Services

Carrig Clinic provides a wide range of General Practice Services including:

Urgent/Rapid access appointments for sick children
We will see a sick child immediately at any time of the day. Call reception to alert us to your needs.

Urgent /Rapid access for Adults
Although we use an appointment based system we will prioritise people who are acutely ill .

Appointments

GP consultations are needed to diagnose complaints, prescribe a new medicine, monitor an ongoing prescription or order a blood test. It may be helpful to give some brief details when booking as our reception staff can arrange the most appropriate appointment for you.

Our practice policy requires that all patients wear a face mask worn over their nose and mouth in line with government guidance. More information can be found here.

We always aim to be punctual, but medical emergencies may occasionally have to take priority and this can result in delays. Early morning appointments are available to accommodate people with busy schedules. Appointment lengths vary depending on the service required so please advise our reception if you are making an appointment with a special purpose, e.g. if your appointment is for tests, vaccinations, minor surgery, etc.

Urgent cases will be seen on the same day where possible, but we may not be able to offer a choice of doctor or time.

You can make an appointment with our reception team at Reception, or by calling (01) 2875932. If you are unable to keep your appointment, please inform us as soon as possible.

PLEASE NOTE: It is not always possible to see patients who arrive late for an appointment. In the event, patients will be asked to make an alternative appointment.

Blood Tests & Investigations

Investigations such as Blood Tests, ECGs, 24 Hour Blood Pressure Monitors, Cervical Smears, Vaccinations, are led by our nursing team.

Blood tests must be ordered by a GP or consultant.

​Make an appointment with your GP to discuss your options.

​Blood Tests for Children

If you need to book a blood test for your child (ordered by a GP or consultant), please contact Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin Hospital, to make an appointment.

Childhood Care and Immunisations

All GPs work in paediatric hospitals as part of their General Practice training. They are also highly experienced in treating common childhood illnesses in the community and addressing parental concerns. We offer all routine Childhood Vaccinations and other vaccinations on request, e.g. the Chicken Pox vaccine.

For information on pregnancy care see the Family Planning & Antenatal Care Service section.

FLU VACCINE FOR CHILDREN

Winter flu vaccination for children will be available from October 2022. Keep an eye out from a text message inviting you to book your child’s appointment online. Winter flu vaccine clinics will be taking place in the Surgery.

All children aged 2 to 17 can get the nasal flu vaccine for free. The flu vaccine will help protect your child against flu and reduce the spread of flu to others, for example, their grandparents, parents and siblings. The nasal flu vaccine has been given to children in the US since 2003 and in the UK since 2013.

For more information from the HSE on the children’s flu vaccine, please click here.

Blood Tests for Children

Blood tests for children are carried out at Children’s Health Ireland, Crumlin Hospital.

Under 6s GP Visit Card

All children under 6 years of age living in Ireland can get a GP visit card.

The under 6s GP visit card covers:

  • free GP visits
  • assessments at age 2 and 5
  • GP home visits
  • out-of-hours urgent GP care
  • care for children with asthma

Medication costs and hospital charges are not covered. 

Please be aware that free GP care cannot be provided until you have a valid Under 6 card number for your child.  If an application has not been made for your child following their 6 week check all GP visits between the 6 week check and having a valid card number will be charged at the normal rate.

Register Online

Click hereto register your child for an Under 6 GP Visit Card.

To register your child you need to provide your:

  • PPS number
  • child’s PPS number
  • GP’s name 

Do you have a medical card?

If your family already have a GMS card and your child needs to be added to the family card please contact reception and we will apply for you. You will need to provide a copy of your child’s birth cert and PPS number.

If you are a private patient you will need to apply for the card online due to it being a new application.

Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting babies and children against certain diseases. The risks from having these diseases are far greater than the risk of any minor side effects from immunisation. 

Click the images to download a copy of the immunisation schedule and a guide for parents on your child’s immunisations.

Click here for more information on the Primary Childhood Immunisation Schedule.

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School Vaccine Programme

During the school year:

  • Children in Junior Infants will be offered 4 in 1 and MMR vaccines
  • Students in first year of secondary school will be offered HPV, Tdap and MenACWY

These vaccines are also available to students who are in special schools or are home schooled in the same age group.

All the vaccines given in the schools’ immunisation programme are free.

