Frequent Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Your new baby is entitled to a 2 week and 6 week check free of charge by your GP.
  • As soon as you have your child's PPS number, you should apply for their GP Visit Card
  • The easiest way to do this is to apply online via Online Application form U6 GP Visit Card
  • If you wish to join Callan Medical Centre contact us on 056 7725237
  • Panel size permitting, we will organise a first visit for you with our GP
  • We will ask you to sign a consent form to have your previous GP records, and medical card (if applicable) transferred to us.
  • If you are absent from work through illness or an accident, you may be entitled to receive an Illness Benefit payment from Social Welfare
  • You should make an appointment to see your GP in order to obtain an Illness Benefit certificate for this purpose.
  • You will find some helpful information on Illness Benefit and other Welfare benefits on
  • When you first attend your G.P. to confirm your pregnancy, you can sign up to the The Maternity and Infant Care Scheme.  This entitles you to 5 visits to your G.P. for pregnancy related issues, which are alternated with your hospital appointments.
  • After your baby is born this scheme covers your baby for a 2 week check up with your G.P. and a 6 week check up for both yourself and your baby.   Please remember to sign up for your baby's G.P. Visit card as soon as you have their PPS Number.  This will entitle your children under the age of 6 to G.P. visits.
  • Consultations or reports for legal purposes
  • Examinations relating to Insurance policies
  • Examinations relating to driving licences
  • Pre Employment Examinations
  • Examinations for fitness to participate in sports
  • Certain childhood vaccines
  • Travel Vaccines
  • Non Diagnostic blood tests
  • Medical Certificates for employment
  • GP letters for non medical purposes
  • Forms and referrals for non medical procedures
  • You can see the full list of what is covered by your medical card here
You do not need to fast for ROUTINE blood tests, including Cholesterol and blood sugar levels. There are specific blood tests, which you do need to fast for, but your G.P. will inform you of this before you make your appointment.
Callan Medical Centre can provide you with a copy of vaccines that have been carried out in this surgery only. If you need information on vaccines carried out at school, etc, you can contact the Child Health Office at your local Community Health Office. For example, In Kilkenny, this is at the HSE Community Care HQ, James Green, Kilkenny
  • We carry out a range of travel vaccines here at Callan Medical Centre. Please telephone us in advance and speak with our Practice Nurse, who will talk you through the vaccines required, when you need to have them, and help with any vaccine queries you may have. Please do so well in advance of travel to ensure that we have the vaccines you need in stock.
  • A full list of countries and vaccines required for travel to these countries is contained here
  • The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC or E111) card will allow you to visit a G.P. if you are on holidays or staying in Ireland for a period less than 3 months.
  • You will need to produce a valid EHIC card in order for this to cover the cost of your G.P. visit