Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person, which has affected people in many countries. Here are some resources to find more information.
We advise caution and preparation for people who have heart disease or who have survived a stroke, because they are among those facing a higher risk of complications from coronavirus. Patients are NOT at higher risk for getting the coronavirus, but if they do get it there is a higher chance to suffer serious complications.
We have entered unprecedented times in the Irish health service. All focus in primary and secondary care is now concentrated on reducing the spread of the virus within the community and treating those who have contracted the virus. The link to the HSE website for COVID-19 below has excellent practical advice for everyone.
If you begin to begin to develop symptoms you suspect may be related to COVID-19 infection then contact your GP or the HSE by phone. You will receive a call back to discuss your case and give appropriate advice. Then testing can be arranged if deemed appropriate. Current turn around times for test results are 3-4 days. Most patients who contract the COVID-19 virus will have a mild flu like illness and are strongly advised to self isolate at home.
If you develop more severe shortness of breath then contact your GP or the HSE over the phone for advice. In emergency circumstances call 999 to access the ambulance service.
Please use the links below to get up to date information
NM CARDIOLOGY PATIENTS
All outpatient clinics and non-urgent testing and procedures have been suspended in all public and most private hospitals. We encourage our patients to self isolate and follow the instructions of the HSE and the Chief Medical Officer.
If you have an urgent question or clinical issue you can call the office telephone during usual working hours (087 1309999) or else send us an email to email@example.com. We will try to respond to your concerns and questions as soon as possible. We will give advice and clear instruction to our patients. We will facilitate the urgent assessment of patients with acute clinical issues.
We will endeavour to get our practice back up running fulltime as soon as it is safe to do so. We will contact all patients to reschedule appointments. Stay safe in these very challenging times
Dr. Niall Mulvihill, MD.