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The next generation of GPs ( posted on Dec 4, 2017 )

There is a national shortage of GPs and Nurses.  This is one of the reasons why it is so difficult to get an appointment in practices across the country.  As a training practice, we feel passionately about supporting existing and future health professionals by encouraging them into General Practice.


We have several Doctors with us undergoing Specialist Training to become a GP.  They take turns working within the practice and regularly see patients.  Dr Livingstone is our current GP Registrar and is with us until August 2018.  She proved to be very popular and is a welcome addition to the team.    


Medical Students regularly work with us on a monthly placement to provide them experience in General Practice.  In November we worked with Ellie, who is in her 4th year of studies and has been a fantastic member of the team.


We also help school leavers who are considering medicine or nursing by providing work experience.  We welcomed Eimear last month who was given an overview of all aspects of community care ranging from GP surgeries, Baby Clinics (with our fantastic Health Visitors) and learning about Community Health Promotion.


Please note that patient confidentiality is observed at all times and patient consent is requested at all times.

Patient Participation Group ( posted on Dec 4, 2017 )

Our Patient Participation Group began on Wednesday 29th November and was really positive.  We were able to discuss any issues that patients feel is a concern for the practice.   Some of the items were:

  • Appointments & Signposting
  • Phoning though
  • Missing prescriptions
  • Using technology – online bookings and text reminders


Meetings will be held every 3 months.  The next meeting is yet to be confirmed, but agreed that the first week in February 2018 is preferred.


We will be publishing the minutes via our website and will also be available in the waiting rooms in the Health Centre.  There will be action points, which are followed up at the next meeting.


All patients are welcome to attend.  Please contact the practice if you would like to attend.

Christmas and New Year Public Holidays ( posted on Dec 4, 2017 )

Please note, that we are closed on the following dates
  • Monday 25th December 2017
  • Tuesday 26th December 2017
  • Monday 1st January 2018
  • Tuesday 2nd January 2018


Please call 111 if you require urgent medical treatment during the Bank Holidays.



We processes 14,000 prescriptions per month; your prescription will be ready 48 hours after 4pm (excluding weekends and public holidays).   

Flu Clinics 2017 / 2018 ( posted on Sep 19, 2017 )


We are now approaching Flu Season and the following clinics are being held at Craigshill Health Centre:


Patients who are due a Flu Vaccine will be contacted by letter.


You are entitled to a flu vaccine if:

  • You are over the age of 65
  • You have a Chronic Disease such as Asthma or Diabetes
  • You are a Carer or Health Care professional
  • You are pregnant
  • You have a Body Mass over 30

Childrens Flu Vaccines (Ages 2 - 5) are in practice

Schoolchildren are vaccined at School






Flu Season ( posted on Aug 31, 2017 )

By Dr Alison Livingstone, GP Registrar


As we come into the autumn months it is the right time of year to prepare ourselves for the illnesses that occur during winter.  One illness of particular concern and commonly encountered is flu.  Flu (Influenza) is caused by the Influenza virus.  Often other viruses can cause symptoms similar to flu and are often called ‘flu-like illnesses.’


Flu symptoms can last several weeks and can come on suddenly.  They can be fairly unpleasant, normally causing fever, chills, headaches and general muscle aches.  Flu can sometimes cause a cough and sore throat as well.


If you are normally fit and healthy then you shouldn’t need to see your GP.  The best thing to do is stay at home, stay warm and ensure you are staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Taking paracetamol and ibuprofen can help reduce a fever and relieve your aches and pains.

Some patients can become more unwell should they catch they catch flu.  These patients include:

  • People over 65
  • People with a serious medical condition – heart disease, lung disease, liver disease or those who have previously suffered a stroke
  • Pregnant woman
  • Young children

As these patients are more vulnerable they will be offered the flu vaccination. It is important to remember that each year the strain of flu changes and as a result last year’s vaccine will not cover you for this year. 


If you think you need the flu vaccine check with your GP, practice nurse or local pharmacy.

To find out more information on flu or the flu vaccination visit the NHS choices website




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