Free GP Care for Under sixes
What this means for you, our patients
Free GP care for children under the age of six is the first phase in a planned process to provide free GP care for the entire population.
In addition to providing GP care for all under sixes the new contract will also provide wellness checks for children once at age two and once at age five. Please note your GP can carry out this check at any time when your child is two or five. You do not need to make a special appointment just for this checkup. It can be carried out at any appointment the child has during the year.
The scheme started on July 1st 2015. You can register at gpvisitcard.ie.
Once you register, the details are sent to your GP of choice, who must accept your child on his/her panel. Once that is confirmed, you’ll be sent a GP visit card in the post.
From the 1st July 2015, due to the introduction of this scheme, we expect a higher demand for appointments each day. This may result in some delays in getting an appointment. Our priority will continue to be to see patients who are sick and need medical attention on the day. Over-attendance for non-medical matters can make this more difficult for us to achieve.
In order to minimize the possibility of longer waiting times, we ask all our patients to cooperate with our admin and nursing staff, who are trained to ask you appropriate questions to help ensure you get the most suitable care when needed. All information given to our staff is treated with the strictest confidence.