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Welcome to the Ballyward Surgery website.

The surgery will be closed on Friday 12th July 2019.    Please ensure you order your repeat prescriptions in good time allowing at least 48hours before collection.

Reminder - we have online ordering for your repeat medicines which is our preferred way for you to order - please ask at reception for your first time unique log in so you can bypass the phone system.

When the Surgery is closed, please contact the GP Out of hours for the Southern Trust area which is 028 3839 9201. For our patients living in the South Eastern Trust Area your number is 028 9260 2204.

Reminder to all patients: Please allow 48hrs (that's two full working days ) for repeat prescriptions to be issued.

We want to empower our patients to enable them to care for themselves and their loved ones for minor ailments. The Self Care forum website is designed for patients to access information on managing their symptoms themselves and advising when to seek medical help.

WEBSITE: http://www.selfcareforum.org/ or scroll down for some more information on specific ailments

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Here are links to some common ailments:

1 Sore throat how to treat your sore throat

2 Cough in adults how to manage your cough

3 Sinus infections how to manage a sinus infection yourself

4 Earache how to manage earache symptoms

5 Fever in children how to assess a child with a temperature

Smoking

Smoking help

Everyone is aware that smoking is bad for their health.

Many people still smoke and some teenagers still start smoking.

Smokings bad effects

  • Cost  check this website to see how much your smoking costs each year

  • Health

    • Cancer is commoner in smokers
    • Breathlessness,  lung damage such as COPD is much commoner
    • Heart trouble and strokes
    • Smokers twice as likely to die before 65 years
    • half of all smokers die as a result of their smoking (or more than half! See BBC report)

BBC report on smoking

Giving up smoking

If you would like to give up smoking, both Nurse McKinstry and Nurse Hamilton will support you. Why not make an appointement or ring and discuss this with them. 

Choosing the best way for you to stop smoking

Could you have COPD? (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

Do you have any of the following problems?

  • Exertional breathlessness.
  • Chronic cough.
  • Regular sputum production.
  • Frequent 'winter bronchitis'.
  • Wheeze.

If you answer yes to any of these questions,  and  are concerned you might have  COPD make an appointment with Nurse Hamilton. She will carry our spirometry and then you can discuss the result with the Doctor.



 
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