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Community Health

District Nurse

The district nurse provides an invaluable service of nursing care in the home. Your doctor or hospital may refer you to the district nurse.

Social Workers

Social workers provide emotional, as well as practical support for our patients. Patients may ring social workers directly and ask for an appointment or their doctor may refer the social worker. Click here for more information.

Community Psychiatric Nurses

These nurses are specially trained to support those who are ill emotionally, by giving and monitoring medication, intensive therapy, counselling and support. Please contact surgery for details.

Health Visitors

The Health Visitors are specialised nurses who assess the physical, emotional and social health needs of families with young children. They provide a service for all age groups promoting health and preventing ill health. They give immunisations to babies as well as advice on child growth and development. They are experts on infant feeding and carry out many screening procedures on children under five. Your doctor and health visitor at both surgeries hold joint child development clinics as follows: -

Springfield Road Surgery – Thursday morning 9.30am – 12.30pm
Riverdale Surgery - Thursday morning 10.00am – 12.00pm

If your child is registered with the practice you will automatically receive an appointment to attend one of these clinics. The practice strongly advise all parents to comply with these appointments, however if the above day or time is unsuitable, please contact the surgery to arrange an alternative appointment.

If you require information from the health visitor outside of the above times please contact them on the numbers provided below.

N&W Belfast – 02895 040044 (beech hall treatment centre)

If your health visitor is based in another area they can be contacted on the centre that is near you.

Arches Centre                 (028) 9504 7800

Bradbury Centre              (028) 9504 7770

Carlisle Centre                 (028) 9504 2500

Grove Wellbeing Centre   (028) 9504 3400

Knockbreda Centre         (028) 9504 4450

Shankill Centre                 (028) 9504 0043 

District Midwives

Newly Pregnant??

Click here to self refer to the Community Mid-wifes

Community midwives are part of an integrated service within the Royal Jubilee Maternity Services. The surgery has a named midwife – Ann McAteer – who will endeavour to provide continuity of care for each woman and their baby both antenatal and postnatal. Antenatal clinics are:
Springfield Road Surgery Monday afternoon 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Riverdale Surgery Thursday afternoon 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Postnatal examination can be made by appointment, by midwife or at reception.


There are many community services which can be accessed without needing to speak to a doctor.  A self referral can be done by simply contacting the call centre in your area and asking to be put through to the relevant department.  

Call Centres

North and West Belfast Call Centre 08456066596

South and East Belfast Call centre 02890 565565

The Services the call centres provide are stated below:

Incontinence team – self referral

Occupational Therapy – self referral

Podiatry – self referral

Speech and language- self referral

Social care (care packages etc)-self referral

Physiotherapy – to be arranged by GP or medical professional

District Nursing – to be arranged by GP or medical professional 

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