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B'Kara Health Centre

Where are we? 

 
Birkirkara Health Centre (BHC) is located on the ground floor of the Birkirkara Civic Centre, Tumas Fenech Street, Birkirkara. BKR-2527
 
Birkirkara Health Centre opening hours for doctor and nursing services are as follows:

​W​orking staff Days of week Time schedule
​Doctor services​ ​​​ ​Monday to Friday ​​08:00 - 20:00
​​Saturdays ​08:00 - 13:00
​​​Nursing services​​ ​​ ​​​​​ ​ ​ ​Monday to Friday ​​07:00 - 20:00
​​Saturdays ​07:00 - 14:00
​Sundays ​07:00 - 20:00
 
 
Telephone number: 22774000
 
For map details click here.
 
Catchment area 
 
Birkirkara Health Centre offers its services mainly to residents of Birkirkara, Iklin, Lija and Balzan.

Services offered include:
 
 

Peripheral Clinics ​

The following peripheral clinics fall under the jurisdiction of Birkirkara Health Centre:
  • Balzan
  • Iklin
  • Lija
  • Gharghur  
 
A general practitioner and a nurse are in attendance. These clinics run by an appointment system. This service provides repeat prescriptions, blood pressure monitoring and general medical advice. (Each clinic caters for clients residing in their respective area as per ID card locality.)
 
Please click here for further details.
 

 
More detailed information about the above services offered:
 
 
Anticoagulant Clinic POC (Point of Care)

Patients on long term  Warfarin  treatment may benefit from INR testing in the specialised Point of Care(POC)  clinic.
A finger prick blood sample is taken.  The result is immediately  available and the patient  is given a prescription  with the required Warfarin dose.
Patients need to have a stable INR level to be eligible to attend POC and be referred by the Health Centre GPs or Consultants.
Clinic runs on: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday by appointment.

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Cardiac Clinic

This clinic is open on Tuesdays from 8.45am to midday and Thursdays from 8.45am to 1.00pm.
Cardiologist in attendance. Referrals only from Cardiology Clinic MDH.

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Chronic Disease Management Clinic

This clinic is open on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from 10.00am to 12.20pm

Referrals by Health Centre GPs.

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Diabetes Clinic

This clinic is open Tuesday , Wednesday and Thursday mornings by appointment.

You may be referred to this clinic by the Health Centre Doctor, your family doctor or from Diabetes Clinic Mater Dei Hospital.

For your first visit  you will receive an appointment notice by post.

Follow-up appointments are given during visits.

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Diabetes Shared Care Clinic
 
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
 
Referred from Diabetic Clinic.   
 

ECG clinic
 

This clinic is open on alternate Mondays from 8am to 2pm.

You will be referred for an ECG by your doctor who has to fill in a ticket of referral to a Government hospital/health centre, or by the Health Centre doctor who has to fill in a Health Centre ECG request form.

ECGs are taken only by appointment except in emergencies.

Please phone the Health Centre reception desk for an appointment between 10am and 7pm on weekdays.

The consultant physician will issue a report on your ECG, and you will have a follow-up appointment to review the ECG.

 

General Practitioner Services

No appointment is needed.
 
Open Monday to Friday, from 8am to 8pm. Saturdays 8am to 1pm.
 
Saturday after 1pm, Sundays and Public Holidays, urgent  GP services from Mosta Health Centre. 
 
An appointment is required for repeat prescriptions. Please bring the green Treatment Card with your updated current treatment together with POYC vouchers/card. 
 
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Gynaecology and Obstetric Clinic

This clinic operates on Fridays by appointment, receiving referrals by the health centre GPs as well as GPs working in private practice. 

 
To make an appointment  for gynaecological consultation, please present a Ticket of  Referral at the health centre’s reception desk any day of the week.

 
For an antenatal or postnatal visit, please phone on the clinic day and ask for Gynae clinic nurses. 

 
Please bring with you your Identity Card, appointment booklet and any relevant documents.
 
