Phone our front desk on
and arrange an appointment time to suit you. We cannot always guarantee that we can get you in at the exact time you require but we will do our very best. Our opening hours are here.
or you can use our online appointment form which will email reception on your behalf.
Please check our opening hours before requesting a specific time using the online form as our opening hours change day-to-day. Appointment requests are processed during working hours and not always immediately so if you require an appointment at short notice or have an emergency it would be better to phone reception.
Consultations with our doctors are by appointment only, however some days are less busy than others and it may be possible to offer you an appointment at very short notice, We cannot guarantee this but it is always worth a call to ask. If we can fit you in, we will.
A standard appointment is 15 minutes and out of fairness to all our patients and to ensure that surgery runs on time, we do endeavour to confine each appointment to 10-15 minutes as we need to include time for writing notes and/or referral letters in addition to the time you are in consultation with the doctor, otherwise our GPs will still be doing paperwork at 9pm every evening at a cost to the quality of the next days service.
However, this is not always possible and we ask that you be patient with us. Someday, you may be the patient requiring the extended consultation and we won't rush you out of the doctors room either.
Certain services such as travel vaccinations or multiple problems do require a longer appointment and our reception staff will advise you of this when you book your appointment. However, if you think that you simply require an extended consultation with the doctor please let reception know when you book your appointment and we will do our best to accomodate you.
Please see our Fees page for details of our available appointment types and costs.
We aim to fix people in one consultation, but occasionally mother nature has other plans. If your problem doesn't resolve as we hoped it would, or you are concerned for any other reason, please make an appointment for review with the doctor. Fees for review appointments can be found here.
We try to run on time for everybody's benefit, so if we are running on schedule and you are running late, we may have no option but to reschedule your visit for another time.
Depending on how busy we are it may be possible to fit you in later the same day. If this is the case you can wait to be seen or rebook for later and come back to us.
We understand that sometimes it's just not possible to make it to us for an appointment, but if you know that you will be late, we would appreciate a phone call in advance to let us know.
There will always be a doctor available in the surgery in case of emergencies and an emergency case will take precedence over all other appointments.
If you have an emergency that needs our doctor's immediate attention please phone us and explain the situation to Michelle on our front desk.
However we would ask you to understand that our doctors definition of an emergency may differ from your own.
The obvious exception to this is a serious medical emergency (collapse, bad accidents, heart attack, bleeding profusely..) where hospital treatment is required. If it requires an urgent ambulance, call them without delay (112).
We treat both Public (GMS Medical Card) and Private patients, along with visitors to Galway.
The conditions of use of your medical card require that you attend the GP whose name is on your card. This is the GP that you are registered with.
However, in the case of an emergency OR if you are temporarily away from the area where your doctor is located it may be possible for you to be treated by a doctor in our clinic.
Unfortunately, not being able to get an appointment with your own GP or wishing to attend a different GP does not entitle you to be seen under the medical card scheme. Our normal consultation charge will apply in this case.
Please bring your medical card with you when you attend for your appointment.
Your (GMS) Medical Card provides you with access to a wide range of medical services from your nominated GP.
These services are provided to you free at the point of delivery and include standard consultations for treatment of illnesses and related services necessary for the treatment of a wide range of medical conditions.
No distinction is made between Full Medical Cards and Doctor Visit Cards (DVC) in terms of services available from your GP. Both cards entitle you to the same service. However, holders of the Doctor Visit Card will have to pay for their medications in the pharmacy.
There are some services which we provide that are not covered by the GMS contract and so are not paid for by the State.
The most usual of these services which are requested by our patients are:
Medical Card or Doctor Visit Card holders requesting any of the above services are responsible for the relevant fees which can be found here...
Unfortunately, due to the recent financial cuts implemented by the Minister for Health under the FEMPI legislation, it is no longer possible for us to provide many of the pro bono services that we would have provided in the past.
So if you find that we are now charging for a service which you had previously received free-of-charge please accept our apologies and feel free to express your dissatisfaction to your local TD.
The Medical Card/Doctor Visit card form is available for download here... Complete the form and bring it to your doctor as they need to sign and stamp it before you send it off.
If you are a registered patient with GBMC simply leave the completed form at reception and it will be ready for you to collect the next day (24 hours).
If you are not a patient of this practice and would like us to be your doctor under the Medical Card scheme, you will need to have a quick appointment with one of the doctors who will sign the form for you. There is no charge for this appointment.
Most prescriptions are issued following your consultation. If you want a repeat prescription for something we prescribed which worked recently for you, but feel you don't need to see the doctor, you can request a prescription without consultation (fee €15).
Please allow 48 hours for this to be prepared.
However, you must book a consultation with the doctor if it has been 6 months or more since you last had a check-up as we are obliged to review all medications at least twice per year.
There is no need to pre-register. If it is your first appointment, please aim to be here 5-10 minutes before your appointment time as we have a short registration form that will need to be completed by you before your appointment.
If you have moved to Galway and choose us as your new GP, we can send a letter to your previous GP with your written consent to request that your medical records be sent to us.
If you have a medical card with a GP other than ourselves and wish to move to us, we can also send a form to the HSE with your request to for a transfer.
Anam Cara Galway, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, will hold its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 2nd of May from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Clayton Hotel, Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway.
Finally, we are back up and running almost as normal.
We have no heating and no carpets but phones are back.
We do have a bit of a backlog of appointments to get through but we're getting there.