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/

Top 10 Inhaler Tips from The Asthma Society of Ireland

  1. Talk to your healthcare professional about your medication and device technique. Ask them which inhaler to use first and how long to wait between each inhalation
  2. Clarify medication dose, when to take your inhaler and what to do if breathing symptoms deteriorate
  3. Talk to them about the importance of checking inhaler technique REGULARLY
  4. Discuss how and when to clean the device
  5. Consider expiry dates of the device. Ask them if your device is reusable; if there is a discard date and how to discard the device.
  1. Discuss safe storage and disposal of the device
  2. Ask them how to prime the device
  3. Ask what to do if your device malfunctions
  4. Discuss the signs for an empty device and when it needs to be replaced
  5. Ask them for patient information, Asthma Society resources or for a referral if necessary.

Unique air disinfection device proven to kill viruses in the air

A unique air disinfection product designed and manufactured in Ireland by the Irish company Novaerus, is now available for businesses and the general public through the McGreals Pharmacy Group, a healthcare focused business based in Co. Wicklow.

The product which has been endorsed by Enterprise Ireland is being used in hospitals and health care settings around the world including Wuhan, China. Following increased interest and demand in Ireland from consumers and businesses, Novaerus approached the McGreals Pharmacy Group to bring the product to the Irish retail market.

This ground breaking air disinfection device decontaminates the air and kills any airborne viruses and bacteria. It is patented and has a unique design scientifically proven for airborne infection prevention.

It closes the loop in terms of the importance of disinfecting hands and surfaces and now that third crucial element, air. By drawing air through the clinically proven and patented Air Plasma field it immediately destroys airborne viruses – all while using less energy than a 40 watt light bulb.

With no harmful by products, they are safe for use around children, the elderly, and the sick. They are simple to use, low maintenance and highly effective for rapid or continuous infection control, odour mitigation and particle reduction.

County Meath based vet, Dr. Fionnuala Fallon, has recently purchased a unit through the McGreals Pharmacy Group for her practice, Park Pets Veterinary Clinic Kinnegad, which is helping her to provide the safest working environment possible for her staff and customers.

Dr. Fallon, said, “Since the government issued guidelines, and included veterinary practices on their list of essential services, we have made changes to how we operate our veterinary clinics. All cases are triaged by telephone, and only urgent cases are seen at present. Where we do have to see an urgent case we ensure we follow strict Covid-19 guidelines and social distancing measures are in place at this time to protect clients and staff.

We are, of course, using high grade disinfectants and hand sanitizers. We do not allow routine visits to hospitalised patients as per government guidelines, but there are occasions when clients must come in to see their pets – especially if they are critically ill. Sometimes we need to perform euthanasias, and clients wish to say goodbye.

We wear PPE in these rare instances, and in a further effort to keep my staff and clients safe I decided to purchase the groundbreaking air disinfection unit for the clinic. We are aware that guidelines will relax at some point, and the air disinfection unit will continue to provide a cutting edge level of disinfection for our staff, clients and patients on an ongoing basis.”

This innovative technology has also been at the forefront of fighting the coronavirus in China following donations of several units to two hospitals in Wuhan.

Michael Corr, Novaerus Director of Business Development, said, ”Due to the growing concerns over the coronavirus presence in Ireland and following a recent Irish times article and interview on the RTE news highlighting our support against the virus in other countries including its origin in China, we received many requests for our devices from the general public and retail businesses.

As an Irish company based in Dublin with our manufacturing in Portlaoise, our success is through channel partners across the world. We needed a partner to help us support the Irish public and retail businesses to receive our technology quickly and efficiently and that’s why I approached Kilian McGreal at the McGreals Pharmacy Group. We are now working with the McGreals Group to help both businesses and people in their own homes. It’s a real success story! “

Kilian McGreal, Managing Director of the McGreals Pharmacy Group, said, “We are delighted to be working with Novaerus to bring this product to the Irish retail market. Having installed the units in all of our pharmacies; we know we are protecting the health of our team and customers by providing the safest environment possible”.

