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Everyone over five years of age in Northern Ireland with symptoms of coronavirus is now eligible for testing.  You can organise the test yourself online at  www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test or by calling 119.

You should get tested in the first 3 days of coronavirus symptoms appearing, although testing is considered effective up until day 5.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature); OR
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual); OR
  • a loss of or change in sense of smell or taste.

It's Flu Season?  Please Get Vaccinated!

If you are 70yrs and over you should have received a letter asking you to ring the practice to make an appointment to get your flu/Covid-19 booster vaccinations.  If you haven't received a letter, please get in touch.

If you are in an 'at risk' category or are over 50yrs of age and are not yet eligible for your Covid-19 booster, please ring reception to make an appointment to get your flu vaccination.

We have scheduled a flu only clinic for Wednesday 20th October from 2pm onwards.  If you need an appointment please ring reception on 028 94 472575. 

Covid-19 Booster

If it's 6mths from your 2nd covid-19 vaccination you are now due your booster.  To book an appointment, please ring the practice on 028 94 472575 or 07902 198707.

Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:

  • assess your general state of health
  • confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
  • see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.

 
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