Telephone  2277 4210 / 21494960

 

Immunisation Services
 
Opening hours (by appointment):
  • Mondays from 7.30am to 2pm and from 2.30pm to 7pm
  • Thursdays 7.30am - 2pm

Please call the Health Centre for an appointment during clinic hours. No referrals are needed.

You are requested to bring the immunisation record for the nurse to update.  Please bring the "baby book" you have been given at the postnatal ward.

Scheduled childhood immunisations recommended by the Department for persons considered at risk are given free of charge.

Children who miss out on their immunisation for Hepatitis B and MMR carried out in schools can receive such immunisation at this clinic.​

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Medical Consultant Clinic
 
This clinic is open on Mondays from 8am to 12pm.
You may be referred to this clinic by the Health Centre doctor or your Family Doctor.
To make an appointment, please present the referral ticket at the reception desk. This will be vetted by the Consultant Physician and you will be contacted back and an appointment date given.
Appointments for follow-ups are given as indicated by the physician according to clinical need.
 

Natural Procreative Technology Clinic
 
This Natural Procreative (NaPro) Technology Clinic is open on Mondays from 8am to 5pm.
The main aim of NaProTechnology is to:
  • nurture and foster woman's health using a fertility-care based medical approach to family planning and gynaecological health.
  • help women and couples monitor, appreciate and recognise their reproductive health in a systematic and natural manner. 
  • provide a scientific, holistic process for the investigation, identification and correction of abnormal gynaecological and reproductive health-related issues.
  • provide a confidential, individualized and non-judgmental sexual and reproductive health education.
  • provide women and couples with knowledge to make informed choices through the understanding of the fundamental concepts of reproductive health as well as the underlying causes of the symptoms from which they may be suffering. 
     
Referrals for this clinic may be received from any health care professional. Patients may also self-refer themselves.
For more information and/or an appointment one may contact Ms Katya Camilleri (Fertility Care Practitioner) at the NaProTechnology Clinic at B’Kara Health Centre as per below details:
Telephone  21494960/1 on a Monday or

Nursing Services
 
Open on Monday to Friday from 7am to 8pm, Saturdays from 7am to 2pm and Sundays and Public Holidays from 7am to 8pm.
 
Appointments required for:
• Blood taking for tests
• ​Ear syringing
• Wound review / Removal of sutures:  Monday-Friday 10.00am-6.30pm, Saturday 10.00am-1.00pm, Sundays and Public Holidays 7.30am-6.30pm
• Blood glucose(capillary) testing
• Leg ulcer Clinic 
 

 
Opthalmic Clinic
 
Ophthalmic General:
Once weekly, Tuesdays 8am-1pm. Ophthalmologist in attendance, by appointment.

Glaucoma Screening (Nurse led Clinic):
Mondays and every alternate Thursdays, 8am-1pm. No referral needed, one may self refer.
Mainly intended for patients over 40 years of age, or family history of glaucoma.
 
Glaucoma Clinic:
Alternate Thursdays, 8am-midday.
Opthalmologist in attendance, by appointment.
Patients are refrerred from Glaucoma Screening Clinic.
 
Diabetes Retinopathy Screening:
Fridays 8am-1pm
Patients from Birkirkara Health Centre catchment area are presently being seen at Mosta Health Centre. This Clinic is part of the Diabetes Shared Care Clinic. Patients may be referred  from the Diabetes clinic, Health centre Doctors or Private GPs
 

Physiotherapy Clinic

This Clinic is open from:
  • Monday to Friday 7.30am to 3pm 
  • Alternate Thursdays 3pm-7pm
  • Alternate Saturdays 7.30am to 12.30pm
 
Referrals are accepted from Health Centre Doctors.
Private Family Doctors may refer ankle and foot conditions only.
Appointments may be made by phone or directly at the Physiotherapy Clinic.
Please bring your referral ticket for your appointment.   
 

