Information For Patients


19th November 2020

European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) 2020

EAAD was marked on Wednesday 18 November 2020, in partnership with WHO’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week (18-24 November 2020).

Antibiotic resistance is the ability of bacteria to resist the action of an antibiotic. Antibiotic resistance severely limits the number of antibiotics available for the treatment of a number of diseases.

Before the discovery of antibiotics, thousands of people died from bacterial diseases, such as pneumonia or infection following surgery. Since antibiotics have been discovered and used, more and more bacteria, which were originally susceptible, have become resistant and developed numerous different means of fighting against antibiotics. Because resistance is increasing and few new antibiotics have been discovered and marketed in recent years, antibiotic resistance is now a major public health threat.

Without antibiotics, we could return to the “pre-antibiotic era”, when organ transplants, cancer chemotherapy, intensive care and other medical procedures would no longer be possible. Bacterial diseases would spread and could no longer be treated, causing death.

There is an excellent resource website for parents and children alike at www.thesecretlifeofmicrobes.com


16th September 2020

Living with Covid-19 Plan

The Government have published a six month plan for living with Covid-19. The plan provides a framework of five levels of restrictions that can be in place on a county-by-county basis.


8th September 2020

COVID-19 – Certificates of Fitness for Work/School/Creche

Please note that the doctors at Athboy Family Practice do not provide certificates for adults returning to work and studies or for children returning to school or creche.

The Health Surveillance & Protection Centre advises that such certificates are not necessary.

A parental self-declaration of child fitness form can be found here: https://www.hpsc.ie (appendix 1)

Nor can we, in the current circumstance of extraordinary demand, meet requests for letters detailing your current or past illness for the purpose of your return to your place of work or study or your child’s return to school or creche. (You can avail of a copy of your medical record at any time under the GDPR)

We are unable to offer opinions as to your safety in the workplace unless we have consulted you and advised that you are unfit. We shall not provide certificates of fitness to return to work, study or childcare.

Neither can we arrange Covid-19 testing for individuals who do not have symptoms of Covid-19. The GP does not arrange contact tracing and you can enquire at the Department of Public Health if you are asymptomatic and believe that you need to be tested: 046 9074612 (option 2)
See: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/guidance/guidancefornon-clinicalsettings/ for the most up-to-date recommendations.

If your workplace/place of study/place of care requires such an assessment or certificate, it is the responsibility of that workplace/place of study/place of care to arrange assessments through an occupational health service.

Thank you for your understanding. We apply HSPC guidelines only and not those of other organisations or institutions.

We shall not be able to take phone calls about such requests. Please do contact us by telephone if you have symptoms that you are concerned about.

4th September 2020

Covid-19 Symptoms and Guidelines

The following image provides useful guidelines on actions to be taken given an instance of Covid-19 occurring:


31st August 2020

HSE Guidance for Back to School

The HSE have also prepared a Back to School guide for parents available for download here: back-to-school-advice-for-parents

21st August 2020

Message from Dr. Ronan Glynn


2nd August 2020

New Patients

Due to an increased workload in recent months, the practice does not have any capacity currently to take on new patients. If you feel there are exceptional circumstances, please write direct to Dr Ryan by post with the relevant details.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and are without a G.P. living in Athboy and surrounding areas, please phone the surgery on 046 9430098 to be assessed for a coronavirus test.

COVID-19 symptoms:

  • fever.
  • cough.
  • shortness of breath.

Do not attend the surgery. We will assess you over the phone.


7th July 2020

Covid Tracker App

The HSE have today released a COVID Tracker free app for your mobile phone. It will help to protect each other and slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Ireland.

Using the COVID Tracker app along with the existing public health measures will help us all stay safe when we meet up, socialise, work or travel.

If you use the app you will:

  •  be alerted if you have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus.
  •  be able to track any symptoms you have and get advice on what to do to protect yourself and others.
  •  be able to anonymously warn other app users that you were in close contact with, if you test positive for coronavirus.

Search in your app store for ‘Covid Tracker Ireland‘ or read more about the COVID Tracker App on the Gov.ie website here >>

24th June 2020

Non-Coronavirus Symptoms

The threat of Covid-19 is still with us in society today and the risk of contracting the virus has lessened substantially since last March. However, it can be difficult to know what to do if you are feeling unwell.

It is important not to ignore or put off seeking medical treatment for other abnormal signs or symptoms you may be experiencing.

If you are feeling unwell:
Our surgery hours are operating as normal for telephone calls and we can advise on whether an appointment may be necessary. Out-of-hours GP services and Hospital Emergency Departments are also still seeing patients and precautions are in place to help protect against the spread of Coronavirus.

Read more about what you can do in the event of signs of a Heart Attack, Stroke or Cancer here >>

14th June 2020

COVID-19 – Nursing Homes & Residential Care Facilities

As restrictions are being lifted in line with the phased reopening of our country, Nursing Homes and Residential Care Facilities are reopening to visitors. However, coronavirus can make older people seriously ill if they get infected. The HSE have compiled this useful guide to help you find out how to make your visit safe :

HSE Guidelines for Visiting Nursing Homes here >>

2nd June 2020

It is important to know the difference between Covid-19 and Hay fever and the symptoms that can be caused by the respective conditions. The above image is based on our observations and as always we recommend if you have any doubts to contact the surgery on 046 9430098.

