A message from Newlands Cross Medical Centre about Covid 19 and changes to the GP service:
We are experiencing a large volume of demand for our flu vaccine clinics which is great as is will help to limit the spread of viral illness in our community this Winter.
There are still a limited supply of vaccines available for adults who are in “at risk groups” and for the children’s 2-12 year old nasal drop flu vaccine. Please phone us to book an appointment for this. We will do our best to accommodate around school times etc for the kids.
Due to a widespread limited availability we aren’t able to provide private flu vaccination outside of these groups at present but hopefully this will change in the near future.
The national plan for the “covid vaccines” is still not fully clear but rest assured if GPs are involved in the administration of these then we will facilitate this for our patients. We will update the website and Facebook page with details as soon as we have them! It is likely that we will run dedicated clinics for this.
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.
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!