McGreals Announce 30,000 Donation to Community Groups & Sports Clubs

McGreals Group are delighted to annnounce that they will donate €30,000 worth of hand sanitiser this month to local community groups and sports clubs.

”We are aware of the importance of community groups and sports clubs and the vital role they play in our communities. McGreals would like to support their return to normality in the safest way possible by donating large amounts of hand sanitiser.”

Kilian McGreal, Managing Director, McGreals Group

McGreals Group offers a range of integrated healthcare services including pharmacy, optical, audiology and nutrition in a local community setting across Leinster.

We are asking people to register their interest in store or on our website >>  https://mcgreals.ie/community/

McGreals welcome Clinical Audiologist and Rehabilitation specialist Justine Rae to the team

Justine will be based at our Main Street Pharmacy in Blessington and will offer a wide variety of services to the public.

Justine hails from South Africa and has worked extensively in the public and private sector, both there and in the United Kingdom. She is equipped to screen hearing from birth to age 3 and to provide diagnostic assessments from age 3 years old and upwards.

She prides herself in providing a full service and is able to carry out the following:

  • A full diagnostic hearing assessment that includes checking of the outer ear, middle ear and inner ear. Tests also include a full case history and speech testing and will be done in a Sound- proof booth as recommended by the Health Professions council.
  • Monitor middle ear infections in children
  • Assess for Auditory processing disorder
  • Provide hearing aids that range from entry level to advanced in their technology and capabilities for both adults and children. Hearing aids are verified using advanced equipment called Real ear measures so that people are fitted according to their own needs.
  • Rehabilitation following the fitting of hearing aids
  • Hearing screening in schools
  • Provide custom made noise and swim protection
  • As of April, Justine will be able to remove wax (cerumen) via a gentle technique known as micro-suction

Justine will be taking bookings from the 25th February.

Discover Contact Lenses

1. Eye Test

As long as you have a valid prescription that’s within the expiry date, you won’t need another Eye Test to get contact lenses. If you haven’t had a test in a while, it’s easy to book an appointment online. BOOK HERE

2. Initial Assessment

Whether you have your assessment straight after your Eye Test or you arrange one for another date, it will involve spending time with one of McGreals expert optometrists to ensure you have the correct contact lenses for your eyes and your lifestyle. We’ll also show you how to insert and remove your lenses, and how best to look after them.

To make sure the lenses we choose are the right ones for you, we’ll arrange a free trial, so you can get used to them and see how they feel.

3. Aftercare Check up

Your first checkup is free and should take place around two weeks after you’ve started wearing your new lenses. This is just to see how you’re getting on with them and to discuss any problems you may be having.

 

Contact McGreals Opticians for more information.

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill St, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow 059 645 1103

McGreals Pharmacy, Main St, Blessington, Co Wicklow 045 865 732

McGreals Pharmacy, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois 057 864 2920

Monasterevin Pharmacy, U3, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare 045 525 580

Signs you may need an Eye Test

Signs you may need an eye test

Signs you may need an eye test

Getting checked for glasses by an optician could make life so much easier.

If you have any of these symptoms – its time to get an eye test.

1. Unexplained headaches
Ever get headaches after doing close-up work such as reading or working at a computer? How about after periods of distance vision, like watching TV or driving? If the answer’s yes, you need to book an appointment with the optician – glasses could really help.

2. Blurred vision
If your vision ever changes or distorts, it could be a sign you need glasses. Test yourself by regularly looking at something you see every day, such as the spine of a book or a number plate, to check whether you can still read it. Try doing this one eye at a time for a more thorough test.

3. Wavy vision
When you look at straight lines such as door or window frames and see them as wavy or kinked, there’s a chance you’re experiencing age-related macular degeneration, a common reason for needing glasses. Again, test yourself one eye at a time to double check.

4. Tired eyes and difficulty focusing
We all experience tired eyes as a symptom of everyday fatigue, but when it’s a persistent problem that occurs after common activities like driving and reading, it’s well worth getting your eyes tested by an optician.

5. Painful or red eyes
Healthy eyes shouldn’t hurt or appear red; if they do, there’s a chance you’ve got an eye condition that needs to be seen to by an optician.
Blurred or misty vision is another common vision-related ailment that you should get checked out professionally. These symptoms could be an early sign of cataracts, glaucoma or age-related macular degeneration, which opticians can help you with alongside the usual long-sighted or short-sighted examinations.

