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October News: Get your flu vaccine at the surgery now:

The new 2015/16 flu vaccine is now available. We are advising that any of our at risk patients make an appointment with one of out practice nurses to have this vaccine as soon as possible. All of the information regarding this season’s flu vaccine can be found in the link below:

http://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/fluvaccine/flupublic/

June News – Free GP Care For Under 6’s

Contract for the provision of Free GP Care to all Children under the age of 6

 

The provision of free GP care to children under the age of 6 represents the first phase in the provision of free GP care for the entire population and is part of the Government Health Reform Programme, Future Health, to create a single tier health service, supported by Universal Health Insurance with universal primary care including GP care without fees at the point of services.

If you are a parent or guardian click here to find out more and register

The contract document provides very detailed information for GPs on the terms and conditions of the contract.

The HSE is issuing a copy of the contract document to all of the existing 2,400 GPs who hold GMS contracts inviting them to participate in the new under 6’s GP care service and to sign the contract. It will also be open to any qualified GP who does not currently hold a GMS contract to apply.

GPs are independent contractors and it will be up to each doctor individually to decide whether they sign up for or opt out of this new arrangement.

In addition to providing GP care for all under 6’s the new contract will also include the provision of periodic wellness checks for children once at age two and once at age five, which are focused on health and wellbeing and disease prevention.

It also includes a cycle of care for the management of Asthma.  GPs will be required to maintain a register of Child Patients aged under 6 years with a diagnosis of Asthma and provide services to such Child Patients in accordance with the agreed cycle of Care. 

The HSE requests GPs to return signed contracts as soon as possible to facilitate the prompt roll out of the next step in the process including the registration of the under 6’s  by their  parents/guardians in early June.

June News – Free GP Care for Under 6’s

Contract for the provision of Free GP Care to all Children under the age of 6

The provision of free GP care to children under the age of 6 represents the first phase in the provision of free GP care for the entire population and is part of the Government Health Reform Programme, Future Health, to create a single tier health service, supported by Universal Health Insurance with universal primary care including GP care without fees at the point of services.

If you are a parent or guardian click here to find out more and register

The contract document provides very detailed information for GPs on the terms and conditions of the contract.

The HSE is issuing a copy of the contract document to all of the existing 2,400 GPs who hold GMS contracts inviting them to participate in the new under 6’s GP care service and to sign the contract. It will also be open to any qualified GP who does not currently hold a GMS contract to apply.

GPs are independent contractors and it will be up to each doctor individually to decide whether they sign up for or opt out of this new arrangement.

In addition to providing GP care for all under 6’s the new contract will also include the provision of periodic wellness checks for children once at age two and once at age five, which are focused on health and wellbeing and disease prevention.

It also includes a cycle of care for the management of Asthma.  GPs will be required to maintain a register of Child Patients aged under 6 years with a diagnosis of Asthma and provide services to such Child Patients in accordance with the agreed cycle of Care. 

The HSE requests GPs to return signed contracts as soon as possible to facilitate the prompt roll out of the next step in the process including the registration of the under 6’s  by their  parents/guardians in early June.

January News: Healthy Eating

Lets kickstart 2015 with the resolution to try and develop and maintain healthy eating habits. This has been proven to have lasting effects on health, immunity, general wellbeing and is the most effective preventitive strategy against heart disease and some cancers.  It is important as adults and parents that we also instill healthy eating habits and encourage physical activity in the younger generation to help fight the ‘obesity epidemic’

School age is the perfect time for children to learn about healthy food, bodies and activity, as they start a busy social life, have pocket money and begin to help choose their own lifestyle. Children of this age learn quickly and are also influenced by their friends and popular trends. Children need a wide variety of foods for a well-balanced diet. The amount of physical activity they have in a day will be an important part of how much they need to eat. Some children of this age are still fussy, but, when busy and active, snacking is important to keep energy levels high. A healthy morning snack at break time and one after school are usually needed each day.

http://www.fooddudes.ie/html/parents_healthy.html

https://www.healthpromotion.ie/hp-files/docs/HPM00796.pdf

December News – Do you really need an antibiotic for your cough or cold?

Are you feeling under the weather, with a cold, cough, or maybe even the flu? One thing that you should know, and always remember, is that antibiotics don’t work against infections caused by viruses, such as colds and flu. Taking antibiotics when you don’t need them is a waste. It can also mean that they won’t work when you really need them for a serious infection and put you at risk of side effects.

Here is a link to some information regarding the use of antibiotics and when they are really needed.

 

http://www.hse.ie/antibiotics/

November News: Feeling under the weather?

This time of year brings with it plenty in the way of coughs and colds. Follow the link below for lots of useful information on managing the symptoms of such illnesses. Not all coughs and sore throats require antibiotics and the information below might help avoid an unnecessary trip to the doctor.

http://www.hse.ie/eng/services/Campaigns/undertheweather.html

October – ‘Flu Vaccine, Mental Health

October – Flu Vaccine, Mental Health

Flu Vaccine

The annual Influenza and Pneumonia vaccine will be available this month from your GP. It is recommended that all “at risk groups” receive an annual flu vaccination.

 

Mental Health

 

Many people find that the approaching cold winter evenings signify a difficult time of year for their mental health. Symptoms of depression, anxiety or difficulties with isolation or addiction can occur to anyone at any time of their life and it is often difficult to know where to turn. Bullying, bereavement, loss of a job or coping with relationships or sexuality can all leave us feeling unable to cope. You may feel alone, embarrassed or that no one else could understand what you are going through – and therefore that no one can help. Read more…

 

Remember that up to 25% of people in Ireland will experience mental ill-health at some stage in their lives – that’s one in four people. With a problem so common you are certainly not alone. However a real barrier does remain in people feeling they can tell others of their problems without fear of being looked on differently by family, friends or employers.

