There is an ongoing outbreak of mumps in the Dublin, Kildare and WIcklow areas. The majority of cases of mumps are in t students and young workers int he 15-24 year old age group. Mumps symptoms include fever, tiredness, headache and swollen salivary glands- swollen appearance to the cheeks and jaw. Symptoms can be managed with paracetemol. Mumps virus can be spread easily so if suspect mumps, please ring in advance and tell us so that we can isolate the patients.
Patients with mumps need to stay at home for the first 5 days of cheek swelling to prevent the spread of infection. Please do not attend ED without ringing in advance.
Mumps is preventable by vaccine , the HSE recommends that all students and people under 40 years shold be vaccinated wtih 2 MMR vaccines. If you haven't had your vaccines or if your child has missed their vaccines please book in for same.
There have been a number of cases of meningitis in the recent weeks in Ireland. It is important that children are up to date with their vaccines. Anyone up to the age of 10 can get catch up any vaccines that they have missed. The HSE have advised the Meningitis B disease is common in babies under the age of 1 and the National Immunisations Advisory Committee has never recommended a catch up programme.
If you want to have your children vaccinated for Meningitis B please ring and make an appointment. The fee for each vaccine is €150. Children over the age of 1 will require 2 vaccines at least 1 month apart.
Since 2014/2015 children in 1st year of secondary school have ben offfered Meningitis C vaccination. Any child who did not avail of this or did not consent for vaccination and are still in school can have the Meningitis C vaccination. The school immunisation teams will give at a "mop up " clinic.
Dr Niamh Murphy has rejoined the practice since the beginning of December. She worked in Yew Medical Centre as a registrar in 2016 - 2017. She was part of the team when the practice opened its doors. We are delighted that she is joining the team again. Niamh has a special interest in womens health and also in care for the elderly.
Dr Lobban has commenced her maternity leave from November 2018. We wish her all the best.
Much has been written about the serious failings in the cervical screening program. The decision of Mary Harney and the HSE to send smears to the US for analysis was wrong. The fact that the detection rate of abnormalities in the US lab was one third lower than the Irish labs should have led to a full review of this policy. 208 women were given a wrong negative result. In some women this has resulted in devastating terminal cervical cancer. Not all of these cancers would have been detected by a perfect screening program but some would have been.
Vicky Phelan who bravely brought this issue to the public domain by suing the HSE and refusing to stay silent, has highlighted the importance of women continuing to have smear tests. Cervical screening in Ireland, even with laboratory failings, has saved lives and reduced the incidence of cervical cancer by 7% per year since 2010.
The HSE has agreed to pay for a smear test for any women who have a concern. As there is no way of clinically knowing if your last smear test was correct, I believe a repeat smear is appropriate. Please contact reception for further advice or an appointment.
We would like to wish all our clients a wonderful Christmas and peace and good health for 2018. We will be open between 8:30 and 17:30 on Wednesday 27th, Thursday 28th and Friday 29th. We will re-open on Tuesday 2/01/2018. Outside of these times if you are your family require acute medical care, North Doc can be contacted at 1850 22 44 77 Click here for a link to their website.
We have temporarily, stopped accepting new patients, to our list. We will review this position in February. We wish to ensure that we have the capacity to offer our clients the appointments they request, as far as reasonably possible. If you would like to register with the practice in 2018, please complete the registration form on the new patients page. We will keep your request on file and will contact you when our list re-opens, to confirm if you still wish to register with our practice.
I love September. Schools are now back in full swing. The autumn colours haven't arrived in the garden yet but are eagerly awaited. Summer is so jammed packed with activities and holidays that I welcome September as a time to reflect.
Yew Medical started trading on 12/09/2016. We moved to our new premises on 27/03/2017. This September is a special milestone with lots of reflection. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped us and wished us well over the year. A big thank you also to all the patients who moved with us or have joined the practice since we moved. I would also like to thank Dr Niamh Murphy for all her help. Niamh was on placement with me from July 2016 to July 2017, as part of her 3rd year of GP training. Niamh is a fountain of knowledge and an absolute joy to work with. I will always be grateful for the support and insights she provided me with as I set up Yew Medical. She is now in her last year of training. I wish her all the best in the future. May her life as a GP always be rewarding and fulfilling.
I heard Caroline Foran speak on the radio twice over the weekend. At 27, her book on how she coped with anxiety has quickly become a number one best seller in Ireland. Her message is straight forward. The first step in dealing with anxiety is accepting it and not being cross with yourself or feeling guilty because you are struggling with anxiety. Her book then details ways to address anxiety. I am in total agreement with this philosophy. The first step in overcoming anxiety is accepting it and seeing it as a wave of emotion that will pass. The less cross we are with the emotion and the less afraid we are of it, the less intense the wave will be. Often the biggest driver of panic attacks is fear of a panic attack. The fear is entirely understandable as the middle of a panic attack is a very scary place to be. However, if you can manage to let go of the fear and see the panic and anxiety as an emotion which will pass, it will pass then more quickly and less intensely. If you would like further advice please contact the surgery. Listen to podcast
Two new contraceptive options are now available in Ireland. The depo injection has been around for a very long time. It needs to be given every 12 weeks into the muscle so it can be painful. There is now a new form of the injection. It is given under the skin and last 13 weeks instead of 12. It is a less painful injection. It also has less hormone in it. The injection has been an unpopular form of contraception since 2002, when it was realised that it may cause osteopenia, thinning of peoples' bones, while they were taking it. The company are looking for a licence for patients to be able to give themselves this new injection. This is happening in other countries. It would be nice to see this happening here.
There is also a new contraceptive coil, called Kyleena. It is made by the same company that make the mirena coil. They previously launched Jaydess which was thinner but needed to be replaced every three years instead of five. This new coil is the same size as Jaydess but lasts for five years. You are less likely to get no periods when it is in place. For most women the mirena will still be the best option but if you have had a difficult coil insertion in the past this is a great new alternative.
The British Medical Journal on 11/04/2017 has an interesting editorial on how clinical work spaces have a vital therapuetic role. Read more... This is something that we know instinctively to be true. After spending two weeks welcoming patients to my new surgery I am deighted with the positive feedback I have recieved regarding the design and most importantly that patients and visitors feel relaxed in the space. It is lovely to think that this in itself will lead to better health outcomes for all our patients and staff.
On 27/03/2017 Yew Medical Centre moved to our new premises on the second floor of the Balbriggan Primary Care Centre, 66 Dublin St, Balbriggan. We had a wonderful first day. It was great to be working from a new building with easy access. We want to say a heart felt thank you to all our family, friends, colleagues and patients who sent cards, flowers and well wishes. Dr Finola, Dr Sarah, Dr Niamh, Nurse Meg and receptionists Leona and Tina are looking forward to many happy years working together and caring for our patients.
Yew Medical centre is hosting an opening day on Saturday the 22nd of April between 10am and 1pm. Nurse Meg will be teaching CPR. Our doctors will be doing free BP checks. It is an opportunity for us to show friends, family ,colleagues and patients our new surgery. Everyone is welcome. You don't have to be a registered patient of the practice to pop in. We look forward to seeing you on the day.