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Public Urged to Contact Normal Health and Social Care Services

2013-03-25

The Health and Social Care Board has reminded the public to contact their normal local services for support and advice on all health and social care issues.

As the difficult weather conditions persist in a number of areas, Health and Social Care (HSC) organisations across Northern Ireland continue to provide services to patients and clients.

All HSC organisations implemented their contingency plans over the weekend and have been working as part of a multi-agency approach to ensure the public have access to safe and quality care.

The Board has also advised the public to contact their GP surgery or Out of Hours GP service for advice on accessing any medicine they may urgently require. Regular medication refills should be requested in advance from the GP surgery.

Many scheduled appointments in hospitals and health centres are taking place, however, patients are advised to call in advance to ensure the appointment is proceeding or phone if they are unable to make the journey.

Board Chief Executive John Compton said:

“I want to commend the efforts of dedicated health and social care staff who have been going above and beyond to ensure that the people of Northern Ireland are kept safe or get the treatment or service they require.

“There has been an excellent multi-agency response from a wide range of partnership organisations, including the Red Cross, which has been essential in striving to meet the needs of those affected by severe weather conditions.”

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