Covid 19

Changes to our Clinics During Covid 19 Pandemic

During the Covid 19 pandemic, our surgeries are open and we are seeing patients, however we have made some changes to reduce the number of patients in our waiting rooms to keep patients who do attend very safe. We are asking patients not to attend the clinics without an appointment.

Our doctors and nurses are seeing patients by appointment only. When you make an appointment to be seen, the reception staff will ask you a series of questions before giving you an appointment. These questions are to ensure that we keep the waiting room safe for all patients. 

When you phone the clinic for an appointment with a doctor or nurse, you may be told that the doctor or nurse will phone you back first to do a telephone triage. This means that the doctor or nurse will phone you to discuss your medical condition first before deciding do you need to be offered an appointment to come in and be seen. Some conditions can be treated during the phone consultation, without the need to be seen. Most patients will be offered an appointment to be seen by a doctor or nurse. 

Please do not put off calling the clinic if you have any worries or concerns about your health or if you develop any new symptoms.

Patients who have a new cough, high temperature, new breathlessness or flu like illness are being asked not to attend the clinics in person. Please phone the clinic and ask to speak to a doctor. All phone consultations relating to Covid or any Covid like symptoms are free of charge to all patients. The receptionist will ask for your PPS number. 

Please do not attend our clinics if

1. you have a new cough, flu like illness or temperature

2. you have travelled from abroad in the last two weeks

3. you have been in contact with a case of Covid 19 in the last two weeks. 

Covid Vaccines in our Practice.

To get a Covid vaccine you can attend a walk in vaccination centre, or attend your local pharmacy or you can register with the HSE for a vaccine.

See here for more details. getting-your-Covid-vaccine

Patients who are are at very high risk of Disease

If you have not received a vaccine and are:  

currently receiving cancer treatment OR

currently on kidney dialysis OR waiting for kidney dialysis OR

currently on an immunosuppressive drug (for example Cyclophosphamide, Alemtuzumab, Rituximab,  Cladribine or Ocrelizumab),

or BMI >35

please contact us on 01 2320601 or 01 6680077 and we will discuss.

For more details about what medical conditions are considered  very high risk (group 4) and high risk (group 7) groups please read here Vaccine roll out

Pregnancy and Covid 19 Vaccine

Pregnant women will be offered a Covid 19 vaccine by their maternity hospital between 14-36 weeks gestation. 

Pregnant women are offered mRNA COVID-19 vaccination between 14 and 36 completed weeks’ gestation following an individual benefit/risk discussion with their obstetric care giver. For most people, getting a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it is available is the safest choice. The National Maternity Hospital have developed this decision aid to help you make a choice about getting the vaccine. 

Pregnancy and Covid 19 Vaccine decision Aid

Here is some information about the vaccination programme in the National Maternity Hospital

National Maternity Hosptial Covid 19 Vaccine Programme

Covid 19 Vaccination Programme in our Practice for Over 70. 

We have now offered everyone aged 70 and over, an appointment for a Coid 19 Vaccine in our practice. 

HSE Covid 19 Vaccination for patients aged 60-69

The HSE have informed us NOT to vaccinate people aged 60-69 in general practice. 

All citizens between the ages of 60 and 69 have been invited to register on the HSE portal to receive an invitation for a vaccine appointment. 

When to register?

You can register anytime. 

What you need to register?

You will need an email address, mobile phone number and your PPS number. 

Register by phone

If you cannot register on line, you can phone the HSE helpline and register over the phone 1850241850.

For more info on the portal,read here HSE info on vaccine for 65-69

HSE Covid 19 Vaccination for people aged 50 to 59 years

The HSE have invited people aged 50-59 to register for Covid 19 vaccination.

For more info on the portal,read here HSE info on vaccine for 65-69

Information about your Covid 19 Vaccine appointment in our practice. 

The HSE have informed us we will be administering the Pfizer vaccine to people aged 18-59 in risk groups 4 and 7. All vaccine appointments are in Irishtown and Ringsend Primary Care Centre. We are not giving any vaccines in 29 Sandymount Rd for logistical reasons. 

If you have received an appointment with us for a Covid 19 vaccine please read information on the vaccine carefully before attending. Your vaccinator will be happy to answer any questions you have prior to receiving your vaccine. 

Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine, Comirnaty

On the day of your vaccine,

Please arrive on time.

Please wear short sleeves or loose blouse or shirt.

Please come alone unless you need assistance from a companion. 

Our staff will be very happy to assist you. If you would like assistance please ask a member of staff when you arrive. We have wheelchairs available at the health centre if needed. 

PLease do not attend if:

  • you have a new cough, high temperature, breathlessness or flu like illness, 
  • You have travelled from abroad in the last two weeks
  • You have had a positive covid test in the last 4 weeks. 
  • You have been a close contact of a positive covid case in the last 2 weeks. 
  • You have had another vaccine in the last two weeks. 

If you have a history of anaphylaxis in the past please tell a member of staff as soon as you arrive. 

Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine Side Effects

After the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, more than 1 in 10 people may experience:

  • tenderness, swelling or redness in your arm where you had the vaccine injection
  • feeling tired
  • headache
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain
  • nausea
  • fever (temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or above)

After the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, more than 1 in 1,000 people may develop:

  • itchiness where the vaccine was given
  • swelling of the lymph glands
  • sleeplessness

More than 1 in 10,000 people may develop Bell’s palsy.

Serious side effects, like a severe allergic reaction, are extremely rare after Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine (seen in approximately 1 in 100,000 people)

Your vaccinator is trained to treat any serious allergic reactions.

 

Covid 19 Information

For the latest information which is being updated regularly please go to the links below or call HSE Help Line on 1850241850



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