One-to-one appointment for people who have recurrent headaches. Appointments can be arranged, virtually, using zoom or in person consultations in Dunlavin, Co Wicklow.
Video consultations will never fully replace face to face consultations. Nevertheless, it has provided a good service for several people with headaches since the start of the COVID pandemic. It has also facilitated many people who have no transport or live 2-3 hours away to consult with ease.
Alternatively, many people attend in person for the initial consultation and are happy to attend virtually for follow-up consultation. I find this approach works well and is the model used in many hospitals now.
I am happy to take queries from other GPs about headache patients.
Provide education for health care professionals though workshops, presentations and distance learning modules. I have already spoken to Practice Nurses and GPs’ on Headache at meetings organized by the Practice Nurses Association and the Irish College of General Practitioners, I have contributed to webinars organized by the Migraine Association of Ireland on Migraine in women.
Presented a poster at the Irish Neurology Association meeting in June 2019 which was organised by the Irish Institute of Clinical Neuroscience on the recently published document ‘Migraine: Diagnosis and Management from a GP perspective’ of which I was the lead author. Dr Martin Ruttledge, Headache Neurologist and Ms Esther Tomkins, Advance Nurse Headache Practitioner were co-authors and actively involved in the project. The document has been adopted for use by many hospitals including Tallaght University Hospital. It is currently available in the members area of the Irish College of General Practitioners website (www.icgp.ie).