Medical Card & GP Visit Card Patients
Briarhill Family Practice is happy to welcome both Medical Card and GP Visit Card patients to our service. You can register with Briarhill Family Practice by:
- Completing the New Patient Registration Form – drop/email it into reception before your first consultation.
- Completing the Change of Doctor Form – only for people on the Medical/GP Visit Card schemes.
- Completing the Transfer of Medical Records Form – if you are happy to avail of this service.
- Completing the Consent to Text/Email Form - if happy to avail of this service.
Registration is free.
If you would like to email or post completed forms to us, please:
Email reception: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post to: Briarhill Family Practice, Briarhill Shopping Centre, Briarhill, Galway
Medical/GP Card Change of Doctor Form
Medical/GP Visit Card patients need to complete a Medical/GP Visit Card Change of Doctor Form if they with to attend our service. This form allows people on the Medical/GP Visit Card to request a change from their current GP to a new GP. If you would like to transfer to a GP at Briarhill Family Practice, please fill in this form and drop/email it into reception. Your chosen GP will review your form, sign the 'Acceptance of Eligible Person' section and send it to the HSE on your behalf. The HSE will then process your request to change doctors, and replacement Medical/GP Visit Cards will be sent to you and your family.
GP Visit Cards
If your application for the Medical Card was unsuccessful, you will automatically be assessed for the GP Visit Card. This allows you and your family to visit your family doctor for free. However, only the cost of the consultation is free; you must pay for prescribed drugs, medicines and other health services like other people who don't have a Medical Card. If you have a GP Visit Card, you should also apply for a Drugs Payment Scheme Card.
GP Visit Card for Over 70s and Under 6s
The GP Visit Card also entitles people over 70 years and children under 6 years to free GP care. The Over 70s GP Visit Card entitles everyone aged 70 or over, and ordinarily resident in Ireland, to free GP care regardless of income. The Under 6s GP Visit Card entitles all children aged six or under and living in Ireland to free GP care regardless of the parents/carers income.
- Medical Card Holders - if your child or children have a Medical/GP Visit Card they will automatically be registered for this new scheme.
- Non-Medical Card Holders/Private Patients - if your child or children do not have a Medical/GP Visit Card you must register them for this new scheme.
Good to Know
When you arrive, you will be asked to produce a valid Medical/GP Visit Card at reception. If your card is invalid or expired, you will have to pay the normal fees as these costs will not be covered by the GP Visit Card Scheme.
Services not covered by the GP Visit Card Scheme will be subject to normal charges. Such services include certain blood tests and screening tests, travel vaccinations, driving licenses, completion of certain letters or forms, sports medicals and work medicals - please ask at reception if you are unsure whether your request will incur any additional charges.
HSE - Apply online for your Medical Card
Print and post you completed Medical Card Application Form to: Client Registration Unit, P.O. Box 11745, Dublin 11.
GP Visit Card for Over 70s
HSE - Apply online for you Over 70s GP Visit Card
Print and post your completed Over 70s GP Visit Card Application Form to: National Medical Card Unit, GP Visit Card Over 70s, PO Box 12629, Dublin 11.
GP Visit Card for Under 6s
HSE - Apply online for your Under 6s GP Visit Card
Print and post the completed Under 6s GP Visit Card Application Form to: GP Visit Card for Children Under 6, PO Box 12629, Dublin 11.