You can also speak to your local school immunisation team if you have any questions.

Click here for information on the School Programme.

HPV Vaccines for Girls & Boys

The HPV vaccine has been offered to girls in their first year of secondary school since 2010. This is because the most common cancer caused by the HPV virus is cervical cancer which only affects women.

From September 2019, boys will also be offered the HPV vaccine. This is because HPV can cause cancers and genital warts in boys too.

The more young people vaccinated – both boys and girls – the better we can control the spread of the infection.

For HPV Facts and information about the HPV programme see HSE HPV Vaccine.

Useful Links & Resources

Some of the child health information available from the HSE:

This content of this page (and links to other sites) is for general information purposes only and does not substitute medical advice. While we endeavour to keep this website up-to-date, errors may occur. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP. If you would like to suggest amendments or highlight new information that could be useful to others please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Family Planning & Antenatal Care

We offer pre-conception counselling to optimise your health if you are considering a pregnancy. If you are having difficulty conceiving, we can arrange the preliminary investigations (blood tests, semen analysis, ultrasound etc).

If you are pregnant, we participate in the HSE Maternity and infant Care Scheme which provides free ante-natal care to expecting mothers, a 2 week baby check, and a 6 week baby check for mother and baby.

See your GP as soon as possible to confirm you are pregnant. Your GP will refer you for your first hospital antenatal appointment and dating scan. You can discuss the options available to you for antenatal or maternity care and your GP can register you for the Maternity and Infant Care Scheme.

Maternity and Infant Care Scheme

Every woman who is pregnant and ordinarily resident in Ireland is entitled to maternity care under the Maternity and Infant Scheme. Ordinarily resident means you are living here, or you intend to remain living here for at least one year. On the Maternity and Infant Care Scheme, your maternity care is provided by your GP and a hospital obstetrician (a doctor who specialises in pregnancy and labour).

If this is your first pregnancy, the GP will carry out your first examination (ideally before 12 weeks). You will have a further 5 examinations during the pregnancy, which alternate between GP visits and maternity unit/hospital visits. Your schedule of visits may be changed by your GP or hospital obstetrician, depending on your situation.

If this is not your first pregnancy, you will have an initial examination and a further 6 examinations.

If you have a significant pregnancy related illness, for example, diabetes or hypertension, you may have up to 5 additional antenatal visits with your GP. Care for other illnesses which you may have at this time, but which are not related to your pregnancy, is not covered by the Scheme.

The Maternity and Infant Care Scheme also provides for 2 postnatal visits to the GP. This includes:

  • An examination of the baby at 2 weeks old
  • An examination of you and the baby at 6 weeks old

Mothers are entitled to free inpatient and outpatient public hospital services in respect of the pregnancy and the birth.

Vaccines

There are 2 vaccines you should get during pregnancy:

  • whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine
  • flu vaccine
  • Getting these vaccines means you’ll be immune to the flu and whooping cough. You’ll also protect your child while they’re in your womb and for the first few months of their life.

You can get both vaccines from your GP at the same time.  Both vaccines are free for pregnant women, but you may be charged a consultation fee unless you have a medical card or GP visit card.

Whooping Cough Vaccine

Whooping cough (also known as pertussis) is highly contagious and can be life-threatening for babies.

You should get the vaccine:

  • during each pregnancy
  • between week 16 and 36 of your pregnancy (you can have it after 36 weeks but it’s less effective)

Flu Vaccine

Keep an eye out for a text from the Practice inviting you to book your winter flu vaccine during pregnancy. Flu vaccination clinics usually take place during October each year. If you are pregnant and have not received a text, please contact Reception on 012875932.

If you are pregnant you should get the flu vaccine because you are at increased risk of severe complications from flu. The vaccine protects you during pregnancy. Getting the flu increases the risk of complications during your pregnancy and birth. The flu can lead to premature birth, smaller babies and stillbirth.

The flu vaccine can reduce the risk of stillbirth by over 50%. Getting the vaccine during pregnancy also protects your baby after birth. It reduces your baby’s risk of being admitted to hospital due to the flu.

You can get the flu vaccine safely at any time during pregnancy and you should get it as early as possible in your pregnancy. Flu season in Ireland usually lasts from September to the end of April. If you’re pregnant during these months, you should get the flu vaccine. If you are pregnant through two flu seasons, two vaccines, one in each season, may be necessary.

