The Corona Virus ( Covid 19) Emergency March 2020

Dear Patient,

The world we live in has changed dramatically due to the Corona Virus which first appeared in China in December 2019 and is now causing a global pandemic including Ireland. Regular hand washing and social distancing are now the order of the day and the way that we practice has also had to change.

Our aim is to continue to provide a GP service during the period of this emergency , which will probably be for several months. We will be doing more remote consultation including phone calls and possibly video consults. This is so we can reduce the number of people coming into the surgery and thus reduce the risk of virus transmission. We will reduce face to face consulting to those patients who have first spoken to a Doctor and also certain examinations and procedures including infant immunisations and antenatal checks ( which remain very important ). If you are attending the surgery, we might ask you to wait outside until you are called to be seen. We will not be letting more than one person ( of family group) in the waiting room at a time.

There will be no charge to any patient ( medical card or private) for advice related to possible Corona Virus infection. Private patients may be charged for phone advice and/or sick notes and/or prescriptions for non Corona Virus related consults. We will fax and email prescriptions and sick notes in so far as we can.

We ask you to follow the HSE advice regarding regular hand washing, cough etiquette and social distancing. As one Intensive Care Doctor said recently, the Doctors and Nurses will save hundreds of lives but the People , by following the above advice, can save thousands of lives.

If you wish to contact me or any of the Doctors, the contact number is 2984214. This phone line is very busy right now. You can also contact me by email:

dundrumfamilypractice@gmail.com

Thank you for your ongoing support.

Dr.Paul Mc Cormick 22/3/20