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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

Practice update 26/07/21

Summer changes 2021

Appointments

Demand has increased hugely again and our appointments are limited. We envisage appointment availability will be an issue this summer.  We have always worked off a daily cancellation list however with the demand growing for appointments this list is also growing.

To ensure we see the most urgent patients when needed we are going to implement the following short- term change to our appointment system.

From 19th July until 30th August we will have a short term change to our appointment system.  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

Summer changes 2021

Appointments

Demand has increased hugely again and our appointments are limited. We envisage appointment availability will be an issue this summer.  We have always worked off a daily cancellation list however with the demand growing for appointments this list is also growing.

To ensure we see the most urgent patients when needed we are going to implement the following short- term change to our appointment system.

From 19th July until 30th August we will have a short term change to our appointment system.  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

A walk through for our Patient

Your appointment – Our admin team will ask you the nature of your visit, or what the issue is – this is to ensure you receive the best care.  Your reason for seeing your GP is private and personal to you, and we will always respect this.

We schedule appointments every 15 mins. The GP can deal with only one medical issue. If you need an extended consultation please mention this on booking, it may require changing the appointment to a different day and there will be an additional fee for this service.

The nature of our business means we frequently run over timewise with resulting delays. We are constantly working on better ways to improve this and appreciate your understanding.  On checking in you will be told how many, if any, patients are in front of you. You may wait in your car or our waiting room.

If your GP needs to see you again regarding a result of an investigation, they will send you a text message inviting you to make an appointment at your convenience.  There will be a review fee for this service.

If you need to get a message to your GP or to update them on a previous query which doesn’t necessitate a visit we can send your GP a brief message on your behalf. Unfortunately, it is not possible for any GP to return a phone call and if further action is required it would be advisable to make an appointment instead.

We understand how busy our phone lines are currently and the frustration this causes, we are actively working on improving this and thank you for your patience.

Please do not send any medical queries by email, it is not possible to manage your medical issue this way and all such emails will be returned.  This is also to protect YOUR medical data.

And finally, as always, from all at The Parks Medical Centre, thank you!

Practice Update 21/06/2021

Covid Vaccine

Please register with the HSE online portal when your age cohort becomes available. It is the quickest way to get your vaccine.

Covid Test Referrals

You can now book a Covid -19 test online. If you are over 16 years of age, live in the same area as the walk in test centre and have not tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 9 months.

For more information or to book online please visit How to get a COVID-19 test – HSE.ie

GP Blood Appointments

Connolly Hospital has resumed their lab service for GP’s. We are currently working off the list of patients we previously cancelled first before opening the appointments to future bookings, we hope to have this up to date asap.

If you have any outstanding blood results or radiology results please contact our Practice Nurse at her designated phone in service which runs from 12pm-1pm Tuesday to Friday.

Smear Appointments

Smear appointments have recommenced from Monday 24th May however we have been advised to expect a delay in receiving results.

OPD Routine Referrals

This was hugely impacted by the HSE Cyper issue. It is now back up and running and we are able to refer to outpatients once again. During the cyber crisis we held off sending routine referrals to Connolly Hospital however we are now working through sending them off now. You will have been notified at the time by your GP that your referral was held on hold with us, when we send yours we will text you to let you know your referral is now gone.