Postnatal Depression

Postnatal depression affects 10 to 15% of women within the first year of giving birth. The symptoms of postnatal depression sometimes start as baby blues and then get worse. For some women, the symptoms take time to develop and may be most obvious when your baby is 4 to 6 months old.

Symptoms of postnatal depression vary from person to person. You may have mild or severe symptoms. No matter what symptoms you have, there are supports available to help. If you think you are experiencing postnatal depression, it is important to ask for help. You can contact your public health nurse or contact the practice to arrange an appointment to see your GP and discuss how you are feeling. If you do not feel up to contacting the practice, you can ask someone you trust (such as a partner, friend or family member) to make an appointment for you.

Useful Links & Resources

The following websites are all good resources:

  • Cuidiú – is a parent-to-parent voluntary support charity offering free information about postnatal depression. The charity also has parent-to-parent supporters who can chat and listen to you by email, phone or online. Find contact details for your local support worker on the Cuidiú website.
  • Breastfeeding.ie – excellent HSE website providing practical information about how to breastfeed, local support groups, educational videos, etc.
  • Rollercoaster.ie – Irish parenting website with useful information and discussion boards on a wide range of topics.
  • Mummypages.ie – As well as new stories and advice articles, Mummypages also has a forum where parents can talk and discuss all topics regarding raising children.
  • Association of Lactation Consultants Ireland – contact details for accredited lactation consultants.

This content of this page (and links to other sites) is for general information purposes only and does not substitute medical advice. While we endeavour to keep this website up-to-date, errors may occur. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP. If you would like to suggest amendments or highlight new information that could be useful to others please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Female Health

We provide a full range of medical services to women of all ages, such as family planning, contraceptive and sexual health advice, antenatal care and cervical smears. We are experienced in dealing with a full range of gynaecological issues such as problems with menstruation, menopause, urination and pelvic pain. Dr Nicola Cochrane has a special interest in Female Health.

Cervical Screening (smear test)

If you have received your CervicalCheck letter, please contact reception to make an appointment.

Cervical screening is a method of preventing cervical cancer by detecting abnormal cells in the cervix (lower part of the womb). Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but it is a test to check the health of the cervix. The National Cervical Screening Programme, CervicalCheck, provides free smear tests to women aged 25 to 60.

A smear test is a simple procedure that only takes minutes and is the most effective way to detect changes in the cells of the cervix. Most women’s test results show that everything is normal. But for one in 20 women, the test will show some changes in the cells of the cervix. In Ireland about 200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. It is the second most common female cancer in Europe.

Breast Check

Breast cancer is the most common female cancer in Ireland. About 2,700 women get breast cancer in Ireland each year. Most of them (8 out of 10) are over 50, but younger women, and in rare cases men, can also get breast cancer.

BreastCheck is a Government-funded programme providing breast screening and invites women aged 50 to 64 for a free mammogram on an area-by-area basis every two years. The aim of BreastCheck is to reduce deaths from breast cancer by finding and treating the disease at an early stage.

It is important for women of all ages to regularly check their breasts for lumps and changes.

Menopause

The menopause is when a woman stops having periods and is no longer able to get pregnant naturally. Periods usually start to become less frequent over a few months or years before they stop. Sometimes they can stop suddenly. The menopause is a natural part of ageing. It usually happens between 45 and 55 years of age as a woman’s oestrogen levels decline. The average age for a woman to reach the menopause is 51. But around 1 in 100 women experience the menopause before 40 years of age. This is known as premature or early menopause or premature ovarian insufficiency.

Symptoms of the menopause

Most women will experience menopausal symptoms. Some of these can be severe and have a significant impact on your everyday activities.

Common symptoms include:

  • hot flushes
  • night sweats
  • vaginal dryness and discomfort during sex
  • difficulty sleeping
  • low mood or anxiety
  • reduced sex drive (libido)
  • problems with memory and concentration

Menopausal symptoms can begin months or even years before your periods stop. They can last around 4 years after your last period. Some women have them for much longer. A significant number of women can develop urinary incontinence after the menopause, for which treatment is also possible.

When to contact your GP

Talk to your GP if:

  • you have menopausal symptoms that are troubling you
  • you’re experiencing symptom before 45 years of age

Your GP can usually confirm if you’re menopausal based on your symptoms.

