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Santa is coming to McGreals – 2018 dates announced

*FREE Magical Christmas Experience at McGreals*

Going to visit Santa is always a highlight for children during the festive season, so here’s where you can find him this year.

Santa will be visiting all the McGreals Pharmacies in December. Every year huge crowds of children arrive at their local McGreals to meet Santa and his elves. There is no admission fee and Santa will have a free gift and a free photo for every child.

Santa will be visiting from 1pm – 5pm on these dates

Portarlington – McGreals Pharmacy Tuesday 4th December 2018

Monasterevin – Monasterevin Pharmacy Wednesday 5th December

Blessington – McGreals Primary Care Pharmacy Thurs 6th December &
Mcgreals Pharmacy, Main Street, Blessington Fri 7th December

Baltinglass – Baltinglass Pharmacy Wednesday 12th December

Newbridge – McGreals Pharmacy Thursday 13th and Friday 14th December

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TEXT & COLLECT – a NEW FREE SERVICE at McGreals Pharmacy


With our free prescription texting service, you give us your repeat prescriptions for long term medication.
On the monthly date your repeat prescription is due to be filled, we will text you as soon as it is ready for collection!

No wait time! Your prescription will be ready when you arrive.

HOW DO I AVAIL OF THE SERVICE?

To join just pop in store.
Bring your repeat prescription with you if we do not already have it on file.
You will be asked to fill out contact details on our application form available in store and leave the rest to us!

 

PRIVACY
We will not share your mobile number with anyone else. Your prescription and your information will be kept private at all times and held in the strictest confidence.

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180 people attend free CPR training events at McGreals Pharmacy

McGreals Pharmacy held free CPR & defibrillater training throughout the month of May at store locations in Blessington, Baltinglass, Newbridge, Monasterevin & Portarlington.

Wicklow First Responders Anne Marie Whittle & Paul Byrne trained an overwhelming number of 180 people over the course of the events. In the one hour class attendees were shown the basics of CPR, defibrillator use and the correct procedure to follow in an emergency.

There is a public access defibrillator outside every McGreals Pharmacy with the help of a community phone donation scheme they ran in 2015. Every year since there installation McGreals Pharmacy have hosted free CPR training to ensure as many people possible throughout their communities have the ability to use them.

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Free CPR Training at McGreals Pharmacy

Free CPR Training at McGreals Pharmacy

Learn how to respond to a cardiac emergency.

McGreals Pharmacy will be offering an opportunity for you to learn CPR, in our Blessington, Baltinglass, Newbridge, Monasterevin and Portarlington stores.

Mcgreals Pharmacy,Curragh grange, Newbridge, Co Kildare Tuesday 8th May from 7-8pm.

Mcgreals Pharmacy, Mcgreals Primary Care Centre, Blessington, Co Wicklow Wednesday 9th May from 7-8pm.

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill Street, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow Thursday 10th May from 7-8pm.

Monasterevin Pharmacy, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare Tuesday 15th May from 6.30-7.30pm

Mcgreals Pharmacy, Primary Care Centre, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois Wednesday 16th May from 6.30pm-7.30pm

You will be shown the basics of CPR by two Wicklow First Responders and the correct procedure to follow in an emergency. The following topics will be covered on the night.

Adult Chest Compressions
Adult Breaths
Adult Pocket Face Mask
Adult Practice
Adult Defibrillation
Adult Choking
Child CPR
Infant CPR
Child Choking
Infant Choking

This FREE training event is open to all members of the public,
People of any age are more than welcome to attend.

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What five signs tell you your child needs an eye test?


It’s easy for poor eyesight to go unnoticed in children, as they often don’t report it themselves. In fact, they probably don’t even realise anything is wrong.

That’s why it’s important to make sure you book them in for a routine eye test every year – or more often if their optician advises – and look out for these watch points in between. It’s time to play detective.

