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Primary Care Nursing Services

Yearly Influenza & Pneumococcal Vaccination

It is recommended that elderly persons and persons with underlying medical conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease receive a yearly Flu Vaccination as these patients are likely to develop serious complications as a result of contracting the Flu. The vaccination is not indicated for fit young people.

The programme will commence from October and carry on through the winter season.

Public will be informed by the local press 2-3 weeks prior to commencement of the programme

All persons having the vaccine for the first time will need to have a referral/consent from their GP.

Vaccination will be carried out daily from 14:00-16:00 hrs

Numbered tickets may be drawn as from 13:30-15:30 hrs.

Obtaining X-Ray Results

X-ray results may take between 6-8 weeks to be processed. ONLY GPs are authorised to provide these results to patients.

Ear Syringing Clinic

This procedure is carried out on referral by the GP and after the appropriate administration of the prescribed wax softeners (e.g. olive oil drops).

Referral forms must be presented to the nurse carrying out the procedure.
This clinic is held between 14:00-16:00hrs on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.
Advance appointments may be obtained at nursing stations in the respective doctor’s areas.

Blood (Phlebotomy)

This clinic is held daily between 08:00-11:00hrs except on public holidays.

Tickets may be drawn between 08:00-10:30hrs.

Patients are requested to present a blood sampling form duly marked and signed by their doctor.

Diabetic patients who are fasting prior to having their blood taken are requested to inform the nurse of their arrival as soon as they have drawn their tickets.

Other specimens (i.e. urine, sputum, swabs etc.) can be handed in at the blood clinic within the aforementioned times for delivery to the laboratory at St Bernard’s Hospital.

Obtaining Blood Results

Blood results generally take between 48-72hrs to process and cannot be given out by nursing staff. Patients are therefore requested to make review appointments with their respective GP to collect these results.