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In: Blog, Corona Virus

Comments Off on Corona Virus infection screening and your appointment

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


In: Blog, Corona Virus, The practice of Medicine

Comments Off on Rheumatology Appointments During Corona Virus Pandemic (Revised 06/04/2020)

This is to reassure patients under my care I remain available to provide a service to my patients at this difficult time and intend to do so throughout this pandemic.

I have a duty of care to the hundreds of patients I see every month, many of whom are particularly vulnerable at this time, and who require my support and medical care. I take my duty of care to them very seriously.

90% of appointments are taking using video or telephone and I am still available to see patients in person for urgent and emergency problems where appropriate.

Where patients need to attend in person, additional special precautions will be taken to protect patients and staff.


Infusion therapies

Infusion therapies will continue as scheduled, but again with extra precautions in place.

I have a scheduled appointment. Do I need to contact the office?

No. My office will contact you directly to arrange a video or phone appointment, or to reschedule.

I don’t have an appointment but need one. What do I do?

Rest assured the office team are all still working and contactable. The best way to contact the office at the moment is by email on (not GDPR compliant but I’ll leave that up to you). The phone has been particularly busy so email is the easiest way to get in touch.

New Telephone Number

Our new telephone number is 091 342508.

We have changed our number as part a new internet based phone system to facilitate working from home for some members of staff.

Thanks for your patience and understanding at this difficult time. Stay safe.

Dr. Ronan Kavanagh MD FRCPI


This is a brief video I have prepared which may be of use to patients who have rheumatoid arthritis or psoriatic arthritis (or other arthritis illnesses) considering taking Methotrexate as an arthritis treatment.

It outlines some of the important side effects of methotrexate but also puts them in perspective based on my many years using the drug as a rheumatologist.

This is my first attempt at providing medical information using youtube.

I’d be interested in what people genuinely think of the information posted.

Is it too detailed?

Isn’t it detailed enough?

Are there other topics you’d like to see covered? Please let me know.

As we are on the verge of moving over to an online appointment booking system and extending the use of texting to patients in our practice, we recently undertook a  survey of our patients. Over the last week, patients in our practice have been patiently completing questionnaires regarding their use of mobile phones, texting and internet usage. Thanks to all of those who took the time to do the survey.

These results apply to a special and limited section of the population and may not be applicable outside of the setting of a private rheumatology outpatient clinic and should be interpreted in this light.

We surveyed all patients presenting to the outpatient clinic of two rheumatologists (Dr. Adrian Gibbs and Dr. Ronan Kavanagh) over a one week period. 124 patients completed the survey.

The patients surveyed are that bit older than the general population (Median 57 yrs vs 34.8% nationally), more likely to be female (2/3 are women vs 50% in the general population) a bit more affluent than average (there is some data to suggest that internet usage is higher in those with higher incomes).

Even allowing for the fact that our patient population is higher than that in the general population, the results of this survey show that mobile phone, texting and internet usage is high amongst patients attending our clinic.

Here’s a summary of the results.

  • 96% of our patients have a mobile phone
  • 84% are able to send and receive text messages
  • 72% of our patients have internet access
  • 70% of our patients who do not have internet access indicated that they a family member who accessed it on their behalf
  • 41% of our patients are on Facebook and 18% on Linkedin and only 5.3% have Twitter accounts
  • 83% of our patients send or receive emails daily or a few times a week
  • 79% have researched a product or service online
  • 83% have looked online for information about a specific disease
  • 70% have looked online for information about medical treatment or procedure.
  • 59% have looked online for information regarding health insurance
  • 56% of those with a Facebook account post updates daily or a few times a week and 44% post rarely of never post.
  • 88% of those who had visited the Arthritis Ireland Website indicated that they thought it was either good or excellent
  • None of our patients have ever posted an online review of a doctor and only 2.5% have posted a review of a hospital online.

The majority of our patients have a mobile phone. Whereas 84% of patients indicated that they are able to receive AND send messages, it is possible that had we asked the question in two parts, there would have been greater percentage of patients who knew how to receive / read text messages.

The internet usage in our patients is very similar to that in the general population. 72% of our patients use the internet and 69% of Irish households have internet access. Only 41% of patients who use the internet indicated that they have a Facebook account compared with the 69% of Irish internet users (or 45.3% of the Irish population). This probably reflects the older average age of our patients. Also of those who have a Facebook account 25% rarely post and 20% never post messages (figures are similar for Linkedin users with 51% posting daily or a few times a week).

Many of our patients have researched a product or service online and most have looked online for information about a specific disease,treatment or procedure but very few patients have looked at doctor or hospital ratings websites and none of them have rated their doctor in an online ratings site.  Irish internet users, it would seem, are internet ‘Lurkers’ and like to watch rather than post updates or comments.

Overall, the results of this survey suggest a high proportion of our patients will be in a position to avail of an online booking system when put in place. Whereas we have had a text reminder service for all outpatient appointments for the last few years, until now we did not know what percentage of our patients might be able to avail of it. We are now going to extend this to annual recall appointments and where possible send  dual reminders by text and email.

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