Christmas and New Year holiday arrangements for NHSCS

The Health and Social Care Board together with the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, local GPs, pharmacists and dentists have been working together to ensure that local people have access to emergency services over the Christmas and the New Year holiday period.

Out-of-hours GP Service

Dalriada Urgent Care, the out-of-hours service, will be operating for all GP Practices from the evening of Monday 
24th December 2012 until Practices open on Thursday, 
27th December 2012.

Dalriada Urgent Care will also be operating over the New Year period from Monday evening, 31st December 2012 until GP Practices open on Wednesday, 2nd January 2013. The telephone number for Dalriada Urgent Care is 028 2566 3500.


The Health and Social Care Board has also been working closely with local pharmacists to draw up holiday pharmacy rota arrangements. These will be in place as usual. The pharmacy rota arrangements are:

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Ballycastle - F A McCaughlan, 27 Ann Street, 12.00 noon - 1.00 pm

Coleraine - Clear Pharmacy, 16 Waterside, 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Ballycastle, M A McMullan, 63 Castle Street, 12.00 noon - 1.00 pm

Ballymoney, A P Mathewson, Queen Street, 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Rasharkin - P Kennedy, 56 Main Street, 12 noon - 1.00 pm

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Ballycastle - F A McCaughan, 10 Ann Street, 12.00 noon - 1.00 pm

Ballymoney - A P Mathewson, Queen Street, 2.00 pm - 3.00 pm

Rasharkin - P Kennedy, 56 Main Street, 12.00 noon - 1.00 pm

Out-of-Hours Dental Services

Details of dental services will be displayed at dental surgeries or can be obtained by contacting your dentist. For out-of-hours urgent dental problems, patients should contact their dental surgery or ring the out-of-hours number 028 2566 3510.

Emergency Departments

Normal Emergency Department services will be operating throughout the holiday period as usual. The service is for those in need of emergency treatment. In the first instance, you should contact your GP or the out-of-hours GP service for advice.

As always, the emergency ambulance services will be there if you need them. Always dial 999 when there is a risk to life or of serious injury. But, if your call is not an emergency, then please use the most appropriate service and help keep the 999 system clear for life threatening emergencies. Remember, you could risk a life if you tie up an emergency line for a non-emergency call. Your call could delay someone with a real emergency. Keep emergency lines free.

Out-of-Hours Emergency Social Work Services

The out-of-hours Emergency Social Work Service will be available outside normal office hours and on weekends, Bank Holidays and Public Holidays for genuine emergencies that cannot wait until the next working day. You can contact the service on 
(028) 9446 8833.


The Health and Social Care Board would like to wish you a safe and healthy Christmas and New Year.