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.

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.

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.

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

Treating Hayfever

Treating HayFever

Visit your pharmacist and try to treat your hay fever symptoms with over-the-counter medications, such as antihistamines.
If your symptoms don’t improve after using antihistamines, make an appointment to see your GP. You may need treatment with prescription medications, such as nasal steroid medication.
The various treatments for hay fever are outlined below. You can also read a summary of the pros and cons of hay fever treatments, allowing you to compare your treatment options.

Antihistamines

Antihistamines treat hay fever by blocking the action of the chemical histamine, which the body releases when it thinks it’s under attack from an allergen.
This stops the symptoms of the allergic reaction.
Antihistamines are usually effective at treating itching, sneezing and watery eyes, but they may not help with clearing a blocked nose.
They’re available in tablet form and also as nasal sprays and eye drops.
You can use antihistamines as:
– an “as-required” treatment– you take them when you first notice you’re developing the symptoms of hay fever
– a preventative treatment– for example, if you know there’s going to be a high pollen count, you can take them before leaving the house in the morning

Unlike older antihistamines, Piriton, newer types shouldn’t cause drowsiness, although this can occasionally happen to some people.
You should avoid driving or using heavy tools or machinery if you do become drowsy after be using antihistamines. You should also contact your GP or pharmacist, as there may be an alternative antihistamine you can take.

Steroid Nasal Sprays
Because they have an anti-inflammatory effect, corticosteroids (steroids) are used to treat hay fever.
The inside of your nose becomes inflamed when pollen triggers your allergic reaction. Steroids can reduce the inflammation and prevent the symptoms of hay fever.
You can buy Steroid nasal sprays from your pharmacy, Beconase or Pirinase instead of antihistamines if:
– you have persistent hay fever that doesn’t respond to antihistamines
– your main symptom is a blocked nose

Steroids are better than antihistamine tablets at preventing and relieving nasal symptoms, including sneezing and congestion. They can also relieve itchy, watery eyes. They’re most effective if you start using them a couple of weeks before your symptoms begin, and work best when used regularly.
It’s important that you read the instructions that come with your medication, as applying the drops or the spray incorrectly can increase your risk of developing side effects, such as:
– irritation and dryness of your nose
– bleeding from your nose
– unpleasant taste in your mouth
– itchy skin rash around your nose

Prevalin Nasal Spray
Prevalin Allergy is most effective when used before or at the first signs of an allergic reaction. It works by:

Neutralising allergens already inside the nose
Forming a micro gel barrier to prevent allergens from triggering an allergic reaction
Supports fast clearance of the allergens in the nose

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.

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.

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

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.