“If you have symptoms suggestive of measles you should stay at home” – HSE

The HSE have reported 7 cases of Measles in Dublin and Meath.

“If you have symptoms suggestive of measles you should stay at home”, not go to school or work and phone your GP or GP Out of Hours service and explain that you may have measles.

Anyone who develops measles symptoms should:

  • Stay at home and phone your GP or GP Urgent Out of Hours service
  • Tell the doctor or nurse that you think you might have measles
  • Stop visitors coming to the house to prevent spreading the infection

Prevent measles with the MMR vaccine:

  • All children should get MMR at 12 months of age and the second dose at 4-5 years of age.
  • If your child missed their scheduled MMR vaccine dose you should contact your GP to get the age-appropriate dose.
  • If you are an adult born since 1978 and have not received 2 doses of MMR you should contact your GP to get the MMR vaccine.

For full HSE press release click here.


Northdoc gets top audit marks

“D Doc was best out of 15 co-ops in terms leadership and teamwork”
Irish Medical times Report..
Northdoc, which runs the D Doc out-of-hours (OOH) co-op covering the majority of north Dublin city and county, has outperformed other UK and Irish OOH services in a new audit carried out by the Medical Protection Society (MPS).
MPS found that Northdoc Medical Services was the best out of 15 co-ops stress tested in terms leadership and teamwork, and was in the top quartile for other categories such as communications, resources and training.

Dr Mel Bates – Medical Director – Northdoc

It is understood at least three of the 15 OOH services involved in the voluntary risk audits were Irish co-ops.
MPS said Northdoc had shown “exceptional leadership and unique vision” in clinical oversight of the D Doc service, highlighting the co-op’s ‘SAFE’ (Supported, Appraised, Familiar, Excellence) guidelines for GPs introduced last year.
The indemnifier’s report noted that the clinical notes assessment system implemented and managed by Board members Dr Kate McSweeney and Dr Vivienne Wallace appeared to have had a “positive impact on members, as confirmed by GPs we interviewed during our visit”.
MPS also noted that Northdoc was the first company in Ireland to achieve the International Social Enterprise Mark for its commitment and contribution to the homeless and socially deprived population of north Dublin.. read more