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Christmas Opening Hours 2021

Christmas 2021Opening Hours
Monday 20th - Thursday 23rd Dec 2021Normal Hours
Friday 24th Dec 2021Emergency Surgery 9am- last appointment 12pm
Saturday 25th Dec 2021ClosedChristmas Day
Sunday 26th Dec 2021Closed St Stephen's Day
Monday 27th Dec 2021Closed Bank Holiday
Tuesday 28th Dec 2021 Closed Bank Holiday
Wednesday 29th Dec 2021 Emergency Surgery 9am to last appointment 12.15pm
Thursday 30th DecEmergency Surgery 9am - last appointment 12.15pm
Friday 31st Dec - New Years eve Emergency Surgery 9am - last appointment 12pm
Saturday 1st Jan
2022
Closed New Years Day
Sunday 2nd JanClosed
Monday 3rd JanClosed Bank Holiday
Tuesday 4th JanNormal Surgery Resumes

Practice Update 15/11/2021

Covid Boosters

We have almost finished our over 70’s booster vaccine clinics. If you fall into this category and have not received a booster vaccine from us, please let us know and we will make an appointment for you.

Children’s flu vaccine

These clinics are also finished however should you wish to get your child vaccinated, please fill out a consent form and drop it in to us. Depending on HSE stock & delivery, we will do our best to facilitate this.

Phone lines

We appreciate how busy our phone lines are and the subsequent difficulties in getting through, we have implemented some changes to help and improve our service to you. Please bear with us as we navigate this new system, like all new systems there will be changes and improvements along the way.

Please note for most general queries you will find an update usually in this section of this website

Prescription Policy

To order a prescription the quickest and most effective way to do this is to download our prescription order form from below or it can be found on the links and forms page on this website, fill it out and either drop it into the surgery or email to prescriptions@theparksmedicalcentre.ie 

We will always aim to have your prescription request medically reviewed and emailed to your chosen pharmacy within 72 hours and as always there is a 10 euro fee for all prescriptions except medical card patients, for payment we will send you a secure text message with a link to make your payment online.  This is a system which is widely used by most GP practices.

Please note for repeat prescriptions, all patients must attend their GP for a medication review on at least an annual basis.

Practice Update 08/11/2021

Children’s Flu & Covid Booster Clinic

On Saturday 13th November we will be running a designated clinic for our over 70’s patients to receive their Covid Booster. It is the Pfizer vaccine. We are currently making appointments for this clinic, if you fall into this category and haven’t heard from us, please make contact on 018203303. The clinic will run from 9am, it will be a very busy day and we ask for your co-operation once again.

This clinic will also run from 9am to 11am for our children’s flu vaccine. All appointments have now been made and the clinic is full. For those who have an appointment this morning is expected to be very busy, and we are asking all parents for their co-operation to ensure the smooth running of this clinic.

If you would like your child vaccinated and have yet to return a consent form, please do so. We are unsure if the HSE will continue to deliver more vaccines, if they do we will do our utmost to facilitate your child within our normal surgery hours with our practice nurse, Denise. This is HSE delivery dependent and dependent on appointment availability with our nurse.

Our phone lines

Once again our phone lines are unsustainably busy. Each phone call usually generates at least one or two enquiries which all take time to work through. We are doing our best to assist each and every one of you and are currently looking into ways of improving this service for both our patients and our practice staff. Our phone lines will be operational from 9am to 11.30am and from 2pm to 4pm.

If your call is to order a prescription the quickest and most effective way to do this is to download our prescription order from from our website, fill it out and either drop it into the surgery or email to prescriptions@theparksmedicalcentre.ie 

For obtain your blood results, please call our nurses phone in service on 086 2047305.  This service is operational from Tuesday to Friday from 12-1pm. Again this is a very busy service so please bear with us, our nurse is getting to as many patients as possible.

To make or change an appointment please call during the surgery phone times and we will do our level best to get you to as quickly as we can.

As always, thank you for your co-operation and consideration during this very busy time

Practice Update 28/10/2021

Covid Booster Vaccines

We have one last clinic scheduled to finish our booster vaccines for our patients aged 80 and over. Please make contact with us if you fall into this category and have not received an appointment.