Treatments for menopausal symptoms

Your GP can recommend treatments and lifestyle changes if you have severe menopausal symptoms.

These include:

Your GP may refer you to a menopause specialist if your symptoms do not improve after treatment or if you cannot take HRT.

Menopause Video Resources

Check out the ICGP video series on menopause here.

These resources have been assembled by the ICGP’s Director of Women’s Health, Dr Nóirín O’Herlihy and the ICGP’s GP Clinical Lead in Women’s Health, Dr Ciara McCarthy. The 5 short videos will give you some general information about menopause, what it is, how it is diagnosed, and what to expect from its treatment.

Useful Links & Resources

This content of this page (and links to other sites) is for general information purposes only and does not substitute medical advice. While we endeavour to keep this website up-to-date, errors may occur. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP. If you would like to suggest amendments or highlight new information that could be useful to others please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Adult Vaccines & Immunisations

We routinely provide the below vaccines for adults (click for more information):

Contact reception to make an appointment with the nurse for vaccination.

Flu Vaccine

Free Flu Vaccine Clinics for adults take place annually in September/October. To be eligible for a free adult flu vaccine, you must be in one of the at-risk groups defined below.

Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person.   For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week.

Studies have shown that flu vaccines provide effective protection against the flu, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.

At-Risk Groups

The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.

We strongly recommend people in at-risk groups to get the flu vaccine:

  • People aged 65 years and over
  • Pregnant women
  • People (adults and children) with long-term medical conditions such as diabetescardiovascular disease, liver, kidney disease, cancer, chronic lung disease including COPDasthma or neurological diseases
  • People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment including cancer patients
  • People on long term aspirin treatment.
  • Persons who are obese who have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40.
  • People with Down syndrome.
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-stay institutions.
  • Healthcare workers.
  • Carers
  • People who live in the same house as someone who is at risk of flu because of a medical condition. 
  • People with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pigs

*Please note: household contacts of people aged 65 years and older (who do not also have a chronic health condition), of pregnant women, of children aged 2-17 years or of healthcare workers/carers cannot avail of the HSE season influenza vaccine provided free to all those in high risk groups and have to the source the flu vaccine privately.

You should not  get the flu vaccine if you have had a severe allergic (anaphylaxis) reaction to a previous dose or any part of the vaccine. Don’t get the flu vaccine if you are taking medicines called combination checkpoint inhibitors (e.g. ipilimumab plus nivolumab).

Vaccination should be re-scheduled if you have an acute illness with a temperature greater than 38°C.

For information on the children’s flu vaccine, see Childhood Care & Immunisations.

Useful Links on Flu Vaccines

Pneumococcal Vaccine

Pneumococcal disease is a very serious disease. It is a major cause of illness and death, particularly amongst the very young. Those with the following conditions should be vaccinated with PPV23.

Everybody aged 65 years and over and everybody aged 2 years and over with ;

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic lung, heart, liver, or kidney disease
  • Chronic neurological disease
  • Children aged over 2 years and under 5 years of age with a history of invasive pneumococcal disease
  • Coeliac disease
  • Down Syndrome
  • Cochlear implants or are about to get cochlear implants
  • Immune deficiency because of a disease or treatment, including cancer patients
  • HIV infection
  • Absent spleen or a non-functioning spleen
  • CSF leaks, either congenital or complicating skull fractures or neurosurgery
  • Intracranial shunt

PPV23 vaccination is not recommended for healthy children and adults as they are at low risk of pneumococcal disease​

This content of this page (and links to other sites) is for general information purposes only and does not substitute medical advice. While we endeavour to keep this website up-to-date, errors may occur. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP. If you would like to suggest amendments or highlight new information that could be useful to others please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Sexual Health & Contraception

We provide a full range of contraceptive services and sexual health advice. During your consultation we will discuss all options and help you choose the right method for you.

Our GPs are highly experienced in fitting subdermal implants and intrauterine devices such as Mirena, Kyleena, Jaydess and Copper Coils.

