Consultations: We are now offering both in person and telephone consultations. Patients are requested to please wear a face covering for all visits to the practice at present. Please be advised if your consultation does not relate to COVID19 and you do not have a medical or doctor visit card, usual consultation fees apply.
Testing: COVID19 testing has been made available by the HSE. Your GP can order the test. The test itself will be performed in a testing hub or at home by the National Ambulance Service.
Appointments: If you are unwell with worsening cough, fever and shortness of breath please phone the surgery and we will arrange a phone consultation to discuss your best management.
Appointments: Our front door has a video intercom. Staff will be available to help with enquires via phone, website or intercom. Please follow the guidelines above in requesting an appointment by phone
Appointments: The measures above are designed to keep the health service functioning for your care. If you require an appointment for any other reason please phone the surgery to discuss the best management. Do not delay a review of concerning symptoms due to fear of Coronavirus.
We have a ‘One Problem Per Consultation’ policy
We kindly ask that all patients try and stick to our ‘One Problem Per Consultation’ policy. The main reason for this request is for clinical safety.
We know that getting an appointment with the doctor is sometimes difficult and that some patients ‘save’ their problems and present them to the doctor at the same time, with or without a list. We also know that the clinician may run late. All of this increases the tendency for patients to present multiple problems to their doctor at one consultation.
Each appointment is only 10 minutes long. Ten minutes really is not a lot of time, even for just one problem, e.g., 1 minute to get to doctor’s room and sit down, 3 minutes to tell a history, 3-4 minutes to perform a targeted examination, 2 minutes to explain, advise and treat. There is no time left of the ten minutes to write up notes, fill out forms, dictate referrals or speak to other team members for advice.
Presenting the clinician with multiple problems means that there is a real increased risk that mistakes will be made and things to be missed as the clinician may be inclined to rush, particularly if other patients are waiting.
One of Primary Care’s main purposes is to detect serious disease early. Presenting multiple problems to the clinician, not all of which may be serious, increases the difficulty of this task – it is like finding the ‘needle in a haystack’.
Doctors cannot see huge numbers of patients with multiple problems and continue to practice safely and effectively. A stressed doctor will struggle to be a good and safe doctor.
We do consider that GP appointments are a limited resource and we would kindly ask that such a service be used with care and consideration.
Therefore please do not be offended if the doctor asks you to rebook for your other problems. We are working in your best interests in order to keep you safe.
We would always encourage patients to book double appointments if there are multiple problems that need discussing.