Book your eye test today at your local McGreals Opticians or online here.

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill St, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow
Telephone: 059 645 1103

McGreals Pharmacy, Main St, Blessington, Co Wicklow
Telephone: 045 865 732

McGreals Pharmacy, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois
Telephone: 057 864 2920

Monasterevin Pharmacy, U3, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare
Telephone: 045 525 580

McGreals Family Fun Walk 2017 (Emo, Co Laois & Blessington Greenway, Co Wicklow)

Huge crowds turned out for McGreals Family Fun Walks 2017 to support local charities. The first walk was held on Blessington Greenway with a choice of a 6km or 12km route and the second event was a 5km walk held in Emo, Co Laois. Both walks were beautiful scenic routes lead by local walk leaders.

Four charities benefited from the walks with a total of €3000 in total being raised. McGreals would like to thank the local communities involved for making this possible.

Family Fun Walk 2017 – Blessington Greenway

Join our *FAMILY FUN WALK 2017* in aid of West Wicklow Cancer Support.
-Sunday 10th September-

Spending time outdoors with the family is so important. The health benefits of being active and outdoors are obvious; getting that all-important vitamin D, stress relief, physical activity – the list goes on. With this in mind McGreals have teamed up with Wicklow Sports Partnership to bring a Family Fun Walk to Blessington Greenway, Blessington, Co Wicklow.

It will be a free fun event for all of the family.
We have decided to take donations on the day for a carefully chosen group who do fantastic work for families in West Wicklow – West Wicklow Cancer Support Group.

Where & When

The event will start & finish at The Avon Ri Adventure Centre in Blessington, Co Wicklow on Sunday 10th September. Registration at 11am, starts at 11.30pm.

The Route

The 6km or 12km route will take you along the beautiful Blessington Greenway trail. Along the way you will have the opportunity to appreciate the magnificent scenery and wildlife in the area.
Blessington Greenway, Blessington, Wicklow is a hidden gem; only about half an hour from Dublin, it’s the ideal place to head with the whole family.

Donations can be made in your local Mcgreals Pharmacy or on the day to support West Wicklow Cancer Support.

Ask Your Pharmacist – How can they help?

Pharmacists are highly trained experts in medication management — and key members of your healthcare team. Pharmacists can provide advice and information on many common health topics and ailments. Are you taking full advantage of the many helpful services your pharmacist can provide? Here’s what you should know.

Manage your medications

Pharmacists are specialists with in-depth knowledge of hundreds of medications — including prescription, non-prescription (or “over-the-counter”) and supplements.

As a healthcare professional specializing in drugs, pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, and chronic health conditions, your pharmacist works with other healthcare professionals to ensure you are receiving the right drug and dose at the right time for your personal needs. This is especially important if you take more than one medication, and even more so if the medications are initiated by different prescribers.

Your pharmacist can explain the best way to take your medications, ensuring that you know the possible side effects and how to manage them, and that you understand how your medications interact with other medications, food and drink.

Treat everyday ailments

Your pharmacist does more than just dispense and advise on medications. Other services may include:

Giving flu shots.
Recommending treatment (e.g., medication, lifestyle changes) or referral to another practitioner for common conditions such as allergies, sunburn, flu, and rashes.
Screening for cholesterol.
Providing support in managing chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, and other chronic conditions.
Helping people quit smoking by recommending over-the-counter products, prescribing medication for smoking cessation, and providing information and encouragement.
Explaining how to use healthcare aids and devices.
Providing general education on health and wellness topics.

These services can be especially helpful if you live in a rural area without ready access to a doctor, do not have a primary care provider, or if you simply need advice quickly.

If you have a question or need help with a particular health and wellness issue, ask your pharmacist if he or she can help.

10 Steps to CPR

10 Steps to CPR

Performing CPR properly can mean the difference between life and death. CPR, which stands for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, is an emergency procedure done when someone’s breathing or heartbeat has stopped. CPR techniques vary depending on the age or size of the patient. Those who are certified or trained in CPR are ideally the ones who should perform the procedure.