NEW FREE CONTRACEPTION FOR WOMEN AND PEOPLE AGED 17 TO 25 (inclusive):

Carrig Clinic is pleased to announce that we are taking part in the new Government programme of free contraceptive care for people aged 17-25. All you need is to have a PPS number.  See the following link for further information: https://www.sexualwellbeing.ie/sexual-health/contraception/free-contraception

Please call Reception on 01 2875932 to book an appointment with the doctor to discuss your options.

We also offer sexual health advice including STI screening and support.

Make an appointment with your GP to discuss your options.

Useful Links & Resources

For people unable to attend a face-to-face appointment due to covid-19 infection, we have been given advice on managing hormones and contraception from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Health UK and UN Planned Parenthood. Here are the key points:

EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION:
Women can access emergency contraception from any pharmacy. However it is important to be aware of two things:

1. Copper Coil is the most effective emergency contraceptive.
2. Ellaone(Ulipristal) can interfer with the efficacy of contraceptive pills for 2 weeks after using it. We would usually recommend that women use Levonorgestrel emergency pill if they have been taking a hormonal contraceptive pill in the days prior and plan to continue.
Neither of these pills are as effective as your regular pill and if anyone is delayed looking for Emergency contraception and it is 5 days+ but less than Day 19 of their cycle, then please contact us to discuss whether it might be sensible to arrange a Copper Coil insertion.


If any woman is on medication for other health problems and unsure of their options then please contact us and we will help you decide.

COMBINED ORAL CONTRACEPTIVE PILL:
Pharmacists can dispense 9 months on a 6 month prescription, but if you are due a repeat prescription, please contact us and we can email it to your pharmacy. Continue your pill as normal.

PROGESTERONE ONLY PILL (‘MINI PILL’)  : 
Pharmacists can dispense 9 months on a 6 month script but if your script is out of date then call us and we can arrange email of prescription to pharmacy.

IMPLANON  SUBDERMAL (THE BAR) : Limited evidence suggests that the risk of pregnancy in the 4th year of use of an ENG-IMP is likely to be very low. Contraceptive efficacy cannot be guaranteed but is likely to be adequate. If someone is concerned we can prescribe a Progesterone only pill to continue until it is possible to make a face to face appointment. Please phone the surgery if you have any queries regarding this.

MIRENA (LEVONORGESTREL INTRAUTERINE DEVICE): 
Limited evidence suggests that the risk of pregnancy in the 6th year of use of the 52mg LNG-IUS is likely to be very low. 

Replacement can be deferred for a year after expiry to avoid unnecessary face-to-face contact at this time.  Contraceptive effectiveness cannot be guaranteed but is likely to be adequate; we can provide a  Progesterone only pill to use in addition without face to face assessment if preferable.

KYLEENA/JAYDESS ( LEVONORGESTREL INTRAUTERINE  DEVICE):
If your device has reached it’s expiry date we can prescribe a hormone pill until it is possible to have a face to face visit.

COPPER IUD :
If you have a 5 year device it is advisable to use condoms or add a contraceptive pill when it is due replacement. We can arrange a prescription and replace the device when a face to face visit is possible. If you have a device with a 10 year licence OR your IUD was inserted after the age of 40 then no extra contraceptive cover is required since studies have shown the TSafeCu380A to have efficacy for 12 years and women have a natural decline in fertility over 40 and therefore any copper device inserted after 40 is adequate to provide contraceptive cover until menopause

DEPO PROVERA:
If it is approaching 14 weeks since you had your last Depo Provera injection then contact us and we will provide a prescription for desogestrel Progesterone Only Pill for you to use until we are able to provide a face to face appointment

NEW CONTRACEPTIVE STARTERS:
If you need to start contraception now we can provide a prescription by email to your pharmacy for a Progesterone Only Pill. This pill can be exchanged if preferred when face to face visits are possible. Progesterone only pills are very safe and do not affect blood pressure, do not cause blood clots and can be used by women with a high BMI.

MENOPAUSE & HRT
Supplies of some types of HRT have been limited in the past 6 months and further affected by Covid-19. If you have been using a patch and your pharmacist is unable to source it we can prescribe an alternative combination of hormones until the pharmacies receive new deliveries of HRT. Some women have been prescribed patches or Gel type oestrogens as they are unsuited to tablet forms of HRT which can increase the risk of blood clots. It is very important to ensure that you receive an alternative patch or Gel if you have been advised to avoid tablets. It is also important to be aware that women who have used oestrogen in conjuction with a Mirena Intrauterine device must use an alternative progesterone if it is now more than 5 years since their Mirena was inserted. Any woman who has a womb must use a combination of oestrogen PLUS progesterone to protect the lining of their womb .

