We welcome Dr Peter Joyce the practice. Peter is a 4th year GP registrar on the TCD/HSE Vocational Training Programme for General Practice. He comes with a wealth of experience from his years as a hospital doctor and has been working in another GP practice over the past year. Peter replaces Dr Aimee Murphy who has moved on to another practice having competed the training programme. She will be greatly missed by patients and staff and we wish her all the best for the future.
Following further discussion with our representative bodies the GPs at Kilmacud Medical Centre will now be participating in the new Under 6 GP scheme.
We now have a display cabinet in the waiting room of KMC showing a number of old medical artefacts including medical equipment, drugs and books. These were owned and used by former doctors associated with the practice including Dr. Aiden Meade, Dr. Betty Warde and Dr. Cyril Warde. We are indebted to Paul and Mary Warde the son and daughter of Cyril and Betty who donated some of these to the practice following the recent death of Dr. Cyril Warde.
Why not come and take a look the next time you have occasion to visit the practice?
Spring is in the air but so too is the pollen which for some people can bring weeks or months of misery this time of the year. Hay fever is caused by a hypersensitivity reaction to pollen. In March and April this is usually tree pollen but later in the year a whole variety of pollens are around including grass pollens to which many are allergic. The common symptoms include sneezing, runny nose, itchy red eyes and feeling generally unwell. Happily there are lots of effective treatments available now and we are happy to discuss and prescribe these for you.
Some general tips for those with only mild symptoms are as follows
- Stay indoors and shut the windows when pollen counts are high
- Avoid cutting the grass, camping and exposure to large areas of grass if you are sensitive to grass pollen
- Wrap around sun glasses can help keep pollen out of your eyes
- When driving, keep your car windows closed and consider buying a pollen filter for your air vents
With temperatures dropping over the past few weeks elderly people are particularly at risk of Hypothermia. Large number of young Irish people are emigrating for work and our elderly people are often left alone and unable to cope in bad weather conditions.
If you know an elderly person living alone, please call on them to see if they are OK. A prolonged spell of bad weather can leave an elderly person without food and at risk of hypothermia. Those with Alzheimer’s Disease, Cardiovascular Disease or poor mobility are particularly at risk. In Kilmacud and Stillorgan we have one of the highest concentration of people over 70 so most of us will have at least one person over 70 living alone near to us.
If you are a patient of the practice and happen to have Epilepsy, we will be in touch with you over the coming months inviting you to come in for a visit. At the visit we will be reviewing your medications and the control of your Epilepsy. If you are already attending a specialist and have had this done within the last year then this will not be necessary. This review is in keeping with best international guidelines on the management of Epilepsy and is part of our practice improvement programme for 2014/2015.
There is a lot of concern about the outbreak of Ebola virus in west Africa and the risks of spread to Ireland. Currently the risk to Irish Citizens is low unless you have been travelling in one of the affected countries and come into direct contact with a person or animal infected with the disease.
The virus is spread through direct contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person or animal. It is not spread through the air like Influenza and can not be caught from mosquitoe bites. The incubation period for the infection is between 2 and 21 days. The initial signs of the infection include
- Fever of greater than 38.6C
- Muscle and joint pains
If you have been to a country infected with the virus or have had direct contact with a person suspected of having Ebola Virus here in Ireland and are worried about Ebola, please contact the surgery by phone so that we can assess your symptoms further and arrange for further treatment for you.
We are very privileged to have Dr. Aimee Murphy join us for the year as a Senior GP Registrar from the TCD/HSE Vocational Training Programme for General Practice. Aimee is a graduate of Trinity College and has extensive hospital experience including Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Emergency Medicine. She also has qualifications and experience in Palliative Care. Aimee has a warm and friendly personality which combined with her extensive experience and knowledge will make her a huge asset to the practice for the coming year.
If you are planning an escape to some exotic destination this summer, don’t forget to visit us for travel advice and vaccinations. At Kilmacud Medical Centre, we stock all of the common travel vaccinations and can provide you with information and advice on all of the common hazards of overseas travel. We subscribe to the Travax on line vaccination service so we are up to date with information on all of the latest infection out breaks across the world as well as region specific Malaria prophylaxis information. When you are booking a travel consultation, please let our reception staff know so that we can allocate you enough time to discuss your travel needs.
Free GP Care for under sixes is not likely to happen for the foreseeable future despite promises made by our Junior Minister of Health, Alex White. With all of the GP organisations against the terms of a new contract which the Department is attempting to bring in without any negotiations, it is hard to see how any progress can be made. While the majority of GPs are in favour of free GP care for children it can not be delivered without additional resources. At present GP practices are struggling to provide high quality services in the face or repeated cuts to practice payments for medical card patients. This practice has seen a drop of over 50% in income for the care of medical card patients since 2006.