Protected: Community Pharmacy Emergency Supply during a Pandemic Service

Letter from Joe Brogan & Margaret O'Brien - 6th April 2020   The aim of the service is to ensure continuity of supply of essential repeat medicines to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The service will: Ensure that at this time of unprecedented demand, patients can access an urgent supply of their regular prescription medicines where they are unable to obtain a prescription. GP practices should continue to process requests for repeat medicines in the normal way and should NOT...

BHSCT Psychiatry of Old Age CCG “Referral for advice” Service

FROM WEDNESDAY 1ST APRIL FOR A PERIOD OF 2 MONTHS IN THE FIRST INSTANCE – NO DEFINITIVE END DATE AT THIS POINT. They will accept referrals for advice of those aged over 65 living in the Belfast area not currently open to General Adult Psychiatry. It is hoped that GPs will use the service to seek Consultant/Associate Specialist advice/support on the management of community patients whom they judge in the current circumstances not to require face-to-face specialist psychiatric assessment. The...

Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology

This new online resource on the Centre of Evidence Based Dermatology (CEBD) website hasjournal articles relevant for coronavirus and dermatology, along with links to guidelines, evidence-based resources and relevant patient information.   There are many implications of the coronavirus epidemic for dermatology—in particular the impact of gloves and hand washing, issues around patients on biologics and other immune-modulating drugs, and how dermatology services can continue to be...

All Pharmacies to stock palliative care drugs list

Letter from Joe Brogan - 1st April 2020 ADDITIONS TO PALLIATIVE CARE STOCK LIST   HSCB has agreed a list of medicines and quantities (Appendix 1) to be added to the routine stock holding in all CP Network and Supply pharmacies with immediate effect. The list of first and second line choices has been agreed with input from Trust Palliative Care Pharmacists regionally and anticipates needs ofCOVID patients and other palliative /end of life scenarios.   Please note choices are oral and...

Protected: Letter re: COVID CENTRES – HSCB / DoH / RCGP / NIGPC

Summary points: Suspension of QoF As you know the HSCB has negotiated with NIPGC and the Department of Health (DoH) to stand down elements of the GMS Contract due to the escalation of Covid-19. The Quality & Outcomes Framework (QOF) activity and reporting has been suspended, Enhanced Services activity has been significantly downturned, and there will be no financial detriment to practices as a result. Such a commitment from the HSCB requires Practices to fully engage and commit to the...

Routine General Ophthalmic Services – Suspended

All routine General Ophthalmic Services have been suspended due to the current COVID – 19 pandemic. Means routine sight tests and eye examinations are no longer being provided by optometry practices. The majority of practices are offering a reduced level of service for only essential and urgent eyecare. This may be a telephone/email advice service or virtual consultation, in conjunction with a drop-off postal service for spectacle repairs. The regional eye casualty service is still...

Telephone Triage Services in Family Planning and GUM

Family planning and sexual health services are providing telephone consultations and arranging remote testing and posting of medication / contraception to patients who can self refer.    Belfast Trust GUM - 02896152111 Family planning - College Street 02895045500 Common Youth (up to age 19)- 02890328866 or email [email protected]    Northern Trust Ballymena/ Coleraine GUM- 02870346028 Family Planning- 02828266163 Common Youth (up to age 19)- 02870342178 or email [email protected]   ...

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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