We hear a lot about “fake news” in general, and to assist the public this week is European Media Literacy Week. There is an associated campaign “Be Media Smart” which aims to help us become aware of the reliability of information particularly on the internet.
An area of concern to doctors is health literacy. We very much try in general practice to make sense of information when discussing health with you. The internet is a very valuable source of health information but some websites are more reliable than others. An example of a reliable source of information on many conditions is patient.info
We’re always happy to discuss issues arising from consulting Dr. Google. They’re not always good for your health!
There has been a lot of understandable concern about recent cases of Meningitis in Ireland, and we have been receiving enquiries about vaccinations.
The most important vaccines that should be received are those that are part of the national imunisation programme. These are safe and effective and have been shown to significantly reduce the incidence of the diseases they protect against.
Accurate information about the current cases can be found from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre
They are not currently recommending any additional vaccines for children, but are asking that all children be immunised as per the national programme, and parents as always should be vigilant
As part of our continuing development of special services, we have been working hard to offer a greater range of dermatology, minor surgery and joint injection services, led by Dr. Sylvia McKenna and Dr. Helen Kilrane.
If you would like to know more about these services please contact our reception
The doctors, nurse and staff at Wheaton Hall would like to wish all our patients and friends a Happy Christmas and a Healthy New Year.
We hope (for your sake) that you don’t need medical services over the holiday season, but these are the arrangements if you need help.
The surgery will close for routine service at 12.30 on Monday 24th December, but there will be an emergency service until 6p.m. on the same day.
The surgery will be open on Thursday and Friday (27th-28th December) but will also be closed on New Years Day, Tuesday 1st January
From 6p.m. on Monday 24th December to 8a.m. on Thursday 27th December, on New Years Day, and at weekends –
for urgent medical advice would you please contact NorthEast Doctor on Call at
1850 777 911
This is often a busy time of year so please be patient
Flu vaccine is now available in the practice.
While nowadays this seems a routine call, it’s worthwhile pointing out that this is the centenary of the Spanish Flu. Falling between the Easter Rising and the end of World War 1, it’s often a footnote in history, yet it killed over 20,000 in Ireland and over 50 million worldwide…
How Flu became a deadly plague
There are many reasons for thinking that this wouldn’t happen again, however we strongly recommend the flu vaccine for potentially vulnerable patients, especially older people, those with chronic diseases and pregnant women.
For more details
HSE Flu Vaccine Information
We feel that the safest and most appropriate place to receive your annual flu vaccine is from your GP or practice nurse
Our sincere apologies to users of our online prescription request service for its prolonged absence, but we think we have it fixed!
Remember this is only available to patients of the practice,
it requires you to have a unique PIN from the practice,
and is only for authorised repeat prescriptions.
Please contact reception for further information
Those of you who’ve been to the surgery recently will have noticed the changes we’ve made to the waiting room.
We hope that it’s brighter and more welcoming, and thank you for all of the favourable comments to date
Our practice has always been fully compliant with Data Privacy regulations and we will be updating our policy to ensure compliance with GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations).
We will be following the guidelines produced by the Irish College of General Practitioners “Prodessing of Personal Data. A Guideline for General Practitioners”.
Full details of our policy are published on this website and can be read here
We have always been rightly proud of our nursing staff in Wheaton Hall, and the last couple of months have seen significant changes to our nursing team.
At the start of the year Sheila McKeown left us to move closer to home. Sheila has done many things for the practice including setting up and running our diabetic service. Sheila will be missed by all.
The practice was barely adjusting to that when we had to deal with the leaving of Joan Pentony. Joan has been with us since the practice opened, and among her many achievements was that she was a previous holder of Ireland’s Practice Nurse of the Year.
Everyone in the practice wishes Joan and Sheila a happy, healthy and successful future.
Replacing them isn’t easy and we thank Margaret Marrett who has helped us through this transitional period. This month sees the arrival of Sinéad Mathews and Edel Kiernan to join Nicola in the nursing team. We welcome them to Wheaton Hall and hope that they will be happy working with Nicola as our new look nursing team
We thank everybody both for their patience and common sense last week. Avoiding unnecessary journeys avoided injuries and possibly lives.
The surgery is re-opening on Monday 5th March. We aim to try to get a full service operational as soon as possible. Particular priority will be given to provision of repeat prescriptions. There may be some disruption as we all try to catch up as quickly as possible.
Thank you again for your understanding and co-operation