#Covid19 cases 🤧 are on the rise and we have been getting a lot of questions about #covid19 which is totally understandable. We will try to answer a few of them in this thread #gp #portmarnock 1/n 👍
If you think you have #Covid19 (ANY of #cough, #breathlessness, #fever, lack of #smell or #taste) CALL YOUR GP 👩‍🦰🧑‍🦱 and we we can arrange a Covid swab for you if needed 2/n
If you are a close contact of a confirmed Covid 🦠 case you need to isolate for 14 DAYS from your contact with the person.

Public health will call you & arrange a test for you. GPs DO NOT arrange these #Covid19 tests as follow up swabbing, contact tracing etc may be needed 3/n
If your child was out of #creche/#Montessori or #school with a runny nose or sniffle then you can fill out a self-declaration form for them to return. GPs cannot provide letters for children to return to school/creche/Montessori (SEE HERE: hpsc.ie/a-z/respirator… 4/n
GPs can only arrange #Covid19 tests for symptomatic patients. We cannot arrange a test for people intending to travel, returning from travel or who have been asked by work to get a swab. You are free to source this privately yourself if desired 5/n
The @HSELive & the @hpscireland have produced guidance for us to follow and we cannot give patients letters to reduce or excuse their isolation periods or go against their advice 6/n
We certainly can provide you with notes ✍️ for work and @welfare_ie certificates to ensure you keep your job and your benefits when you are unwell with Covid or Covid-related illness, just call us to arrange this 7/n
Our phones 📞 have never been busier. We are doing our best to answer and return all calls and keep waiting times to a minimun. Thanks for your patience and support during this difficult period, we understand it is difficult for you all too. Thanks everyone 👍🙂 #portmarnock #GP

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Do you want to get the best out of your appointment with your GP during #covid19? Here are a few tips as to how you can do so & could probably be applied to most GP practices.... #portmarnock #gp 1/7
We are offering #phone 📱& #video 💻consults so decide before calling which doctor you wish to see and how you would like to speak to them. We are doing some face to face consults, these are solely at your doctors discretion and we can arrange one after speaking to you 2/7
If you are going for a video 💻 consult, please ensure you have a good internet connection, a working video and microphone 🎙️ (these are usually 'built in' to devices) A discreet place to talk from also helps! Video consults can be done on most phones, tablets & laptops 3/7
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