An ECG is a tracing of your heart rhythm. This test may be ordered by our doctors or by your hospital doctor. It is not invasive and takes approximately 10-15 minutes to perform.
Blood tests are performed on Monday to Thursday mornings from 8.30 to 12pm. These bloods are then transported by courier to the hospital laboratories on the same day.
Blood tests may be requested by your doctor following or prior to your consultation. For many tests it takes up to 1 week for the results to become available.
If you are planning foreign travel, you should book a consultation well in advance to discuss necessary vaccinations.
We are a designated Yellow Fever vaccine clinic. Vaccines provided include Hepatitis A and B, Typhoid, Diphtheria, Polio and Rabies. We also provide prescriptions for malaria prophylaxis.
You can check which vaccines are required for your travel on the following website www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk.
Blood Pressure Checks
24 hour blood pressure monitoring -This investigation is performed to accurately diagnose if high blood pressure exists as many people suffer from high blood pressure in the clinical setting but not at home. It is also used for monitoring how well your blood pressure is controlled on treatment.
We have an ever increasing population of people with diabetes. We routinely screen for diabetes in the practice and our team have a lot of expertise in managing this condition. We work in conjunction with the Diabetic Clinic in Loughlinstown hospital to provide expert care.
In addition to regular diabetes checkups with our own practice nurse and doctors, we have clinics in the practice run by a diabetes nurse specialist and dietician
Ear syringing is a method of removing impacted wax from the ear using water at high pressure. We generally request that a wax softener is used for 5 days prior to the procedure to increase the chances of successful syringing.
Cervical smears aim to detect abnormalities at the base of the womb that may lead to cervical cancer. We are registered with Cervical Check, the National Cervical Screening Programme. We provide free cervical smear tests to women aged between 25 and 60.
For more information on the cervical smear programme and to register for your free smear log on to www.cervicalcheck.ie.
Wounds and ulcerations requiring dressings will be assessed by the doctor and or the practice nurse. Some wounds can be managed in the practice by the practice nurse who is very experienced in this area. We may in some cases refer patients to the public health nurse for assistance in more chronic wound care.
Smoking Cessation Advice
As one of the major risk factors in heart/lung diseases and many cancers we encourage all our patients to consider stopping smoking. We can provide support and advice and prescribe medications to assist in stopping if deemed suitable.
If you are considering stopping smoking please make an appointment to discuss this with one of our team and check out this website for further advice www.quit.ie.