Patients who have symptoms of Covid 19 or who have been directed to contact us by the HSE should complete this form to obtain a test as soon as possible.


VACCINE INFORMATION UPDATE 14th May 2021

As a result of the HSE changes to the Covid Vaccine rollout and the restricted supply of the vaccines, we have been advised that currently we can only provide the Covid Vaccine to patients who are currently patients of the practice. We are doing our very best to vaccinate our patients as quickly as supplies of vaccine are allocated to us by the HSE.

 

We encourage everyone to take the vaccine that they are offered.

 

PATIENTS OVER 70 YEARS OF AGE

We have almost completed vaccinating patients over the age of 70 years. The vaccine has either been administered at a GP practice or in a central vaccination hub. If any patients have not been vaccinated, please contact us.

PATIENTS AGED 50 to 69 years

The HSE is continuing to vaccinate all patients aged 50 to 69, including those with chronic illness or high risk patients, in HSE Vaccination Centres, with the Astra Zeneca vaccine.

GPs are not being given any Covid 19 vaccine for this age cohort so we will have no vaccine or alternatives for any patient aged 50 to 69 and will not be in a position to vaccinate you. Please book your Covid 19 vaccine with the HSE on https://vaccine.hse.ie/ or call 1850 24 1850 or 01 240 8787). Further information is available from the HSE here.

VERY HIGH RISK AND HIGH RISK PATIENTS Aged 18 to 49 years

The HSE has asked GPs to support the delivery of:

· VERY HIGH RISK PATIENTS aged 18 to 49 – Group 4

· HIGH RISK PATIENTS aged 18 to 49 – Group 7

Patients identified within these groups will receive the Pfizer vaccine and we anticipate the vaccine delivery to arrive in to practices within the next four weeks. Practices are in the process of identifying these patients based on their medical history. Your vaccine may be administered in your GP practice or at a mass vaccination hub. Information in relation to these groups is available on the HSE Vaccine rollout plan.

GROUP 4 - People aged 18-49 with a medical condition that puts them at very high risk of severe disease and death

· Diabetes with HbA1c>58mmol in the last 12 months

· Obesity – BMI >40

· Chronic Respiratory Disease – Home oxygen/hospitalised in the last year

GROUP 7 - People aged 18 to 49 whose underlying condition puts them at a high risk of severe disease and death

· Cancers

· Chronic Heart Disease

· Chronic Kidney and Liver Disease

· Chronic Neurological Disease

· Chronic Respiratory Disease

· Diabetes

· Immunocompromised due to disease or treatment

· Inherited Metabolic Disease

· Obesity

· Sickle Cell Disease

We will continue to keep our patients informed of any further changes and we kindly ask for your patience during this challenging time. We understand the worry and frustration amongst our patients waiting on the vaccine and can assure you that it is our priority to deliver this Covid 19 vaccine to all our patients at the appropriate time in line with the HSE vaccine rollout programme.

While there will be waiting lists in every practice in case there are any leftover vaccines, these lists will be drawn from those next in line to receive the vaccine so please do not ask to be added to these lists.

We look forward welcoming patients back into our practices.

 

HSE SUPPORT HELPLINE: 1850 24 1850 OR 01 2408787

 

TYPES OF VACCINES APPROVED FOR USE IN IRELAND

There are currently 3 vaccines available for the coronavirus in Ireland.  Please note that we cannot currently offer a choice of vaccines. 

Detailed booklets on each vaccine and potential side effects have been issued by the HSE:

Astra Zenica Virus - HSE Information Booklet

Moderna Vaccine - HSE Information Booklet

Pfizer Vaccine - HSE Information Booklet

The Covid 19 Vaccine is being provided free of charge to all who wish to avail of it.   

 

PRACTICE ETIQUETTE

We have made a number of changes to how we operate our practice to best protect all patients and to limit the spread of the virus in our community.   

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

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

 Please complete the form below to review your symptoms.  We will prioritise review of these forms and contact each individual either by video or by phone (normal charging rates may apply).

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 cannot offer any Covid-19 testing for symptomatic patients.

Centric Health is now offering Covid-19 Swab Testing for Asymptomatic individuals (€185) and Covid-19 Antibody Blood Testing (€90) at our dedicated Testing Facilities, more information here.

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: 

  • 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. 
  • Please note all appointments are kept to under 15 minutes-regarded as time it may take to transfer the covid 19 virus from one person to another.

HSE updates on the Corona Virus are available on: 

HSE information on Coronavirus

HSE information on the rollout of the Coronavirus vaccine 2021

The HSE has also developed a Coronavirus contact tracing app that we recommend you use - available at:

https://covidtracker.gov.ie/

 

SELF ISOLATION GUIDELINES FROM HSE

Please find a quick guide to Self Isolation from the HSE here - tells you when you should self isolate and for how long.

Please find a HSE guide as to How to Self Isolate here - what it means, how to do it.

 

HOW TO AVAIL OF  ILLNESS BENEFIT FOR COVID 19 ABSENCES

When a worker is told to self-isolate by a doctor or the HSE due to being a probable source of infection or has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (Coronavirus) by a doctor, they can apply for an enhanced Illness Benefit payment, which is payable from Day 1 of isolation (as opposed to the usual 6 day wait period for other illnesses).

To avail of this payment,  contact your Doctor via email (use our contact form-top of this page) who will arrange an appointment for you.  You doctors office will subsequently send an electronic application form for Illness Benefit and Certificate of Incapacity for Work (both forms to be submitted by your doctor) to the Department. It is not possible to apply for this illness benefit payment without a doctor consultation/HSE covid 19 written notification. 

 

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 and/or breathing difficulties 
  • fever (high temperature) 
  • loss or change to sense of smell or taste

If you have these symptoms please follow the steps outlined above. Do not wait for your doctor to tell you what to do - self isolate until you know you do not have coronavirus.

 

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. 

 

PRIVATE COVID 19 PCR SWAB TESTING

If you wish to be tested for Covid-19 but have not been directed to do so by your doctor you can avail of our dedicated Covid-19 Testing service by clicking the button below.

 

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.  
  • Wear a facemask in locations where it is difficult to stay 2 metres apart-for example, on public transport and while shopping.

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.
  • after you have been in the company of others outside your home.

FACE MASKS 

Following on from HSE guidelines, we ask that your wear a face mask or covering:

  • When you visit us in the medical practice in person.
  • When you are outside of home in areas where people congregate - for example, the supermarket.
  • If you have or may have coronavirus.
  • If you are in close contact with someone who has or may have coronavirus.
  • If you 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. 

 

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.

 

PRIVATE COVID 19 PCR SWAB TESTING

If you wish to be tested for Covid-19 but have not been directed to do so by your doctor you can avail of our dedicated Covid-19 Testing service by clicking the button below.