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Storm Emma/ Snow conditions

Update Friday 2nd March 2018 10:15

Currently it looks like it will be very difficult for Doctors nurses and admin staff to attend HSMC today Friday 2nd March. We will review again at lunchtime.

Should you have any urgent medical questions, please contact Caredoc for the weekend.  1850 334 999

 

Update Thurs evening 17:24 1st March

HSMC will open from 1400hours for appointments on Friday 2nd.

Try to make an appointment by phone but we will attend to our patients in an emergency without appointments. If for any reason you cannot phone, please attend around 14:15.

Doctors will be present from 14:00 hours and plan to be present earlier however this is dependent on their ability to travel to the premises. If an emergency prior, please attend WUH A+E.

Caredoc will take over from 18:00 hours and cover for the weekend. The plan is for Caredoc to deal with as many issues via phone as is possible.

As always priority is given to medical emergencies.

Non- emergencies will be required to wait.

Please liaise with your local pharmacist for issues such as short term prescriptions. Please attend A+E if any questions regarding falls/ fractures as X-rays will likely be required.

 

Update 28th Feb

HSMC will operate emergency appointments only from Wednesday afternoon (28th)  to Thursday (1st) . This may be extended to Friday (2nd)  as the forecast develops.

Only travel to the surgery if it is safe to do so.

NO ROUTINE BLOODS NOR ROUTINE PROCEDURES WITH NURSE ALSO.

Caredoc will continue for emergencies only in out of hours.

Please ring the surgery if unsure.

 

Hurricane Ophelia

HSMC open today (Monday 16th) for emergency appointments.

Phonelines may be busy as small number of support staff present only.

Please feel under no obligation to attend for your appointment if unsafe to do so.

Don’t worry about not informing us about a non attendance  if you can’t get through on phone lines.

Irish Medical Organisation gives advice in respect of Storm Ophelia

GP Services – IMO asks public to avoid using GP services during storm conditions except for emergencies

Hospital Emergency Departments – while emergency departments remain open, the IMO urges public to ensure that these are reserved for genuine emergencies

Monday 16th October 2017.  The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has asked members of the public to avoid using GP services today except for emergencies.  Dr. Padraig McGarry, Chairman of the GP Committee of the IMO said that while most GP surgeries will remain open today, they were appealing to members of the public to avoid using them except in case of emergencies; “with the level of warnings now in place, we want to ensure that our GP members are free to deal with genuine emergency cases rather than with more routine business.  We are also concerned that people may put themselves at risk by travelling to a GP for something that can been seen more safely in the days ahead.  We would ask all members of the public to avoid going to their local GP unless they really need to.”

In respect of Emergency Departments of Hospitals, Dr. Peadar Gilligan, Chairman of the Consultant Committee, asked that Emergency Departments in Hospitals be reserved for emergency use only; “we expect emergency departments to be particularly busy over the coming 24 hours and we would urge the public to respect the fact that these should be reserved for genuine emergencies only.”

The IMO also said that doctors across the country were turning up for duty as normal; “Doctors and other health professionals work in all conditions and play a vital role in responding to the type of emergency situations which may well arise through the current storm.  I think all our members are very conscious of their responsibilities at a time like this and they are preparing to respond as only they can.”

Flu Vaccine Available Now

ALERT: High Street Medical Centre  invite at risk groups to take up the flu vaccine now if you haven’t  yet.  As there is influenza circulating already in the community we strongly encourage everyone this year in your age group to protect themselves with the flu vaccine as we still have stock. Ring 058 41162 to book.

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Further information available at the below links;

http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/Immunisation/pubinfo/flu-vaccination/

http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/Immunisation/pubinfo/flu-vaccination/about-the-flu/?campname=flu-vaccine&camplink=home-page-carousel

High Street Medical is now offering Shingles vaccine for patients 50 or older

Version 2017.2

Shingles is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus which lies suppressed in the spine.  As children, the virus manifests as a generalized rash. As adults, it tends to manifest in a single patch along the distribution of one nerve to cause the typical shingles rash.

Shingles is characterized by malaise, fever, painful skin followed by a blistering skin eruption. This eruption and its associated symptoms usually settles in one week to ten days in someone with a working immune system. Rarely, the rash can be followed by a persistent pain syndrome in the skin known as ‘post herpetic neuralgia.’  Shingles is fatal for 1 in 1000 over 70s who develop it.

 

A vaccine (Zostavax) which primes our immunity to fight the shingles virus has been developed in recent years. It can do three things.

1 help prevent shingles eruptions

2 reduce the severity of the eruptions if they do occur

3 help reduce the risks of post herpetic neuralgia which may follow shingles

The cost of the vaccine and administration is €180.  As we do not store the vaccine, you will be asked to pay in advance for the vaccine. It will be ordered in and should arrive after one week. You can then make an appointment with one of our nurses to have the vaccine administered.

The vaccine is given by state health schemes in the UK, US and Canada

The vaccine is estimated to offer protection for five years.

Most side effects are rare and mild. 1 in 10 get a headache or issues at the site of injection.  Very rarely (approx. 1 in 10,000) a patient has developed chickenpox after the vaccine.

The vaccine should be avoided by people with a compromised immune system eg on chemotherapy or with a cancer diagnosis, those allergic to vaccines, those with a bleeding disorder, those with a fever, those on high dose steroids or pregnant people.

Please discuss with your doctor if you wish to avail of this vaccine.

The following websites give detailed information;

http://www.medicines.ie/medicine/15965/SPC/ZOSTAVAX/

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/shingles-vaccination.aspx