Updated 4th July 2021
It is important that you check the entry requirements to the country you are travelling to as you may require a Vaccination Certificate which is not yet available in Northern Ireland.
Recent correspondence to GP practices from HSCB states
"It should be noted that neither GP's, other HSC organisations, nor the VMS team are able to issue letters to the agreed standards."
Please click on the link below for information regarding the Department of Health interim COVIDCert scheme:
BBC NI News bulletin regarding the COVIDCert scheme
PLEASE DO NOT ASK FOR A GP LETTER REGARDING YOUR COVID VACCINATIONS FOR TRAVEL PURPOSES AS IT WILL BE INVALID. REQUESTS FOR LETTERS WILL BE REFUSED.
Please remember our phone lines are very busy and requests for GP letters regarding COVID vaccinations for travel purposes, which are currently invalid, take up considerable reception time on the telephone.
If you are booking an appointment to attend a vaccination centre for your COVID vaccination e.g. SSE Arena
YOU DO NOT REQUIRE YOUR HEALTH AND CARE NUMBER
Please do not phone the surgery asking for your health and care number as more urgent calls will be trying to get through.
The practice is using the regional Vaccine Management System (VMS) to record the vaccines that are given to patients. The information below has been provided as result of using the VMS and our own GP computer system.
93% of our 80+ year old patients have already received two doses of the COVID vaccinations either with the practice or with a vaccination centre, pharmacy or other centre.
94% of our 75-79 year old patients have already received two doses of the COVID vaccinations either with the practice or with a vaccination centre, pharmacy or other centre.
94% of our 70-74 year old patients have already received two doses of the COVID vaccinations either with the practice or with a vaccination centre, pharmacy or other centre.
70%: of our 16-64 year old patients with underlying health conditions have already received two doses of the COVID vaccinations either with the practice or with a vaccination centre, pharmacy or other centre.
Patients aged 70+ years:
Patients aged 70+ who have not yet had their first vaccination can book an appointment either with the practice or can now book an appointment with one of the regional vaccination centres (see the links below for this).
Patients 18-64 years who are clinically vulnerable:
Patients who are aged 18-64 years will be invited to have their vaccination with the practice.
PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE PRACTICE AS THIS WILL BLOCK OTHER PATIENTS FROM BEING ABLE TO CONTACT THE SURGERY.
Patients aged 65-69 years and CEV patients (with shielding letters:
Patients who are aged 65-69 years and CEV patients (who received a shielding letter) can book their vaccination appointment with one of the regional vaccination centres (see the links below for this).
Patients who are aged 60-64 years:
Patients who are aged 60-64 years can book their vaccination appointment with one of the regional vaccination centres (see the links below for this).
Patients who are aged 50-59 years:
Patients who are aged 50-59 years can book their vaccination appointment with one of the regional vaccination centres (see the links below for this).
COVID-19 vaccination regional vaccination centre appointment booking
If you experience side effects from your vaccination you can report them yourself to MHRA using the link above:
For further information regarding the COVID-19 vaccination programme please check the Public Health Agency information page FAQ's (see link below to the PHA information page FAQ's):
The practice doors are currently be closed to the public both at Priory Surgery and Springhill Surgery.
If you require an appointment with a GP please telephone 028 90 394545 to book a telephone consultation with a GP. The GP will decide whether you need to be seen in person at the surgery.
When requesting an appointment please advise the receptionist if you have any COVID-19 related symptoms or are self-isolating due to COVID-19.
Nurse appointments can be booked for blood tests, BP checks, wound checks and dressings that have been requested by hospital, a clinic or by a GP.
If you are required to attend the surgery please wear a face mask or covering before entering the premises.
When ordering a repeat prescription please ensure you have provided details of the local chemist your prescription is to be sent to.
PLEASE DO NOT TELEPHONE THE SURGERY OR CALL IN PERSON FOR ADVICE REGARDING COVID-19
Please telephone the NHS Advice Line 111 option 1 or check the NHS website below for further advice.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms the Public Health Advice is to self isolate for seven days and every one in the household must also self isolate for 14 days.
The symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- Difficulty breathing
NHS Website for further advice:
Please do not ask for a "sick line" or a letter from a GP if you are required to self isolate.
The practice doctors will not write individual letters for patients who are required to stay at home and self isolate due to COVID-19.
If you require an "isolation note" for your employer you can apply for this using the link below:
Self-referral to Physiotherapy:
Self-referral is available for adults over 16 who need support and advice to manage symptoms related to muscle strains/joint sprains/back and neck pain. This referral option is not available if you are under the care of a consultant for this problem, or if you have neurological/respiratory/continence conditions. If you have Pregnancy related pain, please ask your GP/Midwife to refer you to the Pelvic Health/ Women’s Health Physiotherapy Service who do not currently accept self-referrals. Click on the link below for the SE Trust self-referral guidance and on-line referral form:
Female Patients: Self-referral for Maternity Services:
If your pregnancy test is positive you can self-refer to the South Estern HSC Trust Maternity Services. For further information and to access the referral form please click on the links below:
Self-Referral to Maternity Services
When the Practice is closed urgent medical cover is provided by the North Down & Ards GP Out of Hours Service - telephone 028 91 82 23 44.
Public Holidays: The practice will be closed on Monday 12th July & Tuesday 13th July 2021
NEW CAR PARK SYSTEM IN OPERATION AT PRIORY SURGERY:
Priory Surgery & the Health & Care Centre have introduced a new car park management system.
The new system will be operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients or members of the public who park in the car park whilst the practice is closed risk receiving a fine.
Patients and Visitors must enter their car registration number at the reception desk in Priory Surgery or the Health & Care Centre.
Cars must not remain parked for longer than one hour.
Patients or Visitors calling in briefly to either the practice or the centre will have 10 minutes grace whilst their car is parked.
Please Note: Only patients and users are permitted only to park in the patients car parks in front of the practice building and in the car park to the rear close to the health centre.
DOCTORS CAR PARK SPACES MUST NOT BE USED BY PATIENTS OR USERS OF THE PRACTICE OR HEALTH CENTRE AT ANY TIME.
Practice Patient Leaflet 2021
To view or print our practice leaflet please click the link below:
Priory Surgery Practice Leaflet
(Site updated 04/07/2021)