Covid-19 Joint Statement by IMO and ICGP
NEW ARRANGEMENTS FOR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT HAVE A GP AND WHO HAVE CONCERNS ABOUT BEING TESTED FOR COVID-19 ANNOUNCED BY ICGP/IMO
March 17th 2020
The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) and the Irish College of General Practitioners recognise that there are members of the public who are not registered with a GP and who may be concerned as to what to do if they develop symptoms. General Practice is the first point of contact for patients with symptoms and in these extraordinary challenging times GPs will facilitate those people who are not normally registered with the practice.
General practice has been dealing with a large volume of patient calls over the past week and we continue to ask people to be patient.
In most cases, you will be asked for your details and will then receive a call back, please do not make multiple calls to the practice.
There is no charge for COVID- 19 triage, but you will need to provide details to your GP including name, address, date of birth, symptoms, underlying health conditions and PPSN, so please have all relevant details to hand before making the call.
Anyone with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and NOT wait to contact a GP. Please stay at home, and stay separate from other household members.
GPs, like all frontline healthcare workers, are dedicated and committed to the national efforts in relation to COVID19. We are grateful for the public’s co- operation at this time, and we ask that they continue to be supportive and patient in the weeks ahead.
- - Dr Mary Favier, President, Irish College of General Practitioners
- - Dr Pádraig McGarry, President, Irish Medical Organisation.