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Comments Off on Covid 19 Vaccination Update for Rheumatology patients 31/3/2021

Many of those who are on immunosuppressive drugs and attending a rheumatologist may be confused or concerned about recent changes to the Covid 19 vaccination priorities in the Republic of Ireland. This is to reassure you that if you are considered at increased risk of Covid 19 infection because of your illness or your medical …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Which Covid Vaccine is the best?

A lot has been made in the media about the relative effectiveness of the different vaccines for Covid 19. There is a perception out there that certain vaccines (eg Pfizer /Moderna) might be better than certain others (Astra Zeneca / Johnson and Johnson). The bottom line, whatever you might read, is that they are all …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Covid Vaccination update March 10th 2021

Here are some more videos that I have prepared for patients currently attending me – about Covid 19 vaccinations, who is included (and who is not) in the new Category 4 vaccination group, an update on Methotrexate and vaccination, and on my own experience of being vaccinated (very positive!). Summary: For the moment only patients …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Covid 19 Vaccinations for rheumatology patients

Here’s a series of videos which address questions I have had over the last couple of months from patients regarding the Covid 19 vaccine. It is intended for patients who are currently under my care and especially for those who are on immunosuppressive treatments. This is for informational purposes only and should not be considered …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Reassuring news for rheumatology patients and Corona virus infections

Results of a study examining the impact of Corona Virus  / Covid 19 on rheumatology patients on immunosuppressive therapies have just been published. The study assessed the outcomes of 600 rheumatology patients who developed Corona Virus infections and is the biggest study of its kind – and the results are promising. The results are relevant …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Welcoming patients back in person.

Until recently we have been trying to manage as many of our existing patients remotely using a combination of video consultations and phone. This has worked well and we will be using this facility for our patients  – along side in-person care, into the future. But as the curve continues to flatten, and as social …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on New Guidelines for rheumatology patients on immunosuppression published

In the last 24 hours some guidelines have been published by the Irish Society for Rheumatology  (ISR) which offer advice additional advice (to the Stay at Home advice offered by the HSE) to patients on immunosuppressive therapies. Because patients who are on treatments which suppress their immune systems are at higher risk than others, additional restrictions …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Keeping the show on the road (safely)

Many of you attending the practice are on treatments that increase could your risk of infection and are appropriately trying to stay close to home. With social distancing and stay home advice, attending appointments in person can be difficult. However those with arthritis and other related conditions, are all too aware that flare ups can …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on Cocooning for high risk individuals

I have prepared some short videos which I hope address most questions that my patients might have about cocooning and who needs to do it. The HSE guidelines relate to all patients who are immunosuppressed which includes many of you who are attending my practice. For more detail check the HSE guidance for those at …Read the Rest

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Comments Off on What if I can’t get my Plaquenil prescription?

Most of those taking hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil) for illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus, will be aware that the drug is in demand as a an experimental treatment for Corona virus infections. As a result, some patients are finding it difficult to get timely supplies from their pharmacy. Despite reassurance from the HSE that stocks are …Read the Rest