North Gate Medical Centre:    Updated 10th September 

Image result for warning symbol Please Note  –   CORONAVIRUS PRECAUTIONS

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To minimise risk, we are asking all patients who do not have an appointment not to come to the surgery.   All GP/Nurse visits are strictly by advance appointment.  (We are facilitating telephone consultations to reduce footfall into the clinic. Please note that there is a charge for this service).  With the exception of children under 5 years – all persons entering the clinic are required to wear a face mask.  

1. If you are ill during normal surgery hours please  Image result for telephone icon 051 421250 and reception staff will take some details of your symptoms and a Doctor or Nurse from our team will ring you back to discuss next steps

2. If you are advised by the Doctor our Nurse to attend the surgery:

a)  Arrive at your appointment time 
b)  Wear a face mask which covers your nose and mouth
c)  Adhere to your ten minute allocated time frame for consultation 

FLU VACCINE:  

We are receiving numerous inquiries regarding this years Flu Vaccine, we are awaiting HSE guidance on how the vaccine will be delivered to all those (including children) who want it.   Once we have definitive guidance from the HSE on how this will work, we will update here on our website.    

COVID TESTING:   IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS 

You may need 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 – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry / Shortness of breath / Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

If you develop symptoms, you should self-isolate to stop the spread of coronavirus. Phone North Gate to discuss your symptoms and whether you need a test for coronavirus. Getting an early diagnosis means you can get the help you need and take steps to avoid spreading the virus, if you have it.

COVID TESTING:   IF YOU HAVE NO SYMPTOMS BUT ARE A CLOSE CONTACT – HSE WILL CONTACT YOU

If you are a close contact of a confirmed case of coronavirus, you will be phoned by the HSE contact tracing team. They will arrange a test for you. You will be tested even if you do not have symptoms.  Read more about close contacts.

FOR THE LATEST HSE INFORMATION ON COVID 19 IN IRELAND PLEASE CLICK HERE 

ILLNESS BENEFIT:   If you are already on illness benefit via North Gate Medical Centre, please email your query along with your Name, Date of Birth and Address to cert@northgatesurgery.ie and we will contact you within 2 working days with instructions.

DRIVING LICENCE  Up to 31 Dec 2020 persons over 70 years of age can (under certain circumstance) apply to renew a licence without providing a medical report providing they do not have an identified or specified illness – details here . The driving licence will be issued for a period of 3 years.

PARKING: Parking in the Surgery Court Yard is Strictly Prohibited.  The Court Yard is currently being used as a car waiting area for elderly and ill patients.