Welcome to the Practice of Dr Aidan O'Colmain
If you are travelling abroad make sure you discuss TRAVEL VACCINATION with your doctor well before you go, especially if you are travelling to more exotic locations (this could include popular sun spots like Turkey and Egypt). You may need to get some shots 4-6 weeks before you travel. See the travel vaccination section on this website. Ask the doctor about recommended Sun Screens and Insect Repellents to bring along.
Diabetes Mellitus This is a chronic condition that is increasing in prevalence in Ireland and many other countries. More information can be found on this website under the section "long term conditions". If you have diabetes you will know how important good diet and exercise are in managing your condition.
Be sure to take a look at the following websites for more information:
MEDICAL CARD CHECK: to ensure your medical card is valid and in date text 'CHECK' the following number 087-9097867. You will get a reply very quickly. DO NOT RELY on the expiry date on the card - your card could still be invalid even if the expiry date on the card is some time in the future. Remember it is up to each person to ensure their card is vaild and that you complete and return the review forms to the HSE.
When a person turns 16, they get their own card, separate from the rest of the family. You should get a form from the HSE to make this new appliction; if not, ask at reception. The application can be made several months BEFORE the person turns 16.
New babies can be added to the parents' card once a PPS number is available. This number can be got once the birth is registered. Please inform the receptionist of this PPS number and we can add the baby staright away on-line
MEDICAL RECORDS: See the "Practice Policies" [sidebar, no 10] to find out about how your medical records are stored and managed.