Galway Bay Medical Centre was established in June 2008 by Dr Sinead Murphy, a GP who has been working in Galway city since 2003.
We opened our doors on Merchants Road in 2008 and moved to our current location on Dock Road in September 2012. We offer a wide range of medical services in a professional yet relaxed atmosphere and can treat both Private and Medical Card (GMS) patients.
We believe in Evidence-Based Medicine, kindness, chocolate, common-sense, art, laughter, good music and equality.
We believe you should be able to approach your GP about any medical worry you have and be treated with respect.
We believe in making you feel at ease during times of physical or mental stress.
We believe that knowledge is an important step on the road to health.
We believe in preventive medicine.
We believe in putting the patient first and treating our patients as equals.
We are here to help you.
We are happy to treat anybody who requires medical assistance, whether you are a private patient or hold a medical card or doctor visit card. From time-to-time our medical card list will be closed for capacity reasons so we may not always be accepting new GMS patients. Please enquire at reception.
We are also happy to see people who have recently moved to Galway or are here on a temporary basis. Visitors from the EU who hold a valid European Health Insurance Card do not have to pay for emergency GP visits during their stay.
All GMS/DVC or EHIC cards must be valid and presented on arrival.
If you have a medical problem of any kind and need advice or treatment, your GP is the place to go. The obvious exception to this is a serious medical emergency (collapse, bad accidents, heart attack, bleeding profusely..) where hospital treatment is required. If it requires an urgent ambulance, call them without delay (112).
For everything else start with a GP.
On average 90 - 95% of your medical problems can be dealt with directly by your GP without the need for onward referral. General practice is by far the most efficient component of Ireland's health service, with rapid access to appointments and expertise. Here at Galway Bay Medical Centre, we offer you a broad and comprehensive range of services so you can get as much as possible under one roof.
Lots of people end up queuing for hours to see a Nurse followed by a Doctor in the Accident and Emergency Department of the local hospital, only to be sent home with a script for tablets that their GP could have given them half a day earlier, with much less stress, both financial and emotional.
Please refer to our Services section for full details of our routine GP services, Family Planning options, Travel Vaccine clinic (including yellow fever), Cryotherapy, STI screening, Suturing, Antenatal care, Childhood Immunisations and Flu vaccines, Cholesterol/Diabetes screening, and many others.
See here for our Opening Hours.
Appointments are available from 8.30am to 5pm Monday to Friday. We now offer lunchtime appointments with the doctor on Wednesday and are also open late on Wednesday evenings until 6.00pm. Out-of-hours GP cover for registered patients is provided 24/7 through our midweek and weekend GP rotas.
If you are a patient of the practice or of one of our partner practices and require emergency assistance out of hours just phone the surgery and our answering service will direct you further.
The GP is your first point of contact within the Irish health service and is where you should start if you have a medical problem while holidaying in Ireland. GPs can resolve 90% of such issues, and can refer you further if the need arises. If the problem is extremely urgent (for example collapse, bad accidents, heart attack, bleeding profusely..) you should call an ambulance (phone 999 or 112) or proceed directly to the Accident and Emergency Department of University Hospital Galway, or the Galway Clinic. If you have a valid EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) or UK NHS card, you are entitled to free emergency GP care. We also have direct payment arrangements with a small selection of insurance companies for those normally resident abroad. For others, keep your receipt after paying for your medical treatment to claim back later if your insurance allows for this.