1. They’re getting close up

If your child chooses to sit right up in front of the TV, it may not just be a sign that they’re engrossed in their favourite show. “It’s probably that they can’t see the screen clearly from the sofa,” suggests Andy Hepworth, dispensing optician and professional relations manager for Essilor. “So you should book an appointment to have their sight tested.”

A lazy eye could develop into a squint. But picked up early this can be corrected

2. They’re closing one eye

Have you noticed your child covers up or closes one of their eyes when they’re trying to focus? That could be a sign they have a lazy eye. “If they keep relying on the one strong eye they will further strengthen it and weaken the other one,” notes Hepworth.

“It’s a case of the sooner the better for an optician seeing a child with a lazy eye. This could eventually develop into a squint. But the younger and sooner this is picked up, the more chance there is of correcting it.”

Have you noticed your child covering an eye up when reading? Is your child falling behind at school? It might be time to book an optician appointment kid with glasses.

3. They’re struggling at school

“If your child is falling behind with school work it could indicate that they’re having difficulty reading the board,” says Hepworth. “Similarly if they’re suddenly finding sport more challenging than before their eyesight might be to blame.”

Of course there are a whole host of possible explanations but poor vision is one that can be easily ruled out with a quick check up.

4. They’re always rubbing their eyes

“When our eyesight is poor, we naturally blink to try to clear our vision. This can make our eyes watery so we wipe them more often,” notes Hepworth. “If you notice your child doing this it’s time to book in for a test.”

5. They look different in photos

“If you start noticing that there’s a white, yellow or orange reflection in your child’s pupil in photos, take them to see an optician.
“On rare occasions it could be a sign that they have an eye condition that would need to be treated and again the sooner detected the easier to treat”.

Book an eye test at McGreals Optician HERE

Located in Blessington Co Wicklow, Baltinglass Co Wicklow & Portarlington Co Laois.

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What is your Optician checking for?

An eye exam does not only check if you need spectacles. Your Optometrist can detect early signs of some systemic conditions and diseases by looking at your eye’s blood vessels, retina and so forth.

ARMD – Aged Related Macular Degeneration is the most common
cause of vision loss in an aging population in Ireland.
It is a progressive disease which can lead to severe visual impairment.

Glaucoma – Glaucoma is a range of conditions which can cause damage
to the optic nerve at the back of the eye, leading to vision loss over time.
It is very successfully treated if caught early so regular eye tests
every two years will screen for any changes.

Eye Conditions – Diabetic Retinopathy, Cataract Retinis Pigmentoso are just a
few of the other eye conditions which can be detected in your routine eye exam.

Other Conditions
They may be able to tell you if you are developing high blood pressure,
high cholesterol or other problems.

Book your free eye test at McGreals Opticians HERE
Free glasses now available from our €89 Range with your PRSI

*please note free eye tests & free glasses are for qualifying PRSI & Medical Card Patients

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Get Fit with McGreals this January 2018 – Operation Transformation is Back!


This January we plan to lead the way in promoting healthy living in our community as we join in RTE’s Operation Transformation!

After the success of last years Operation Transformations National Walk in Blessington Co Wicklow we have decided to team up with Wicklow Sports Partnership to bring the national event to Blessington again this year! The walk will take place on Saturday 13th January at 11am and we encourge the whole community to get behind it & join us for the 5km loop of the town starting at McGreals Primary Care Centre.

Enquire about weekly walking groups at your local McGreals Pharmacy.

McGreals Pharmacy will be offering a free weekly weigh in service for the
duration of RTE’s Operation Transformation’s show on a day of your choosing in our stores in Blessington, Baltinglass, Newbridge, Monasterevin and Portarlington.

This service includes free waist and weight measurements as well as free professional advice on healthy eating. We will keep a record of your numbers in store so that you can monitor your progress and stay motivated!

Send us your photo(s) of how you are staying fit this January to info@mcgreals.ie & we will use the photos on our social media to encourage and motivate other
community members to get active!
Best photo will be chosen at the end of the show & will be awarded a prize from McGreals Pharmacy.

