Here at Yew Medical we understand that caring for children when they are ill can be stressful. When they are very young they can’t tell us what they feel and they can become very sick very quickly. If you have a concern about your child please phone for an appointment and we will arrange for your child to be seen that day.
The safety of children is of utmost importance to us. Ideally, every child should be accompanied by a parent. If a child is acutely unwell and needs to be seen while a parent is not with them, we ask that the parent make the appointment and inform us that another adult will be accompanying the child. If your child has an ongoing problem, it is best that the parent or legal guardian attend with the child. On the very rare occasion, when a child requests to be seen alone, they will be seen by a doctor and another member of our staff, as a chaperone. This is to allow child the opportunity to disclose to us if there are issues around their safety.
Childhood immunisations are designed to reduce the risk of serious illness and even death in children. Dr Minihan worked in The Children's Hospital in Temple St, Dublin during the last serious outbreak of measles in 2000. Sadly a number of children died in Ireland during that outbreak and others were admitted to intensive care with serious complications. We encourage all our parents to vaccinate their children fully. We acknowledge that there are different views regarding vaccines and are happy to discuss any concerns you might have. Our experienced practice nurse Meg O'Hanlon does all our childhood vaccinations according to HSE vaccination schedule