ARE YOU AND YOURS REGISTERED WITH A DENTIST?? "to be entitled to receive your dental care under the NHS, you must be registered with your dentist and the registration needs to be renewed every two years.  The Glens Dental Practice situated in the Medical Centre is accepting new patients of all ages and welcoming back our past patients who registration has lapsed.  Call at the dental reception in the Medical Centre or telephone 028 21771242 for details about your NHS dental registration.

Men ACWY Vaccine: Now available for all young people who were born between 02.07.1998 and 01.07.1999, and for Students up to the age of 25 who will be commencing University in 2016 for the first time, please contact reception to make an appointment.

ANTIBIOTIC REQUESTS: In accordance with NHSCT guidelines, the practice will no longer be able to issue antibiotics for any purpose (ie: coughs, chest infection etc). It will be necessary for the patient to attend either a Nurse or GP for assessment. In the case of a suspected kidney/urine infection a urine sample must be left in for analysis. 

You are at risk of Peripheral Vascular Disease
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In-House Counselling Service
Mr Joe Brogan holds weekly clinics.  These are free of charge to our patients.  If you are interested please speak to your doctor.

Out of Hours
“Dalriada Urgent Care” provides this service. When the medical centre is closed a pre-recorded message will be obtained by phoning 2177 1411 or alternatively you may telephone directly. 028 2566 3500 Please consider that this is an emergency service only

Smoking Information

  • nosmoke1Smoking remains the largest preventable cause of premature death and disability in the United Kingdom.
  • The single most important health intervention that we as Health Professionals can make is to help you stop smoking.
  • Help is available at the Medical Centre on a one to one basis or group support by appointment.

Important Facts about Smoking

  • Half of all smokers in the United Kingdom have given up over the past ten years.
  • Most smokers say they would like to quit.
  • Ways of stopping smoking are as varied and individual as the people who are stopping.
  • Potential quitters will choose the way that suits them best.
  • Tobacco smoke contains 4000 chemicals which include- Nicotine, Tar, Carbon Monoxide, Acetone, Ammonia of Arsenic, Butane, DDT, Hydrogen cyanide, Lead, Radioactive fallout and Sulphuric acid.
  • Nicotine is a powerful addictive drug. It releases adrenalin into the blood increasing heart rate and blood pressure. It constricts the arteries.
  • Tar is found when tobacco smoke condenses.
  • Cigarette smoking depresses the immune defence and can affect fertility in men and women.

Weight gain

  • It is more dangerous to smoke than to gain weight
  • Current appearance is perceived as more important than future health
  • You would have to increase weight by 50% above ideal body weight to face the same risks of smoking.
  • Remember each packet of cigarettes causes as mush stress on the heart as 50 – 70 lbs of extra weight.

A closer look at the benefits of quitting

The benefits of quitting start immediately. It is never too late to stop smoking. Here is the timeline of benefits.

20 mins:

  • Blood pressure and pulse return to normal. Circulation improves in hands and feet, making them warmer.

24 hours

  • Carbon Monoxide is eliminated from the body. The lungs start to clear out mucus and other debris.

48 hours•

  • Nicotine is no longer detectable in the body. The ability to smell and taste is improved.

72 hours

Breathing becomes easier as the bronchial tubes relax and energy levels begin to increase.

2 – 12 weeks

  • Circulation improves throughout the body, making exercise easier.

3 – 9 months

  • Breathing problems (e.g. coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing) show improvement with lung function increased by 4 – 10%.

5 years

  • Risk of heart attack falls to about half that of a smoker.10 years
  • Risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker. Risk of heart attack similar to someone who has never smoked.

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