Services Provided By The Practice
Under the terms of the new GMS contract, General Medical Services are categorised as Essential Services, Additional Services, and Enhanced Services. The practice will provide Essential Services and Additional Services. Essential Services are provided to registered patients and temporary residents who are or believe themselves to be ill, with a condition from which they are expected to recover, are terminally ill or suffering from a chronic disease. In addition the practice provides the following Additional Services:
- Cervical Screening Services
- Contraceptive Services
- Vaccinations and Immunisations
- Childhood Vaccinations and Immunisations
- Child Health Surveillance Services
- Maternity Medical Services
- Minor Surgery
The practice also provides the following Directed Enhanced Services:
- Childhood Immunisations
- Influenza Immunisations for those over 65 and at risk
- COVID 19 Vaccination
- Minor Surgery (level 2 & 3)
- Long-term Conditions (eg Respiratory) Management
- Anti-coagulation Monitoring (for patients taking Warfarin)
- Monitoring of Amber Drugs
- Brief Intervention for Alcohol
- Nexplanon - insertion and removal
- Medical Care Planning for patients with Chronic Conditions
- Medical Care Oganisation for patients in Nursing Homes
- Pertussis Vaccinations for female patients who are pregnant
- Counselling Services for patients with Mild to Moderate Depression
- 12 Month stroke Reviews
The practice nurses will see patients for such things as:
- Diabetes Monitoring
- Oral Contraceptive Pill Checks
- Cervical Smears
- Menopause and HRT advice
- Advising on Breast Awareness
- Childhood Vaccinations
- Flu & Pneumoccocal Vaccinations
- COVID 19 vaccinations
- Travel Vaccinations
- Smoking Cessation
- Weight Control
- Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Coronary Heart Disease Monitoring
- Smoking Cessation Counselling
- Anticoagulation Monitoring
The practice operates a number of clinics which offer specialist services. Details of these are below.
Patients can self-refer to the antenatal booking clinic. Antenatal clinics operate Monday-Thursday 9-5pm and on a Friday between 9am to 1pm. Clinics operate out of Shantallow Health Centre. To book an appointment telephone 028 71610800. Patients can self-refer for maternity services by completing the referral from on the WHSCT website. Maternity Services | Western Health & Social Care Trust (hscni.net)
To speak to a Midwife for advice telephone 028 7161 0801.
Well baby clinics
Tuesday 9.00am to 11.00am
This clinic is run for the purposes of carrying out child health surveillance (developmental assessments) and administering childhood vaccinations. Sick children and babies cannot be seen at this clinic. If your child is sick, you will need to make a doctor's appointment.
Tuesday 11.30am to 12.00pm
Parents are invited to bring their pre-school child to this clinic for their booster immunisations. The clinic is fully facilitated by the health visitors. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend this clinic to ensure that their child is protected from a variety of ailments to which they can become exposed once they start school.
The doctor refers patients to this clinic for appropriate education, advice and supervision of treatment. Patients also attend this clinic when they are due for Asthma Medication Review which is usually when their authorised repeat medication has expired.
Minor surgery is provided by Dr McClune. Patients may self-refer to this clinic for cauterisation of warts. The practice also provides Minor Surgery as an Enhanced Service. Under this service, patients can be referred for joint injections so appointments can only be obtained via Dr McClune or one of the other GPs.
Patients with Type 2 Diabetes are referred to this clinic so that their condition can be carefully monitored. Dr O'Donnell is the clinical lead for Diabetes, while Nurse White facilitates the clinic. Newly diagnosed patients will be referred to the Community Chiropodist and the Dietician for initial assessment.
Patients diagnosed with hypertension are referred to this clinic by the GPs so that their condition can be carefully monitored. The nurse will check blood pressure, compliance with medication, discuss lifestyle issues and take any necessary blood samples.
Patients who are deemed to be 'at risk of developing' COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) are invited to attend the Practice Nurse for Spirometry Testing, which can confirm a diagnosis of COPD. If the diagnosis is confirmed, patients are then monitored on a regular basis by the Practice Nurse and will be referred back to their GP if appropriate.
If necessary, patients can be referred to other specialist services. Such services include:
- Occupational Therapy
- Speech Therapy
- Continence Services
- Community Mental Health
- Addiction Treatment Services
Some patients will require services which do not fall under the terms of the doctors’ contract with the National Health Service. Such services include medical examinations and reports in relation to insurance, PSV license, certain sports, fitness to drive, holiday cancellations etc. Whilst the doctors are able to provide such services, normal surgery demands permitting, patients are advised that doctors are permitted to charge a BMA recommended fee for doing so. Patients can obtain details of all such fees from the receptionists. Patients are also advised that such requests can take from 5 to 10 working days to be ready.
It is important that all babies and children are fully immunised. An updated childhood immunisation schedule can be viewed by click on the following link Childhood immunisation programme | nidirect
In the coming years some other vaccinations may be added to this regime.