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Wondering why you are having to wait longer for routine appointments?!

Patients not attending is becoming a chronic problem! KEEP OR CANCEL YOUR APPOINTMENTS, DON'T FORGET THEM!

149 appointment slots were wasted in May due to patients not attending or cancelling appointments

If you cannot attend please contact us asap to avoid this happening. Please see the Missed Appointment Policy for more information.


Welcome to Templepatrick Surgery

We aim to offer a high standard of patient-centred healthcare.  We run many clinics for the management of chronic diseases such as asthma and diabetes and offer a wide variety of other medical services including antenatal and postnatal care, minor surgery, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups. In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the menu on the right hand side. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like.

Bank Holiday

The surgery will be closed on Thursday 12th July 2018, Friday 13th July 2018 and Monday 27th August 2018.  Please ensure you have ordered your prescriptions in time so you do not run out when the surgery is closed.

If you require medical assistance when we are closed please contact Dalriada Urgent Care on 028 25 663500


As of 1st January 2018 due to increased GP Workload the above results will only be available from 11am-4pm. Please allow at least 48 hours for your results to be actioned by GPs

PIP Applications

We are aware that people may have been advised to seek a supportive letter from their GP as part of their PIP application. The Doctors have discussed this and decided that this is not necessary or appropriate. GP Letters WILL NOT be provided. However, if applications are rejected, a GP letter of support will be considered where appropriate.


Unfortunately due to increasing pressure on services we are no longer offering Ear Syringing at the Practice.


Lunchtime Closing

From Monday 8th May we will be closing the Surgery door from 1:00 - 1:45 pm.  You will still be able to get through on the phones as normal.

Templepatrick Surgery Policy for prescribing of over-the-counter medicines

Templepatrick Surgery:

—  Promotes self-care for minor conditions and self-limiting illnesses

—  Advises patients that medicines on the list below should be purchased by the patient from community pharmacies or supermarkets and will no longer be prescribed for minor or self-limiting conditions

—  Advises patients that their local community pharmacy pharmacist can provide advice and help to manage minor conditions and self-limiting illnesses

In line with the NI Department of Health and from the 1st May 2017 this practice will not prescribe medicines that can be purchased over-the-counter by patients when they are being used to treat minor conditions or self-limiting illnesses, or where there is no evidence base for their use (see table below)

This new policy will:

—  Encourage self-management of minor illnesses and free up GP appointments to treat patients with complex health problems

—  Increase the money available to the health service to treat more serious conditions such as heart disease and cancer

—  Increase patients’ confidence and feeling of positivity in being able to look after their health

OTC Indication

Medicines no longer prescribed for minor and self-limiting illness

Mild aches and pains e.g. headache, occasional migraine and teething

·        Anti-inflammatory gels or creams e.g. ibuprofen or diclofenac gel

·        Oral painkillers e.g. paracetamol or ibuprofen

Athlete’s foot

Antifungal creams e.g. clotrimazole, miconazole and terbinafine

Cold sores

Anti-viral creams e.g. acyclovir 5%


Infacol®, Dentinox®, Colief®, Gripe water

Coughs, colds and sore throats

·        Cough bottles

·        Lozenges and sprays for sore throats

·        Oral painkillers / antipyretics e.g. paracetamol, ibuprofen

·        Nasal decongestants e.g. pseudoephedrine tablets, decongestant sprays, drops

Diarrhoea (occasional and short duration)

·        Oral rehydration solutions e.g. Dioralyte

·        Antidiarrhoeal medicines e.g. loperamide

Constipation (occasional and short duration)

·        Laxatives e.g. ispaghula husk (Fybogel®), bisacodyl, lactulose, senna

Ear wax

Ear drops for softening ear wax

Haemorrhoids (piles)

Haemorrhoid creams, ointments and suppositories



OTC Indication

Medicines no longer prescribed for minor and self-limiting illness

Head lice

Head lice lotions and sprays

Indigestion and heartburn

e.g. Maalox®, Peptac®, Gaviscon®

Infant feeding

·        Comfort milks

·        Lactose free formulas for colic

·        Reflux milks

Nappy rash

e.g. Metanium®, Sudocrem®

Oral health

·        Mouthwashes e.g. Chlorhexidine

·        Fluoride toothpaste


Should only be prescribed for certain approved conditions


Mebendazole tablets and suspension

Vitamins and minerals

Should not be prescribed as dietary supplements or as a general “pick-me-up”

Should only be prescribed in line with actual or potential vitamin or mineral deficiency


Are you a Carer?

Are you a Carer or know someone who is that is who is currently registered at Templepatrick Surgery? If so we would like to offer you an appointment to make sure your needs are being met. Please telephone the surgery to make an appointment with a Clinician.


 £6 million was spent on prescribing Paracetamol in 2015 in Northern Ireland! Please think twice before asking for a short term prescription of Paracetamol - look what that money could have been used for!


It is estimated that unused medicines cost the NHS approximately £300 million every year!

Please see the link below for more information on the cost of medicines:

wasting medicines


We would like to contact you by mobile to advise you of any appointments that you need to make .  If you are interested please complete the form on this page.

Please make sure you advise us of any changes in your telephone or mobile numbers.

You can book your appointments on line using this website 24 hours a day 7 days a week and avoid those expensive telephone calls.

You can also order your repeat prescriptions on line 24 hours a day 7 days a week and avoid those expensive telephone calls.


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