Children’s Flu Vaccine (nasal)

Due to the low uptake of this vaccine in 2020 our first order received is for 100 vaccines. We are scheduling a designated clinic in November and will be in contact shortly for those who have dropped back the consent forms. Should you wish your child to be vaccinated please complete and return the consent form below and we will do our best to facilitate you.

Childrens-Flu-Vaccine-campaign-2021-Consent-Form.docx

New Prescription Policy

There will a significant change to how you order your prescription from now on. Please see our previous post for all the details however as always we will update this page in due course.

Under 6 children and plan for Winter 2021

We are heading into another Autumn/Winter with our Under 6 contract. Based on this year so far, we envisage the demand to be even greater than previous years.

Our previous experience has shown more often than not that these appointments are made too early and will require a 2nd appointment for review.

This has led to unsustainable pressure for GP appointments, our office continually working off daily cancellation lists, and always try to prioritise those as directed by the GP that need the appointments the most.

We will no longer be working off cancellation lists.

We will have daily designated emergency appointments allocated to facilitate our Under 6 children however as they are not limitless and the demand every growing we need your understanding and co-operation

These appointments are deemed “emergency” appointments meaning the GP can and will only deal with the one presenting issue.

Please respect the nature of these appointments as they are designed to enable us to see your child in a quick and safe environment.

Routine appointments can be made and booked in advance.

And finally, while we would like to thank you for your support and understanding during this very busy period, it is with regret that we have to say, although in the minority, we are experiencing unacceptable demands and behaviour from some of our patients.

Abusive and excessively demanding behaviour towards our staff is not acceptable, it will never be tolerated in this surgery and if directed at any staff member, a change of practice will be required.

Thank you in advance of your co-operation.

Flu Vaccine Campaign 2021

We will be running our annual flu vaccine campaign as usual this year.  There are 3 types of Flu vaccines this year and the vaccine type given to patients is dependent on the criteria as advised by the HSE. There is no flexibility at this time to offer the Flu Vaccine to patients who fall outside this criteria. Please see HSE list below.

To ensure the smooth running of these clinics we will be scheduling them as individual clinics and by vaccine type.

Covid Booster & Flu (+80’s)

This age group will receive their Covid Booster vaccine PLUS flu vaccine.  The booster vaccine is Pzifer.  You must be +80 years of age on the day of vaccination and six months since your last Covid vaccine.

Please contact us if you have not received an appointment from us for this.

Fluad Tetra (+ 65 years)

This adjuvanted quadrivalent Influenza vaccine (aQIV) is a non-live influenza vaccine. It is licensed for use in people aged 65 years and over only and is the recommended vaccine for this age group.  

Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (QIV)  (Regular flu vaccine)

Recommended for children aged 6 months to 23 months and adults aged 18 to 64 years with chronic medical conditions, pregnant women, healthcare workers (including general practice staff and students) and carers. 

Children’s Flu Vaccine – Fluenz Tetra (Nasal vaccine)

A live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV). This is given intranasally and recommended for all children aged 2 to 17 years at the time of vaccination.  Due to the lack of uptake last year, we have ordered 100 vaccines only. Please fill out the consent form below, return to the surgery and we will contact you in due course.

HSE list of chronic long term medical conditions are:

  • Chronic heart disease
  • Chronic liver disease
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Chronic respiratory disease – including (COPD), Cystic Fibrosis, Moderate/Severe asthma or Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system.
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Haemoglobinopathies
  • Morbid obesity – (BMI over 40)
  • Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (including treatment for cancer)
  • Children with moderate to severe neurodevelopmental disorder such as cerebral palsy.
  • Were born with Down Syndrome
  • Live in a nursing home or other care facility.

New Repeat Prescription Request Policy

We are working towards a new and more efficient way or ordering your repeat prescription.


Currently this is done over the phone which is extremely time consuming for both patient and practice staff along with the added frustration of trying to get through to already very busy phone lines.


We expect this whole process will take at least 12 months to complete, the initial phase will commence on November 1st 2021, and we expect we will make improvements/ changes along the way and as always value your cooperation.


It is best practice that every patient is seen by their GP on an annual basis.