Step 1

Survey the area. Although it is best to begin CPR as quickly as possible, the person who is about to perform CPR needs to ensure that he will be safe while performing the procedure. This may include looking for traffic, fires or other potential dangers.

6 Tips for Eye Health and Maintaining Good Eyesight

Don’t take your eyes for granted. Protect your sight with these six tips:

1. Eat for Good Vision
Protecting your eyes starts with the food on your plate. Nutrients such as omega-3 fatty acids, lutein, zinc, and vitamins C and E might help ward off age-related vision problems such as macular degeneration and cataracts, studies show. Regularly eating these foods can help lead to good eye health:

Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards
Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish
Eggs, nuts, beans, and other non-meat protein sources
Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices
Oysters and pork

Eating a well-balanced diet also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which makes you less likely to get obesity-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in adults.

2. Quit Smoking
Smoking makes you more likely to get cataracts, optic nerve damage, and macular degeneration. If you’ve tried to quit smoking before and started smoking again, keep trying. The more times you try to quit smoking, the more likely you are to succeed.

3. Wear Sunglasses
The right kind of sunglasses will help protect your eyes from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays.

Too much UV exposure makes you more likely to get cataracts and macular degeneration.

Choose sunglasses that block 99% to 100% of both UVA and UVB rays. Wraparound lenses help protect your eyes from the side. Polarized lenses reduce glare when driving.

If you wear contact lenses, some offer UV protection. It’s still a good idea to wear sunglasses for more protection, though.

4. Use Safety Eyewear
If you work with hazardous or airborne materials on the job or at home, wear safety glasses or protective goggles every time.

Certain sports such as ice hockey, racquetball, and lacrosse can also lead to eye injury. Wear eye protection (such as helmets with protective face masks or sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses) to shield your eyes.

5. Look Away From the Computer Screen
Staring at a computer screen for too long can cause:

Eyestrain
Blurry vision
Trouble focusing at a distance
Dry eyes
Headaches
Neck, back, and shoulder pain
Taking the following steps to protect your eyes:

Make sure your glasses or contact lens prescription is up-to-date and adequate for computer use.
Some people may need glasses to help with contrast, glare, and eye strain when using a computer.
Position your computer so that your eyes are level with the top of the monitor. This allows you to look slightly down at the screen.
Try to avoid glare on your computer from windows and lights. Use an anti-glare screen if needed.
Choose a comfortable, supportive chair. Position it so that your feet are flat on the floor.
If your eyes are dry, blink more.
Every 20 minutes, rest your eyes by looking 20 feet away for 20 seconds. At least every 2 hours, get up and take a 15-minute break.

6. Visit Your Eye Doctor Regularly
Everyone, even young children, should get their eyes examined regularly. It helps you protect your sight and see your best.

Eye exams can also find some eye diseases, such as glaucoma, that have no symptoms. It’s important to find these diseases early on, when they’re easier to treat.

Book an eye test at McGreals Opticians located in Blessington Co Wicklow and Baltinglass, Co Wicklow.

Blessington’s Operation Transformation Walk 2017

Operation Transformation National Walk outside McGreals Primary Care Centre in Blessington 2017

A large crowd of almost 300 enthusiastic walkers took part in the Operation Transformation Blessington Walk from McGreals Primary Care Centre on Saturday 7th January. It was the first year that a national Operation Transformation walk took place in Blessington and its success will ensure it will not be the last.

The weather was on our side & walkers of all ages and fitness levels turned up to step it out on the Blessington 5.2km walk. The event was organised by McGreals Pharmacy in conjunction with Wicklow Sports Partnership. Free fizzy vests, water and a selection fruit was available for all participants.

The support of all those who ensured the event was safe and enjoyable including the Garda Siochana and community volunteers was greatly appreciated on the day. Due to popular demand a weekly walking group has now formed in Blessington, meeting on a Monday nights at 7pm outside the Coimin centre in Blessington.

McGreals are offering a free weekly weigh in service at your local McGreals Pharmacy as well as advice on how to reach and maintain a healthy weight through diet and lifestyle choices. ‘McGreals Pharmacy will keep a record of your numbers in store so that you can monitor your progress. Visit www.mcgreals.ie for your local McGreals Pharmacy location.

Operation Transformation National Walk in Blessington 2017