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We respectfully request that patients DO NOT telephone our surgery enquiring about their COVID-19 Vaccination. 

The vaccination programme is being delivered in accordance with Department of Health guidance on a priorty phased basis - click here to see the schedule COVID 19 VACCINATION PHASED GROUPS

The surgery will contact patients via telephone, when it is their turn to receive the vaccination.   

AGED 65 - 69?

A telephone booking line for vaccination appointments has now been introduced for those in the 65-69 age bracket who are unable to use the online system.

The telephone booking line number is 0300 200 7813.

Both the online system and telephone booking line can be used by those in the 65-69 age group to make an appointment at one of the seven regional vaccination centres. It is anticipated that demand for telephone bookings will initially be very high. Therefore if you cannot get through initially, please be patient and keep trying.

Call volumes tend to be lower later in the day. If you can’t get through immediately then try again the next day. The service is available from Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm.

To fall within the 65-69 age bracket you must have been born between 1 April 1951 and 31 March 1956. Age and identity checks will be conducted at the vaccination centres.

People outside the relevant age group should not misuse the online or telephone booking facility.

GPs will be working in parallel to the regional vaccination centres focusing on the 70 plus age group. GPs will make contact with their patients in this age group, therefore people do not need to phone their GP practice.

The call handlers are unable to answer wider questions or accept or address complaints. The phone line can be used to book appointments, please do not call for other reasons.

☎️ 0300 200 7813



We continue to receive a large volume of telephone calls regarding the COVID-19 vaccine for carers.  If you wish to consent for your name to be included on a carers list please complete the carers form and return it Banbridge Group Surgery.

Click here to download


COVID-19 vaccination programme in Northern Ireland

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is currently being delivered via Trust vaccination sites and GP Practices. The programme is based on the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), an independent expert group. JCVI have recommended which groups should be prioritised to receive the vaccine.

Vaccine safety and effectiveness

The vaccines have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

COVID-19 vaccination programme plan

The Department of Health has published a vaccination phased plan document on their website, outlining when different groups can expect to get the vaccine and how it will be deployed:

At present GPs are focusing on those aged 70 years of age and over as well as clinically extremely vulnerable individuals aged under 70.

GPs will get in touch to invite these individuals to receive the vaccine.

Those currently aged 65-69 years old (those born between 1 April 1951 and 31 March 1956) can book their COVID-19 vaccination appointments at one of Northern Ireland's seven regional vaccination centres. 

Online booking is available on the  COVID-19 Vaccine Service for NI website(external link opens in a new window / tab).

A telephone booking line will also be available shortly.

Social distancing after being vaccinated

While either vaccine may help protect you from coronavirus, it's still important to follow social distancing and other public health guidance, as well as complying with any restrictions to keep each other safe.

Further information about the vaccine

The Public Health Agency has developed a frequently asked questions section, including leaflets, about the vaccine on its website:

Health advice


The surgery has become aware that some of our patients have been approached by scamming agencies requesting money and/or bank details to secure their Covid-19 vaccination.  

Please be assured that the Covid-19 vaccine will be provided free of charge, without any request for payment and/or bank details. 

Our surgery will telephone you, when it is your turn to have the vaccine and will NOT request any financial details.

Please click below to view a video message from our own Dr. McCloskey about this serious matter:


Pharmacy First


   Antibiotics should not be used to prevent or treat viral infections, unless bacterial infections are also present.

    Patients should avail of the Pharmacy First service if appropriate for winter illnesses.




Face covering

From 10 July 2020, it’s the law that passengers and staff on public transport MUST wear a face covering:

• on bus, coach and train services
• in public transport stations
• in indoor areas of a ferry and outdoor areas where you can’t keep two metres social distance

Although face coverings may not prevent you from becoming infected with the virus, they help prevent people who don’t know they have the virus spreading it to others.

A cloth face covering should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.

It can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.

🤚 Wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting it on and after taking it off.

👁 Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth at all times and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you have an opportunity to wash them.

Do not touch the front of the face covering, or the part of the face covering that has been in contact with your mouth and nose.

Once removed, make sure you clean any surfaces the face covering has touched.

You should wash a face covering regularly. It can go in with other laundry, using your normal detergent.  When wearing a face covering, take care to tuck away any loose ends.

😷 Further information on making a face covering can be found here


🛑 Updated Covid-19 restrictions can be found here


🔬 Information of how to get tested for Covid-19 can be found here



The Public Health Agency has launched a new public information campaign Test Trace Protect.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the symptoms of Coronavirus and encourage individuals who are symptomatic to follow the appropriate steps including:

  • Booking a test quickly
  • Helping with contact tracing
  • Self-isolating when advised

Further advice and information can be found here :





Self-care information and fact sheets are available to download from the self-care forum on COVID 19, cough, common cold, sore  throat and otitis media (middle ear infection) amongst others.

See for the full range of fact sheets.


Did you know that it is possible self refer for Maternity Care and Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy?



As soon as you have a positive pregnancy test, you can self-refer for maternity care.

Please complete this form and upon receipt the Midwives will arrange your first booking.

Click here for link



You can also self refer to the Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Department, without seeing your GP.

Click here for the link











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