Under 6 GP Care

Below is important information on the recent changes to GP care for those under 6 years. Please read carefully, so that you may avail of this new service.

Scheme Outline

This scheme, introduced by the Governement and subject to terms and conditions set out by the HEalth Service Executive, is available to all children aged under 6, permanently living in Ireland.

It commences July 1st 2015, if you have signed up and have been accepted by a GP.

Please Note: Due to safety & capacity issues, only children of this practice on June1st 2015 will be accepted by this practice.

We will not be accepting patients who are registered with other GPs or practices.

While all children are entitled to free GP care, it can only be availed of by those who have signed up with, and have been accepted by, a participating GP.

How to Sign Up

Simply log onto www.hse.ie


Sallins Medical Centre

Dr. John O’Connor or Dr. David McConaghy

NB:  SIgn up before Autumn 2015, as due to expected safety & capacoty issues, we will be closing our lists very early, and failure to register before this will result in your family NOT being able to avail of the scheme with us. 

Once we have been notified by the HSE of your choice of GP, we will endeavour to accept you onto our panel within as short a timeframe as possible (7-14 working days)

What hours can I attend? 

Our surgery runs by appointment and has done so for over 10 years.

We anticipate that there will be a greater demand for consultations due to this scheme.

It may be a number of days before a consultation can be offered.

Outside of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, the HSE advise that only urgent consultations can take place.  The HSE have specified that this means 

‘….. circumstances where the patient consultation is unforseen, non routine and necessarily carried out out-of-hours, and cannot be safely deferred until Normal Contracted Surgery Hours’ 

It furthermore states that the Under 6 Free GP Care Scheme does not cover attendance outside of the 9-5 (contracted hours) where

The consultation is not urgent and/or unforseen

The patient did not require urgent treatment directly by the Medical Practitioner concerned.

… consultation that are offered to patient outside normal hours, merely to facilitate the preference of the Child Patient or his/her Parent(s)/Guardian(s). 


What is Covered by the Scheme? 

Put simply, all normal acute medical care needs of your Under 6 child is covered.

We anticipate that there will be a greater demand for consultations due to this scheme.

It may be a number of days before a consultation can be offered.

In the interests if safety and toprovde an equitable and fair service to all out patients you are advised that it is strcitly one patient per consultation & one problem per consultation.  Requests for repeat prescriptions or examinations of other family members will not be possible during your child’s consultation. 


Periodic Assesments 

At the age of 2 and 5, the child is entitled to a Periodic Assesmment.  This simply involves the measurement of your child’s weight and height..  These are quick and simple measurements that willonly take a minute or two to do.


Asthma Assessments 

Asthma Assessments are provided for those between 2 and 6 diagnosed with Asthma.  This entails a special review 3 months after a new diagnosis, and a Annual Review.

Influenza Vaccination is also highly recommended for this group. This will take place in September and early October each year.  


What is Not Covered by the Scheme 

While the Under 6 GP scheme covers most routine needs of your child, it doesn’t cover non-medical tasks that have often been carried out by her GP.

While these can be facilitated, if needed, they will now incur a fee, even if you are otherwise covered by the Under 6 Free GP Care Scheme. 

Here is a non-exhaustive list of items not covered, as suggested by the HSE:

Travel vaccinations & malaria prescriptions; bloods tests; passport/identity reports/letters; Crèche Reports; Utilities reports/letters;  Insruance Medicals/reports; Schoolattendance notes/certificates; Sports medicals/reports; Letters in support of applications for services under the Social Welfare Acts (Housing, Clothing etc).


What does a Parent do for Out of Hours care? 

Where a child needs to be seen outside of normal contracted hours (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday)

We are a member of KDOC

Call 1890 599 362

KDOC is operated and provided by local GPs in Co. Kildare

 The HSE also provide a 24 hour emergency service for children in Tallaght, Crumlin and Portlaoise Hospitals, no appointment is necessary and the hospital cannot turn you away if you do not have a referral note from a GP. 

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