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The 2016 Flu Campaign will soon be upon us.

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.

Letter and text invites will be sent to eligable patients throughout September 2016.




Every year in Northern Ireland, £18,000,000 is thrown away as unwanted medicines. The Wipe Out Medicine Waste video is part of a campaign to raise awareness of the amount of medicines wasted annually in Northern Ireland and to encourage people to help reduce this, by checking their stock before re-ordering and to let their doctor or pharmacist know if they think they are getting too much.

For more information please click the link below for the Wipeout medicine waste video.

 The Wipeout medicine waste video


 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.  

 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


 Thursday 22nd September 2016

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

Monday 26th December 2016

Tuesday 27th December 2016

Monday 02nd January 2017

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 31/08/2016)
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