TRANSGENDER WOMEN:
For any transgender women who have been using depot injection hormone blockers and HRT we can liaise with them to ensure that they have ongoing hormonal support.Please telephone the surgery and a doctor will talk to you.

UNPLANNED PREGNANCY:
If a woman has discovered an unplanned pregnancy during Covid 19 please check out My Options  Ireland https://www2.hse.ie/unplanned-pregnancy or the My Options freephone line on 1800 828 010. If they reach a decision to end the pregnancy we can provide the service via Telemedicine. Please call us and we will help you. 01 2875932

SEXUAL ASSAULT:
During Covid 19 Sexual Assault & Treatment Units are working normally and Dublin Rape Crisis is available by telephone Freephone: 1800 77 88 88 (24-Hour helpline) . Women can attend SATU whether they report the incident to Gardai or not.If you are struggling to decide what to do contact SATU ( https://www2.hse.ie/services/sexual-assault-treatment-units/rape-sexual-assault-where-to-get-help.html )who can provide emergency contraception, antibiotic and/or HIV PEP and can collect forensic samples for storage while you decide whether to proceed with a report to Gardai (Emergencies 112 or 999 or contact your local Garda station https://www.garda.ie/en/Contact-Us/Station-Directory/. 

This content of this page (and links to other sites) is for general information purposes only and does not substitute medical advice. While we endeavour to keep this website up-to-date, errors may occur. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP. If you would like to suggest amendments or highlight new information that could be useful to others please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Male Health

We provide a full range of medical services for men of all ages, such as cardiovascular reviews, prostate and testicular cancer screening, sexual issues including erectile dysfunction and mental health advice. Regular checkups are the best way to stay on top of your health and wellbeing, helping to catch any early signs of disease.

On average, men go to their GP half as often as women. It’s important to be aware of changes to your health, and to see your GP immediately if you notice something that’s not right.​​

Male Health Resources

The ‘Spanner in the Works?’ website, from the Irish Men’s Sheds Association, provides some key health information for men. Each health subject has one or more direct links to a relevant Irish key health organisation website and the website has been developed through collaborative partnerships with 40 key health organisations. It also advises what men should look out for based on their age here.

Click here for many useful resources on men’s health.

Men’s Sheds

The Irish Men’s Sheds Association is an island-wide programme that aims to combat isolation and improve the wellbeing of Ireland’s men. Based on the original Australian idea, the Irish Men’s Sheds Association encourages communities to develop their own safe haven, where men of all ages and walks of life can come to an informal meeting where skills are developed, shared and learned, and social connections are created.

The workshops can cover anything from woodwork, metalwork, crafts, gardening, art, or even choir groups. Men can visit their local ‘shed’ once or twice a week even for a cup of tea, their site explains. In a world where men’s mental health has been overlooked, the need for a place where men can express their thoughts with people who understand is badly needed.

‘Men don’t talk face to face; they talk shoulder to shoulder’ – find a Men’s Shed near you.

​Useful Links & Resources

This content of this page (and links to other sites) is for general information purposes only and does not substitute medical advice. While we endeavour to keep this website up-to-date, errors may occur. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP. If you would like to suggest amendments or highlight new information that could be useful to others please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Travel Health Advice & Vaccinations

If you’re planning to travel, it’s important to arrange your travel vaccination appointment early. We will also provide general travel health advice and prescriptions for prophylactic medications (e.g. Malaria Prophylaxis) if necessary. Illnesses may be caused by contaminated food or water, poor personal hygiene or infected insects.

Whether you’re looking for a particular travel vaccine or you would like to consult us about an upcoming trip, we can advise you on the appropriate vaccinations, administer the vaccines and also advise which medications might be useful to bring as a precaution.

Please allow time before your trip for this consultation, as you may need to return for vaccination if we need to order the specific vaccines. Complete the Travel Consultation Form which will be sent to you once you have made your appointment.

Common vaccines required for travel throughout Asia, Africa and America include Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio. Many vaccines must be given at least two weeks before travel. Some must be given even sooner, so please contact us as soon as possible.

