Special Clinics

Below is more information about some of the clinics running in the practice.

  • Diabetes
  • Weight Reduction
  • Well Woman, Well Man
  • COPD, Asthma
  • Heartwatch
  • Minor Surgery, Cryotherapy
  • Dermatology
  • Sexual Health (S.I.D.E. Clinic)

For details of all the above, see below

Diabetes
The practice has been involved in diabetic care for a number of years. Best treatment of diabetes has been shown to significantly reduce the possibility of serious complications. Poorly controlled diabetics have a higher risk of suffering from heart attacks, visual problems, kidney failure foot problems. However, people who suffer from diabetes can live a healthy life and minimise the chance of falling victim to these illnesses. Our aim is that all diabetic patients of the practice will initially be offered a comprehensive assessment twice a year. This will look at all aspects of care including not just their medical treatment, but also lifestyle advice and other preventative care. Appropriate examinations of feet, heart, eyes and blood pressure as well as relevant blood tests will be part of this assessment.

If you or your relation are a diabetic patient of this practice and have not yet been contacted, please talk to your doctor or nurse about this.

Weight Reduction
More and more people are becoming overweight in Ireland, and we may become frustrated with difficulty in shaking off those extra pounds. There is also an association between weight and health problems in later life, so weight and lifestyle management are key aspects of health promotion. In the practice we will always be glad to advise you about weight, diet and lifestyle, so please talk to your doctor or nurse about this. But for those in need of a little extra help, our nurses run a weight reduction programme which includes the use of the anti-obesity medication Xenical – but this is only used in conjunction with other dietary measures and under regular supervision.

Well Woman & Well Man
As a practice, we subscribe to the idea of prevention being better than cure. This isn’t always possible, but there is a lot that can be done to help.
Our nurses offer a simple well woman check which includes:

  • Blood pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Cervical smear
  • Breast examination.

We also look at lifestyle factors as there is plenty that you can do to help yourself!

We also offer Well Man. These take the form of a targeted health screen. When you arrive at the surgery you will be asked to fill out a short health questionnaire, after which you will see the doctor. The emphasis of the check is on maintaining good health and disease prevention and will look at:

  • lifestyle analysis
  • weight
  • blood pressure
  • cholesterol
  • prostate assessment (if appropriate)
  • COPD/Asthma

COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and Asthma are common conditions which can affect breathing at different stages through life. These conditions may change for better or worse in an individual, and we therefore recommend that all sufferers are reviewed regularly to ensure that the right treatments are being delivered by the right means. Advances in testing and treatment may allow for better control of chest problems and better quality of life.

If you are a heavy smoker or suffer from cough or breathlessness, you may benefit from a simple breathing test called spirometry which can be done here in the practice. We would advise you to discuss this with your doctor.

Heartwatch
As a nation. we suffer from an unacceptably high rate of both illness and death caused by heart disease and other circulatory disorders. There is a determination both from the medical profession and the government that this problem be tackled. In 2001, the North Eastern Health Board was the first health board to launch this initiative but this has now been rolled out to many general practices across Ireland. We offer an invitation for a detailed check-up to all our patients who have suffered a significant “cardiac event” i.e. if you have ever had Suffered a heart attack or Undergone heart bypass
surgery or angioplasty. The aim is that of preventing a recurrence of illness by closely keeping an eye on risk factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol levels smoking habits, and by ensuring that any medication that is being taken is in line with “best practice” recommendations. We are hoping to contact everybody in the practice who would benefit from this, but if you feel that you’ve been overlooked, please let us know!

Minor Surgery, Cryotherapy
Many simple lumps, bumps and moles on the skin, or ingrowing toenails can be adequately dealt with in general practice without referral to a hospital. If you have any such concerns, please ask your doctor whether it would be appropriate to treat here, or would onward referral be more appropriate. This decision can only be made on an individual basis following discussion between your doctor and yourself.

The practice has for some years used liquid nitrogen for “freezing” other skin problems such as warts and skin tags. More modern equipment allows us to do this more efficiently and we are currently running a clinic to deal with many such problems.

Some (but not all) cryotherapy and minor surgical procedures may be covered under both the Medical Card Scheme or by the leading medical insurers (VHI, Quinn, Vivas).

Dermatology
Here at the practice, we have a special interest in skin diseases. One of our doctors has completed a higher diploma in dermatology. We can assess and treat a wide range of skin, hair and nail problems to include:

  • eczema
  • psoriasis
  • acne
  • skin infections
  • warts and verrucae
  • “lumps and bumps” on the skin
  • hair, nail and scalp problems

If you have a skin complaint, we recommend that you discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Sexual Health (S.I.D.E. Clinic)
We now offer a very successful nurse-led Sexual Health screening service at Wheaton Hall. This excellent, comprehensive and valuable service was previously very hard to access in the North East.

We are now delighted to fill that gap with our own S.I.D.E (Sexually transmitted Infectious Disease Examination) consultation. This convenient, confidential and local service is also available to patients who do not attend our practice.

For more detailed information or to make an appointment in confidence, please contact reception or our nurse by ringing the practice and asking about S.I.D.E clinic appointments.