Here at Galway Bay Medical Centre we pride ourselves on listening to what our patients want and are happy to change the way we do things in response to customer opinion. An area which we keep under constant review is pricing. We can't provide services for free or we won't be providing any service for very long but that doesn't mean that we can't strive to be as fair and open as possible in our pricing.
With that in mind, we have reviewed 2 key areas of our fees:
We have introduced a Child Consultation rate of €40 for all of our patients under 16 years of age. This is for a routine consultation with our GPs.
From our research, we have found that consults of this sort tend, on average, to be shorter and less complex. They require less GP time and less follow-up, so it is only fair that the cost should reflect that fact.
Our aim is to fix your problem when ever possible in one consultation. However, this simply doesn't always work, so occasionally you will need to come back for review to try a different approach.
As these review appointments tend to be straightforward and usually shorter than the initial consult we have changed our pricing structure to a system we hope is fairer both to our patients and to our doctors.
A review of the same problem within 1 week of the initial consult has been reduced to €25 with the old review rate of €35 now being extended to cover any review appointment within 2 weeks of the initial consult.
Full details of our Fees can be found here.
You can now be referred for testing if you are in one or more of the categories for priority testing and meet the testing criteria below.
If you are not in a priority group we cannot refer you for testing at this time........
As you will know, GPs can only refer patients for Covid19 tests who fit the current criteria for testing - meaning a fever plus either cough or shortness of breath, along with being in one of the at risk groups.
Since Monday 16th March, GPs can order a test for Covid-19 by electronic referral following a phone consultation with the patient..........
As we all know by now, we have seen the first cases of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland over the past few days.
We have yet to receive confirmation of the delivery date for the 2019 'Flu vaccines but we hope to have them by end of September.
We will update once we know more...