General Practitioners will facilitate people not registered with a practice who are concerned about coronavirus

Joy Nderitu

Arrangements have been made for people who are not registered with a GP but are concerned about their health and the coronavirus.

 

According to the Irish College of General Practioners and the Irish Medical Organisation they said ‘General Practice is the first point of contact for patients with symptoms and in these extraordinarily challenging times GPs will facilitate those people who are not normally registered with the practice’

 

There will be no fee for the Covid 19 triage, however members of the public will be expected to provide their name, date of birth, symptoms, underlying health problems and PPSN.

 

According to the HSE, COVID – 19 is an illness that effects your lungs and airways and is caused by a virus called coronavirus. It can take upto 14 days for symptoms such as a cough, runny nose or fever to show. 

 

It is important to practice safe hygiene such as washing your hands properly with warm water and soap for 20 seconds. Coronavirus can be spread through a sneeze or cough droplets so it is very important to cover your mouth and keep distance.

 

Yvonne Nyingi a student from Westmeath living in Dublin feels relieved about the news saying ‘Thats a weight lifted off my shoulders, I was worried about having to take public transport back home if I wanted to see my GP but now I dont have to worry about that.”

 

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar has said that Ireland is now unlikely to have 15,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus by the end of the month. This comes after his St.Patricks day speech to the country stating that the numbers would “rise to 15,000”.

 

However, he stressed that anyone experiencing symptoms are asked to stay at home and self isolate for 14 days.

 

Joy Nderitu

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