• May / June Newsletter

    May / June Newsletter

    Welcome to the Buncrana Medical Centre May / June Newsletter.

    We are delighted to announce that Buncrana Medical Centre has won the ICGP National quality improvement in practice award presented by Dr. Aidan Roarty to the annual general meeting of the ICGP on May 13th in Galway.

    The presentation reviewed the recent outstanding results achieved by our patients at the Diabetic clinic, where 84%of patients had improvements in blood sugar levels.
    Well done to everyone who participated and attended at the clinic and to Dr. Roarty and all our dedicated staff who continue to make improvements at Buncrana Medical Centre.

    We were delighted to be invited to attend a recent meeting hosted by Crana College on teenage mental health.
    Jigsaw is an open access teen friendly drop in centre offering invaluable support to many young people looking for support. Here at Buncrana Medical Centre we understand the need to support mental health of all age groups including that of teenagers.

    One recent study suggested that one in every three 10 to 13 year olds when asked admitted to some symptoms of depression or anxiety.
    Another study suggested that at any one time 10% of young people aged 5-15 have a mental health disorder. 50% of people with long term mental health disorders start in adolescence and 75% by their mid-twenties, however there is recent evidence to suggest that early intervention with talking therapy can be protective against illnesses such as anxiety and depression from becoming chronic or lifelong.


    Is a common childhood disorder affecting 3-5% of the population?

    Children may exhibit restlessness, inattention, poor concentration, impatience or disruptive behaviour.

    Parents may notice that their child:

    • Never sits still
    • Is very fidgety
    • Cannot wait his/her turn
    • Disorganised/forgetful
    • Loosing necessary equipment
    • Overly active / constantly daydreaming

    Referral to child and adolescent mental health service is usual to put in place necessary assistance for each child with this disorder.



    A multi-disciplinary approach between paediatrics and CAmhs to provide adequate support is best and as most people are now aware there is no link between childhood vaccination and Autism. So always get your children vaccinated to prevent life threating childhood illnesses.


    Behavioural problems and aggression may be managed with parenting techniques and Barnardos website offers further information.



    Is an organisation that helps children struggling with bereavement.


    The Tourette’s association of Ireland can offer advice and sometimes review with the child psychiatry team if necessary.


    Please find helpful web addresses below:

    Addiction Services

    SASSY– Substance Abuse Service Specific to Youth

    Tel: 01 877 2300

    YoDA– Youth Drug and Alcohol Service

    Tel 01 466 5040


    ADHD Support Groups:

    H A D D is a volunteer family support group. Dublin branch at Carmichael

    Centre for voluntary groups, Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 Tel: 01-8748349

    Website: http://www.hadd.ie/

    ADDISS is a UK based charity providing information and resources on ADHD



    Affective Disorders: Support Groups

    Aware – Irish support group for Depression and Bipolar Illness

    Website: www.aware.ie

    Helpline Tel: 1890303302

    The Samaritans: 24-hour crisis service Helpline1850 609090 (ROI);

    E-mail: jo@samaritans.org



    Autism Support Groups:

    The Irish Society for Autism. Tel: 01-8744684

    Website: http://www.autism.ie/

    ASPIRE – Asperger Syndrome Association of Ireland,

    Tel: 01-8780027

    Website: http://www.aspire-irl.org/

    National Autistic Society – UK based website

    Website: www.nas.org.uk


    Bereavement Services:

    Rainbows Ireland

    12Tel: (01) 473 4175

    Fax: (01) 473 4177; Website: www.rainbowsireland.com


    Eating Disorders Support Groups:

    BEAT – UK based charity for people with eating disorders and their families

    Website: www.b-eat.co.uk/Home

    Spunout – Irish website for youth



    Website : www.spunout.ie/health/Healthy-mind/Eating-disorders/Eating- disorders

    Bodywhys – Irish national voluntary support group o

    Website: www.bodywhys.ie/

    Telephone: 1890 200 444 (lo-call helpline)

    Headspace – Australian website covering wide range of mental health issues


    American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists o Facts for families and

    Practice parameters for clinicians http://www.aacap.org

    Shine – Irish support group for disorders

    Shine – Irish support group for disorders including Bipolar Affective Disorder and


    Website: http://www.shineonline.ie/

    Rethink – UK based charity for mental illness

    Website: www.rethink.org/

    Young Minds provides information and advice on child mental health issues. 102-

    108, Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5SA.

