INCREASE IN MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE

INCREASE IN MENINGOCOCCAL DISEASE

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Meningitis can be caused by meningococcal disease, pneumococcal disease or Hib. In Ireland, MenB, MenC, PCV and Hib vaccines are offered to protect against meningitis.

The best way to prevent vaccine preventable diseases is by getting your vaccines on time every time. If your child is due vaccines make an appointment today and get them protected.

Not all strains of meningococcal disease can be prevented through vaccination so it is important to be aware of signs of meningitis  and septicaemia and if you are concerned don’t delay seek medical help immediately.

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If you would like to speak to someone about general information about meningitis and meningococcal disease and what to look out for you can contact the Meningitis Research Foundation by phone 1800 41 33 44 (Ireland) or email helpline@meningitis.org. The helpline hours are Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm

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We are pleased to offer immunisation for patients who fall outside the state funded schedule.

Cost: €295 Meningitis B x 2 jabs

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Free GP Care for all over 70s

At long last Free GP care for all over 70 has arrived!

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Free GP care for Children Under 6

 

Free GP Care for children Under 6 has finally arrived!

Parents can sign up on-line with 5 easy steps. The HSE will then email us for final approval.

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Yellow Under 6 GP Visit Card

 

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Kathleen Lynch TD Minister of State, Department of Health and Dr William Lynch GP

Kathleen Lynch TD Minister of State, Department of Health and Dr William Lynch GP EnniscorthyKathleen Lynch TD Minister of State, Department of Health  and Dr William Lynch Enniscorthy   pictured  at the  3rd Practice Topics In Primary Care Meeting recently in Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre. The meeting is part of a Meeting Series aimed at Primary Care and Community Care Healthcare Professionals. This educational initiative is a collaboration between Mallow Primary Healthcare Centre, Living Health Clinic , Mitchelstown and is supported by the HSE and Irish College of General Practitioners.

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Zostavax – New Shingles Vaccine

ShinglesShingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a viral infection of a nerve and the  skin supplied by the nerve. It is caused by the varicella-zoster (chicken pox) virus which lies dormant from childhood.

The symptoms of shingles include a blistering skin rash and pain. It occurs in the area of skin supplied by the infected nerve which is usually on the trunk may involve the eye and facial area. Pain (post herpetic neuralgia – PHN) may last for months or years even after the rash has healed and is very debilitating and affects quality of life.

Shingles occurs at any age, but the over 50s are considered at greatest risk . A vaccine against the varicella-zoster virus has become available in Ireland and is highly effective in preventing shingles and its associated complications.

In the UK there is a mass immunisation programme for the over 70s which is funded by the NHS which started in 2013. It is hoped that the HSE will provide a similar service in the coming years.

Enniscorthy Medical Centre is pleased to announced that Zostavax is available for all patients over the age of 50 years.

For more information on Zostavax telephone 053 92 39512 or complete the On-line Contact Form.

Cost €250.

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Ebola Update

Ebola VirusEbola continues to be a serious public health problem in West Africa although there has been success with Nigeria declaring Ebola-free recently.

If you are worried you have contracted Ebola because you have returned from a high risk area or been in direct contact with a person who has contracted Ebola, you should telephone your GP or local Emergency Department for advice.

DO NOT VISIT your GP or Emergency Department unless you have been advised to do so by the  health facility concerned!

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CoaguChek© for Warfarin (INR) monitoring

Enniscorthy Medical Centre now provides the CoaguChek© XS Plus System for Warfarin (INR) monitoring.

It is used to monitor oral anticoagulation therapy – determine the INR value immediately from a single drop of capillary whole blood.

It is generally more convenient and time-efficient than attending a hospital anti-coagulation clinic. You will have the INR result immediately and the dose of warfarin can be adjusted if necessary. This can be useful if you are due to attend your dentist or have hospital day surgery.CoaguChek

Telephone 053 92 39512 for an appointment.

 

 

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Ebola info graphic: What you need to know

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people.

Travel to and from Ebola-affected countries is low risk Here is what you need to know

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Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) – How is it diagnosed?

 

HAVS, also known as vibration white finger, results from the frequent and prolonged use of vibrating hand tools such as electric drills, sanders, scrabblers, chainsaws, strimmers, pneumatic drills as well as holding on to machinery and plant that vibrates such as lawnmowers and vibrating plates.

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It is thought to be due to damage of small blood vessels and nerve endings in the fingers and can affect up to 1 in 10 of power tool users.

Symptoms include altered sensation, pins and needles, pain and loss of power in the fingers and hand. In severe cases the injury can lead to serious injury to the finger tips.

areful history detailing prolonged and frequent exposure to vibration is highly suggestive of HAVs, however testing grip strength, testing respond to cold exposure, Doppler blood flow tests and examination of fine hand movements may be needed to confirm the diagnosis of HAVS.

If you would like further information contact WorkHealth on 0221324556656 or complete the On-Line Contact Form

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Ebola – What you need to know

Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness, with a case fatality rate of up to 90%. It is one of the world’s most virulent diseases.The infection is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected animals or people.

Travel to and from Ebola-affected countries is low risk Here is what you need to know

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