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Stay Well This Winter – your health and care services over Christmas and New Year (Belfast)

2016-12-12
News from the Health and Social Care Board

 

The Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) together with the Belfast Trust, GPs, pharmacists and dentists, have been working to ensure that people have access to urgent care services over the Christmas and the New Year holiday period. The following health and care arrangements will be in place should you or a member of your family become ill or have an accident. 

As part of the Stay Well This Winter campaign, which is being run by the HSCB and the Public Health Agency (PHA), the health service is encouraging everyone to look after themselves and take actions to help stay well during winter. If you feel unwell, it is also important to choose the service most appropriate to your symptoms, so you can get better quicker. It will also help the health and social care services make the most of finite resources.

Self-care is the best choice to treat most minor illnesses, ailments and injuries.  A range of common illnesses such as aches and pains, coughs, colds, upset stomachs and sore throats can be treated with over the counter medicines and plenty of rest. Remember, whether treated or not, most of these will get better.

PharmacyHoliday closures

Your local pharmacist can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaints. The HSCB has been working closely with local pharmacists to draw up holiday pharmacy rota arrangements. 

Sunday 25th December 2016

The following pharmacies will be open from 12noon until 2pm:

 

Belfast (North)        **McCoubrey (S J McKay) Ltd.

                                   154 Cavehill Road, Belfast, BT15 5EX

                   

Belfast (South)        McGregor Chemist Ltd T/A, Botanic Pharmacy

                                   98 Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1JR

 

Belfast (East)          **Gordon Ltd,

                                   416/418 Woodstock Road, Belfast, BT6 9DQ

 

Belfast (West)         **Woodbourne Pharmacy Ltd

                                  Unit 4, 128 Stewartstown Road, Belfast, BT11 9JD

 

Monday, 26th December 2016

The following pharmacies will be open from 3pm until 5pm:

 

Belfast (North)        McKenzie Rice Ltd

                                  142 North Queen Street, Belfast, BT15 1HQ

                                                 

Belfast (West)         **Magir Ltd

                                  4 Springfield Road, Belfast, BT12 7AG

 

Commercial Opening

Belfast (East)          Boots Chemists Ltd                              1.00pm – 5:00pm

                                  Unit 5 Connswater Shopping Centre BT5 5AB

 

Belfast (South)        Boots Chemists Ltd                           7.00am – 6:00pm

                                  35/47 Donegall Place BT1 5AW

 

 Belfast (West)         Boots Chemists Ltd                          10:00am – 6:00pm

                                  Unit 26/27 Castle Court BT1 1DD

 

Belfast (South)        **Campbells Dispensary Ltd          10.00am – 6.00pm

                                   T/A Medicare, Unit 16, Forestside Shopping Centre BT8 4FX

 

Tuesday 27th December 2016

Commercial Opening

Belfast (East)          Boots Chemists Ltd                           1.00pm – 5.00pm

                                  Unit 5 Connswater Shopping Centre  BT5 5AB

 

Belfast (South)        **Boots The Chemists Ltd              7.00am – 7:00pm

                                  35/47 Donegall Place  BT1 5AW

 

                                    **Campbells Dispensary Ltd         9.00am – 9.00pm

                                  T/A Medicare, Unit 16  Forestside Shopping Centre  BT8 4FX

 

                                    Clear Pharmacy                            9.00am – 5.30pm

                                   4 Drumart Square  BT8 4EY

 

Belfast (North)        Boots Chemists Ltd,                    10.00am – 6.00pm

                                 Unit 26/27 Castle Court,  BT1 1DD

 

Belfast (West)          **Ban Ltd                                        9.00am – 5.00pm

                                  32 Monagh Road  BT118EF

 

                                    Boots Chemists Ltd                        9.00am – 5.30pm

                                   Unit 7 Park Centre  BT12 6HN

 

Saturday 31st December 2016

Commercial Opening

 

Belfast (East)         Boots Chemists Ltd                            10.00am – 5:00pm

                                 Unit 5 Connswater Shopping Centre  BT5 5AB

 

Belfast (South)      Boots Chemists Ltd                              7.00am – 6:00pm

                                35/47 Donegall Place, BT1 5AW

 

Belfast (West)         Boots Chemists Ltd                            10:00am – 6:00pm

                                 Unit 26/27 Castle Court BT1 1DD

 

Belfast (South)        **Campbells Dispensary Ltd.          1.00pm – 6.00pm

                                T/A Medicare, Unit 16 Forestside Shopping Centre  BT8 4FX

  

Sunday, 1st January 2017

The following pharmacies will be open from 3pm until 5pm:

 

Belfast (North)        **Boots UK Ltd T/A Alliance Pharmacy

                                    124 Cavehill Road Belfast BT15 5BU

 

