As the number of patients presenting with corona virus increases in Ireland, we are making a number of changes to how we operate our practice from Monday 16th March to best protect all patients and limit the spread of the virus in our community.   

IMPORTANT: you must read the below before entering our practice:

Worried you have the Coronavirus?

If you believe you are at risk of carrying the coronavirus do not enter the practice.

Following the consultation, patients deemed at risk will be referred to the HSE test centres for testing (HSE helpline on 1850 24 1850) as we currently are not in a position to complete any Covid-19 testing.  

Please observe the process above to protect our team - if one of our team gets the coronavirus, it could result in our entire practice having to close for a period.  

We ask all patients to support us and their own community during this very difficult time:

  • Do not book appointments in the practice for minor ailments – every appointment carries the risk of spreading this virus.  
  • Order repeat scripts online or by phone - most repeat prescriptions do not require an appointment - and give us 4 days to supply your script as we are going to be extremely busy for the next while. 
  • Do not attend the practice for sick certs - if needed, email us and we will respond. 
  • If you must attend the practice, do not arrive before your appointment time-wait outside at least 2 metres from the next person. We cannot implement safe social distancing if there are too many patients in our waiting rooms.   
  • Please do not bring companions into the practice with you unless absolutely necessary. 

HSE updates on the Corona Virus are available on: 

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html and  HSE information on Coronavirus 

  

The risk of catching coronavirus in Ireland 

Anyone who knows they have been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days OR has symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever) should: 

  • isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room, with a phone 
  • phone their GP, or emergency department - if this is not possible, phone 112, or 999 
  • in a medical emergency (if you have severe symptoms) phone 112 or 999 .

Close contact means either: 

  • face-to-face contact 
  • spending more than 15 minutes within 2 metres of an infected person. 

Symptoms of coronavirus 

It can take up to 14 days for symptoms of coronavirus to appear. 

The symptoms of coronavirus are: 

  • a cough 
  • shortness of breath 
  • breathing difficulties 
  • fever (high temperature) 

If you have these symptoms  then please follow the steps outlined above. 

How coronavirus is spread 

Coronavirus is spread in sneeze or cough droplets. 

You could get the virus if you: 

  • come into close contact with someone who has the virus and is coughing or sneezing 
  • touch surfaces that someone who has the virus has coughed or sneezed on 

Because it's a new illness, we do not know how easily the virus spreads from person to person. We do not know if someone can spread the virus before they show symptoms. 

The virus may survive for 24 to 72 hours if someone who has it coughs or sneezes on a surface. Simple household disinfectants can kill the virus on surfaces. Clean the surface first and then use a disinfectant. 

PACKAGES FROM AFFECTED COUNTRIES 

There is no evidence that you can get coronavirus from packages or food that has come from China or elsewhere. 

There is no evidence that animals or animal products legally imported into the EU are a health risk due to coronavirus. 

Protect yourself from coronavirus 

DO: 

  • Wash your hands properly and regularly with soap and water or clean them with an alcohol-based hand rub 
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough and sneeze 
  • Put used tissues into a bin and wash your hands 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces 
  • Follow the travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs. 
  • Practice social distancing outside your home – keep a distance of 2 metres between you and others, and avoid hand shaking and close contact.  

DON'T: 

  • Touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean. 

WASH YOUR HANDS: 

  • after coughing or sneezing 
  • after toilet use 
  • before eating 
  • before and after preparing food 
  • if you are in contact with a sick person, especially those with respiratory symptoms 
  • if your hands are dirty 
  • if you have handled animals or animal waste. 

FACE MASKS 

DON'T: 

  • use a face mask if you feel well and do not have symptoms – there is no evidence that using masks is of any benefit if you are not sick. 

DO: 

You should use a face mask if you: 

  • have or may have coronavirus 
  • are in close contact with someone who has or may have coronavirus 
  • are a healthcare worker in close contact with people who have or may have coronavirus. 

 Treatment for coronavirus 

There is no specific treatment for coronavirus. But many of the symptoms of the virus can be treated. 

If you get the virus, your healthcare professional will advise treatment based on your symptoms. 

Antibiotics do not work against coronavirus or any viruses. They only work against bacterial infections. 

VACCINE 

There is currently no vaccine to treat or protect against coronavirus. 

The flu vaccine does not protect against coronavirus. 

At-risk groups and coronavirus 

We do not know for sure which groups are most at risk of complications if they catch coronavirus. 

But it is likely you are more at risk if you catch coronavirus and: 

  • are 65 years of age and over 
  • have a long-term medical condition – for example, heart disease, lung disease, diabetes or liver disease.  

Pets and coronavirus 

There is no evidence that pets such as cats and dogs can catch or spread coronavirus.