Welcome to Carrick Medical Practice
Carrick is a single-handed medical practice in the beautiful rural coastal area of South West Donegal. The main surgery and office are in Carrick, but I also provide walk-in clinics in Glencolmcille. I aim to provide top quality evidence-based care covering general medical, maternity, immunisations, family planning and palliative care to people as close to their homes as possible. Carrick Health Centre is an HSE facility and is also home to the Public Health nurse (0749739346); and hosts visiting psychology and addiction services.
The Thursday clinic in Kilcar is permanently suspended due to the issue of business rates being demanded on the building, which would be a significant extra financial burden at time when resources for general practice are very stretched. You can easily be seen in Carrick at the same times, and the community bus enables you to get into Carrick and back to Kilcar in order to attend this clinic.
These have been suspended due to the Corona virus epidemic which makes walk in surgeries unsafe. You can phone Carrick 0749739380, for advice , which will be by telephone as much as possible, to ensure social distancing can be complied with and to avoid cross infection. Prescriptions can be emailed securely to any pharmacy. It is possible Glencolmcille surgery will not reopen after the coronavirus outbreak, because business rates are also being imposed. A lot of general practice is now being done on line and social welfare certification is going on line as well, so it will be unrealistic to run a 21st century general practice in an old dispensary building.
Whilst this is a considerable challenge, and a worry for people with underlying health conditions or chronic diseases, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, there has been no better time to put into practice lifestyle measures which you may have felt too busy to do previously. An hour's brisk walk a day will help your mental health by getting away from a constant news stream or a crowded house, will help your lung capacity and reduce your risk of heart disease and blood pressure. You can build up from 1 hour to 2 or 3, there is no risk of overdose from exercise, and you are investing in your long term health and maybe reducing the need for drugs later on. Stopping smoking is certainly advised at this time, as smokers are more at risk of lung disease. You can find help at www.quit.hse.ie
To access free GP services UK visitors will need either an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), or documentation confirming UK residence, such as National Health number, passport, driving licence or National Insurance Number. The Practice is obliged to keep a copy of this documentation.