Covid-19  is a new  illness that can  affect your lungs and airways, it is caused by  a virus called Coronavirus.

It can take up to 14 days for the symptoms of Coronavirus to  appear.

The most common symptoms  are:  cough, shortness of breath, breathing difficulties,  fever.

Other symptoms include fatigue, headaches,  sore throat,  aches and pains.

These symptoms can be due to other infections commonly  present in  the Irish population.

If you  are concerned about Covid-19 , travelled from an infected area,  or you are a close contact (ie >15 minutes within 2m) of a confirmed case, or treated in a hospital treating Covid-19  please contact the   Helpline for further instructions 1850 241 850.

If you or your child have symptoms of cough, sore throat, runny  nose and do not have a temperature over 38* or any  significant underlying  medical  condition. Look  up  www.undertheweather.ie to  manage the symptoms yourself.

If you or your child is  unwell and have a temperature over 38*, please phone the  surgery  before attending. Our reception staff will  ask  you  a few simple questions and get a doctor to phone you  back  to  decide on appropriate management.

As a GP surgery,  we are a high  risk  location  for potential  spread of Covid-19 and are trying to minimise infection  spread to patients and staff in these unprecedented times. If staff members or doctor are exposed to Covid-19  we face a potential  shut down for 14 days which  will  greatly affect our ability  to look  after your health care needs,  and will put our staff at risk.

Please do  not attend the surgery  without ringing for an  appointment :051 852999

Protect yourself:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for about 15sec, often.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put your tissues into a bin, wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently  touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who  are not well.
  • Avoid crowded places especially indoors.
  • Follow the travel advice from  the Department of Foreign Affairs.
  • Stay  at home if you are sick  to help  stop  the spread of whatever infection  you  may  have.
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not washed.
  • Do not share objects that touch  your mouth eg. bottles, cups.

For the most up to  date information and guidelines on the management of Covid-19  look up www.hse.ie