    Parent’s information service 08000182138.

    Website: www.youngminds.org.uk


    NEPS: National Educational Psychological Services:

    24-27 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1

    Tel 8892700; Email:neps@neps.gov.ie


    Parenting Programmes:

    Barnardos National Database of Parenting Programmes

    Website: www.barnardos.ie/training_and_resources/parenting.html



    DETECT – Dublin East Pilot Programme – Information on psychosis

    Website: www.detect.ie/


    Tourette’s syndrome:

    Tourette syndrome Association of Ireland Irish Support Group. Email:

    info@tsai.ie. Helpline: 0872982356

    Website: www.tsai.ie/ – under construction

    Tourette’s Action – UK support group

    Website: www.tourettes-action.org.uk/



    Affects 2% of children and this percentage rises significantly in teen years.

    It may be presented as irritability instead of low mood or tearfulness, argumentative impatient or oppositional behaviour, being more withdrawn not engaging in usual activities.

    Parents may notice:

    • Their child is more moody or irritable
    • shows lack of interest in hobbies
    • has sleep disturbance or poor concentration]


    Questions to ask your teen:

    • Have you been feeling sad or down lately?
    • Have you had trouble sleeping?
    • Have you lost interest in the things you really enjoy?
    • Have you thought about harming yourself or ending it all?

    Referral to child psychiatrist may be needed, so talk to your GP if you are worried about any of the above.

    Counselling can be very helpful as already mentioned Jigsaw or school counsellors are readily accessible.


    Sometime medication may be needed and this is usually started by a child psychiatrist.


    A great book ‘How to talk so your children will listen and listen so they will talk’ is a book available in the library and illustrates how to communicate effectively.

    If there has been a deliberate self harm the child should be referred to local CAMHS team.

    Headspace.ie or ReachOut are good websites for information.


    Anxiety disorders are one of the most common disorders of childhood.

    There is a range of disorders including generalised anxiety and specific phobias, separation anxiety, selective mutism, PTSD and panic.


    Parents may notice:

    • Their child having recurring nightmares
    • Panic
    • Being very clingy
    • Refusing school or refusing to leave the house
    • Preoccupation with washing hands or with appearance.

    Medication and behavioural therapy can be very helpful and effective in reducing anxiety.



    EATING DISORDERS                                                                                    

    Are less common but still have a prevalence of up to 1% in young people


    Parents may notice:

    • Increasing preoccupation with food portion size
    • Rituals around eating only certain colour of foods
    • Excessive exercising
    • Excessive eating followed by periods of excessive dieting

    If this is the case the child may have an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia.

    BODYWHYS.ie is a good website for information and reference.



    Teens with an addiction problem can be referred to YODA or SASSY which specialise in teen addiction and helping teens quit.



    Social withdrawal, odd behaviour, academic deterioration may be warning signs that occur up to a year before other symptoms such as being overly suspicious, complaints of hearing or seeing things or paranoia such as feeling someone is watching of following them.Substance misuse may initiate or exacerbate psychotic illness.


    You are invited to our Information Evening:

    ‘Promoting Health and Well Being’

    On Tuesday the 20th of May at 7.00pm.

    Speakers include:

    Dr. Aidan Roarty,

    Dr. Ciara Steele,

    Leanne Mc Brearty (Advisor on social prescribing)

     And Breda Friel (Counsellor in primary care)


    We look forward to seeing you then and answering any questions you may have.

    Well done to Dr. Aidan Roarty on winning the Quality in Practice (QIP) award, ICGP at the weekend.

    Appointment Times:

    Monday- Friday Surgery:

    8.00am – 9.00am:  Please call Emergency phone.

    9.30am – 1.00pm

    1.00pm – 2.00pm: Please call emergency phone.

    2.00pm – 5.00pm

    5.00pm – 6.00pm: Emergencies Only. Please call emergency phone.

    Saturday Surgery:

    10.00am – 11.30am. Please call emergency phone.

    Fahan Surgery (Monday): 10.00am – 12.00 noon.

    Muff Surgery (Wednesday): 10.00am – 12.00 noon.


    1.00pm – 2.00pm Daily / 5.00pm – 6.00pm Daily call: 086 8599988

    8.00am – 9.00am Daily / Saturday Morning call: 086 8139750



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