Paediatrics / Children’s Health
Children are very important visitors to the practice.
Dr Laura Noonan has specialist training and qualifications in Paediatrics and Nurse Ryan has also completed training in Paediatrics.
We are committed to promote and maintain every child’s physical and emotional well being, from newborns to young adulthood. We value the privilege of being entrusted as your child’s doctor and we believe knowledge, understanding, and accessibility are essential components of continuing our pursuit to better meet and serve the needs of our patients and parents.
We aim to provide comprehensive care for your family with quality pre conceptual advise, antenatal care, 2 and 6 week neonatal checks and general paediatric care under the Under 6s scheme and beyond.
We will endeavour to make your child’s visit to the practice as comfortable as possible. We know that visits to the doctor can be frightening experiences for little people but we try to explain to them at an age appropriate level what is being done and why. We involve parents in every aspect of their child’s care and ask for their assistance in examinations, devising management plans and delivery of care at home.
We are experienced in managing a variety of neonatal and paediatric issues in the practice including but not limited to:
- Neonatal Issues
- Infant Feeding
- Hayfever / Rhinitis
- Developmental Issues
- Ear, Nose, Throat Issues and referrals
- Skin Disorders
- Paediatric Phlebotomy (Blood Testing – only when ordered by a doctor)
- Under 6s check ups aged 2 and 5 years
- Asthma Cycle of Care
Our priority is the health and well being of your child. We aim to practice “preventive” medicine. We have the benefit of making a difference early on and caring for children right from birth to try and give them the opportunity and advantages to have a long and healthy life. A key component of this is the administration of vaccines. We firmly believe in both the safety and effectiveness of vaccines in preventing serious illness and saving lives.
All of the available research shows that the safest and most effective way to vaccinate children is according to the schedule set by the HSE. Therefore we believe that straying from this schedule goes against proven scientific research and puts patients who do follow the schedule at risk. In an effort to protect our patients to the best of our ability, in a world where these diseases are unfortunately still in existence, we strongly encourage all parents to vaccinate their children in line with the National Immunisation Programme.
It has been proven beyond doubt that vaccines are not associated with Autism and the original Wakefield paper written suggesting a link has been completely, irrefutably discredited and proven to be untrue.
We also provide vaccinations outside of those included such as Varicella Zoster (Chicken Pox) and Meningitis B. These additional vaccinations need to be discussed with a doctor and prescribed for your child. Vaccinations are administered by the Practice Nurse. They are not covered under your medical card/Under 6s GP Visit Card/Long Term Illness Scheme/Health Insurance Companies. We can advise you of costs after discussing your needs.
Routine childhood vaccinations are administered free of charge and require an appointment with our Nurse. We will assist you in making this appointment and may contact you if you miss vaccine appointments to ensure your baby is not left vulnerable.
In accordance with WHO recommendations, Ireland offers immunisation against the 5 target diseases of:
- Whooping cough (pertussis)
In addition, vaccination is also offered against:
- Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib)
- Rubella (German Measles)
- Meningococcal group C
- Tuberculosis (selected patients only)
- Pneumococcal infection
- Hepatitis B
- Human Papillomavirus for girls only.
- Selective vaccination for children in high risk groups for influenza
Current Irish Vaccine Schedule : DUE TO CHANGE OCTOBER 2016
Further vaccinations take place outside of the GP practice e.g. in school
- 6-in-1: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Polio, Hib , Hepatitis B (DTaP/IPV/Hib/HepB)
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
- Meningitis C (MenC)
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
- Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
FURTHER INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE FROM THE HSE: