Welcome to Turloughmore Health Centre
Turloughmore Health Centre is a modern purpose-built general medical practice with seven general practitioners, three practice nurses and five administrative staff. We are one of the largest practices in the western seaboard providing care to over 15,000 patients.
There has been a general practitioner in Turloughmore since 1851 and we are proud to continue the tradition of providing high quality continuous, comprehensive, co-ordinated primary medical care through an efficient and friendly practice team.
We operate an appointment only service and are fully computerised practice with all consultations, medical histories and test results recorded on patient's computer records. To see a doctor we try to provide a same day service and to see a specified doctor within two working days.
We emphasise flexibility and innovation and have long involvement in both undergraduate (with NUI Galway) and postgraduate (with the Western GP Training Scheme) medical education. We realise the importance of research and have been instrumental in the conduct of the two largest general practice trials ever conducted on the island of Ireland ( The SPHERE and SIMPLE trials).
IMPORTANT NOTICE IF TRAVELLING ABROAD THIS SUMMER 2019
As there is a Measles outbreak in some parts of Europe, the National Immunisation Advisory Committee (NIAC) have advised that all children travelling to affected areas in Europe receive 2 doses of the MMR vaccination prior to travel.
For more information on this, please ask at reception and our Practice Nurse will contact you with more details.
Please visit https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/news/measles2017.html or http://bit.ly/MeaslesIRL for more information on this.
July 2019 - Welcome Dr. Jennifer Byrne
We are delighted to announce that Dr. Jennifer Byrne will be joining the Turloughmore Health Centre team from July. Dr. Byrne is our new GP registrar and will be staying for the next year.
June 2019 - Best wishes to Dr. Brian King
We bid a very fond farewell to Dr. Brian King who is moving to Dublin for personal reasons. We will miss him as he was a valuable member of the team here but wish him all the best in his new advertures in Dublin! We are delighted to announce that Dr. Liam O Reilly will be staying on long-term in the practice. Liam was our GP Registrar from April 2018 - April 2019 and will now continue to work with us full time.
We woud like to welcome Dr. Caitriona Cusack on board for the next few months and are very excited to announce that we have 3 new Doctors starting in July and August so look forward to having them on the team! More information on this to follow!
We also congratulate Dr. Orna McCarthy on the safe arrival of her beautiful twin babies this week!
February 2019 - Welcome back Dr. Aisling Hamilton!
We are delighted to welcome Dr. Aisling Hamilton back to the practice! Aisling has been with the practice for over 6 years and is a very popular doctor in the Turloughmore Health Centre. She has a special interest in Women's Health, Paediatric medicine, Family planning, fertility and is up to date with all methods of contraception, i.e. Mirena coils, Implanon etc. She will be working every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
January 2019 - New Doctor in Turloughmore - Dr. Orna McCarthy
Dr. Orna McCarthy has recently joined the team in the Turloughmoremore Health Centre. Orna is a Cork graduate with almost 7 years’ experience working in General Practice. She has a special interest in Women's health and all areas of family medicine, Diabetes, Children's Health and Palliative Care. She is available for consultations on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We are delighted to welcome Orna to the practice!
New System for Ordering Your Prescriptions
From Monday 23rd July 2018, we are introducing a new system for ordering repeat prescriptions.
From Monday, we will require 48 hours’ notice for all prescription requests.
This notice is needed to give the staff here time to process your request and for the doctors to review your file and ensure that your prescription is correct and that you are on the correct medication.
We understand that this might take some time to get used to but we will insist on this going forward and ask for your full co-operation in this matter.
Turloughmore Health Centre 19/07/2018
Free Under 6's GP Care
From July 1st 2015 all children under 6 years of age are entitled to free GP care. You MUST REGISTER your child for this service.
If you do not have a valid GP Under 6 Visit Card you will have to pay for your appointment
You can register on the HSE website www.hse.ie.
Non-acute services are not covered under this scheme and charges will apply. Services NOT COVERED include:
Travel vaccinations Paediatric bloods
Passport/Identity Reports/letters Creche Reports
Insurance medicals School attendance notes/certificates
HSE support line: 1890252919
Due to increased demand on our services, longer waiting times may be incurred.
Medical Card Services
If you have a Medical card or Doctor Visit card you may attend the Doctor for your ACUTE MEDICAL needs free of charge.
However non-acute medical services are NOT COVERED by your medical card and a charge will apply.
Charges apply for the following services:
Under the “Maternity and Infant Care” Scheme, a pregnant woman can avail of the following services free of charge:
First booking visit for the pregnancy.
Up to 8 Maternity-related visits throughout the pregnancy.
Please note: Any medical appointments not relating to the pregnancy will not be covered under the scheme and will be charged for.
2 week check-up for baby.
6 week check-up for mother and baby.
Whooping cough vaccine: Free
Surgery opening hours:
Monday to Friday - 9.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m.
For calls after six o’clock or during weekends contact WestDoc 1850 36 50 00
Doors are closed daily at 6:00 p.m.
Telephone lines are closed between 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm to allow for change over of reception staff.
If you have an urgent medical problem between 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm, please call 087 259 6308.
How to get here:
The bus4you bus service from Galway City passes through Lackagh village a few times each day. You can view this timetable on: www.bus4u.net.
Practice Privacy Statement
Turloughmore Health Centre
Lackagh, Co. Galway
Practice Phone Number
Dr. Brendan Day, Dr. Eamonn Twomey, Prof. Andrew Murphy, Ms. Denise Fitzmaurice, Ms. Orla Moran
Lead for Data Protection
Ms. Denise Fitzmaurice
Ms. Orla Moran
Practice Privacy Statement
This Practice wants to ensure the highest standard of medical care for our patients. We understand that a General Practice is a trusted community governed by an ethic of privacy and confidentiality. Our approach is consistent with the Medical Council guidelines and the privacy principles of the Data Protection Regulations. It is not possible to undertake medical care without collecting and processing personal data and data concerning health. In fact, to do so would be in breach of the Medical Council’s ‘Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Doctors’. This leaflet is about advising you of our policies and practices on dealing with your medical information.
