ShannonDoc Chair Says Consolidation Of GP Services Necessary Amid Virus Outbreak

The Chair of ShannonDoc says the consolidation of GP out of hours services is necessary, as efforts continue to fight the spread of COVID 19.

The service will be operating out of five centres in the Midwest from today, which will see the Ennis and Shannon services amalgamated and the Miltown, Kilrush and Ennistymon services operating out of the Miltown centre.

The Ennistymon and the Roscrea centres will be taken over by the HSE, as part of the response to the crisis.

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90% of Shannondoc’s cases are now being dealt with over the phone, compared to 25% before the crisis, and Dr Pat Morrissey says they’ve no choice, but to operate out of fewer centres.