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To book your covid booster please check nidirect.gov.uk for the most up to date information on where you can get vaccinated. 

If you are eligible for your flu vaccine, please call 02890642914 to book your appointment

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.

Ormeau Park Surgery Requires a Practice Nurse

Covid 19 Vaccine. The HSC will get in touch when it is your turn to be vaccinated.

Vaccination is the most important thing you can do to protect your community against serious illnesses. When enough people get vaccinated, it’s harder for a disease to spread to those who can’t have vaccines.

We know many people are interested in the COVID-19 vaccination and want to assure you that we are working through a priority list set by the Department of Health.

COVID Shielding Information January 2021

Please find below a list of diseases and conditions that are considered to be very high risk.  If you fall into one of these categories, you will receive a letter.

The list of diseases and conditions considered to be very high risk:

  • solid organ transplant recipients
  • people with specific cancers:
    • people with cancer and are having chemotherapy(external link opens in a new window / tab)
    • people with lung cancer and are having radical radiotherapy
    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
    • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    • people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  • people with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe COPD
  • people with rare diseases and inborn errors of metabolism that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as SCID, homozygous sickle cell)
  • people on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection
  • women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired

Common Cold and Covid Symptoms

Following the return of schools after a prolonged break it is common for colds and similar viral illnesses to circulate. In many cases, children will be well enough to attend school and continue their learning. In other cases, for instance where they have a heavy cold, they may need to take a day or two off to recover.

This is not the case for children with potential Covid-19 symptoms. They are required to self- isolate and book a test.

It is important to be clear about how covid-19 symptoms differ from those of other common infections which we normally see at this time of the year.

Covid-19 symptoms

▪ new continuous cough

▪ fever/high temperature

▪ loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste.

If a child develops any of the above symptoms they should self- isolate and you should book a test as soon as possible via https://www.publichealth.hscni.net/covid-19-coronavirus/testing-and-tracing-covid-19/testing-covid-19

Children generally cope well with viruses and colds but if you are concerned that your child is unwell please contact the surgery for medical advice on 02890642914.

Click here for Information for Parents and Carers This includes: "Leaflet – Information for Parents and Carers" which has advice on the steps to take if a child or anyone they live with develops symptoms.

Ormeau Park Surgery’s emergency arrangements during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

All GP consultations are now by telephone in the first instance. 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.  Whilst staff are triaging the telephone call they will decide if it is appropriate to offer this to you.  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.

Receptionists are trained to triage you 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 and you will then be able to come and wait in the appropriate waiting room.  Please wear a mask at all times whilst in the surgery, thank you

Please do not phone 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, Erskine and Jenkins

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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

Practice History


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.

The surgery now has two salaried GPs, Dr Rachel Erskine and Dr Rhodri Jenkins.

Diversity and Equality

Ormeau Park Surgery welcomes patients from all diverse groups.

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