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Christmas Opening Hours – McGreals

BLESSINGTON MAIN ST. – McGreals Pharmacy, Main Street, Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Telephone: 045 865 197

Christmas Opening Hours

Mon 18th – Fri 22nd: 9:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday 23rd: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Christmas Eve: 10:00am – 3:00pm
25th & 26th: 11:00am – 1:00pm
27th, 28th & 29th: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday 30th: 9:00am – 6:00pm
New Years Eve & New Years Day: 11:00am – 1:00pm

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SANTA is Coming to McGreals – 2017 dates announced!

*FREE Magical Christmas Experience at McGreals*

Going to see Santa on the run up to Christmas is always a highlight for children growing up, so here’s where you can find him this year.

Santa will be visiting all the McGreals Pharmacies in December. Every year huge crowds of children arrive at their local McGreals to meet Santa and his elves. There is no admission fee and Santa will have a free gift and a free photo for every child.

Santa will be visiting from 1pm – 5pm on these dates

Portarlington – McGreals Pharmacy Friday 1st December

Monasterevin – Monasterevin Pharmacy Tuesday 5th December

Blessington – McGreals Primary Care Pharmacy Thurs 7th December &
Mcgreals Pharmacy, Main Street, Blessington Fri 8th December

Baltinglass – Baltinglass Pharmacy Tuesday 12th December

Newbridge – Mcgreals Pharmacy Thursday 14th and Friday 15th December


We have Santa letters available in store that can be posted in our Santa post box. Santa replies to every child before Christmas by post.

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Ministers show support for Blessington Greenway

Two Ministers of State, Andrew Doyle and Brendan Griffin, visited Blessington today (19 October 2017) and met Blessington & District Forum to discuss plans for the further development of Blessington Greenway. The Forum was represented by Chairman Michael Sargent, Kilian McGreal and John Horan.

The existing Greenway covers 6.5kms of walking and cycling trails through the forest and woodlands taking in some spectacular scenery adjacent to the shoreline of Blessington Reservoir – more commonly referred to as Blessington Lakes. It joins the historic town of Blessington to the Palladian mansion of Russborough House. It is now planned that further phases will be developed and will continue around the lakes for another 40kms looping back to Blessington.

At today’s meeting Minister Doyle said that he has been a long-term supporter of the development of Blessington Greenway. “The promoters of the Greenway are aware of my strong support for this excellent project. My objective now is to ensure that my Ministerial colleagues are left in no doubt as to the added value which the completion of the Greenway can bring to not just Wicklow but to the Irish economy as a whole”.

Minister Griffin who has special responsibility for Tourism and Sport acknowledged that walking and cycling tourism represents an area with massive growth potential. “This is just the first phase of a great project to run a new Greenway right around Blessington Lakes. From what I know of the progress to-date it’s a good example of how community spirit can make things happen. I know that Wicklow County Council, ESB and other public bodies have been key players but full credit must go to the Blessington Forum for the initiative and for their continuing commitment to seeing it completed.”

A study carried out by Trinity College, Dublin found that cycle ways such as this could boost tourist numbers and have a real economic benefit. Blessington & District Forum Chairman, Michael Sargent, said that the Blessington Greenway development represents great value for money and will provide a much needed flagship tourism project in the heart of the Ancient Ireland tourism region. “A community based body has demonstrated that the job can be done. The completion of the further phases of this exciting new tourism project now requires the direct involvement of Failte Ireland together with the provision of the necessary funding from appropriate national level sources”, he said.

The Greenway project was first envisaged in the Wicklow County Development Plan and has been implemented under the auspices of the Forum. John Horan has managed the project on behalf of the Forum and he said that “a wide range of stakeholders including Co Wicklow Partnership, ESB, Wicklow County Council, Failte Ireland and Wicklow Tourism have been supportive of this development”.

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