Here at Galway Bay Medical Centre we pride ourselves on listening to what our patients want and are happy to change the way we do things in response to customer opinion. An area which we keep under constant review is pricing. We can't provide services for free or we won't be providing any service for very long but that doesn't mean that we can't strive to be as fair and open as possible in our pricing.
With that in mind, we have reviewed 2 key areas of our fees:
We have introduced a Child Consultation rate of €40 for all of our patients under 16 years of age. This is for a routine consultation with our GPs.
From our research, we have found that consults of this sort tend, on average, to be shorter and less complex. They require less GP time and less follow-up, so it is only fair that the cost should reflect that fact.
Our aim is to fix your problem when ever possible in one consultation. However, this simply doesn't always work, so occasionally you will need to come back for review to try a different approach.
As these review appointments tend to be straightforward and usually shorter than the initial consult we have changed our pricing structure to a system we hope is fairer both to our patients and to our doctors.
A review of the same problem within 1 week of the initial consult has been reduced to €25 with the old review rate of €35 now being extended to cover any review appointment within 2 weeks of the initial consult.
Full details of our Fees can be found here.
Anam Cara Galway, an organisation that supports bereaved parents, will hold its next monthly Parent Evening on Wednesday 2nd of May from 19:30 to 21:00 in the Clayton Hotel, Old Monivea Road, Ballybrit, Galway.
Finally, we are back up and running almost as normal.
We have no heating and no carpets but phones are back.
We do have a bit of a backlog of appointments to get through but we're getting there.