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Our practice list is open and we are accepting new patients that live within our practice area.

Registration at this practice and subsequent appointments with a Doctor is subject to you attending a registration appointment; this is to establish your needs, so that we can provide you with the best possible level of care.

New Patient Registration

If you live within our practice area you are welcome to register with us and our reception staff will be happy to guide you through the procedure. Eligibility can be quickly confirmed from your address so it would help if you could provide proof by way of a recent utility bill. Please bring your medical card and photographic identification to reception.

We can receive and process these forms between 3pm and 5pm at our Donegall Road site, and between 11:45am and 12:45pm at our Finaghy site.

You will need to complete a registration form and a health questionnaire which will provide useful information whilst we wait for your medical records to arrive from your previous doctor.

All new patients are offered a health check with a doctor or our pharmacist to ensure that any required tests are up to date and that we have an accurate note of any repeat medication you may be taking.  Whilst your registration is in process you can avail of our bookable appointments if you have an urgent need that cannot wait until after your new patient appointment; our open surgery is less suitable until your medical history is known, as these appointments are short and do not allow sufficient time to gather a full medical history.

Please note the new patient appointment is primarily to collate your medical history and it may be appropriate to attend again thereafter with a Doctor to follow up on medical concerns.

Medical treatment is available from the date of registration, in our bookable appointments. Please contact reception for further information.

 

If you live outside our practice area, we regret to inform that we are unable to register you with the practice; we invite you to check https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/services/gp-practices to see what facilities are closer to you, and better placed to meet your needs.

Please note our Practice Boundary has recently changed, the Practice Boundary is now 3 miles as the crow flies from either our Donegall Road site, or our Finaghy site (map to follow).  Please be assured any of our existing patients who lived within our old practice area, which covered the greater Belfast area and most of Lisburn, will continue to be registered until such time as their address changes to one outside our new Practice Boundary.  This Practice Boundary has been adjusted in conjunction with and permission of our local Health Board, as it reflects where the significant majority of our patients reside, and also takes into account distance from the surgery (a factor for managing housecalls, for example) and provision available from other surgeries in the locality.

 Practice Area for new registrations or address changes from 2019 onwards

 

Please note;

Kensington Group Practice policy is NOT to prescribe the following drugs unless we have evidence from your previous GP or care provider. This is in the interests of safe, and appropriate prescribing. It would normally not be appropriate to provide a prescription where there is ongoing treatment being prescribed elsewhere.

Where long-term or ongoing use of the following medications is less appropriate, for example in the following instances (this list is not exhaustive)

 

  • Where treatment is not supported by current and accepted clinical guidance
  • Where there is no clear reason for treatment
  • Where symptoms have resolved or improved
  • Where medication was initially intended for short-term use only
  • Where medications are not recommended for long-term useTaking your current medical conditions into account, these medications may be reduced or stopped. (The following list of medications is not exhaustive)Benzodiazepines :- Diazepam, Lorazepam, Nitrazepam, Temazepam, chlordiazepoxide, and similar medicationSleeping tablets :- Temazepam, Zopiclone (Zimovane), Zolpidem (Stilnoct), Zaleplon (Sonata), and other similar medication.It is our policy that Kensington Group Practice do not replace lost or stolen prescriptions or medications. It is your responsibility to keep your prescriptions, and medication, safe.These policies are primarily for your safety, and the safety of others.

  • Attempts to obtain medication fraudulently will be taken very seriously and may lead to your removal from the practice list without a further warning, and the appropriate authorities may be informed. Abusive or coercive behaviour will not be tolerated.
  • Pregabalin, Gabapentin: These drugs can be dangerous in some circumstances, and it may not always appropriate to remain on these long term. Guidance around the suitability of these medicines in longer term use has recently been revised. Use of these medications will be reviewed and may be appropriate to commit to a reduction strategy. This is in keeping with guidance given by our Health Board, and with good clinical practice.
  • Morphine Derivatives :- Dihydrocodeine, Fentanyl tablets or patches, Buprenorphine tablets or patches, codeine, morphine, and other similar medications, including co-codamol
  •  Sleeping tablets :- Temazepam, Zopiclone (Zimovane), Zolpidem (Stilnoct), Zaleplon (Sonata), and other similar medication.

  • Pregabalin, Gabapentin: These drugs can be dangerous in some circumstances, and it may not always appropriate to remain on these long term. Guidance around the suitability of these medicines in longer term use has recently been revised. Use of these medications will be reviewed and may be appropriate to commit to a reduction strategy. This is in keeping with guidance given by our Health Board, and with good clinical practice.

    It is our policy that Kensington Group Practice do not replace lost or stolen prescriptions or medications. It is your responsibility to keep your prescriptions, and medication, safe.

    Attempts to obtain medication fraudulently will be taken very seriously and may lead to your removal from the practice list without a further warning, and the appropriate authorities may be informed. Abusive or coercive behaviour will not be tolerated.

    These policies are primarily for your safety, and the safety of others.


 

 

 

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