Blackrock Medical Centre Family

PATIENT UPDATE - 04/06/2021

The Practice is closed on the Bank Holiday Monday, 7 June 2021. SouthDoc cover is in place over the bank holiday weekend. Tel: 1850 335999. We re-open at 9am on Tuesday, 8 June. We wish all our Patients an enjoyable and safe weekend.

PATIENT UPDATE - 29/04/2021

The Surgery will be closed on the Bank Holiday Monday, 4 May. Normal service resumes on Tuesday, 5 May, at 9am. SouthDoc cover is in place over the bank holiday for urgent cases. Tel: 1850 335 999.

PATIENT UPDATE - 02/04/2021

The Practice closes for the Easter weekend at 12:30pm today, Good Friday, and re-opens at 9am on Tuesday, 6th April. SouthDoc cover is in place while the Practice is closed. Tel: 1850 335 999.

We would like to wish all our patients a Happy & Safe Easter!

PATIENT UPDATE - 22/03/2021

Subject to delivery of vaccines by the HSE, we expect to administer 1st vaccine doses for patients aged 75 - 80 by end-March and for patients aged 70 - 75 by mid-April.

Please see the COVID19 vaccination pack now on our website - click on the green COVID-19 bubble above. This is important information and patients are asked to access and familiarise themselves with the content and follow the instructions. We appreciate your co-operation in this regard as we work together to roll out this logistically challenging service. As always, our Receptionists are available to help with any queries or difficulties you may have. Tel: 021 4892996.

Pfizer vaccine patient information leaflet

Vaccination Pack Information

PATIENT UPDATE 22/01/2021

Some information is starting to filter through about the roll-out of the COVID vaccine to the wider community via GP practices. While we still await confirmation of many specific details, it is generally anticipated that this vaccination programme will commence circa mid-February 2021 and that the AstraZeneca vaccine is the make that will be administered.. Per Government / Public Health instructions, Phase I is for patients aged over 70, starting with the oldest and working down to the younger end of the group in 5 year increments, ie first the over 85s, next the over 80s, then the over 75s and lastly the over 70s. GPs have no say in this distribution system - these are the instructions received from the HSE and they are non-negotiable. We are still working on the logistics of our plan to actually deliver the vaccines to our patients but we can confirm the following now:

  1. Vaccination will be by appointment ONLY.
  2. A consent form must be signed before receiving the vaccine.
  3. Your medical card number or PPS number is necessary.
  4. After the vaccine, patients must wait for 15 minutes to ensure no adverse reaction.
  5. The AstraZeneca COVID vaccine is a double-dose vaccine with the 2nd dose approx. 3 weeks after the 1st.
  6. The vaccine is free to all.

Further communications will follow regarding appointments and specific vaccine information in the coming weeks. As yet, no information is available in relation any category other than the over 70s but as and when further detail does become available, we will continue to publish updates.

PATIENT UPDATE - 14/01/2021

COVID-19 VACCINE: It is very good news that the COVID vaccine is now a reality and will be rolled out to the Irish population in the coming weeks and months. While we understand many of you are keen to receive the vaccine, we have not yet been given any information as to when we are likely to receive a supply for our registered patients. Internally, we are working on a vaccination plan which will prioritise our most vulnerable patients. For this reason, we are not currently operating a waiting list.

We will continue to post updates here and to our FaceBook page as soon as more information becomes available to us. In the meantime, stay safe, follow Public Health guidance and don't hesitate to contact us by phone on 4892996 for advice, COVID- related or otherwise.

PATIENT UPDATE #2 - 14/01/2021

For Pregnant & Breast-Feeding Patients: The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland together with the Institute of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists in Ireland and The Rotunda Hospital have issued some helpful information about the COVID vaccine during pregnancy. To access this information, click on the link below where you will find 3 separate documents all of which are available to download:

(i) COVID-19 Vaccine Decision Aid for Pregnant Women

(ii) COVID-19 Vaccine infographic for pregnant women

(iii) Q&A for pregnant or breastfeeding women and their doctors about COVID-19 vaccination

https://www.rcpi.ie/news/releases/covid-19-vaccine-decision-aid-for-pregnant-women/

PATIENT UPDATE #3 - 14/01/2021

For Patients Recovering From COVID: COVID can leave many patients dealing with lung and breathing related side-effects for some time. The attached document details some helpful breathing exercises to aid your recovery from COVID.

COVID BREATHING EXERCISES

PATIENT UPDATE - 11/11/2020

CHILDREN'S FLU VACCINE

The HSE flu vaccine programme for children is now in full swing. The vaccine is provided free to all children aged 2 to 12 until the end of 2020. This winter in particular, parents are encouraged to vaccinate their children against seasonal flu. It is not delivered by injection; it is a small nasal spray instead. This vaccine has a very good safety and success record - it has been given to millions of children in the US since 2003 and in the UK since 2013. We would caution parents against anti-vaccine stories circulating on social media, many of which are not based on reputable, scientific evidence.

