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Flu Campaign is continuing until the end of April 2016

If you are pregnant, suffer from a chronic medical condition or are aged 65 or over, you are entitled to the Flu Vaccine. All 2yr to 4 yr old children are now eligable and will be vaccinated in the practice. P1 to P7 children will be vaccinated by the school healthcare team.

As all our flu clinics are now completed, we would advise our patients of the following:

At risk patients aged 16+ - go to treatment room after 4pm

Pregnant patients or those patients under 16 years - book appointment with practice nurse only



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.



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 Pain toolkit website



 Meningitis vaccine extended to 16 to 18 year olds


men acwy

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.                        


Practice Closures



 Tuesday 12th July 2016

Wednesday 13th July 2016

Monday 29th August 2016

Thursday 22nd September 2016

Closed from 1pm to 6pm for In-House Training

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. 


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