Useful Links & Resources

This content of this page (and links to other sites) is for general information purposes only and does not substitute medical advice. While we endeavour to keep this website up-to-date, errors may occur. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP. If you would like to suggest amendments or highlight new information that could be useful to others please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Chronic Disease Management

Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Programme

The HSE has established the Chronic Disease Management (CDM) Programme for the Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease. The programme aims to provide better care to people over the age of 18 with chronic diseases. This is built on an approach which helps people understand and care for their own condition in collaboration with their General Practitioner and the general practice team.

Approximately 1 million people in Ireland today suffer from Diabetes, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or Cardiovascular Disease. Many people depend on hospital outpatient services for the management of their chronic diseases, which results in delays in treatment as services are so stretched.

This programme is for patients over the age of 18 who have a medical card of GP visit card and have a diagnosis of one or more of the listed conditions below:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, heart attack (angina), stroke and irregular heartbeat (atrial fibrillation)
  • Asthma
  • To be eligible for the programme you must be aged 18 or over and have a medical card or GP visit card.

The programme includes easy access to diagnostics and specialist supports in the community and included a close co-ordination with hospital services so that people can receive the care they need, when they need it and in the most appropriate way for their circumstances.

We are currently inviting patients to join this programme. For more information take a look at the HSE patient booklet by following this link: https://www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/gmscontracts/2019agreement/chronic-disease-management-programme/chronic-disease-management-treatment-programme.pdf

How the Programme Works

The programme includes 2 free reviews in every 12 month period that you are part of the programme. There is no charge for any tests carried out as part of your programme reviews.​ 

Registering for the Programme

Your GP or practice nurse will register you for the programme if you want to take part in it and you are eligible.

Speak to your GP or practice nurse if you have any questions about the programme.

This content of this page (and links to other sites) is for general information purposes only and does not substitute medical advice. While we endeavour to keep this website up-to-date, errors may occur. We advise all patients to discuss their health concerns with their GP. If you would like to suggest amendments or highlight new information that could be useful to others please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

NOTICE FOR MEDICAL CARD and DOCTOR VISIT CARD HOLDERS

Please note that the following services are NOT covered by your medical card as per the Health Service Executive, a fee will incur:

  • Consultations or reports for legal purposes.
  • Examinations relating to insurance policies.
  • Pre-employment examinations.
  • Letters (e.g. gym, housing, certs etc)
  • Form completion.
  • School entry examinations.
  • Some childhood vaccinations.
  • Travel vaccinations.
  • Cervical Smears (if not covered by Cervical Check.
  • Some family planning services.
  • Non-diagnostic phlebotomy, outpatient phlebotomy (eg for Consultant).
  • Spirometry / Audiology.
  • Ear Syringing.
  • Pregnancy testing.
  • Medical Report for a Driving License.

Mental Health and Wellbeing

All our doctors are happy to discuss various psychological issues that effect our patients from time to time. We aim to offer a listening ear and objective sensible advice on how best to deal with the situation in which you may find yourself.

Life can throw up a wide variety of challenges and sometimes all at one time. These can be overwhelming and lead to a wide variety of psychological or even physical symptoms.

Our doctors have experience in managing anxiety disorders, panic attacks, acute stress reactions, low mood and depression.

We can offer advice on alcohol and recreational or prescription drug addiction.

We look after many of our patients in conjunction with our colleagues in psychiatry and counselling sectors.

Palliative Care

Our GPs are keen to help patients and their family live with cancers or long term progressive illnesses in their home.

We aim to make early diagnoses and also to support patients when their conditions become more progressive.

We attend updated training for GPs about modern palliative care issues.

We have regular communications with the palliative home care teams, as well teams in the local hospitals

Many people can be cared for in their own home or may need care in the local Hospice.

Our GPs offer support and bereavement services after the death of your loved one. We also make referrals to local counselling bereavement support services. These can be very valuable and may help all age groups in your family.

Influenza & pneumococcal vaccines & Flu Survey via NVRL

Ear Syringing

Asthma Clinic & Spirometry

Heart Health with ECG & 24 Hour BP monitor

Acupuncture

Cryotherapy and destruction of warts with Cantharone (painless wart removal)

Minor Surgey

Care of the Elderly

Driving Licence Medicals

Housecalls