1. Our Adult flu vaccine clinic is being held outdoors this year (in our underground carpark) and is the safest and most efficient way to get your flu vaccine this year.. Please follow our Facebook page or ring our Practice answering machine (049 4362206 during working hours) for information on the next outdoor Adult flu vaccine clinic.

2. What to do if you think you have symptoms of COVID 19?

If you think you have symptoms suggestive of an infection with COVID 19, it is highly likely that you will need to be tested.

Your appointment is free of charge once you have symptoms of COVID 19.

First you need to fill in the symptomatic COVID 19 form by clicking on this link; https://screeningform.com/collinsmedicalpractice

This form describes the most common symptoms associated with COVID 19 and once you complete it, a copy is sent to our team.

Now, all you have to do is ring our Receptionist on 0494362206 or 0873576683 to book your FREE appointment with one of our Doctors.

For a limited time only (ie 21/10/20-31/10/20), if you have no symptoms but you have been told you are a CLOSE CONTACT of someone with confirmed COVID 19 AND Public health have not contacted you within 48hours, we can also organise your swab test.

Please fill in the form at this link, https://screeningform.com/collinsmedicalpractice. We will send you a return email to confirm we have organised your test and you will get your test within 48-72 hours. You do not need to call us as we can do everything in this scenario via email. Simple!

Everything we do at Collins Medical is designed to make your interactions with us as easy as possible!

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms usually start 4 or 5 days after a person is infected with the virus. But in some people, it can take up to 2 weeks for symptoms to appear. Some people never show symptoms at all.

When symptoms do happen, they can include:

Fever

Cough

Trouble breathing

Feeling tired

Shaking chills

Muscle aches

Headache

Sore throat

Problems with sense of smell or taste

Some people have digestive problems like nausea or diarrhoea.

While children can get COVID 19, they are less likely than adults to have severe symptoms.

If you have temperatures or pains you should take paracetamol every 6 hours. A multivitamin every day maybe of benefit (you should already be on this during Autumn and Winter anyway). You should keep hydrated and aim for 6-8 glasses of water per day.

Ensure you get your flu vaccine. There may not be a flu season this year but if there is and you get a co-infection with COVID 19 and influenza this could be very serious.

Also, if you are in an at risk group, make sure you are up to date with your pneumonia vaccine schedule (can help protect against a secondary bacterial infection if you develop a severe COVID 19 illness). For more information on this please visit the following link;

https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/hcpinfo/othervaccines/pneumo/

What should I do if someone in my home has COVID-19 or is awaiting a swab test for COVID 19?

If someone in your home has COVID-19 or they are awaiting a COVID 19 swab, there are additional things you can do to protect yourself and others:

  1. Keep the sick person away from others – The sick person should stay in a separate room, and use a different bathroom if possible. They should also eat in their own room.

2. Experts also recommend that the person stay away from pets in the house until they are better.

3. Have them wear a mask – The sick person should cover their nose and mouth with a cloth mask when they are in the same room as other people. If they can’t wear a mask, you can help protect yourself by covering your face when you are in the room with them.

4. Wash hands – Wash your hands with soap and water often.

5. Clean often – Here are some specific things that can help:

Wear disposable gloves when you clean. It’s also a good idea to wear gloves when you have to touch the sick person’s laundry, dishes, utensils, or rubbish.

When you do the sick person’s laundry, avoid letting dirty clothes or bedding touch your body. Wash your hands and clean the outside of the washer after putting in the laundry.

Regularly clean things that are touched a lot. This includes counters, bedside tables, doorknobs, computers, phones, and bathroom surfaces.

Clean things in your home with soap and water, but also use disinfectants on appropriate surfaces. Some cleaning products work well to kill bacteria, but not viruses, so it’s important to check labels.

If we refer you for a test, we will text you the following links to give you and your family advice on self-isolation for you and “restricted movements” for household contacts;

  • Self isolation link;

https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/respiratory/coronavirus/novelcoronavirus/guidance/selfisolationathome/Self-isolation%20leaflet.pdf.

  • Restricted movements for household contacts advice;

https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/managing-coronavirus-at-home/if-you-live-with-someone-who-has-coronavirus.html

You will also need to please keep a list of all people you have been in contact with since 2 days before symptoms started.

Finally, if you have been referred for COVID 19 testing or told to isolate (and you pay PRSI) you need to fill in an IB1 form.

You can email forms@welfare.ie with your name and address and ask for an IB1 form to be posted out to you. We can submit a Med 1 form (once you request this from us by emailing or texting us the dates needed- M0873576683 | Ecollinsmedicalpractice@gmail.com) on your behalf to the Department

Please remember, to keep up to date with all the latest updates on COVID 19, follow us on Facebook (just click on the Facebook icon above).