28th May 2020

27th May 2020

Alchohol and COVID-19

As we adjust to our temporary new normal of remote working, physical distancing and constantly evolving updates about Covid-19, now more than ever, we all need to be more mindful of how much alcohol we are drinking, the impact this may be having on our mental and physical wellbeing. In no way will consumption of alcohol protect you from COVID-19 or prevent you from being infected by it

We have compiled some useful resources from the HSE and Drink Aware here >>

22nd May 2020

COVID-19 Testing Update

Phone the surgery on 046 9430098 to be assessed for a coronavirus test if you suddenly experience one of these symptoms and there is no other obvious cause:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

You should self-isolate pending test results.

GP assessment

Your GP assessment and test is free of charge.

Please Phone the Surgery (046 9430098),  Do not attend the surgery. We will assess you over the phone.

Do not ring GP out-of-hours services. They cannot arrange testing.

20th May 2020

Covid-19: Close contacts will be tested twice – on Day 1 and Day 7

From today, close contacts of people who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be tested twice (Day 1 and Day 7) whether or not they actually have the virus.

*Close contact definitions:

• Any individual who has had greater than 15 minutes face-to-face (<2 meters distance*) contact with a case, in any setting.
• Household contacts defined as living or sleeping in the same home, individuals in shared accommodation sharing kitchen or bathroom facilities and sexual partners.
• Passengers on an aircraft sitting within two seats (in any direction) of the – case, travel companions or persons providing care, and crew members serving in the section of the aircraft where the index case was seated.
• For those contacts who have shared a closed space with a case for longer than two hours, a risk assessment will be undertaken taking into consideration the size of the room, ventilation and the distance from the case. This may include office and school settings and any sort of large conveyance.

*Extract from National Interim Guidelines for Public Health management of contacts of cases of COVID-19.

18th May 2020

Why Wearing Face Masks and Social Distancing Matter…

The image above provides a visual representation of how respiratory illness can spread. Wearing a face mask along with social distancing can reduce exposure risk to COVID-19.

14th May 2020

Changes to Athboy Practice Practice

Due to COVID-19 we have had to make some significant changes to the way we work within the practice 

Please read the following prior to coming to the surgery: Athboy Family Practice Urgent Notice

11th May 2020

COVID-19 General Advice

Wearing Face Masks during Covid-19

Should you wear a Face Mask during Covid-19?

The current advice from the HSE is that wearing a face mask is unlikely to be of any real benefit if you are not sick. However, by wearing Homemade masks, they can help prevent the spread of the disease from you to others (You may be asymptomatic with Covid-19 and not experience any symptoms). COVID-19 affects different people in different ways.

We have created some tips for DIY Face masks here >>

If you do need to wear a mask correct usage guidelines along with advice on disposable gloves are available from the HSE website here..

8th May 2020

Staying active during COVID-19

Your normal exercise routine is very likely to have been severely impacted by the current COVID-19 outbreak. The demands of remote working or home-schooling kids may be keeping you busy, you may be working long hours in an essential role or, alternatively, you may be waiting at home for normal life to resume.

Whatever your situation, staying active now has never been more important. Keeping physically active is vital for both your physical and your mental health and wellbeing. Being active can help you deal with anxiety and stress and getting outdoors, if you can, is really important.

Read the full article from: Healthy Ireland on Gov.ie

6th May 2020

COVID-19 Testing Update

Phone the surgery on 046 9430098 to be assessed for a coronavirus test if you are in one of these situations:


You suddenly experience one of these symptoms and there is no other obvious cause:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath


You have been in close contact with someone you think or know has coronavirus in the last 14 days and suddenly experience one of these symptoms:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath
  • blocked nose or sinus
  • stuffed or runny nose
  • sore throat
  • wheezing

You should self-isolate if either of these situations apply to you.

GP assessment

Your GP assessment and test is free of charge.

Please Phone the Surgery (046 9430098),  Do not attend the surgery. We will assess you over the phone.

Do not ring GP out-of-hours services. They cannot arrange testing.

4th May 2020

Changes to COVID-19 Restrictions

restriction changes covid19

The Taoiseach has announced 2 changes to the restrictions put in place to protect us all from the spread of COVID-19 that will come into effect next Tuesday 5 May.

The changes are that:

  • people can travel up to 5 kilometres from their home to exercise
  • those who are cocooning can leave their homes for exercise so long as they avoid all contact with other people

Complete list of restrictions are available on gov.ie website here: Public health measures in place until 18 May to prevent the spread of COVID-19

1st May 2020

Healthy eating during COVID-19

Our routines are affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in different ways. During difficult times like this, it’s more important than ever to look after our general health and eating well is a huge part of that.

You may be eating more than usual or finding it difficult to decide what to cook, so Healthy Ireland  have pulled together advice and ideas from trusted partners to help us all through this time.

Read the full article from: Healthy Ireland




April 2020 – Covid-19 Updates

March 2020 – Covid-19 Updates