Out of hours service opens
The out of hours GP service for north Wicklow opened last week at Loughlinstown Hospital.
Northdoc is operating from the hospital from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. Monday to Friday, and 24 hours at the weekend and bank holidays.
Up to 150 GPs have signed up to service the area covered by Northdoc.
'It's fantastic news that after many years campaigning by Sinn Féin, the service is now finally open to the public,' said Deputy John Brady. 'It is disappointing however that no public awareness campaign has been put in place to inform the public of this critically important new service. The HSE needs to roll an awareness campaign out as a priority.'
He said that the service is long overdue and will bring an end to current waiting times to see a GP out of regular hours.
The service phone number is 01 2234500. Patients must phone as the service is not walk-in.