Podiatry Clinic


This clinic is open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 2pm and Saturdays 8am to 12.30pm.
Please call for an appointment between 10am to 1.30pm weekdays, 10am to 12.30pm Saturdays.
Services offered:
  • Routine Podiatry clinic offering treatment for corns, verrucas or diabetic assessments on Mondays till Saturdays, a referral ticket is not required.
  • Foot scan clinic on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Referral ticket is needed from any Health Care Professional.
  • Vascular assessment clinic on Tuesday and Fridays. Referral ticket is needed from any Health Care Professional.
  • Nail Surgery clinic on Mondays and Thursdays.  Referral ticket is needed from any Health Care Professional.
  • Podopaediatric clinic from Mondays till Saturdays. . A referral ticket is not required.
  • Rheumatoid clinic every Tuesday from 8am till 5pm.  Referral ticket needed from any Health Care Professional.

Follow-up appointments are set according to clinical need.
Routine cutting of toenails is performed only for High Risk patients, for any active nail pathologies, over 75 years old, or as deemed necessary by the podiatrist.

For an appointment call on 22774444.   

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Port-a-Cath Service

Port-a-Caths are being used more commonly in clients requiring long-term treatment for various health conditions including oncology and haematology conditions.  Many clients who have a port-a-cath in situ can keep the line for several years, often well beyond the treatment  period.

This service which is given on Sunday mornings includes maintenance of the port-a-caths by flushing with heparin to ensure patency of the line by trained nursing staff.

The client is to bring the information booklet supplied from SAMOC with them to every appointment for documentation purposes.

Client’s who do not have a backflow or whose port-a-cath is not patent will be referred back to SAMOC.

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Schedule V Clinic

This clinic is open on Fridays 2.00pm-7.00pm,  and  every third Saturday from 8am to 12pm.
 
You may be referred to this clinic by the Health Centre doctor or family doctor.
 
Schedule V cards issued from the Departments of Surgery, Gynaecology, Ophthalmology and Psychiatry at Mater Dei Hospital can only be renewed by the same department and cannot be renewed at the Health Centre.
 
If you are still attending the Medical Outpatients Clinic at Mater Dei Hospital on a regular basis, your Schedule V card issue and renewal should be obtained from your consultant at the Medical Outpatients and not from the Health Centre.
 
A consultant physician will assess your claim for entitlement and will initiate the procedure required to supply you with a Schedule V card, which will entitle  you to receive free medication.  One cannot collect medicines before receiving the card.
 

Social Worker Services
 
Social worker services are available on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7.30am to 4pm.
The role of a social worker is to intervene with persons who are experiencing any form of social difficulties including relationship problems, poverty, and substance misuse/abuse amongst others. The social worker can carry out risk / needs assessment, provide emotional support to the client and be a liaison / referral person to other professionals and services.
 

Speech Language Pathology
 
This clinic is open from Monday to Friday from 7:30am to 3:30pm. Self referrals are accepted.
 
Telephone 

22774120 

 
For more information please click here.   
 
 

 
Sport and Exercise Clinic
 
This clinic which is an appointment clinic will initially be held every Wednesday morning alternating between Qormi and B’kara Health Centres.
Patients from Mosta, Rabat and Gzira Health Centres can be referred to this clinic.
Referral to this clinic is by utilizing the standard Ticket of Referral. Patients can then phone for the appointment at Bkara Health Centre.
In situations where patients may require an earlier appointment the respective clinician has to discuss with the attending Consultant for possible same day consultation.
For further details about the clinic please click here.
 
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Suggestions and Complaints

Please contact the below mentioned administration staff regarding any suggestions and complaints one might have:

Dr Mario Grixti
Principal General Practitioner
Telephone  22774403 
 
Ms Valerie Gatt
Charge Nurse
Telephone  22774413 
 
Mr. Godwin Lughermo
Deputy Charge Nurse
Telephone  22774427 
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Contact email addresscustomercare.phc@gov.mt​ ​

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