A message from Newlands Cross Medical Centre about Covid 19 and changes to the GP service:
A new doctor on the team:
Firstly, 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.
Booking Flu Vaccine Appointments:
We do not know yet when exactly we will get a delivery of the vaccines. Our expectation is to have them around the last week in September/early October and will be running some dedicated flu vaccine clinics. We’ll create an online booking link also which should work well and reduce wait times on the phone lines. The website, Facebook and Instagram pages will be updated as soon as we have further information so stay tuned.
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. The doctor or nurse will meet you at the door of the surgery, provide you with alcohol hand gel and bring you directly into the consultation room. 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!