Welcome to Portrush Medical Centre
The doctors and staff at Portrush Medical Centre are proud to offer the highest 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.
Important Message - Antibiotic Prescribing
Antibiotics, when used appropriately, can save lives in conditions such as pneumonia and meningitis.
Antibiotics don't, however, work for many common infections, such as colds, coughs and sore throats. Most of these are caused by viruses, which antibiotics do not kill: they only kill bacteria.
Taking antibiotics when they are not necessary can lead to needless side-effects and the development of antibiotic resistance: this means that some antibiotics might not be as effective when they are really needed.
In line with recommendations from the World Health Organisation, Portrush Medical Centre is actively working to reduce antibiotic prescribing. The demand on our practice for antibiotics is unacceptably high.
It is essential that we target antibiotic use to those patients with serious bacterial infections, who are at risk of suffering severe or prolonged illness, or are in danger of developing complications. You may notice that the doctor suggests other ways of managing your problem or gives a prescription to be used later rather than straight away.
Please be reassured that you will receive antibiotics if you really need them.
Please click on the links below for more information.
What you should know about
- Antibiotics have no effect on viral illnesses, such as the common cold, most coughs and sore throats, because they fight only bacterial infections.
- Most viral illnesses get better by themselves.
- Antibiotics can have unpleasant side effects (thrush, rash, tummy upsets/diarrhoea).
- Antibiotics can be helpful when used appropriately, but using them unnecessarily can produce resistant bacteria, making antibiotics less effective when they are needed. Resistance is a growing problem and there are already some bacteria that are resistant to several different types of antibiotic, so-called ‘super bugs’. It is important to prevent more resistant bacteria developing, so that antibiotics will keep working when we really need them to treat severe and life-threatening infections.
Available Online Services
Online Appointments - This enables you to view, book, or cancel your appointments with the doctor/nurse online.
Online Repeats – This facility allows you to request or check your repeat prescriptions online.
You will need to register with the practice to assess this service, and once registered you will be given information that will enable you to create your username and password.
If you are interested in this service, please complete this registration form which is also available at reception and return it to us
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(Site updated 02/03/2017)