COVID-19 and attending the Surgery

Woodview Family Doctors remain open throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.  We have put protocols in place to ensure the safety of patients and staff in line with Department of Public Health guidelines.    We have changed the way we manage GP and Nurse consultations .   Initially,  you will have a telephone consultation and then the doctor or nurse will arrange an examination at the surgery, if medically necessary.    To comply with  Public Health guidelines your visit to the surgery will be less than 15 minutes as your medical history will have been taken at the telephone consultation.  Any patient over 13 years of age will have to wear a face covering.

It is important to remember, however, that everyday medical issues continue to occur during this period.  We continue to be available for any medical needs, as well as routine pregnancy care, childhood vaccinations, and urgent blood tests/investigations.  Please telephone the surgery to make these appointments.

As per HSE guidelines please DO NOT attend the practice without a prearranged appointment .

We understand that this is a very challenging time.  Your patience is appreciated while we adjust to this new working environment.

If you cannot get through to the surgery and it is an emergency please call 999 for an urgent ambulance.




Flu vaccine 2020/2021

At Woodview Family Doctors we have all had our flu vaccine – Now will you?
Influenza causes hundreds of deaths and thousands of hospitalisations every year in Ireland. It is especially important this influenza season that we prevent and reduce the burden on our health services from influenza, so we are not overwhelmed with dual outbreaks of influenza and COVID-19.
Patients with influenza and COVID-19 co-infection are likely to have worse outcomes.
Influenza vaccine is the best protection against influenza for at-risk groups and health care workers.

The flu viruses that are circulating change every year, that is why you need to get a new vaccine each year. You should get your flu vaccine from early October to be protected as soon as possible. It takes 2 weeks for the vaccine to build up your immunity after it is administered. The flu vaccine does not give you the Flu.

We are continuing to immunise the high priority groups that have been identified by the HSE and you have to fulfil this criteria to be eligible for the flu vaccine.


Childhood Nasal Flu Vaccine NEW for 2020

This year  the HSE have introduced a childhood nasal flu vaccine free of charge to all children aged  from 2-17 years of age, regardless of whether or not they have an underlying medical condition

This is a live vaccine given by one dose (2 quick sprays) up the child’s nose. Most children will require only 1 dose, there are a small minority of children who fall into certain high risk groups who will require a second vaccination 4 weeks after their first dose.

If you wish to avail of the childhood flu vaccine please contact the surgery.


Medical Certification for children and adults

Parents/Guardians will be concerned about children being unwell and school attendance.  There will also be concerns about requiring medical certification to be able to attend childcare facilities.

Please see some helpful information on the Frequently Asked Questions section of this website.

Regarding adults with underlying medical conditions who are concerned about returning to the workplace.  Please also refer to the Covid 19 page.

Click here for a quick guide to self-isolation guidelines.

Repeat Prescription Requests and Social Welfare Certificates During COVID-19 Pandemic

If you need your usual repeat prescription, please give us  five working days’  notice.   This will allow your doctor time to check and prepare your prescription.   Please telephone your pharmacy to arrange dispensing and a collection day/time.

Please email  your prescription request to with ALL the following information:

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Your Doctor’s Name
  • Names of each medication required
  • Pharmacy name

Please DO NOT email with clinical queries or concerns. If you are unwell or worried about any symptoms please phone the surgery at 021-482 1111.


When you telephone to request a Social Welfare Cert it will now be emailed directly to the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.  When you contact the practice please ensure that you have your PPS number to hand. I If you are restricting your movements due to having had a COVID19 test (or a household member is having COVID19 testing) and you are unable to go to work you can apply for Illness Benefit for COVID-19 absences.  Please see the website link below and follow the instructions:

If you are in receipt of  social welfare  payment in relation to an existing illness, then please contact the surgery to request your Social Welfare Certificate in the usual manner and we will arrange to submit same on your behalf electronically.

Under no circumstances should you attend the surgery to request or collect a Social Welfare Certificate or an  Employer Sick Note.   If you forward a S.A.E. we can arrange to post out your Employer Sick Note.  This is in keeping with Public Health guidelines to try and to keep physical contact to a minimum.

Please DO NOT use the practice email address to request Social Welfare Certificates.  This is used only for prescription requests only.