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Due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak the practice has cancelled Open Surgery. 

Patients are asked not to attend the practice. 

Please telephone reception and you may receive a call back from a GP or be given some relevant information.

Due to unforeseen pressures from Covid, we now offer a texting service. We may contact you via SMS. If you want to opt out of this service, please contact the surgery and let us know. 

Do you fancy ordering your prescriptions online? Please speak with reception and ask about patient access!

Please update mobile numbers and email addresses!

On 31st January 2022 our fax machine will be out of service, please contact reception for alternative communication methods

Has the GP asked you to book for a review in 4 weeks time? Why not book in using one of our pre-booked telephone slots!

 

Welcome to The Mount Group Practice

A general practice surgery based in east Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Why GPs no longer do "Letters of Support" 

In common with other GP practices in the UK, the GPs at this surgery no longer do letters of support that are occasionally requested by patients or representatives. 

The reasons are: 

1. There is no need - most applications for certain benefits / appeals etc already gather this information from the GP records, so there is no need to duplicate this in an unofficial capacity. Other forms such as those related to housing / adaptations are not appropriate for GPs to complete as they have no qualifications in these areas. 

2. There is no advantage - such letters are often not even looked at, and when they are, carry little or no weight in statutory bodies decision making - despite what people's perceptions often seems to be!

3. GPs workload does not allow for them - no-one can be unaware that GPs workload is at an unsustainable level, and thus non-essential activities must be stopped. To ensure the core GP work of seeing and treating ill patients continues, such time consuming optional work must be stopped. 

4. The contract under which GPs work, means they are under no obligation at all regards such requests. This is often not understood by patients or their representatives. 

We understand some may be disappointed with this, nonetheless it is an essential move to ensure we continue to meet our primary function. If you were told by an agency to ask for such a letter please inform them of the above.

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