Woodbrooke aims to provide a service to our patients based on listening, caring and responding to their health needs, underpinned by compassion and best practice. We also have a role in educating the doctors of tomorrow and in the personal development of our team.
PREGABALIN (LYRICA®) MISUSE
In Northern Ireland it has been highlighted to GPs the problems with prescription misuse and in particular with PREGABALIN (LYRICA®) . There is a growing misuse of this drug and expanding illegal market across Northern Ireland
There are many problems with prescribing pregabalin:
Ø Tolerance (body gets used to it and it is less effective) to pregabalin can happen within 1-3 days
Ø Trying to stop this drug you may experience anxiety, can’t sleep, headache, nervousness, depression, pain, increased sweating and dizziness.
Ø Less harmful drugs should be used before pregabalin and attempts made to reduce pregabalin if on it for some time.
Ø The practice will be using less of this drug in the future and reviewing all patients on this to make sure that any harm from this drug is minimised or stopped.
Please contact the surgery if you are taking this drug and would like to explore what alternatives are available.
Promoting Self-Care for Chronic Pain
Most patients with Chronic Pain can help ease their condition by adopting some simple self-care techniques. The pain toolkit booklet can help you understand your pain and show some simple effective techniques to better manage your pain.
The Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging all 16 to 18 year olds to get a free vaccination that can help protect against meningococcal disease.
Beginning in April, GPs will invite people born between 2 July 1997 and 1 July 1999 to have the MenACWY vaccine. It will protect against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal A,C,W and Y diseases.
Invites and information leaflets will be posted to eligable patients from the first week of April.
Monday 30th May 2016
Thursday 09th June 2016
Closed from 1pm to 6pm for In-House Training
Tuesday 12th July 2016
Wednesday 13th July 2016
In case of emergency you can contact the out of hours bureau on 02892 602204. This service is for medical emergencies only. Patients should not use this service to obtain repeat medication.
(Site updated 12/05/2016)