COVID VACCINE Update 8th April 2021

Over 70s vaccines; We hope to complete first doses in the next 2 weeks subject to supplies. We will contact you with an appointment once supplies are confirmed.

Under 70s vaccines; Please do not phone the surgery to book an appointment as you will be redirected here. Please note we will be commencing vaccinating under 70s in order of priority  with very high risk groups first. This will be with the Astra Zeneca vaccine and there is no choice of different vaccines. For queries on the vaccine please visit

Priority groups will be listed here in the coming week so you will know if you qualify for vaccination in the very high risk group. Appointments will only be made available once we get confirmation that we will receive a supply of vaccines.  You will be notified here when appointments become available. We have no vaccines yet, nor have we been advised when or how many vaccines we are receiving.  Please do not phone the surgery to be put on a list as you will be redirected here and it impedes on our ability to carry out our other GP work. Thank you for your patience and we will be updating this News regularly in the coming days/week as we receive further information.

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Pregnancy Care

Maternity Care Services

pregnancyEvery woman who is pregnant and ordinarily resident in Ireland is entitled to maternity care under the Maternity and Infant Scheme. Ordinarily resident means you are living here, or you intend to remain living here for at least one year. Ireland provides very high quality Maternity care, to both mothers and infants

Preparing For Pregnancy

If you are hoping to become pregnant there are a few things you can and should do to improve your general health and so help your pregnancy to progress smoothly. Most pregnancies are not planned, however, and still progress normally, resulting in a healthy mother and baby. has a very useful article on pre-conception health

Stages of pregnancy

The first trimester (weeks 0-13):

  • The baby's development is greatest during this stage. By the end of week 13, it will be fully formed.
  • Some of the common discomforts of pregnancy, such as nausea, fatigue and breast tenderness, will be most pronounced during these early weeks.

The second trimester (weeks 14-26):

  • During this time, the baby continues to grow and develop and the mother starts to gain some weight as extra fat is laid down as energy reserves.
  • The baby's movements in the womb can be felt and they may begin to develop patterns of activity.

The third trimester (weeks 27-birth):

  • The baby will start to lay down its own fat stores, going through rapid growth phases in preparation for birth.
  • The baby's lungs will mature and senses such as hearing, taste and sight will develop.
  • You may find it more difficult to get comfortable at night and you will need to urinate more often.
  • Practice contractions, known as Braxton Hicks, can be a regular feature.

Useful Resources

HSE - Maternity Services - high quality breastfeeding support services - Pregnancy & Parenting website - Irish pregnancy website

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