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The persisting crisis in the NHS has had a huge impact on General Practice. With an ageing population and the complex medical needs of patients rising we have seen a significant increase in the demands on GP surgeries. We have also seen a large number of GP’s retiring from the profession and a huge decrease in the number of GP’s willing to take on Partnership positions in practice.


 


We have advertised for new partners since Dr Peter retired in 2016 without success. Therefore this situation has unfortunately led to Dr Michael and Dr Nuala making the decision to resign from their contract to run the practice. The Health & Social Care Board is now in a process to seek a replacement doctor or practice to care for the patients of the practice and is planning to have this in place by 30th June 2020 


Currently we are confident that a solution can be found and that the impact on patients and staff will be minimal.


Therefore there is no requirement to do anything at this time as we would assure all patients that the practice will continue until the 30th June 2020.

Appointments

The doctor will see you in the surgery by appointment. You can make an appointment by either calling in at reception or by telephone. An appointment will usually be available within 48 hours.

If the doctor of your choice is not available, you may be offered an appointment with another doctor in the practice.

Practice Nurses

In a number of cases it might be worth considering an appointment with a practice nurse rather than a doctor. Practice nurses are qualified to deal with many conditions and you may be seen more quickly.

Cancellations

If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.

DNA (did not attend) appointments

In the face of an ever increasing workload and the fact that we are a Doctor down since the retirement of Dr Peter MacSorley the remaining Partners are very concerned about the rising rate in did not attend (DNA) missed appointments. Last month 111 patients did not attend their GP appointment. This equates to a full week of appointments for one full time Doctor. We may have to review the registration of patients who persistently DNA appointments.

 
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