Posts Tagged ‘Covid 19’
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 medical advice – but I hope it goes some way to addressing some of your questions and concerns.
(And yes. I’ll be getting the Covid 19 vaccine as soon as its offered to me.)
For additional advice please check out the following:
Versus Arthritis (UK) charity information for patients
EULAR (European League Against Rheumatism) information about Covid 19 Vaccination
American College of Rheumatology information for patients re Covid 19 Vaccine
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 distancing guidelines relax a little, we are beginning to see more and more patients face to face. Approximately 60% of our patients in the last 2 weeks have attended in person – and its so nice to see them back.
This is to reassure patients attending appointments in person that we have done everything possible to create a safe environment for those attending in person – with measures such as prescreening, the provision of surgical masks for our patients, personal protective wear for doctors, waiting room measures and strict office hygiene policies.
The facility to offer video consultations and phone assessments is still in place but we believe that more and more people will opt for in-person visits as we adapt to life alongside a virus which will be with us for some time.
This is also to reassure existing patients who are undergoing infusions as part of their treatment, that these infusions have not been affected by the HSE takeover of beds in The Galway Clinic or the Bon Secours Hospitals. It can take a bit longer to get scans and other tests done but we are still managing to get these for our patients where they are urgent.
Thanks for bearing with us during this difficult time.
As part of a number of measures we are taking in our office to ensure the safety of vulnerable patients and our staff, we are asking patients a few questions to help and identify those patients who may have an infection.
Patients will be contacted before their appointment to ensure that they don’t have any symptoms of Corona virus, or risk factors that might increase the likelihood of their having it. Thanks for your co-operation.
If you have any of the following apply to you please call before you attend on 091 720095.
Cough, Difficulty breathing, a fever of flu like symptoms
Symptoms of a cold or other viral illness.
Recent exposure to someone with confirmed or with suspected Corona Virus infection
Travel outside the country in the past 2 weeks