A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.

Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.


While certain COVID-19 restrictions are set to ease from the 19th of July as a health provider we politely ask that all patient attending St. Vincent Medical Centre or Hollybush Health Centre continue to wear face covering until further notice.  This is to ensure that we are taking every possible precaution to protect our patients and team members.

We would like to update you on how are services are running here at the surgery.

For the foreseeable future, many GP appointments will continue to be carried out over the phone through e-consultation or video consultation, if there is a clinical need for you to come into the practice you WILL be booked a face to face appointment.  We have also begun to introduce routine face to face appointments to our rotas.  You will be asked which appointment you would prefer when you call the surgery.

The Nursing Team are working hard to ensure their service is running as normally as possible.

Covid vaccines are now available to everybody over 18, all patients will be contacted in due course.

If you have an appointment to come into the surgery please:

Attend alone

Wear a face covering

Come as close to your appointment time as possible

DO NOT attend if you have any signs or symptoms of Covid-19

We appreciate that the telephone lines can be busy, we are working as hard as possible to keep any delay to a minimum, alternatively please email non-urgent queries to

Face Coverings 

We are beginning to increase the patients coming to the Practice, if you are attend we ask that you wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose ,such as multi layered scarf, if you do not have a mask. This is to protect both you and our staff. Please bear with the staff when attending, they are doing their very best to keep both you and us as safe as possible.


Face coverings do NOT replace social distancing. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, and/or high temperature, and/or loss of, or change in your normal sense of smell or taste – anosmia), do NOT attend the surgery, you and your household must isolate at home: wearing a face covering does NOT change this. You should arrange to have a test for COVID-19 via or calling 119.

Nurse Practitioner

Nurse Practitioner

We now have three Advanced Nurse Practitioners at the practice. This leaflet explains their role within the practice. The ANPs are highly trained specialist nurses who have undertaken additional education in order to provide advanced nursing care and prescribe. 

The ANPs can provide treatment and advice for many problems for which you may have seen a doctor in the past. Their main areas of expertise are in the management of common illnesses and long term conditions. 


Routine Nurse Practitioner appointments are available every weekday for common illnesses and other long-standing conditions, and can be booked up to a week in advance. 

The ANPs can assess and examine you, make a diagnosis and provide advice and treatment including a prescription, if required. They can make referrals to hospital doctors or other health care professionals, and admit patients into hospital where necessary. 

The ANPs will work closely with your GP and liaise frequently with him/her about your care. 

Common Illnesses and Long-standing Conditions. 

In patients over 3 months old the ANPs can see things such as:- 

Wounds, scalds, burns, rashes, acute back pain, joint sprains, shingles, oral thrush, acute chest infection. Dizziness, giddiness, unusual headache, conjunctivitis, sticky discharging eye, sty. Diarrhoea, constipation, piles vomiting. Urinary tract infections, cystitis, vaginal thrush, soreness, lump or discharge. Tonsillitis, earache, cough, swollen glands, sinusitis, sore throat, colds and flu-like illnesses, raised temperature that show no improvement after one week of pharmacists advice and home treatment. NB. A cough may persist for up to three or four weeks after other cold/flu symptoms have gone. 

The ANPs can also see and treat many long standing conditions such as asthma, eczema, high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, raised cholesterol levels, diabetes, epilepsy and respiratory disease. 

There are also many other problems that the ANPs are able to help you with. For example, menstrual disorders, unexplained weight loss, breast lumps, sexual health advice, change of contraceptive pill or method, depression. 

Some patients, often those with complex and long-standing medical problems, may need an appointment with a doctor. The nurse practitioner is usually able to assess the situation and, in some cases, will organise initial blood tests and other investigations prior to arranging a follow-up appointment with the GP. 

We hope that you will find this service will complement and improve the care you already receive, but please be assured that a doctor’s appointment will always be available should you prefer.

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