So where can you start?

First of all look after your own mental health.  Stay active, build relationships and interests, talk about your feelings and take time out from work to relax. Avoid using drugs or alcohol as a way to cope with life’s stresses.

Look out for your friends and family. Be aware of signs that someone may be in difficulty, such as withdrawing from their social life of friends, irritable or unpredictable in their behaviour or moods, physical changes, such as loss of energy, appetite or poor sleep.

 

If you or a loved one needs help – talk to someone you trust, see your GP or counsellor. Reach out to one of the many support agencies working for mental health in Ireland – information and links can be found at: www.yourmentalhealth.ie , www.letsomeoneknow.ie , www.spunout.ie

In case of emergency or crisis – please contact your GP, GP out-of- hours service, Emergency department or  The Samaritans  (1850 609090) www.pieta.ie (01 601 0000) or www.childline.ie

September – New School Year, Asthma Checks

 

The pupils have returned to school after a glorious summer. This time of year can be a stressful time however for children and parents alike. Children may find both starting school, a new class and/or teacher or the transition to a new school a bit daunting.  There may be problems settling in generally, there may be a bullying issue and the start of an exam year can lead to new pressures. It is also an expensive time for families already under stress in these difficult economic times. So some of the ideas below may be of help. Read more….

You may be entitled to support in the form of back-to-school grants or family income support supplements. More information is available at www.citizensinformation.ie

If you are concerned about your level of stress or low mood in yourself or your children your GP should be your first port of call outside your family and friends. For lots of teenage friendly advice visit www.letsomeoneknow.ie or www.spunout.ie

 

Asthma

If your child suffers from asthma this is also a good time for his/her annual check up. The change in season and activities can play havoc with asthma that had been otherwise stable over the summer months. Read more…

Is your child getting old enough to manage their own inhalers or need a review to make sure they have the correct technique? Is smoking becoming an issue for your teenager? Your asthma nurse or GP would be happy to assess your child’s current status, asthma education and medication dosage – all of which need to change with time as they grow. You can access lots of useful information at www.asthmasociety.ie or arrange to attend the asthma clinic at your GP surgery today.

August: Help your children keep a healthy weight

August – Help your children keep a healthy weight

With more time and better weather the summer holidays is the best time to look at your children’s health, weight and activity. Childhood obesity is a growing problem in Ireland and can lead to future problems with health of growing heart, joints and conditions like diabetes as well as having a negative effect on self esteem during difficult teenage years. Read more…

Children in Ireland are becoming overweight and obese at an alarming rate, keeping pace with international trends in the developed world.One study (The North South Survey of Children’s Height, Weight and BMI 2002) found that a quarter (25%) of boys and girls age 4 to 16 years in the Republic of Ireland were overweight.

Research has shown that the majority of children who are overweight before puberty will be overweight in adulthood and that parent’s often find it hard to recognise that their children are overweight. Parents who are unaware that their child is overweight are unlikely to instigate changes in lifestyle that may halt progression of the problem – this is where your GP can help as they are ideally placed to identify, monitor and intervene at a family level with children who are overweight or obese.

On the positive side, as with adult overweight there of lots of simple lifestyle changes that can be made to address this problem and the summer holidays is a good opportunity to start to get active. Children need double the daily physical activity level as adults – up to one hour daily and exercising as a family whether a walk in the park or a kick around on the green is a great way to start. Maybe your child may like to learn a new skill such as dancing or swimming? Is there room for improvement in the family diet, more fresh fruit and veg… less pre-prepared meals?

If you are not sure where to start or indeed if you want to check if your child has a healthy weight – whether over or underweight, why not make an appointment with your GP.

For lots of tips and more information see www.getirelandactive.ie or www.safefood.eu

 

July: Sun & Summer Food Safety

July – Sun safety, Food safety

Sun Care

Summertime has (supposedly) arrived and whether staying at home or travelling to sunnier climes it is important to think of sun safety. Our latitude in Ireland means that the UV index (risk of sunburn) can be high even on overcast days. Unfortunately rates of skin cancer continue to increase year on year making it the most common form of cancer in Ireland. Read more…

Skin cancer and premature aging of the skin are caused by the harmful effects of the sun’s UVA and UVB rays on the skin.

So what can you do to protect yourself?
The Australians, used to dealing with extreme sun, have long followed the Slip, Slop, Slap regime..!

Slip on a T Shirt (especially important to keep children in loose cover up clothing)

Slop on the sun cream (at least factor 30 for Irish skin)

Slap on a hat (and sunglasses for eye protection)

 

Keep well hydrated in the heat and avoid sun-beds which are particularly dangerous for children and have been proven to be linked to malignant melanoma the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

If you have noticed any change in a mole or skin lesion that you are concerned about please do not hesitate to attend your doctor for review. In particular a mole which has a sudden change in size, colour, and shape, bleeding or itching can be a warning sign. For lots of useful tips visit www.cancer.ie/sunsmart/

 

Food Safety

We will hopefully be engaging in a long lazy summer here at home and if the weather obliges many will be dusting off the Barbeque. Unfortunately a fun afternoon with family and friends is too often marred by problems with food safety resulting in an increase in food poisoning at this time of year. Read more…

Make sure your party is remembered for all the right reasons by applying the same hygiene rules to your al fresco dining as you do in your everyday kitchen.

For lots of tips see www.safefood.eu and their useful brochure The A-B-C of BBQ which can be down loaded for free.

You will find lots more information in the Health Promotion section of our Useful Links.