Belfast South           **Fullarton Pharmacy Ltd

                                    Unit 6 St George’s Market Belfast BT1 3NQ

                   

Belfast (East)          **Boots Uk Ltd T/A Alliance Pharmacy

                                   72 Holywood Road Belfast BT4 1NT


​Belfast (West)         Bestway Belfast Chemists Ltd

                                   T/A Well Pharmacy 70 Ballygomartin Road Belfast BT13 3NE

 

Monday, 2nd January 2017

The following pharmacies will be open from 3pm until 5pm:

                             

Belfast (West)         Clear Pharmacy

                                  T/A Shankill Health Centre Pharmacy 71 Shankill Road Belfast BT13 1DY

 

Commercial Opening

Belfast (East)          Boots Chemists Ltd              1.00pm – 5:00pm

                                Unit 5 Connswater Shopping Centre BT5 5AB

 

Belfast (South)        Boots Chemists Ltd               7.00am – 6:00pm

                                  35/47 Donegall Place BT1 5AW

 

Belfast (West)         Boots Chemists Ltd               10:00am – 6:00pm

                                  Unit 26/27 Castle Court BT1 1DD

 

                                   **Ban Ltd                              9:00am – 5:00pm

                                   32 Monagh Road  BT11 8EF

 

                                  Boots Chemist Ltd                 10:00am – 5:00pm

                                  Unit 7 Park Centre  BT12 6HN

 

Belfast (South)        **Campbells Dispensary Ltd    10.00am – 6.00pm

                                   T/A Medicare Unit 16 Forestside Shopping Centre  BT8 4FX

 ** Domiciliary oxygen service

Repeat Prescription Medications

Please remember to order and collect any essential repeat prescription medications from your daytime GP surgery in advance of the holiday period. GP out-of-hours will only provide repeat prescriptions in exceptional circumstances.

Out-of-hours GP service

If you require urgent medical care which cannot wait until your daytime GP surgery re-opens, the GP out-of-hours service is available. Remember to telephone the service first.

The GP out-of-hours service will be operating for all GP Practices from the evening of Friday 23 December 2016 until Practices open on Wednesday 28 December 2016.

It will also be operating over the New Year period from Friday evening,

30 December 2016 until GP Practices open on Tuesday 3 January 2017.  The telephone number for the GP out of hours service is 028 9079 6220 (South and East Belfast or 028 9074 4447 (North and West Belfast).

Out of hours Dental Services

Details of dental services will be displayed at dental surgeries. For out-of-hours urgent dental problems, patients should contact their dental surgery or visit www.hscboard.hscni.net/our-work/integrated-care/dental-services/out-of-hours-emergency-dental-treatment or ring the Relief of Dental Pain Clinic out of hours telephone number 028 9063 8486.  The Relief of Dental Pain Clinic is for the treatment of dental emergencies only, including trauma, swelling, uncontrolled bleeding and severe pain.

Out-of-hours Emergency Social Work Service

The out of hours Emergency Social Work Service is available outside normal office hours and on weekends, Bank Holidays and Public Holidays for genuine emergencies that cannot wait until the next working day.  You can contact the service on 028 9504 9999.

Emergency Departments

Emergency Departments provide the highest level of emergency care for patients with sudden and acute illness or severe trauma.  Normal Emergency Department services will be operating throughout the holiday period as usual.  The service is only for those in need of emergency treatment. 

999 Ambulance Service

As always, the emergency ambulance service will be there if you need it.  Always dial 999 when there is a risk to life or of serious injury.  But, if your call is not an emergency, then please use the most appropriate service and help keep the 999 system clear for life threatening emergencies. 

If you or someone is in a mental health crisis or emergency it’s important to get immediate help. If you have been or are being treated for a mental health problems, you should have a care plan which should include details and telephone numbers of who you should call in an emergency. If you don’t have these details or a care plan you should contact your mental health key worker and request information on who you should contact if your are experiencing problems, crisis and or an emergency.

If you don’t have a care plan and/or you are unable to contact your key worker, you should either:

Make an emergency appointment with your GP, or contact your GP out-of-hours service if the emergency is at night, weekend or a public holiday; or go to the Emergency Department at a hospital which will on your behalf make contact with emergency mental health services

In the event you can’t get the person you are caring for to an Emergency Department or you can’t keep them safe, you should call 999 and seek immediate assistance.

If you, or someone you know, needs help and you would like to speak to someone by telephone, you can also call Lifeline free, in confidence, 24/7 on 0808 808 8000.

Further information about health and social care services in your area and the Stay Well campaign can be found at www.nidirect.gov.uk/stay-well

The Health and Social Care Service would like to wish you a safe and healthy Christmas and New Year. Stay Well This Winter.

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