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 Important note about Coronovirus vaccination programme 

The practice continues to roll out Covid "booster" vaccines to those eligible and appointments remain available to all those whom we have sent invitations to, or are over the age of 40 and 6 months have passed since your second dose.  

Also, WALK IN CLINICS FOR COVID BOOSTERS (as well as outstanding 1st and 2nd doses) ARE NOW AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS - ROYAL VICTORIA HOSPITAL VACCINATION CENTRE; ULSTER HOSPITAL ACUTE SERVICES BLOCK; AND LISBURN PCCC AT THE LAGAN VALLEY HOSPITAL SITE.  THESE UNITS ARE CLEARLY SIGNPOSTED WITHIN THE HOSPITAL SITES.  FURTHER DETAILS CAN BE FOUND BE CLICKING ON THE PICTURES ABOVE. 

Participating Community pharmacies are also to provide booster vaccines to 

  • Frontline Health and Social Care Workers (with direct patient contact) aged 18 years or over

  • Those aged 50 years and over

  • Carers

  • household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals (if you have received a letter about this, i.e., from trust or GP; you will be required to show this to the pharmacy.)

Please click on http://www.hscboard.hscni.net/booster-covid19-vaccination/ for details of participating pharmacies.

Other locations are also available for outstanding 1st and 2nd doses - please check https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/get-covid-19-vaccination-northern-ireland for the most up-to-date information.

Further information about the vaccination programme, can be found at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/covid-19-vaccination-programme-northern-ireland.  For those who have not yet come forward for their Covid vaccination, but would now be minded to, this link will also outline where these can be given.

We continue to roll out the Flu vaccines to eligible patients. If you have received an invitation, or are over the age of 50, but not had one yet, please book online, or contact us to book. 

Community pharmacies are also offering flu vaccinations to eligible patients, so this is another option for you.  Details of participating pharmacies can be found here: http://www.hscboard.hscni.net/flu-vaccination-service/

As we administer not one, but two complex vaccination campaigns - our phone lines are unprecedently busy, against a backdrop of very high demand for other services.  Our surgery is by no means alone in this - it is a universal issue affecting all surgeries - please be patient while we continue to serve you as best we can.

Please keep an eye on our website, and the local media, for further information.

 

Updated NI vaccination programme - key questions answered

 

https://covid-19.hscni.net/get-vaccinated/

  

On the Day of your flu, or Covid booster vaccine appointment

You will find our Flu Clinics look a little different this year, as there are measures in place to protect both you, our patient, and our staff. 

Broadly speaking, this is achieved by minimizing the time you will be in the building, and with our practitioners, whilst also observing social distancing and good hand hygiene.

Please help us run our service as smoothly and efficiently as possible, hence reducing crowding within the in building, by following the following rules.

As we expect to be busy this year for vaccinations, and wish to reach as many patients we can, in a safe, controlled manner, please ensure you keep your appointment. Cancel in good time if you cannot attend.

It is important you cancel your appointment and not attend if you are feeling unwell.

Please do not arrive very early to your appointment, to reduce crowding in the building.

Whilst in the building, please make every effort to observe social distancing.

Please attend your appointment alone if you can, but if support is required, or you need to support someone, one person accompanying is fine.

Please ensure you put on your mask before entering the building.

Once checked in, please sanitise your hands.

Follow the one way system to your chair, and then to the room, when called.

If receiving one vaccine, please roll up your sleeve on your preferred arm for vaccination (generally this would be the arm you do not write with) before being called. This saves time.  If you are expecting to receive two vaccinations, please prepare both sleeves.

Please do not take any umbridge if you find your appointment for your vaccine short and to the point. As we wish our patients to remain on site for as short a period of time as possible, if you have any other matters you wish to discuss, please speak to the reception (ideally by phone during the working week) to organise a callback at a future point. The focus on the appointment is to receive your vaccination.

Windows and doors may be open to maximize airflow within the building. If you require further privacy, please ask your practitioner to close the door.

Once you have had your vaccine, you will be asked to wait in our waiting room for a short period - for flu vaccine, this is two minutes; for Covid booster, it is 15 minutes; if you feel well, you can go on, there is no need to tell reception you are going. If you feel unwell shortly after your vaccination, please speak to the reception staff.

 

 

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.

Click on the link below to read our latest newsletter:

Kensington Group Practice newsletter 25062021.pdf

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