Foyleside Family PracticeBridge Street Medical Centre30 Bridge StreetLondonderry, BT48 6LDTel: 028 71306 400
FLU IS NOW CIRCULATING IN NORTHERN IRELAND. If you are aged 65 and over or fall in to one of the priority groups and have not yet been vaccinated then PLEASE contact the surgery to make an appointment ASAP.
We are a ZERO Tolerance Practice. This means we will NOT tolerate any threatening or aggressive behaviour or language towards any of our staff or patients. Unfortunately you will be removed from our practice list without further discussion and will have to find another practice.
DNA'S -(Did Not Attends) Please remember to cancel your appointment if it no longer suits so that we can give it to someone else. Unfortunately failure to attend repeatedly will result in removal from our list.
The area of prescribing drugs is of great concern to doctors and patients.
Drugs may be issued as a "one off" treatment (acute prescription) or, for chronic conditions (such as diabetes or asthma), as a 'repeat prescription'.
Acute prescriptions are issued in direct consultation with the doctor. Occasionally acute prescriptions can be requested by telephone, although this is normally only for simple symptomatic remedies.
In general, other treatments, e.g. antibiotics, will only be issued following direct consultation with a doctor.
These can be ordered in the following ways:
Patients on repeat medication will be asked to see a doctor, nurse practitioner or practice nurse at least once a year to review these regular medications and notification should appear on your repeat slip. Please ensure that you book an appropriate appointment to avoid unnecessary delays to further prescriptions.
Please allow two full working days for prescriptions to be processed and remember to take weekends and bank holidays into account.
We are constantly reminded by the government of the need to prescribe cost effectively. This will mean avoiding unnecessary or ineffective drugs and excessive prescribing.
Prescribing generically, where possible, also helps to achieve this aim. Generic drugs are subject to strict government quality control standards and represent much better value in general than proprietary drugs.
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