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]   ...

RCPCH COVID-19 guidance for healthcare professionals working in paediatrics and child health

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has published COVID-19 guidance for healthcare professionals working in paediatrics and child health, with signposts and links to further information Occupational health Safeguarding, looked after children and vulnerable children processes in England, Wales and Northern Ireland Working in community paediatrics Paediatric scenarios Children at increased risk of COVID-19...

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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