The main symptoms to be aware of are:
* new continuous cough
* fever/high temperature
* loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste

If a young person or a child in your care develops any of the above symptoms, they should self-isolate and you should book a Covid test as soon as possible.

Covid tests can be requested via the online booking system ( link below)

We have taken steps to reduce risk of Coronavirus by reverting to telephone triage as of Mon 2nd March. This is to protect the most vulnerable of our patients as well as the staff.  When you ring us, our staff will ask you some questions to determine your condition.   Some of these questions may include if you have a temperature or a cough. These questions will help us to determine the best action to take but also helps protect our staff and other vulnerable patients.

Please DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY without a prior appointment.

When you do attend for either a GP or nurse appointment, we are also asking that once you have advised of your arrival you then return to your car and you will be called in.   We have closed our waiting room, again in an effort to control the virus.

We would also advise that for the present time we are no longer completing private reports, HGV medicals, life insurance forms etc., and would suggest that you may wish to attend a private clinic for these.

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: or scroll down for some more information on specific ailments


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 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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