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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

25th February 2021

Covid-19: Provisional Vaccination Allocation Groups

Covid-19 Vaccine – Public Health Advice from the Government of Ireland.

Ireland’s Covid-19 vaccination programme is designed to protect those most at risk of severe disease and those most exposed to Covid-19 first, preventing deaths and hospitalisations. Allocation is based on clinical guidance and evidence which is developing all the time and is reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Visit gov.ie and hse.ie for detailed list of higher risk medical conditions.


24th February 2021

Covid-19: Resilience & Recovery

The Government have just recently published a plan on the path forward for resilience and recovery from Covid-19.

The objectives of this revised plan are as follows:

  • To make steady progress, starting with childcare and schools, while avoiding a further wave of disease and re-imposition of restrictions.
  • To protect the most vulnerable by an efficient rollout of the vaccination programme.
  • To remain vigilant and agile regarding the uncertainties in the face of new variants and to capitalise on emerging evidence on available vaccines.
  • To lay the foundations for the full recovery of social life, public services and the economy.

COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery 2021: The Path Ahead: DOWNLOAD


15th February 2021

Fight Covid-19 with Vitamin D

Vitamin D can help prevent or treat Covid-19 by boosting your immune system!

There have been numerous recent studies on vitamin D and Covid-19. The findings have shown strong links between Vitamin D deficiency and risk of Covid-19 infection. Simply by taking a daily Vitamin D supplement can significantly reduce the risk of infection, serious illness and death from Covid-19.


13th February 2021

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics – Phase One Age 85+

We hope to start Covid-19 vaccines in the first week of March with the initial group being those aged 85 and over.

We will send a link to the mobiles of those in that group (or nominated Carer).

Please ensure all contacts details are up to date by calling Athboy Family Practice on 046 943-0098 or e-mail to [email protected]

We will schedule vaccination clinics based on when vaccines arrive and ensure they are administered in a timely and safe fashion.

Do not worry if you do not get a text as we will contact those who haven’t made an appointment to ensure EVERYONE over 85 in the practice is offered an appointment.

 


6th February 2021

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics – Phase One

We are compiling lists of patients in the relevant age brackets and hope to start Phase One of Covid-19 vaccine clinics in mid February 2021.

We are aware that there is huge interest in getting the vaccine and we kindly ask that you do not telephone the surgery as bookings will be made on-line and not through reception (details will follow via the website).

We will be operating weekly specialised Covid-19 vaccine clinics dictated purely by the supply of the vaccine.

It is very important that those who have been vaccinated continue to follow the same advice as everyone else because there is not enough evidence that vaccination can stop them spreading the infection.

 


5th February 2021

Covid-19 Vaccination Update

Given the recent HSE recommendations that the over 70’s receive the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in preference to the AstraZeneca vaccine, we are in the process of revising our vaccination planning. We will publish the revised vaccination rollout schedule as soon as possible.


28th January 2021

Covid-19 – Vitamin D

It has long been known that taking Vitamin D helps protect against Flu and similar viruses, but it could benefit vulnerable adults in particular those 70+ years during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Researchers in Trinity College associated with the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) released a new report that details Vitamin D deficiency in Ireland and its implications for COVID-19. Key findings include how 1 in 8 older adults in Ireland are deficient in Vitamin D. You can read the full report here: Vitamin D deficiency in Ireland

 


21st January 2021

Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics – Phase One

We are compiling lists of patients in the relevant age brackets and hope to start Phase One of Covid-19 vaccine clinics in mid to late February 2021.

We are aware that there is huge interest in getting the vaccine and we kindly ask that you do not telephone the surgery as bookings will be made on-line and not through reception (details will follow via the website).

We will be operating specialised Covid-19 vaccine clinics dictated purely by the supply of the vaccine.

 


16th January 2021

Covid-19 Vaccination Rollout

Ossian Smyth TD is the current Minister of State for Public Procurement and eGovernment. He has published the following Irish vaccination rollout schedule but it is dependent on the future medical authorisation and supply of vaccines.


8th January 2021

Help fight the spread of Covid-19

COVID-19 infection rates are at an all-time high across all age groups, including the most vulnerable. We must act now to protect our loved ones as well as the health service and front line staff.

For further information about Level 5 and new measures, please go to gov.ie/covid-19.

 


31st December 2020

Covid-19 Vaccination Update

The initial roll out of the vaccine involves the vaccination of nursing home residents by community vaccination teams; Vaccinations at St Elizabeth’s nursing home in Athboy is scheduled for 19th January 2021.

Please follow our Covid-19 Updates here….

 


30th December 2020

Covid-19 – Ireland is at Level 5

Covid-19 infection rates are at an all-time high and hospitalisations are increasing alarmingly. Additional measures are required to save lives and protect our health services.

From midnight on December 30th until January 31st, full level 5 restrictions will apply nationally. This means that we must stay at home except for travel for work, education or other essential purposes or for exercise within 5km of home.

Notes on the above measures

1. Weddings may proceed as planned up to January 2nd with max. 25 guests – thereafter max. 6 guests.

2. Sports matches and events should not take place, except for professional and elite participants, horse and greyhound racing and approved equestrian events behind closed doors.

 3. Non-essential retail, swimming pools, leisure centres and gyms will close from 6pm on December 31st.

4. Schools will open from January 11th.

5. Face coverings must be worn on public transport and in retail outlets.

For full details of Level 5 in January, please go to gov.ie/covid-19.

 


21st December 2020

Maximum Patient Consultation Time

On public health grounds the MAXIMUM consultation time is 14 minutes ( the doctor or nurse has to terminate the consultation at the end of 14 minutes)
This is to protect all our staff.
Thank you for your understanding at this challenging time.

 


21st December 2020

Christmas and New Year – Please Protect Each Other:

Christmas and New Year is an important time for us to meet with family and friends. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is still with us.
Please follow the simple guidelines from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre here.

 


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:

1

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

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

2

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

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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


 

CLICK ON LINKS BENEATH FOR COVID-19 ARCHIVES :

 

April 2020 – Covid-19 Updates

March 2020 – Covid-19 Updates

 

 

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