Introduction of shorter interval between vaccine doses

Source :DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH 10 June 2021  -  Introduction of shorter interval between vaccine doses The interval between doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca and Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines is to be reduced to a maximum of eight weeks. This will accelerate the vaccination programme as it moves into its final phase and will ensure that people across Northern Ireland have the strongest possible protection from variants of the Covid-19 virus.   The Chief Medical Officer Dr Michael McBride said: “We...

GPNI Mental Health: Eating Disorders

GPNI Mental Health: Eating Disorders We are joined by Dr David Coyle, Consultant Psychiatrist and the regional lead for Adult Eating Disorder Services. The talk is aimed to address key interface queries: referral, thresholds, treatment - as well as giving an overview of aetiology to improve understanding of Eating Disorders.[divi_wpfd_single_file file_params="{%22selected_file_id%22:24290,%22selected_category_id%22:113,%22selected_file_name%22:%22GPNI Webinar: Eating...

GPNI Clinical Update: Rheumatology

GPNI Clinical Update: Rheumatology We are delighted to be joined by Dr Roger Stewart, Consultant Rheumatologist Dr Stewart will be giving a general rheumatology update covering inflammatory arthritis, gout and managing rheumatological conditions during a pandemic. This will include queries around injections and rheumatological/shared care drugs.  GPNI Resources PAIN MANAGEMENT Resources and websites for Patients in N.Ireland  Living with Persistent Pain [button...

VMS to GP Clinical Information System FAQ

The copy facility, known as “write-back”, has now been tested and rolled out to all practices. Whilst, in most cases, you will see vaccination details appearing automatically in patient records - as if they were entered manually by practice staff - you may also see some anomalies. This letter and the associated FAQ attempt to explain the reasons for the anomalies and what should be done to address them. The headlines are:  EMIS write-back in NI currently copies only GP and pharmacy...

BMA NI : Duty of Candor Update

BMA Northern Ireland is hosting an online information session relating to the proposed introduction of an individual duty of candour with criminal sanctions for doctors and health professionals working in Northern Ireland. Join us on Wednesday, 23 June, 7.00-9.00pm via Microsoft Teams to listen to an informative talk, which will include: Examination of policy proposals published by the Department of Health Potential impact on you, your clinical practice, and your colleagues Preparation for...

MedicinesNI Webinar – High risk medicines: Insulin

This recorded lecture is now available on the MedicinesNI website under recorded lectures. You will be able to view this resource via the link below: High risk medicines: insulin recorded lecture The aim of this recorded lecture is to optimise the use of insulins in practice.  Intended learning outcomes include: •          Understand the mode of action for different insulin types •          Appreciate the indications for the use of these products in practice •          Highlight the key...

Spirometry in Primary Care: Guidance on reinstating spirometry

Restoration of spirometry is a key step in managing respiratory disease, ensuring the correct diagnosis and therapeutic / referral interventions. Regrettably due to COVID provision of spirometry in primary / community settings has greatly reduced or ceased. This needs to be addressed with a matter of urgency to limit patient harm, whilst talking opportunities learnt from COVID to deliver better care. Attached are two documents, one from the Association for Respiratory Technology and...

GPNI Webinar – Ophthalmology webinar

Resources Ophthalmology Referral Pathway - https://hscbusiness.hscni.net/pdf/Ophthalmology%20Referral%20Pathway%20Poster%20for%20N%20Ireland%20Sept%202020.pdf  BERT score: managing patients with flashes and floaters https://hscbusiness.hscni.net/pdf/BERT_score.pdf  General Resources https://hscbusiness.hscni.net/services/2485.htm   NI Pears Scheme http://www.hscboard.hscni.net/eyes/ Accredited NI PEARS Practices - https://hscbusiness.hscni.net/services/nipears.htm   PAEDIATRIC...

Principles for COVID-19 Vaccination in Musculoskeletal and Rheumatology for Clinicians (Version 2, 27th January 2021)

​ All patients should be encouraged to receive one of the COVID-19 vaccines. This is regardless of their treatment regimen or underlying diagnosis. The benefits of the COVID-19 vaccination outweigh the risks and by having the vaccine, this will reduce the risk of developing severe complications due to COVID-19. Vaccinations will be offered in line with the prioritisation criteria from the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) (please see the prioritisation section below)....

NORTHERN AREA URGENT CARE SERVICES DIRECTORY

 NORTHERN AREA URGENT CARE SERVICES DIRECTORY Direct Access for GP Practices: Same-day Advice, Assessment & Treatment Plan  Urgent Care : An illness or injury that requires urgent attention but is not a life-threatening situation  ​[divi_wpfd_single_file _builder_version="4.9.4" _module_preset="default" file_params="{%22selected_file_id%22:24131,%22selected_category_id%22:113,%22selected_file_name%22:%22Directory of Urgent Care Services Antrim Version...

GPNI have brought together a large multi-disciplinary working group to generate and collate the most up to date and relevant information for Northern Ireland Primary Care.  Below you will find important updates regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic along with primary care specific guidance.  This is a developing resource which will be updated as new information and guidelines become available.

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