Legal Basis for Processing Your Data
This practice has voluntarily signed up for the ICGP Data Protection Guideline for GPs. The processing of personal data in general practice is necessary in order to protect the vital interests of the patient and for the provision of health care and public health. You can access the Guideline at http://www.icgp.ie/data. In most circumstances we hold your data until 8 years after your death or 8 years since your last contact with the practice. There are exceptions to this rule and these are described in the Guideline referenced above.
Managing Your Information
In order to provide for your care here we need to collect and keep information about you and your health on our records.
- We retain your information securely.
- We will only ask for and keep information that is necessary. We will attempt to keep it as accurate andup to-date as possible. We will explain the need for any information we ask for if you are not sure why it is needed.
- We ask you to inform us about any relevant changes that we should know about. This would include such things as any new treatments or investigations being carried out that we are not aware of. Please also inform us of change of address and phone numbers.
- All persons in the practice (not already covered by a professional confidentiality code) sign a confidentiality agreement that explicitly makes clear their duties
in relation to personal health information and the consequences of breaching that duty.
- Access to patient records is regulated to ensure that they are used only to the extent necessary to enable
the secretary or manager to perform their tasks for
the proper functioning of the practice. In this regard, patients should understand that practice staff may have access to their records for:
o Identifying and printing repeat prescriptions for patients. These are then reviewed and signed by the GP.
o Generating a sickness certificate for the patient. This is then checked and signed by the GP.
o Typing referral letters to hospital consultants or allied health professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists and dieticians.
o Opening letters from hospitals and consultants. The letters could be appended to a patient’s paper file or scanned into their electronic patient record.
o Scanning clinical letters, radiology reports and any other documents not available in electronic format.
o Downloading laboratory results and Out of Hours Coop reports and performing integration of these results into the electronic patient record.
o Photocopying or printing documents for referral to consultants, attendance at an antenatal clinic or when a patient is changing GP.
o Checking for a patient if a hospital or consultant letter is back or if a laboratory or radiology result is back, in order to schedule a conversation with the GP.
o When a patient makes contact with a practice, checking if they are due for any preventative services, such as vaccination, ante natal visit, contraceptive pill check, cervical smear test, etc.
o Handling, printing, photocopying and postage of medico legal and life assurance reports, and of associated documents.
o Sending and receiving information via Healthmail, secure clinical email.
o And other activities related to the support of medical care appropriate for practice support staff.
Disclosure of Information to Other Health and Social Care Professionals
We may need to pass some of this information to other health and social care professionals in order to provide you with the treatment and services you need. Only the relevant part of your record will be released. These other professionals are also legally bound to treat your information with the same duty of care and confidentiality that we do.
Disclosures Required or Permitted Under Law
The law provides that in certain instances personal information (including health information) can be disclosed, for example, in the case of infectious diseases.
Disclosure of information to Employers, Insurance Companies and Solicitors:
- In general, work related Medical Certificates from your GP will only provide a confirmation that you are unfit for work with an indication of when you will be fit to resume work. Where it is considered necessary to provide additional information we will discuss that with you. However, Department of Social Protection sickness certs for work must include the medical reason you are unfit to work.
- In the case of disclosures to insurance companies or requests made by solicitors for your records we will only release the information with your signed consent.
Use of Information for Training, Teaching and Quality Assurance
It is usual for GPs to discuss patient case histories as part of their continuing medical education or for the purpose of training GPs and/or medical students. In these situations the identity of the patient concerned will not be revealed.
In other situations ,however, it may be beneficial for other doctors within the practice to be aware of patients with particular conditions and in such cases this practice would only communicate the information necessary to provide the highest level of care to the patient.
Our practice is involved in the training of GPs and is attached to a General Practice Training Programme. As part of this programme GP Registrars will work in the practice and may be involved in your care.
Use of Information for Research and Audit
It is usual for patient information to be used for research and audit in order to improve services and standards of practice. GPs on the specialist register of the Medical Council are required to perform yearly clinical audits. Information used for such purposes is done in an anonymised or pseudonymised manner with all personal identifying information removed.
If it were proposed to use your information in a way where it would not be anonymous or the Practice was involved in external research we would discuss this further with you before we proceeded and seek your written informed consent. Please remember that the quality of the patient service provided can only be maintained and improved by training, teaching, audit and research.
Your Right of Access to Your Health Information
You have the right of access to all the personal information held about you by this practice. If you wish to see your records, in most cases the quickest way is to discuss this with your doctor who will review the information in the record with you. You can make a formal written access request to the practice and receive a copy of your medical records. These will be provided to you within thirty days, without cost.
Transferring to Another Practice
If you decide at any time and for whatever reason to transfer to another practice we will facilitate that decision by making available to your new doctor a copy of your records on receipt of your signed consent from your new doctor. For medico-legal reasons we will also retain a copy of your records in this practice for an appropriate period of time which may exceed eight years.
You have other rights under data protection regulations in relation to transfer of data to a third country, the right to rectification or erasure, restriction of processing, objection to processing and data portability. Further information on these rights in the context of general practice is described in the Guideline available at http://www.icgp.ie/data. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with the Data Protection Commissioner.
We hope this leaflet has explained any issues that may arise. If you have any questions, please speak to the practice secretary or your doctor.