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**Prescriptions to be ordered via our email system, reception.Z00606@gp.hscni.net**

We have changed how we do things in the current Covid-19 situation. Please be aware that all appointments need to be made after a GP has assessed your need.

We are recruiting for a temporary administrative assistant. click on the link for more details and how to apply

https://www.indeedjobs.com/bridge-street-family-practice/_hl/en_GB?cpref=JXWAtnzf3XWjLOi4YeVNLqF8RN6a-VzuUNxa-4R5tSE

The process for driving medicals has had to change- please ring and ask for guidance on how to book this appointment.

We are a self-care awareness practice:

If you have a problem and you feel the need to talk or need medical advice the following helplines are available:

We have more services listed on our Counselling and Support services page

The Samaritans: 0845 90 90 90

Lifeline: (24hr) 0808 808 8000

Drink Helpline (24hr) 080091 78282

Drugs Helpline: (24hr) 0800 11 11

Foyle Search & Rescue: 02871 313 800

Out of Hours GP: 02871 865195 (6pm-8am Mon-Fri and all weekend)

Benzodiazepines are a group of medicines which are often used to treat anxiety e.g. diazepam, or used as sleeping tablets e.g. Temazepam or nitrazepam. The “Z” drugs (Zopiclone, Zolpidem) are other sleeping tablets that are similar to benzodiazepines in how they work.

These medicines can be effective at easing the symptoms of anxiety or aiding sleep and are meant for short-term use i.e. 2-4 weeks. If you take a benzodiazepine or “Z” drug regularly, after a few weeks the body and brain become used to it and the drug gradually loses its effect. There is a good chance that if you take a benzodiazepine or “Z” drug for more than 4 weeks you will become dependent on them/addicted to them. These medicines can cause side-effects when taken long-term such as memory problems, mood swings, drowsiness and slower reaction times.

Recognising the high use of these medicines in the Western Trust area the practice has put in place a reduction programme to help patients slowly reduce these medicines so they can start to feel more energetic and alert. This programme is run by our practice pharmacist along with our GPs and can include input from our practice social worker and mental health practitioner where appropriate.

The programme has already helped a large number of patients reduce these medicines until stopped and has many patients currently reducing. If you are taking these medicines and would like help stopping please contact our practice pharmacist today.

Please be aware that all patients  who are in receipt of these medications will be actively encouraged and supported to reduce once it is felt clinically appropriate.

 
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