A message from Newlands Cross Medical Centre about Covid 19 and changes to the GP service:
Covid-19 Vaccine Updates – updated 23/2/21:
We are really happy to be providing Covid-19 vaccines for our patients. We’ve been assigned the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for our Over 70 year old patients and the roll out will be strictly by age cohort, starting initially with our patients aged over 85 on 24/2/21. Each patient will need a 2nd dose 4 weeks later. The clinics will be set up in a similar way to our Flu vaccine clinics. The biggest difference is we will need to observe you on-site for 15 minutes after the vaccination. Please check in at the building entrance when you arrive.
The vaccination clinic for our 80-84 year old patients will take place on 10/03/21. We will call patients in this age group to arrange the vaccines. We will be rolling out an online booking system for our patients in their 70s in early March. The link for this vaccine will be available on this page and we will also be texting everyone with a link to a booking page. We have requested a vaccine for all out eligible patients in this age group so don’t worry – you will not be left behind.
A new doctor on the team:
We are delighted to welcome Doctor Ana Rogerson to Clondalkin. It is great to have another new female doctor in D22. She is already proving to be a great addition to the GP team. You can read about her here.
New Practice Facebook and Instagram Page:
We have created a Facebook and Instagram page to provide an interactive platform on which to share health information. Check the Facebook page out here and the Instagram page here and please feel free to like and share!
Our GP clinic is open, near-by and here to help support you in any way that we can. We are aware that this is a time of increased stress. If you have any symptoms that are concerning you then please call us to book an appointment with one of our doctors. The doctors have noticed a drop off in patients with suspicious symptoms and this is concerning for us. As ever, as GPs we still want to know about and investigate medical problems as appropriate.
Changes in doctor appointments:
At this point in time the consultations with our doctors are taking place in the surgery more and more, when safe to do so, making use of social distancing. Phone consultations are proving to be very useful when we decide that bringing you down to the surgery isn’t needed. We can change from a phone consultation to an online GP consultation with the doctor via the use of video only if needed. We are extremely conscious of your safety and are taking every measure we can to ensure it. Call the reception when you arrive for a scheduled appointment to let us know you are here. At this point in time we can welcome 3 people at a time into the waiting room and one person into the entrance/porch area. You are welcome to wait in your car if you prefer and the doctor/nurse will meet you at the building entrance in that case. We would encourage you to bring and wear your own face covering. Please bear with us if we are running a bit behind. We need to clean the room between consultations and this takes time.
If you have symptoms suggestive of Covid 19 then we will speak to you over the phone and there will be no charge for your consultation or for referral for testing for Covid 19 if it is needed. Click here to see the latest updates on Covid 19 from the HSE.
Our admin team can take payment (if applicable) over the phone or via a payment link that we can send via email. This is to avoid you needing to interact face to face with our admin team. Receipts can also be emailed. Prescriptions will also be sent directly to your nominated pharmacy by email.
We are still doing our routine childhood vaccinations, antenatal checks, and 2 and 6 week checks. Other vaccines and injections are also going ahead. Investigations like bloods, ECGs and 24 hour blood pressure monitors are also still taking place when needed.
Thank you and good luck:
We hope and expect to be doing more and more soon and we really appreciate your patience. Stay local when possible, socially distance while out, don’t touch your face and keep washing the hands!