• Precautionary recall of patients at two GP practices for cervical screening Precautionary recall of patients at two GP practices for cervical screening

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) have been made aware of possible shortcomings in the technique used to take cervical screening tests (commonly referred to as cervical smears) at two GP practices. This issue affects a small number of women whose tests were taken by one particular healthcare worker.

    A review team was established by the HSCB and PHA to examine this issue, and as a result a total of 150 women at Abbott’s Cross Practice in Newtownabbey and Dr McKenna’s Practice, Thames Street, Belfast have been sent invitations by their GP for a repeat cervical screening test.

    Patients affected have been asked to contact their GP to arrange a repeat test. They have also been asked to seek further information if they have any concerns. This does not necessarily mean that their initial results were wrong; the repeat test is a precautionary measure to provide reassurance about their previous screening result. Each of the patients who are being contacted by the two surgeries had their cervical screening tests taken by one particular healthcare worker, who has ceased taking these tests since this issue emerged.

  • World Cup 2018 – get active and snack healthyWorld Cup 2018 – get active and snack healthy

    With less than a week to go to the start of the World Cup in Russia, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people to use the competition as inspiration to kick off some healthy habits.

  • World No Tobacco Day  - Free pharmacy services at the heart of stop smoking supportWorld No Tobacco Day - Free pharmacy services at the heart of stop smoking support

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) is urging smokers to think about making use of the tailored, free, one-to-one support that community pharmacies can offer to help them stop smoking. The call comes on World No Tobacco Day as the agency highlights over 600 PHA-funded stop smoking services that are available free to current smokers across Northern Ireland.

  • PHA helps celebrate ‘I Am Research’ PHA helps celebrate ‘I Am Research’

    Each year the HSC R&D Division of the Public Health Agency, along with Health and Social Care (HSC) partners, celebrates the ‘I Am Research’ campaign to mark International Clinical Trials Day. This year the national campaign on 25 May is running in collaboration with additional celebrations around the NHS’s 70th birthday.

    ‘I Am Research’ aims to build awareness of health and care research and its benefits and celebrate how it has shaped, and is continuing to shape, the NHS/HSC and outcomes for patients. Patients, the public and health and social care research professionals will have a chance to shout about how fantastic research is and the positive impact it has on people’s lives. 

  • PHA promotes Take 5 steps to wellbeing in local council areas  PHA promotes Take 5 steps to wellbeing in local council areas

    The Public Health Agency (PHA) has hosted an event to promote good emotional health and wellbeing amongst the residents in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council areas.

    The community planning event held in the Valley Leisure Centre recently encouraged residents to build the Take 5 steps to wellbeing into their everyday lives.  

    The Take 5 Steps to wellbeing are: Connect, Be Active, Take notice, Keep learning and Give. Take 5 steps to wellbeing was developed by Belfast Strategic Partnership’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Group and is based on the Five Ways to Wellbeing, developed by the New Economics Foundation (NEF).

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Welcome

The Public Health Agency (PHA) was established in April 2009 as part of the reforms to Health and Social Care (HSC) in Northern Ireland. We are the major regional organisation for health protection and health and social wellbeing improvement. Our role also commits us to addressing the causes and associated inequalities of preventable ill-health and lack of wellbeing. We are a multi-disciplinary, multi-professional body with a strong regional and local presence.

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In fulfilling our mandate to protect public health, improve public health and social wellbeing, and reduce inequalities in health and social wellbeing, the PHA works within an operational framework of three areas: Public Health, Nursing and Allied Health Professionals, and Operations. Our corporate and business plans reflect these arrangements and our purpose as an organisation.

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Mixing: reduce your risk of harm

Wednesday, 13 June 2018 - Publication

This leaflet provides information on the risks of taking two or more drugs at the same time. This can include alcohol, over-the-counter medication or prescription drugs, and illegal or illicit drugs. It explains how combining different types...

Precautionary recall of patients at two GP practices for cervical screening

Tuesday, 12 June 2018 - News

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) have been made aware of possible shortcomings in the technique used to take cervical screening tests (commonly referred to as cervical smears) at two GP practices. This i...

World Cup 2018 – get active and snack healthy

Friday, 8 June 2018 - News

With less than a week to go to the start of the World Cup in Russia, the Public Health Agency (PHA) is encouraging people to use the competition as inspiration to kick off some healthy habits.

Mary Black, Assistant Director for Health and S...