Dalriada Urgent Care (DUC) provides out of hours GP services to the population of the Northern sector of the Health and Social Care Board (HSCB), covering a population of 448,000. The service operates from 4 main Primary Care Centres : Ballymena, Whiteabbey, Coleraine and Moneymore with services also available at Antrim Area Hospital and Mid Ulster Hospital, Magherafelt. They have 250 self employed sessional doctors and 40 employed triage nurses working mainly on a part time basis.
DUC contracts with the area Health Board to provide out of hours emergency care to dental patients and are currently developing a nurse triage model for dental calls. They also operate a NHS dental practice in hours which currently has 1300 registered patients.
Other services undertaken include medical cover for intermediate care patients in nursing and care homes, Marie Curie night time telephone advice and home visiting service, first responders schemes in rural areas.