area, or without a current GP practice will be registered with the practice on request.
FACE COVERINGS ARE STILL REQUIRED IN GENERAL PRACTICE
Due to the vulnerable nature of a number of our patients, our policy is that all patients MUST continue to wear a Face Covering when attending the surgery.
This is to protect everyone, including our most vulnerable patients. We also need to protect our staff so that we can continue to provide a service for all our patients. Our staff are taking precautions to protect you, so please help to protect them.
If you feel you are unable to wear a face covering, you must contact the surgery to speak to a Doctor in advance of attending.
General practice never closed
There has been a big increase in the number of people wanting to see their GP. In recent weeks, across Northern Ireland the total number of consultations is around 230,000 with around 42% of these being converted to a face to face appointment.
This means GPs are seeing around 20,000 patients face to face every day.
Why do receptionists ask such personal questions?
Receptionists are a vital part of the practice team. Their questions are to ensure that you are seen by the right person at the right time, and all answers are kept confidential.