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COVID19 Testing- New Rules

NEW Rules for Testing for COVID19- 25TH March
New rules have been introduced for COVID19 testing which means patients will need to meet revised criteria to qualify in future.

You will NOT be tested unless you are in one of the following categories
a) Symptomatic close contacts of a confirmed case
b) Symptomatic healthcare workers

c) Symptomatic at risk groups that include persons with diabetes, immunosuppressed, chronic lung disease, chronic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, chronic renal disease, chronic liver disease and smokers

d) Symptomatic household contacts of at-risk groups

e) Symptomatic staff or residents in a long-term care facility

f) Symptomatic prison staff and inmates where it may be difficult to implement self-isolation advice

g) Symptomatic pregnant women* (*not because of a documented increase risk of complications but to ensure to safe clinical pathway of care)

If you DO NOT meet the criteria above and have symptoms please SELF ISOLATE for 14 days and assume you have it. Link here to self isolation guidelines

All patients who have NOT yet been swabbed and do not have an appointment for a test date will NOT now be tested. Such patients will be required to reengage with their GP and the GP will triage the patient AGAIN in accordance with the new criteria a)-g)


COVID 19 Latest Patient Information

*Important information relevant to Phone Consultations, COVID-19 Testing, Certificates & Prescriptions at the Rowe Creavin Medical Practice.
Phone Consultations: COVID-19 related phone consultations are free of charge for all patients. For any of our Private Patients who request a phone consultation, please have your PPS Number to hand.

COVID-19 Testing: In order to be tested for COVID-19, you will need a referral from your GP. This can be organised through a phone consultation. There are still huge delays in testing. If you have any queries regarding your concerns in relation to COVID-19 please contact the HSE Helpline on 1850 24 1850 or 041 685 0300.

Certificates: If you are out of work and require a work certificate or Illness Benefit Certificate please email your query with the dates you need certified, contact number and PPS number to
Illness Benefit Certificates will be organised by the GP online, you will need the IB1 booklet to apply for it. Please call 1890 800 024 to request a booklet.

Prescriptions: Prescription requests can be emailed to
Please email your name, DOB, medications you need for repeat & the dosage. Please also email the chemist you use and we will organise your prescription to be sent there.
We can also facilitate requests over the phone, please have your list of medications to hand along with the name of the chemist you use.
Please note fees still apply for Private Prescriptions. (All fees can be paid over the phone)

We thank you very much for your patience through this very busy time. Please share this post. Thank You.

Self Isolation At Home Sheet

Patient information sheet for self-isolation at home
The information in this leaflet is for those who
 are waiting to be tested for COVID-19 infection
 are waiting for the results of testing for COVID-19 infection
 have been diagnosed with COVID-19 infection and your doctor has agreed that you can stay
at home to recover.
Click on this link to download information sheet :

*Latest Advice – COVID19

If you have fever and/or cough you should stay at home regardless of your travel or contact history. All people advised to reduce social interactions, keep a distance of 2 metres between you and other people, DO NOT shake hands or make contact where possible. If you have symptoms phone HSE live 1850 24 1850

Notice to Patients- Corona Virus

**Walk in Clinics are postponed until further notice due to the National Emerging Corona Virus Threat.

All consultations at the Rowe Creavin Medical Practice will be by appointment ONLY

If you have respiratory symptoms (cough sore throat fever etc ) PHONE 📞 us on 051 370057

We will get one of our healthcare team to talk to you and arrange appropriate care.

Please stay informed on this emerging threat to public health by visiting the HSE website

Yours in Health

The Rowe Creavin Medical Practice

Corona Virus update 25/2/20

What is the Coronavirus?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new respiratory illness. It has not previously been seen in humans.

This type of coronavirus is also known as 2019-nCov or novel coronavirus.


It can take up to 14 days for the symptoms of coronavirus to appear.

These symptoms may include:

  • a cough
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulties
  • fever (high temperature)

Coronavirus can also cause more severe illness including:

  • pneumonia
  • severe acute respiratory syndrome
  • kidney failure

Risk of catching coronavirus

There has been no confirmed case of coronavirus in Ireland.

The risk of getting coronavirus in Ireland is low.

If there is a case here, health professionals will try to contact anyone who has been in contact with the infected person.

If you are not contacted, you are extremely unlikely to catch coronavirus.

You do not need to follow any advice in relation to coronavirus if you have:

  • not been to mainland China
  • not been in contact with a person who has coronavirus
  • not been to a healthcare facility where patients with coronavirus were treated
  • Not been to an affected area.

However, you should phone the HSE Phoneline on 1850 24 1850 if in the past 14 days you’ve been:

  • to mainland China
  • to an affected area
  • in contact with a person who has coronavirus
  • in a hospital or healthcare centre where people are being treated for coronavirus

What do I need to know?

If you have or develop any of the symptoms above within the next 14 days:

self-isolate – this means stay at home. Try keep away from other people, especially older people, those with long-term medical conditions, immunosuppressed people, or pregnant women

• phone the helpline 1850 24 1850  

Tell them your symptoms and that you have been to a coronavirus (COVID-19)affected area* in the past 14 days.

DO NOT GO to your GP or Emergency Department unless told to do so by the GP or Emergency Department. PLEASE Phone first.

Things you can do to protect yourself from getting coronavirus

• Wash your hands properly and regularly.

• Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or the bend of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.

   *Coronavirus (COVID-19) affected areas

Mainland China

Hong Kong


South Korea



Four regions in Italy

o Lombardy

o Piemonte

o Emilia-Romagna o Veneto

The HSE Phoneline is open Monday to Friday 8am – 8pm and 10am – 5pm on Saturday and Sunday

If you have general questions about the Corona Virus, please visit the HSE website

If you have specific questions about you or a member of your family and wish to speak to someone about these concerns, then please RING the practice 051 370057 and we will advise you over the phone.  DO NOT COME DOWN TO THE PRACTICE unless we advise you to come in.  This is to ensure you get the best treatment and to reduce the risk of infection to anyone else.