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Christmas and New Year opening arrangements

24th December - The Practice will close at 1pm on Christmas Eve. Our emergency line will be in operation to 6pm for any urgent medical needs.

25th December- The practice is closed

26th December - The Practice is closed

27th &28th December - Normal surgery hours

31st December - The Practice will close at 1pm on New Years Eve. Our emergency line will be in operation to 6pm for any urgent medical needs.

1st January 2019 - The surgery is closed

The Practice reopens as normal on the 2nd January 2019.

Should you have a problem that cannot wait until the Practice re-opens you are advised to contact Beldoc on 02890744447.

Details of our emergency line number can be obtained by calling 02890323973.

To prevent panic over the Christmas period please allow 48 hours when ordering repeat prescriptions and be mindful of our opening hours.


Privacy Notice





MAIN SURGERY                                                                    BRANCH SURGERY

132-136 Sandy Row                                                                                        475 Falls Road

Belfast                                                                                                                         Belfast

BT12 5EY                                                                                                              BT12 6DD

Tel: 02890 323973                                                                                    Tel: 02890 312292

Fax: 02890 244334                                                                                 Fax: 02890 242044


Your information, privacy and the Law.

How we use your medical records


The use and sharing of personal information forms an essential part of the provision of health and care, benefiting individual patients, often necessary for the effective functioning of health and social services and sometimes necessary in the public interest. Nevertheless your doctor has a strong legal and ethical duty to protect patient information and all information you share with your doctor is kept confidential.


This practice is committed to observing the laws on data protection and confidentiality concerning your medical record and all uses and sharing of your information.


We share information about you with health professionals who are involved in providing you with care and treatment. This is on a need to know basis and, normally, event by event.


Some of your health information (including your name, address, allergies and medications) is automatically copied to the Northern Ireland Electronic Care Record.


Some information about you is shared with national screening campaigns such as Flu and Diabetes eye screening.


Information about you in non-identifiable form is used to manage the NHS and make payments.



Information about you in non-identifiable form is used to check the quality of care provided by the NHS.


Information about you in non-identifiable form may be used for medical research. Where identifiable information may be required we will first seek you consent.



We will share information when the law requires us to do, for instance when we are inspected or reporting certain illnesses or safeguarding vulnerable people.



1) Data Controller contact details



The Vere Foster Medical Practice

132-136 Sandyrow


BT12 5EY


2) Data Protection officer


Laura Dowds (Practice Manager)


Tel: 02890323973




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