Full details on both adult and child flu vaccination programmes 2020 are available on the HSE website: https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/flu-vaccination/.

Our next 2 designated clinics are scheduled for the 17th and 24th of November. There is limited availability on the 17th and the 24th is filling quickly. There is some availability outside these times also. Phone us on 489 2996 to book your child's flu vaccine appointment.

PATIENT UPDATE - 11/11/2020

CERVICAL CHECK

We participate in the State-sponsored cervical screening programme, Cervical Check. This programme allows women aged 25 to 65 to avail of a free test which checks the health of your cervix (opening to your womb). It is not a test for cancer; it is a test to help prevent cancer from developing.

Screening first looks to see if you have any of the high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV) which can cause abnormal cell changes in the cervix and is the main cause of cervical cancer. If HPV is detected in your test sample, it will be further analysed to see if you have any abnormal (pre-cancerous) cells in your cervix. This new way of screening is better than the former smear test and it helps prevent more cancers. We encourage women not to delay their cervical screening when it's due as it is still the best way to protect against cervical cancer.

Full details are available on https://www2.hse.ie/cervical-screening/ or Freephone 1800 45 45 55. If you are unsure of the process or have a concern, please phone us for advice on 021-489 2996.

PATIENT UPDATE - 12/10/2020

Flu vaccines for children are now available at the surgery in accordance with the HSE's winter flu vaccination programme. To encourage widespread uptake, this vaccine is provided free of charge to all children between the ages of 2 years and 12 years. To deliver this vaccination programme, we are operating scheduled flu clinics by appointment only - please phone reception on 489 2996 to book your child's appointment. For information, the children's flu vaccine is NOT given by injection; it is simply syringed gently into both nostrils.

PATIENT UPDATE - 12/10/2020

We are pleased to launch a new prescription service. From today, registered patients can request repeat medication via our website. This system will ensure greater accuracy than verbal requests. We also hope it will have the added advantage of reducing the daily volume of phone calls to the Practice thereby freeing up our phone lines for all other clinical needs. We encourage patients to use this facility and we welcome your feedback.

Repeat Prescription Request

PATIENT NOTICE - 21/09/2020

Protecting your health this winter is more important than ever before. The adult winter flu vaccine is now coming on stream and our flu vaccination clinics commence this week. Vaccination is available by appointment only so phone us on 489 2996 to book in for yours now. These clinics are for registered patients only and it will not be possible to discuss any other medical matters during your vaccination appointment. Further information on this year's flu vaccine and vaccination programme is available on: www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/flu-vaccination/about-the-vaccine/

The children's flu vaccine is not expected to be available until mid-October - we will post further updates as more information comes through.

PATIENT NOTICE - 08/09/2020

It is an anxious time for many as the country's schools re-open and try to function in tandem with Covid-19. Below is a summary of comments made to the media recently by Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Mary Favier, President of the ICGP and Dr Cliona Ni Cheallaigh, Consultant in Infectious Diseases to address back-to-school concerns which you may find helpful if you have children of school-going age:

For more Public Health information, what symptoms to look out for, what to do if you suspect Covid etc, the links below provide reliable and trustworthy advice:

www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/guidance/educationguidance/

www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/if-your-child-has-symptoms.html

www.gov.ie/en/campaigns/a128d-back-to-school/?referrer=http://www.gov.ie/returntoschool/

PATIENT NOTICE - 13/08/2020

Hospitals are now requesting confirmation of patient e-mail addresses for referral and appointment purposes. Over the coming weeks, we are asking patients to please download a Patient Contact Details Update Form (see Quick Links) and complete and post it back to us. In line with GDPR, this exercise will also ensure that we hold current and correct contact details on your medical record. Please be assured that your personal details will never be passed by us to Third Parties other than for the sole purpose of meeting your medical needs, eg hospital / consultant referrals. Thank you for your co-operation.

PATIENT NOTICE - 01/07/2020

Cervical Check Re-Starts: The National Screening Service was due to launch the new, revised CervicalCheck programme on 1st April 2020. This service had to be put on hold due to COVID-19 but will be in operation again with effect from Monday next, 6th July 2020. Screening with be phased in on a priority basis and CervicalCheck are currently in the process of issuing letters inviting participants for testing. Patients will require this CervicalCheck letter to book their smear appointment - without it, the test cannot be done. If any patient is unsure of the process or has a concern, please phone us for advice on 021-289 2996. Full details are also available on https://www2.hse.ie/cervical-screening/ or Freephone 1800 45 45 55.

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Blackrock Medical Centre, 74 Skehard Road, Blackrock, Cork, T12 TX0F • Tel: 021 489 2996

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