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Ormeau Park Surgery Requires a Practice Nurse, a Health Care Assistant & a Medical Receptionist June 2022

Guide to COVID vaccine doses 

Click here for a guide to COVID-19 vaccine doses, boosters and interval between doses | HSC Public Health Agency (hscni.net)

Covid-19 testing and tracing is changing in Northern Ireland from the evening of Friday 22 April

Testing for Covid-19 and contact tracing in Northern Ireland is changing. The changes will come into effect from the evening of Friday 22 April.

As signalled in the Department’s Transition Plan, these changes are proportionate and necessary at this stage of the pandemic and will deliver a more targeted approach to test and trace, focusing on protecting those at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.

Further detail can be found here:

*  COVID-19 testing and tracing is changing in Northern Ireland | Department of Health (health-ni.gov.uk)

Separate updated guidance in relation to testing and isolation will issue for health and care workers (will issue week commencing 25 April)

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Covid-19 Directorate

Ongoing IPC advice in healthcare settings and Booking a Vaccine

The Public Health Agency (PHA) is advising that people must continue to follow public health advice when in healthcare settings due to the increase in case numbers we are currently seeing across Northern Ireland.
https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/news/continue-follow-public-health-advice-when-healthcare-settings

Ormeau Park Surgery's access arrangements during the continuing Covid-19 pandemic (July 2022)

Access to the surgery is continually under review. 

All GP consultations are by telephone in the first instance. The Doctor will arrange a face-to-face appointment with you if this is appropriate.  Telephone consultations must be requested in the morning of each day. We are also offering patients who need it, the availability of booking a telephone consultation with a  Dr within the next 48 hours.  We are offering these 48-hour consultations in the afternoon as well for those who find it difficult to take telephone calls in the morning due to work commitments.

Whilst staff are triaging the telephone call, they will decide if it is appropriate to offer you a 48-hour appointment.  When routine telephone calls are at capacity, Telephone call requests will then move to emergencies only. We realise that phone lines can be busy but we ask that you appreciate that we are dealing with a huge volume of calls as efficiently as possible. We have increased our telephone capacity to assist in dealing with this increased volume.  The auto attendant will inform you where you are in the queue and you can then decide to hold on or not.

Medical receptionists are trained to triage your telephone call and will ask you for some information so that it can be passed to the most appropriate staff member to deal with it safely.

Patients are reminded that Ormeau Park Surgery has a Zero Tolerance Policy so please be mindful of this when speaking to our staff.

All booked nurse and GP appointments should come to the back door in the car park and ring the bell for attention.  A member of staff will speak to you on the intercom, check you in and inform you which waiting room you should wait in. You may then enter the surgery via the back door.

For infection control, we ask that you wear a mask at all times whilst in the surgery and sanitise your hands on entry into the surgery. 

To ease pressure on the telephone, please do not telephone to see if your prescription is ready. This reduces accessibility on our phone lines for other patients. Repeat prescriptions will be ready in 2 working days after the date of request.

Self Isolation Note

Please click here to access the NHS Self Isolation Note Service where you can apply for a note for your employer.

Opening Hours

From 24th June 2019 the surgery doors will open at 8.30am and close at 5.30pm.  We will be closed for lunch on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12.30pm to 1.15 pm.  We will be closed from 1pm on a Wednesday.

Drs Gracey, McKeown, Dunlop, Collins, Jenkins and Erskine 

A cartoon drawing of the surgery

281 Ormeau Road, Belfast BT7 3GG
Tel: (028) 9064 2914
Fax: (028) 9064 3993

Online Appointment Booking
and Repeat Prescription Ordering

Online appointment booking and repeat prescription ordering is now available. 

To register, please come into the surgery with your photographic ID and fill out a registration form. You will be given your registration details. The registration form is availalbe in the forms section of the website. When you have these you can use this link www.patient-services.co.uk to use the service.

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Welcome To Our Practice

Our aim is to provide our patients with the best possible care within the resources available to us and to deal with any problems as quickly and efficiently as possible. This website is to help you get to know about the services we provide. Please feel free to browse. We hope you will find it useful and informative.

Surgery Opening Hours

Reception is open during the following times:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - 8.30am - 12.30pm and 1.15pm - 5.30pm
Wednesday - 8.30am - 1.00pm

Consultation Times

Monday to Friday 9.00 - 11.00am and 2.30 - 5.00pm
(except on Wednesday when surgery is held in the morning only)

All surgeries are by appointment. Consultation times may vary according to demands.

For advice, please see the NI Direct Health Conditions A-Z
https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/services/health-conditions-a-z

Practice History

1893 TO 2004 - "OVER 100 YEARS A DOCTOR'S SURGERY"

The medical practice at 281 Ormeau Road was first established in 1893 by Dr J Davidson. The house was built as a wedding present for Dr Davidson by his father-in-law.

Dr Davidson was succeeded in early 1930 by Dr J Boyd, who subsequently left general practice in 1940 to accept a position as consultant anaesthetist at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Dr J B Young purchased 281 Ormeau Road and continued practising medicine there until his retirement in 1963 when his assistant Dr J D Henderson became his successor.

Dr C W Musgrave, who practised medicine at 297 Ormeau Road, joined Dr Henderson and the two practices were amalgamated. As the practice developed, with an increasing growth in the number of patients, Dr F C Gormley later joined the panel of doctors.

Dr R A Loane, at the time a senior surgical registrar, became a partner in 1970.

Dr Gormley left to work in England at the end of 1975 and was replaced by Dr B E Dean. After spending some time abroad in anaesthetics, Dr Ruth McKeown became the first female doctor to join the practice in 1979. Some years later, in 1984, as the practice continued to expand, Dr I G Rowan became the fifth partner. Dr Henderson retired in December 1996 and in February 1997 was replaced by Dr D B Cheyne. Dr R A Loane retired in 1998 and Dr Ruth McKeown in 2003. Dr Sharon E Gracey joined the practice in 2003.  Having worked as a locum for the Practice, Dr Cathy A McKeown became a partner in April 2010 on the retirement of Dr B E Dean.  Dr Ian Rowan retired in December 2017.  Dr Holly Dunlop and Dr Deborah Collins have also joined the Practice as Partners in the recent years. Dr David Cheyne retired as a Partner from the surgery in November 2020. The practice is not a limited partnership.

The building at 281 Ormeau Road was extensively renovated in 1986 to provide more surgeries and a treatment room and thereby a higher standard of service for patients. Over the last number of years further modernisation in the form of computerisation, re-design of the reception and waiting areas and the installation of a lift to the first floor have served to increase efficiency and the quality of care provided.

Dr Rhodri Jenkins has become a Partner in the surgery.  The surgery has 1 salaried GP, Dr Rachel Erskine.

Diversity and Equality

Ormeau Park Surgery welcomes patients from all diverse groups.

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