The aims of our new repeat prescription policy are
• To maximise accurate prescribing of all medication
• To maximise patient safety
• To enable all patients to be fully aware of all medications they have been prescribed
• To prescribe as cost effectively as possible
• To minimise human error.
• To minimise waste of medications


We are working towards all repeat prescription requests being written by the patient themselves. The request form can be downloaded from our website in the forms and links section of the
website or requested at the front desk of the surgery.


From 1/11/21, we will not be accepting telephone requests for repeat prescriptions


From 1/11/21, it will take 72 hours from receipt of a fully filled out repeat prescription form, to the processing of this form and to email your script to your pharmacy of choice. (Please note, you must still let your pharmacy know when you would like your prescription dispensed)


From 1/1/22, it will cost 20 euros for all repeat prescriptions other than patients will full medical cards.


Your script will be reviewed by your regular GP.

Preparing a prescription takes considerable time. The GP needs to review your chart to ensure that your medication requested is medically appropriate & prescribed as safely/accurately as possible.


We ask that you request all your medication at once for the whole six month duration of your script, multiple requests within this six month span may be refused and if processed will be charged for each request, full medical card holders exempt.

Menopause Clinic

We are delighted to announce this very welcomed new specialised clinic in this practice.

It will initially be run one afternoon per month, the first of which is Wednesday 29th September.  It is a designed for women who would like advice and care regarding Menopause/Peri Menopause and post Menopause. 

It will be GP led by Dr Myra Lynch and Dr Orla McCormack who are both members of the British Menopause Society and the International Menopause Society.

It will initially be run one clinic one afternoon per month, the first of which is

Wednesday 29th September 2021

With Dr Myra Lynch

The clinic will be booked in advance and a deposit of 50 euro will be required on booking.

First/Initial Consultation:             120 euros            Half Hour Appointment

Bloods if required:                         40 euros          Carried out by our practice nurse

                                                                                  (during normal surgery hours)

Review appointment:                      80 euros            20 min Appointment ( 3 months after)

To make an appointment please call the surgery on 01 8203303 and ask for Kim who will be looking after these bookings.

Please note, to ensure this clinic is run successfully and effectively, only medical issues relating to Menopause can be dealt with, all other medical issues must to dealt with in our normal surgeries.

Practice Update 31/08/2021

Free Under 6 GP care to new born babies

All children under 6 years of age living in Ireland can get a GP visit card. Some parents/guardians of new born babies are unfamiliar with this contract and/or do not know how to register for this card.

For parents and guardians of new born babies, it is vital you register your child for their under 6 GP card as soon as you can. It is not possible to see children free of charge without the appropriate GMS Under 6 card.

For details on how to register please visit the HSE website as below or visit our page “under six contract” on our website.

https://www2.hse.ie/services/gp-visit-cards/under-6s-gp-visit-card.html

Blood tests

All blood tests carried out in this surgery must be GP led or in some cases Consultant led. It is not possible for our Practice Nurse to add on any additional tests requested by a patient. These requests have become more frequent lately and we would ask for your co-operation with this.

Consultant led blood tests – The list must be dropped in to the surgery and reviewed prior to your appointment being made. GP bloods are currently being outsourced from our local lab, we need to ensure the requested tests can be carried out before we make your appointment.

Appointments

Our summer scheduling of appointments is now coming to an end, we are reviewing our Autumn plan and will have an update very soon. Thank you all for your co-operation, our appointments were managed very well as a result of it.

Flu vaccines

We have no news regarding this years Flu season but will have a plan in place as soon as we do.

Practice update

We will continue with our short term change to our appointment system for next week.  Morning appointments can be booked in advance however all afternoon appointments will be same day.  We will be medically triaging these afternoon appointments.

What does this mean?

This means you can still plan and book a routine appointment in advance.  It also means we can hopefully facilitate a same day appointment for medically urgent patients who need to be seen and cannot wait for a routine appointment.  It is most likely you will not get a choice of GP and only the one urgent issue can be dealt with.

As always we appreciate your co-operation and understanding

Covid 19

If you have any symptoms of Covid 19 please do not come to the surgery, call us instead on 01 8203303. For the most up to date information on Covid 19 please visit the HSE website

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19