Well Woman Checkups
Health checks for women can be arranged and tailored to your individual need. This can include cardiac/diabetes risk assessment, blood tests as required, smear testing, breast checks, Menopause advice/HRT, family planning and pregnancy advice.
Well Man Checkups
We provide health checks for men of all ages tailored towards the individual needs. This can include prostate checks, Diabetes checks, Cholesterol, Blood pressure/Erectile Dysfunction Etc.
Cardiac Risk Assessment
A cardiac risk assessment includes a detailed discussion with the doctor about your medical history and your family history, a lifestyle assessment, BMI calculation, blood tests, blood pressure reading and possibly an ECG or further investigations if necessary.
Blood Pressure Monitoring
A 24 hour blood pressure monitor is a device which is worn for 24 hours and gives an accurate assessment of blood pressure. Please discuss with the team or call to arrange an appointment. 24 hour blood pressure monitoring is provided free of charge to those with a GMS card.
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.
Prostate cancer screening is undertaken if your GP decides that it is appropriate. It is generally advised for males between the ages of 40 and 75 years. The screen comprises a digital rectal examination and PSA blood sample analysis.
Sexual Health Screening
We offer a full screening service for sexually transmitted infections. Unfortunately there are a large number of such infections in circulation, many of which can be picked up easily by men or women. These include, Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Genital Warts, Trichomonas, Hepatitis B, HIV, Syphilis and Herpes.
In many cases you may not even know you are infected so therefore can pass on an infection to a partner without realising it.
We can do all of the necessary swabs and blood tests. A morning appointment is preferable so samples reach the lab in good time. This service is beneficial whether you have symptoms of infection (these include discharge, pain, lumps, sores, burning in urine), or if you and your partner simply want to know you are both free of infection. We realize this is a sensitive subject so we provide the service with discretion and confidentiality.
Cryotherapy is a treatment by which surface skin lesions are frozen – for example warts, verrucas or skin tags. In some cases repeated treatments are sometimes required if a lesion is particularly resistant to treatment. These skin lesions can be unattractive, uncomfortable or even painful sometimes.
Minor surgical procedures includes the removal of lumps and bumps, skin lesions etc. This is performed in the surgery. A special appointment can be arranged for this by your doctor.
Warfarin is a blood thinning medication that is prescribed for our patients who have specific heart or clotting problems. Warfarin requires regular monitoring in the form of a blood test – an INR. We provide INR testing service for people on warfarin. The test needs to be done in the morning Monday to Thursday and we aim to have the results available that evening.
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.
We invite hypertensive patients to attend regularly to check that there blood pressure is at an acceptable level. We may advise a 24 hour BP monitor to assess further if there is any concern. This is also an opportunity to discuss lifestyle issues that can affect blood pressure including diet, alcohol intake, exercise and smoking.
We invite our asthmatic patients to attend regularly to discuss their asthma control. This is an opportunity to check inhaler techniques and medications, to discuss patient concerns and to encourage lifestyle practices that can enhance asthma control.
Unfortunately, sometimes there isn’t a cure but we can be there to support our patients and their families through this difficult time. With the support of our palliative care colleagues we aim to alleviate symptoms and to optimise the quality of life of our patients.