Appointment Pressure and Cancellations

We are very aware of pressure on appointments at this time of year. The practice tries to maintain a mix time-481445_1280[1]of pre-booked and urgent appointments, to facilitate you when looking for an appointment.

One difficult area is when patients fail to attend appointments without cancelling. We do understand that things crop up, but cancelling an appointment even at short notice, allows us to offer that appointment to someone else.

If you cannot attend for your appointment, please let us know by ringing the surgery on 041 9846846 so that it may be offered to someone else. If you cannot get through to cancel an appointment, please text a message to 086 3885002. (this number cannot be used for making appointments or clinical advice)

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Christmas 2019 and New Year 2020

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 4171173738_8829d7da63_oarrangements if you need help.

The surgery will close for routine service at 12.30 on Tuesday 24th December, but there will be an emergency service until 6p.m. on the same day.

The surgery will re-open on Friday 27th December.
It will also be closed the following week on New Years Day, Wednesday 1st January

For urgent medical advice
from 6p.m. on Tuesday 24th December to 8a.m. on Friday 27th December,
on New Years Day, and at weekends
would you please contact NorthEast Doctor on Call at 1850 777 911
This is often a busy time of year so please be patient

Happy Christmas!

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Flu vaccine 2019

Flu vaccine is now available in the practice for winter 2019/20.

We strongly recommend the flu vaccine for potentially vulnerable patients, especially older people, those with chronic diseases and pregnant women.
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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.
We will try to facilitate all flu vaccine requests as quickly as possible

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New face

Everyone in the practice would like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Funmi Ikotun who has recently started working in the practice.
Dr. Funmi is a graduate of the North East GP training scheme, and has been working locally.
We very much look forward to working with her, and we’re sure that she’ll be popular with patients and practice staff alike!

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Doctors changing

We would like to inform you that Dr. Mark Campbell has completed his registrar year at Wheaton Hall. We are sorry to see Mark leave. He has been popular with patients and staff alike. We would like to thank him for his work with us and wish him well for a happy and successful future.

In Mark’s place, we welcome Dr. Mahvish Zeehan, who joins us with excellent reports from her previous practice. We look forward to working with Mahvish as part of the team!

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World Family Doctor Day 2019

Today May 19th is World Family Doctor Day 2019.FDDLogo2015[1]

We are pleased to associate with our GP colleagues, both nationally and internationally, who continue to provide care to families and people of all ages – truly “from the cradle to the grave”
To mark the occasion, we’ve updated our pages on your GPs at Wheaton Hall. Click on the link below
The Doctors at Wheaton Hall!

We’re also proud to share stories from some of our colleagues in Irish General Practice, who tell us about the variety of life and work as an Irish GP
Dr Eamonn Shanahan, Kerry
Dr. Anna McHugh, Donegal
Dr. Edel McGinnity, Dublin
Dr Rukshan Goonawardena, Cavan

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Getting Ready for the summer

Isn’t it great to see the longer days and more sunshine (most of the time!).Sun01[1]
A great opportunity to get outside, get fit and get healthy.
There’s always a snag however, and that is the risk of sun damage to our skin.
Skin cancer is the most common cause of cancer in Ireland, but it’s treatable and particularly if spotted early. Here’s some really good advice
Reduce your risk – be Sun Smart!
What’s more if you’re worried about any skin lesions, Dr. McKenna and Dr. Kilrane run an excellent dermatology service for the practice. Enquire at the surgery

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Be Media Smart & “Dr Google”

2000px-WikiProject_Globalization_Logo.svg[1]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

We’re always happy to discuss issues arising from consulting Dr. Google. They’re not always good for your health!

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Meningitis Outbreak

There has been a lot of understandable concern about recent cases of Meningitis in Ireland, and we have been alertreceiving 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

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New Year, New Services

Picture1As 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

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