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Dr. Emer Loughrey & Associates - Inchicore Medical Centre

Young People

As young people grow and become independent, they need to use various services without parents.
For example public transport, shops, banks…and medical services
We recognise that using our services may be daunting for young people. Here is some information about what to expect. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions. Our receptionists, Angela and Kerri, will answer any questions.

Confidentiality / privacy

Children and young people have the same right to privacy as adults. This means that we will not disclose the fact that you have attended to anyone, including parents, unless you give us permission to do so.
There are some exceptions to this rule, for example if you or someone else is at risk of harm. If you have concerns about confidentiality, please talk to your doctor or to any staff member.

How to see a nurse or doctor:

We prefer if you make an appointment. The reason for this is that a walk-in-and-queue system generally means that everyone has a long wait. We will see people without an appointment if the problem is urgent.
To make an appointment, call in person to reception, phone 01 4734030 or email .
If you need to be seen the same day, tell the receptionist that the problem is urgent. You do not need to give any other information.

You can bring another person with you, for example a parent, other relative or friend. 
You can attend alone, at any age, if you wish.

When you arrive:

Please let the receptionist know you have arrived. Then please wait in the waiting area until the doctor or nurse calls you. We do our best to keep waiting time as short as possible.


Tell your doctor or nurse what is worrying you. Your doctor may suggest examination of part of your body to hep him or her figure out the reason for the problem. He or she will explain this to you. Examination is not always needed. You don't have to agree to examination if you don't want it. We can arrange for a nurse or other person to be with you during examination, if you wish.

Medication and other treatment: 

aged 16 and over

If your doctor and you decide you need medication or other treatment, you can, under Irish law give consent to treatment, if you are aged 16 or over.

Medication and other treatment: aged under 16

Irish law is not clear about consent for people aged less than 16.
If you do not, for whatever reason, wish to ask a parent to give consent, your doctor may be able to give treatment based on your own consent. This depends on you understanding the treatment. Every person and every case is different so we cant give definite information on this website. We will discuss with you and will do our best to find a solution to help you.


If you have a medical card, most services are free.
If you don't have a medical card, you will be charged for services. We can arrange deferred payment or payment in instalments, if you are not able to pay immediately.

How do I know if I have a medical card?

If unsure, ask a parent or ask us.
Phone : 01 4734030 or email: info

Telephone advice

You may not be aware that you can get advice from a doctor or nurse by telephone.
If you cannot attend the practice, we may be able to advise you by telephone.
Please telephone 01 4734030. If your doctor or nurse is not free, he or she will call you back as soon as possible.

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Dr. Emer Loughrey & associates, 15 Grattan Cres, Inchicore, Dublin 8. Tel: 01 4734030, 01 4734030

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