Maternity

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Every woman who is pregnant and ordinarily a resident in Ireland (living here and intend to remain here for at least one year) is entitled to maternity care under the Dual Care Maternity Scheme.

This scheme provides an agreed programme of care and is provided by both a registered GP and a hospital obstetrician.  You do not need a medical card to avail of this scheme. Both of our GPs at RocDoc are registered to provide the GP level of care and this is undertaken also by our Practice Nurse, Niamh.

We know that finding out you are expecting can be full of a mixture of emotions and we hope that we are here to help and guide you and your family through one of the most important episodes of your life.

FAQ

When you discover you are pregnant you will need to attend a GP that you wish to cover your Dual Care and register with them, this is classed as your first visit and should ideally be before week 12 of the pregnancy.  You will need to complete some paperwork at the surgery and also select which hospital you want to register with. We then send off this paperwork for you and you will receive a letter through the post confirming that you are eligible for the scheme.

Every hospital is different to register with so the best thing is to contact the Administration office of your chosen hospital to find out how you actually personally register with them.  Filling out the form with us doesn’t automatically do this. You will then get a letter with your first appointment from the hospital which will be before week 20 of the pregnancy.

Yes, you can!  You just need to complete the paperwork again at the new surgery and ask them to send it off.  It’s also worth checking with the HSE that this has been done.

It covers all 6-7 maternity visits with the GP (first visit before week 12), week 24, week 28 (not first pregnancy), week 30, week 34, week 37, week 39 and the subsequent two visits after the birth.

It also covers the hospital maternity visits before week 20, week 28 (subsequent pregnancies), week 32, week 36, week 38 and week 40.

It does not cover any unrelated visits although if you suffer from a significant illness such as diabetes you may have up to an additional 5 visits to the GP but this must be notified at appointment booking stage.

Please see the below table for further details. Insert Dual Care Maternity visits here.

You will get two short appointments for each visit, one with the Doctor and one with the Nurse.  Certain elements are always undertaken at each visit such as a urine sample and blood pressure. We can offer appointments during the day, evening and weekends but you must always book an appointment as both the Doctor and Nurse need to be present.  Just give reception a call if your appointment wasn’t already scheduled at your previous visit.

Testimonials

  • Tony was a great help and sorted out my change of appointment time very efficiently. Thank you so much!

    I did require assistance yesterday also in the bookings and a lovely girl was very patient and helped me sort the bookings out.

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    Deirdre Molloy
    6/13/2021
  • Tony is the one and only person who has answered my question in regard my desire to have an RT-PCR test that does not involve poking and prodding up my nose. I've had two of these so far and they just hurt like hell, during and after. So, knowing that RocDoc can do a throat swab instead is such a relief. Thank you Tony! Maggie

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    Maggie
    6/12/2021
  • Getting an appointment via the website is easy and straight forward.
    You get your time slot and I did not have to wait which was great.
    The staff is very calm, friendly and nice.
    The women who did the test for me was very professional and polite. It did not hurt at all.

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    patricia pilz
    6/11/2021
  • Absolutely fantastic customer care support, the agent I spoke to on the phone (Kyrsty) was really helpful! Even though her shift had finished during our conversation, she took the time to answer all my questions patiently. I will be booking with RocDoc soon before I travel.

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    Dhruv Chopra
    6/09/2021
  • Test results: received my results in less than 24 hours!! I had test at 22.15 on a Friday, received email with saying test was in progress, on Saturday at 18.53 received email with results (so got my results in less than 24 hours).

    Certificate: you have option to generate PDF and they send another email so you can print it out.

    The physical test: The tester was very gentle, explained everything. I felt nothing only a slight tickle in my nose for 5 seconds. This is not painful whatsoever. Bring your ID, it’s checked twice.

    Customer Service: excellent. I had to call twice about more the tech side and in terms of setting up my account and buying tests and they helped.

    Creating Account I would like an App rather than going onto website to log on. (Maybe there is one but I couldn’t find it)

    Price: In general the pricing for all of this should be cheaper. This company is one of the cheapest.

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    Bronwyn Salmon
    6/06/2021
  • The online customer care service was efficient and Niamh was excellent at answering my questions and helping me with a booking. She was friendly & responded immediately to my queries. Thanks so much!

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    Jane Murphy
    6/05/2021
  • I've been tested once and have booked in for a second test. It would be very easy for this whole testing process to feel like an effort to profit from something awful, but the RocDoc team are amazing. The chat care is fantastic and I've had nothing but great assistance the whole way through. Well done to the team.

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    Marty Meany
    6/01/2021
  • I emailed RocDoc about their procedures around testing young children two separate times (nervous mama), and both Sarah and Naomi were prompt, helpful and incredibly kind. I feel at ease, and more comfortable about arriving for testing in a few weeks. So grateful.

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    Elizabeth Barden
    5/25/2021
  • Fast services. all professional. Hayley from online customer service was great to help me with an urgent query. Highly recommend RocDoc!

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    Rita Mhig Fhionnghaile
    5/24/2021
  • Wonderful experience with RocDoc .Dr. O' Connell was terrific, knowledgeable and so informative. I feel so confident that I will now be receiving expert medical attention . All the staff are very friendly & professional ( especially Enrika , delightful girl so kind and friendly). HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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    Annette Cosgrave
    5/13/2021