Bank Holiday Information
The Practice will be CLOSED on Tuesday 12th July for the bank holiday. Should you have a medical emergency on this day that cannot wait until we reopen on the 13th July please call North and West Urgent Care on 02890744447.
Important information regarding New Patient Registration:
New patient registration forms will only be accepted on a Friday between the hours of 8.30 am and 12.30pm. This is due to a large number of new registrations in the local area. This is to ensure that a member of our staff is free to deal with registration queries and to ensure that all registration forms have been correctly completed and that all required supporting evidence is included. This will prevent delays once your forms have been submitted. We welcome all new registrations and thank you all in advance for your cooperation.
Since the emergence of Covid 19 in Northern Ireland there has been a noticeable rise in individuals experiencing difficulties with their mental health. This is an extremely challenging time for us all and we have all had to make major changes to the way in which we conduct our every day living , working & have had to adapt how we conduct ourselves socially. Please refer to the following link which contains useful information for individuals who are struggling at this time or perhaps have a family member who themselves is finding things tough:
Important Information for Community Pharmacies
As of the 2nd April 2020 The Vere Foster Medical Practice now has a dedicated pharmacy line.
This line is in operation from 8.30am -12p & 2pm-5pm Monday to Friday with the exception of a Wednesday when the line will be in operation from 8.30am-12pm.
Pharmacies are encouraged to avail of our online reordering facility for repeat prescription however if this option is not possible our staff are on standby to assist you, this line is for general queries also.
If you are a community Pharmacy and would like access to this line please email Laura.Dowds.Z00101@gp.hscni.net and the contact number will be forwarded to you promptly.
Reminder to Community Pharmacies that prescription collection can be facilitated between 10am & 2pm Monday - Friday. This is to allow staff administrative time to efficiently make a record of prescriptions leaving the practice. Guidance for drivers including a separate mobile number to ring upon arrival is available at the entrance to the practice.
We thank you for your co-operation during these challenging times.
Updated Telephone information
The practice can be contacted via telephone weekdays between the hours of 8.30 am - 12pm & 2pm -6pm with the exception of a Wednesday afternoon when the practice switches to an ONCALL only position. If you are calling the practice between the hours of 12pm - 2pm or on a WEDNESDAY AFTEROON with a medical emergency that cannot wait listen carefully for the emergency line number which will enable you to contact the practice. (this number is subject to change so please do not save it)
Information relating to Open Treatment Rooms
We no longer provide an open access treatment room facility.
Should you require an appointment with a Nurse please contact reception who can assist in finding you a suitable appointment.
THE VERE FOSTER MEDICAL PRACTICE
MAIN SURGERY BRANCH SURGERY
132-136 Sandy Row 475 Falls Road
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.
We use a third party group for postage. Postage is collected daily in sealed envelopes and delivered for posting. The same group provide a courier service transporting prescriptions between our two sites. These prescriptions are secured in a sealed carrier. We share no information with this group apart from your address details which are on any correspondence addressed to you.
1) Data Controller contact details
The Vere Foster Medical Practice
2) Data Protection officer
Laura Dowds (Practice Manager)
(Site updated 08/07/2022)