Blackrock Medical Centre Family

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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