To buy a Novaerus air disinfection unit you can contact the McGreals Pharmacy Group directly on 085 763 2247 or email info@mcgreals.ie

Healthy Eating for Wellness & Immunity

The key messages from Healthy Food for Life are:


➔ Eat more vegetables, salad and fruit – Up to seven servings a day.
➔ Limit intake of high fat, sugar, salt (HFSS) food and drinks.
➔ Size matters: Use the food pyramid as a guide for serving sizes.
➔ Increase your physical activity levels.
➔ Small changes can make a big difference.
➔ Start TODAY!

Healthy food pyramid

As well as ‘Fuelling’ Properly through a Balanced and Varied Diet,
→ Micronutrients are essential to support a healthy immune system, particularly Vitamins A, C, D, E, B2, B6, and B12, Folic Acid, Iron, Selenium, and Zinc
Vitamin C:
■ Found in: Most Fruit & Vegetables particularly Citrus fruits, Berries, Kiwifruit, Greens such as Broccoli,
Brussels Sprouts etc.○ Vitamin A:
■ Found in: Leafy Green Veg, Yellow, Orange, Red coloured Fruits and Vegetables, Cod liver oil, Milk, Eggs.
Vitamin E:
■ Found in: Plant Oils, Nuts, Seeds, Wholegrains.
B Complex Vitamins:
■ Wholegrain Cereals, Legumes, Leafy Green Veg., Eggs, Dairy, Fish, Meat, Organ Meat, Mushrooms, Nuts.
Zinc:
■ Found in: Meat, Shellfish, Dairy, Eggs, Nuts, Seeds, Legumes, Wholegrains.
Selenium:
■ Seafood, Organ Meats, Wholegrains, Dairy, Meat, Eggs.
Iron:
■ Red Meat, Fish, Poultry, Dark Green Leafy Veg., Nuts, Beans, Fortified Foods.

For further advice, chat to our Clinical Nutritionist Cliona McCarthy

FREE CPR TRAINING

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 Wednesday 26th February from 7-8pm.

McGreals Pharmacy, Mcgreals Primary Care Centre, Blessington, Co Wicklow Thursday 27th February from 6-7pm.

Baltinglass Pharmacy, Mill Street, Baltinglass, Co Wicklow Tuesday 3rd March from 7-8pm.

Monasterevin Pharmacy, Watermill Place, Monasterevin, Co Kildare Tuesday 10th March from 6.30-7.30pm

McGreals Pharmacy, Primary Care Centre, Kilnacourt, Portarlington, Co Laois Thursday 5th March from 6-7pm

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.

Sign up in store or on our facebook event page.

McGreals are proud to have a defibrillator outside our Pharmacies in Baltinglass (above), Blessington, Portarlington and Newbridge.

Clinical Nutrition Consultations at McGreals

Your diet and lifestyle can impact your life in many ways and plays a powerful role in helping you to achieve a healthier body and mindset. But knowing what to eat, when to eat and how to achieve a better lifestyle balance can often be confusing.

Through positive and clear advice on dietary and lifestyle management, our Clinical Nutrition Consultations and programmes can help you to:

  • Achieve a healthy balanced diet  
  • Prevent and reduce illness throughout your life   
  • Improve your wellbeing 

Nutrional Consultation Costs 

  • The initial Nutritional Consultation is free. This includes Body Composition Analysis and Interpretation (BCA is an accurate analysis of your body make up including muscle, fat and water content), a detailed dietary overview and analysis and overall recommendation.
  • Follow Up Sessions – Four sessions for €99 or €25 for one session
Renpho Body Composition Analysis Scales used in initial Consultation

To Book Your Nutritional Consultation visit mcgreals.ie or call 0818 714 714.

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.

Hospital Grade Breast Pump Rental

Official Ardo hospital grade Breast pump now available to rent at McGreals Primary Care Centre Pharmacy, Blessington, Co Wicklow.

Online booking is essential – book your breast pump rental here

Get access at home to the breastpump used and endorsed by maternity wards across the country

The Carum breastpump features a closed system hospital-grade breastpump

Simple to use – complete control over speed and suction

Sensitive settings to help mums with tender breasts or nipples.

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