Q1. What is Weekend Doctor?

Weekend Doctor provides urgent out-of-hours medical care when your regular GP is not available. The Doctor that you will meet in our Dublin City Centre Clinic is registered with the Irish Medical Council (IMC - Specialist Register) and is also a member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (MICGP).

 

We are a complementary service offering the advantages of convenience and accessibility at a time when your regular Doctor is not available. We do not replace the relationship you have with your existing GP. Continuity of care is provided through your own GP and for that reason, with your consent, your consultation notes will be forwarded to your regular GP. 


If you do not already have your own GP you can find one at https://www.icgp.ie/go/find_a_gp

 
Q2. Email / SMS text Consultations?

If patients have clinical queries, they are welcome to make an online appointment to see the doctor- go to -  https://www.nassau.ie/book


No consultation will be conducted via email or SMS text. 


Medical queries addressed to Weekend Doctor / Nassau Clinic by email or SMS text cannot be responded to and correspondence of this nature is not passed on to the doctor. 


Q3. Can I get a sick note?

The doctor will assess you and if they deem it medically appropriate, they will issue you with a Private Doctor Medical Certificate. For the most common health problems, such as back pain and mild to moderate anxiety and depression, advice to stay at work or return to work early is recommended for a better clinical outcome. We do not issue Medical Certificates retrospectively i.e. the start date of the medical certificate is the day of the consultation - we cannot cover any dates prior to the date of the consultation.
 

Q4. Can I get a Social Welfare Certificates, MC1/MC2?

No. Weekend Doctor does not issue Social Welfare Certs.  We do not issue Illness Benefit claim forms IB1 nor social welfare medical certificates MED1 (MED1 certificates were formerly known as MC1 / MC2 certificates).


 Q5. Medical Cards, European Health Insurance, Children under 6? 

All our medical consultations incur a fee. We do not accept Medical Cards or the GP Visit Card for Adults. We do not participate in the "Contract for the provision of Free GP Care to all Children under the age of 6". We do not accept the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC - formerly the E111 form).

Q6. Prescriptions?

We do not issue prescriptions (or repeat prescriptions) without the doctor seeing the patient. All prescriptions are issued at the discretion of the consulting doctor. 


There are certain drugs that will not be issued in any circumstances and these include : controlled medication, such as strong painkillers, anxiolytics, sedatives and hypnotics and medication that requires specialist prescribing and monitoring. 


Common medications that we cannot prescribe include: Diazepam, Tramadol, Gabapentin, Pregabalin and Sleeping tablets including Zopiclone. 


Q7. Do you write letters of referral for MRI scans or to medical consultants?

Weekend Doctor provides urgent Out-of-Hours Medical Care when your own GP is not available. We are a complementary service offering the advantages of convenience and accessibility when a patient’s own GP is not available.


We do not act as a substitute for the services that are normally provided by a GP. 


For reasons of continuity of care, your own regular Doctor is the appropriate one to write non-emergency letters of referral for MRI scans or referral letters to medical consultants. 


On receipt of the findings of the consultant and in the context of your complete medical history, your own Doctor can provide you with appropriate follow up care. 


If you do not already have your own GP you can find one at https://www.icgp.ie/go/find_a_gp 

Q8. How long do I need to hold urine for before doing a urine test for a sexual health screen?

In order to attain the optimal urine sample for testing patients are advised not to pass urine for 2 hours before a sexual health screen (for Chlamydia & Gonorrhoea).

 

Q9. How long do I wait before doing a test of cure for Chlamydia?

If a test of cure is required, the guidelines are to wait a minimum of 3 weeks after completion of the antibiotic treatment. If required please book in online -   https://www.nassau.ie/book  To increase the accuracy of the test, patients should hold their urine for 2 hours prior to giving a sample.


Q10. How long do I wait before doing a test of cure for Gonorrhoea?

It is recommended that a test of cure is carried out 2 to 3 weeks after completion of the antibiotic treatment. Please book in online - https://www.nassau.ie/book  To increase the accuracy of the test, patients should hold their urine for 2 hours prior to giving a sample.


Q11. Unplanned pregnancy?

Information and support on all your options, including continued pregnancy supports and abortion services is available from the My Options freephone line on 1800 828 010 or on their website   

https://www2.hse.ie/services/unplanned-pregnancy-support-services/my-options-freephone-line.html