Welcome to Kensington Group Practice GP Website
Flu vaccination appointments are now available to book
We are currently in the process of sending invitations to those entitled to receive a vaccination from the
NHS. If you or your family members are entitled to the Flu Vaccination on the NHS, you can book now;
please book online if you can, as we would expect high uptake this year, which may mean our phones
become very busy, but you can book by phone if you need to. Special procedures and arrangements are in place this year, to minimise risks due to Covid-19 - please read our Autumn newsletter, available below in the newsletter section, for detailed information, and we thank you in advance for your cooperation with these measures.
Not sure if eligible? Please visit the following link for more information:
Not eligible, but still wish to receive a flu vaccination? There are a number of local providers, including
some of our nearby Community Pharmacists, and other private providers, who can administer the flu
vaccination for a modest fee.
Received a shielding letter this year? You are entitled to a flu vaccine on the NHS, but so are your
immediate family members who you share a household with. If they are registered with us as patients,
they can receive this from us. If registered elsewhere, they should request a vaccination from their own GP.
surgery, clearly stating to them, that they "have a member of their household who was shielding."
Kensington Group Practice aims to provide the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare in Belfast. This NHS General Practice Doctor service covers Belfast City Centre, South Belfast and Finaghy Suburb. We warmly welcome you to our surgery.
The five doctor practice runs many clinics for the management of chronic diseases such as asthma, COPD and diabetes, and offer a wide variety of other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Counselling and Smoking Cessation Clinics.
Our main GP Surgery is Kensington Medical Centre. 15a Donegall Road, Belfast, Northern Ireland. BT12 5JJ
Located in Belfast, just off Great Victoria Street, and enjoying close proximity to Belfast City Centre, parking is available on site, and is well connected to public transport networks.
Our branch GP Surgery is Finaghy Health Centre. 13-25 Finaghy Road South, Belfast, Northern Ireland. BT10 0BX
Just off Finaghy crossroads, this site also offers some parking on site, and is close to Translink Metro and Ulsterbus routes, which stop at Finaghy Crossroads; Finaghy Train station may be within walking distance.
In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information through the various menus. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback; we are keen to hear what you might find useful to see on our Website.
Below is a link to the Royal College of General Practitioners Patients Guide to GP Services. This provides you with information on the provision and standard of services you can expect from the Surgery.
Below is a link to help you find your nearest healthcare providers.
Drs Killiner, Canning, Gunning, and Conway.
Please visit the below link, for the latest information around the wearing of face-masks. Some of our patients may be exempt from wearing facemasks, or have a reasonable excuse not to wear one. Further details can be found in the link, but please note there is no need to get a letter from a doctor or the government to show that you do not need to wear a face covering, if this applies to you.
Information for Parents and Carers; everyone has a role to play in keeping our schools safe and helping to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Kensington Group Practice - Autumn 2020 Newsletter - 14/9/2020
Kensington Group Practice - Coronovirus update Newsletter - 27/7/2020
Kensington Group Practice - Coronovirus update Newsletter 1/6/2020
Kensington Group Practice - Coronovirus update Newsletter 1/5/2020
Kensington Group Practice - Coronovirus update Newsletter 24/4/2020
Our online services - Patient Services
Have you considered registering for our Patient Services, our online portal for ordering prescriptions?
This allows our patients to order their prescriptions online, which as well as allowing the convenience of ordering your prescriptions at a time that suits you, also takes pressure off our telephone lines, which can be busy at times.
When routine appointments become available again, these will also be bookable online again.
For patient convenience, we are in the process of reissuing registration details to those who have previously consented to the service, but did not complete their registration.
Please speak to reception if you would like to sign up.
Please note that following advice our open surgery will be suspended with IMMEDIATE EFFECT until further notice, due to our current Public Health concerns about Covid-19.
Please DO NOT ATTEND OUR OPEN SURGERY AT DONEGALL ROAD in the mornings; instead, please phone the surgery on 02890 325679, where our receptionist will ask for some details about your medical concern. Then if it is felt that you need to be seen, the necessary arrangements can be made.
It is also necessary at this time to close our Finaghy Branch site, and consolidate the majority of our services at our main site in Donegall Road. We fully appreciate this will not be convenient for all, but trust you will understand the exceptional circumstances behind this (for example, it will enable us to continue to function if we had staff absence, for example). If you have an appointment in Finaghy booked with us, please contact the surgery so we can make alternative arrangements, including potential review with the GP by phone, if appropriate. If your need is not urgent at this time, we would respectfully suggest you may wish to cancel and book at a future date. All prescriptions, and other documentation such as sick-notes, should be collected from our main site. Nursing Care at our Treatment Room in Finaghy will continue at this time.
Primarily, our goal is to try to limit the potential for spread by reducing footfall wherever possible, and by ensuring those who are displaying symptoms associated with Covid-19 DO NOT attend the surgery, but telephone to seek advice instead. We thank you in anticipation for cooperating with these measures.
We must emphasise, and reassure we DO NOT intend these to be permanent measures.
We must take steps to ensure we can continue to be able to meet your needs, whilst also protecting staff and other patients.
There is significant pressure upon our telephone lines at the moment. Please be patient. Our staff are doing their best to try to meet your needs. Please do not call into the surgery in person because you cannot get through quickly on the phone. As at any other time, whilst we appreciate people are anxious at this time, abusive behaviour will not be tolerated.
We apologise for any inconvenience but trust you will understand our reasons for taking these steps, and thank you for your patience, and we assure you of our best intentions as to why we are implementing them.
As this we are subject to an evolving situation, we are paying close attention to expert guidance.
At this time, it remains appropropriate TO SUSPEND OUR OPEN SURGERY.
Please phone the surgery if you have an immediate medical concern, and the GP will call you back, and make arrangements to attend, if necessary.
Our staff will now be asking for some details about your medical concern. This is to reduce the risk of patients attending who should not, but it is also to help with prioritisation of resource, should there be disruption to services in the future.
Please NOMINATE A PREFERRED PHARMACY so they can collect your prescription. Many of our local pharmacies call in with us on a regular basis to collect prescriptions. This has a double benefit. It means once your prescription has been ordered, you do not have to attend the surgery again to collect it, and then take it to the pharmacy. Getting your pharmacy to collect it, gives them a chance to prepare it, so that in most instances you should be able to collect your prepared prescription from the pharmacy without having to wait - it is important to allow a little extra time for this. PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH OUR COMMUNITY PHARMACY COLLEAGUES - they are under enormous pressure. Do not attend the pharmacy if unwell yourself.
Please order your prescriptions online, or by phone, rather than dropping a written request into the surgery. This is to try to reduce footfall into the surgery. Arrangements have been made if you need to drop in hospital documentation.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - NHS
Guidance for people with possible coronavirus
COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
- Stay at home if you have either:
> a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
> a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
- Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
- You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
- Testing for coronavirus is not needed if you're staying at home.
How long to stay at home
- if you have symptoms, stay at home for 7 days
- if you live with other people, they should stay at home for 14 days from the day the first person got symptoms (new advice as of 16 March)
- If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
- If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.
On the 16 March new guidance was introduced for self-isolation of household contacts and social distancing;
For more information see COVID-19: guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection
For more information see COVID-19: guidance on social distancing and for vulnerable people
Advice for home isolation
- plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home;
- ask your employer, friends and family to help you get the things you need to stay at home;
- stay at least 2 metres (about 3 steps) away from other people in your home if possible;
- sleep alone, if possible;
- wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water;
- stay away from vulnerable individuals, such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions, as much as possible.
Advice on how to self-isolate can be obtained here.
If a person phones looking a sickline due as they are self-isolating as per official advice or advice, you do NOT need a fit note from the GP, you can get a note for self-isolation from NHS 111
The link is https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/
Please follow the following links for continually updated information for the public about Coronavirus.
Getting The Most From Our Health Service
The Royal College of General Practitioners, Northern Ireland has put together a really useful resource - this has been developed with patients, for patients, about how we can get the most of our health service. The practice endorses it's content, and we would strongly encourage you to read this resource, as all will benefit from the guidance enclosed. Please click on the link below.
The GP Out Of Hours Service provides care for people in Belfast when their normal GP surgery is closed. It is not intended to replace normal GP services, but deals with urgent problems that cannot wait until your own GP is available. You should therefore only use this service if you are suddenly ill and you cannot wait until your GP’s surgery is open.
South and East Belfast - 02890 796220
North and West Belfast - 02890 744447
Lisburn area - 02892 602204
Call 999 in an emergency. Chest pains and / or shortness of breath constitute an emergency.
Please note we close for lunch between 1pm and 1.45pm.
If there is an urgent matter that cannot wait until after lunch, the lunchtime emergency mobile number is 07340 175761. Please only use this number if your need is genuinely urgent and not for routine queries. This number does not accept voicemails or texts; please do not try to send a text, as your message cannot be read.
Important notice about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
We have updated our policies and procedures in light of new GDPR legislation; please visit our "Practice Policies" section of our website for further information.
To order your Repeat Prescription please CLICK HERE
(Site updated 15/09/2020)