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Due to the unprecedented Coronavirus pandemic, in order to protect our patients and staff, as from Monday 16th March until the crisis resolves, the surgery will stop all routine and prebookable appointments.
DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, UNLESS A DOCTOR FROM AGHALEE SURGERY HAS ADVISED YOU
TO DO SO.
We will continue to treat, manage patients and prescribe medications, but this will be done by telephone.
Your medication will be forwarded to your appointed pharmacy. If you currently collect your prescription from the surgery, please advise us by telephone which pharmacy you would prefer to collect your prescription from.
If you have enquiries or concerns, please telephone the Surgery direct, as we cannot reply via this forum.
For general Coronavirus enquiries call NHS111.
MANY THANKS from all at Aghalee Pharmacy Practice to all the fantastic volunteers. From the Aghalee Village Hall Covid19 Support Group, St. Mary's GAA and the CDHN for all their continued support of our Pharmacy.
See the Pharmacy facebook page for more information
Surgery Parking UPDATE
This post was seen on Facebook in February – posted by PSNI – ‘take note all you footpath parkers! Footpaths are for people, not cars. If you are parking on a footpath you are forcing joggers, buggies, prams, wheelchairs onto the road where they are vulnerable. The problem areas for this are Moira by the train station, outside the Lagan Valley hospital, Ballyregan Road Dundonald and outside the surgery in Aghalee, to name but a few. If you haven’t already received a parking ticket from us and you continue to park on the footpath - you will get one!’
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Covid-19 Support Group Update
As numbers of people requiring assistance have decreased, the co-ordinators met to discuss the future of the Food Bank and the following was agreed: 3rd July (Week 12) was the final week that all food boxes would be delivered. This change was communicated to recipients by their volunteers when their final box was delivered. Any other households receiving parcels can call one of the help numbers to arrange to call to the hall and collect food. From August onwards there is potential for people to be made redundant if businesses don't want to top up salaries. As/when requirement increases, we can move to a system of booking slots for people to visit the food bank. We will be working out of the Paul Green Hall until December at the latest. Martin is co-ordinating the supply of shelving for all food items. The Food Bank will continue until the funds are spent, after which time anyone still on our books will be passed to Lisburn Food Bank. Fiona & Pauline will continue with advertising and spreading the word through social media, local organisations and churches etc. Once again, thank you all for your continued support during the pandemic. Stay safe everyone.
Virtual Book Club
Book Club (albeit it 'virtual' at this current time) has now ended for the summer break. Here are the books chosen for July and August. We look forward to starting again in September and will be in touch as soon as we know what arrangements will be in place regarding meeting at the hall or continuing with our virtual club for the time being.
- Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
- Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry
Thanks to all the companies who have donated food for the food bank and equipment to the volunteers – Elite Beauty, Greg McStay, Chris @ Hannon’s, Tesco Crumlin, Unicorn Group, Laurence Rogers and Sons, Aghalee Building Supplies and The Mace Aghalee.
Councillor Owen Gawith started a petition to the Department for Infrastructure, Roads Service, Lighting the road from Moira town to Moira station is urgently needed. Please follow this link to the petition page and give your support.
Streetlights call for train station 'death trap' road.
By Luke Sproule BBC News NI
The Station Road runs between Moira and the A26
Lighting is urgently needed on a busy road outside a train station "before someone is seriously hurt", drivers and pedestrians have said.
Station Road, which runs between Moira, County Down, and the A26, is used daily by hundreds of people, including pupils heading to school.
There are no streetlights along most of the road, which users say makes it dangerous.
The Department for Infrastructure said it does not qualify for lighting.
Tim Courtney, who lives near Aghalee and uses Moira station to commute when he is working in Belfast, was clipped by a car on the road earlier in January.
"I was walking to the overflow car park and a driver coming the other way was really close against the curb to avoid oncoming traffic and clipped me with his wing mirror," the management consultant said.
"He was moving over to get out of the way and he just did not see me - it was pitch black and there were cars coming both ways.
"Thankfully, I was just bruised on my wrist."
Mr Courtney said lighting, as well as other improvements such as a proper crossing point in the road and wider pavements would make a big difference to safety.
"When I stop to think about it, what happened to me need not have happened," he said.
"It is little things that would make a difference - being able to cross the road having enough light to be able to be seen be drivers."
'It's a death-trap'
The number of passengers using the station means the car park and overflow car park at the nearby Tannery restaurant are often full by 08:00 GMT, with cars parking in designated spaces along the pavement after that.
Jim Burnside, who also lives near Aghalee, clipped a pedestrian while driving along the road in 2019 when he swerved to miss two other people who ran across the road in front of him.
"There was a lady in dark clothing and I had no idea she was there, I clipped her with my wing mirror," he said.
"It was just by sheer luck I did not hurt her. Can you imagine if I had been two feet more to the left?
"You cannot see anything. In the winter it is a death-trap, we are just waiting for somebody to be killed or very seriously injured."
The Department for Infrastructure did not reply to requests from BBC News NI for comment on the issue.
Alliance Party councillor Owen Gawith said he and others who had raised the issue with the department had received the same response.
"I have raised this more than once with them and they have come back consistently to say the road does not fit their formula for street lighting, which only is put in place if there is a certain amount of housing," he said.
"They say that because there are only three houses on that whole road, it is therefore a rural road and not a street.
"They take no notice of the fact that it runs to the station."
Pauline Buller of Aghalee Village Hall, who has also written to the Department for Infrastructure about the issue, added: "It is a safety issue - the road is dangerous.
"What people want to see is action to safeguard residents and those who use the station.
"We feel unable to do anything, we have tried and asked and we are not getting anywhere."
Village Renewal UPDATE
The tender for stage one closed at end January, this stage includes the path around the pitches, the fence around the pitches and the playground, multi gym (includes 16 exercises), planting/ landscaping and works to the BT site. The proposed works in Stage two require planning, this includes the wall at the village hall, speed humps, controlled and uncontrolled crossings and the footpath to the nursery. The Consultants are currently putting the tender together for stage two and consultation remains ongoing with DfI roads and planning.
While it had been hoped to complete phase 1 of the scheme before the Easter holidays, the Contractor requires unrestricted access to the playing field at Aghalee in order to install the path and perimeter fence to the pitch and play park. Because the pitch is still in use by local football teams at this time and due to the importance of ensuring H&S of the general public it has been agreed by all parties to delay the start of the works to after the football season when the pitch area can be cordoned off. The works will commence in mid-May and it is estimated that work will run for approximately 12 weeks.