Woman’s Health

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  • Family Planning
  • Maternity
  • Smear tests
  • Well Woman Check

Family Planning Services
A full range of family planning services is available from the practice, which we hope will meet the needs of our patients. These include:

  • Oral contraceptive pills
  • Injectable contraceptives
  • Mirena Coil
  • Implanon
  • Natural Family planning
  • Emergency contraception

Please contact the nurse or doctor to discuss your family planning needs.

Pregnancy Care
We are delighted to offer combined Ante-Natal care, usually with an obstetrician, under the Maternity and Infant Care scheme. The Maternity and Infant Care Scheme provides an agreed programme of care to all expectant mothers who are ordinarily resident in Ireland. This service is provided by a general practitioner of your choice and a hospital obstetrician and is available at Wheaton Hall Medical Practice.

To avail of the service, the general practitioner will provide you with an application form, which you and your general practitioner should complete together, and which will be returned to your local health board where it will be processed for inclusion in the Scheme.

The GP provides an initial examination, if possible before 12 weeks, and a further 6 examinations during the pregnancy, which are alternated with visits to the maternity unit/hospital. The schedule of visits may be changed by your general practitioner and/or hospital obstetrician depending on your individual situation.

Where an expectant mother suffers from a significant illness, e.g. diabetes or hypertension, up to 5 additional visits to the GP may be provided. However care in respect of illnesses which are co-incidental with, but not related to your pregnancy, does not form part of the Scheme.

After the birth, the practice nurse will see your baby at 2 weeks, and your GP will examine both mother and baby at 6 weeks.

Cervical Smear Tests
We are pleased to participate in the National Cervical Screening Programme “CervicalCheck”. All women between the ages of 25 and 60 are entitled to a cervical smear test free of charge, every 3 years up to the age of 45 and every 5 years to age 60. However you must have received an invitation from CervicalCheck to avail of the free service. If you have not been contacted by CervicalCheck but you feel that your smear is due, then you should register by ringing 1800454555 or go to www.cervicalcheck.ie.

“Prevention is better than cure” is a principle that underlies many of the services available to you. Cervical smear testing is an important tool in the prevention of cancer and we would like to encourage all women who attend the practice to undergo this simple test on a regular basis (once you have a smear in the practice, our recall system is available to remind you when your next smear is due).

Our practice nurse is available for routine smear testing, so please contact the surgery if you feel that a smear test is overdue.

Well Woman Checks
Our nurses offer a simple well woman check which includes:

  • blood pressure
  • cholesterol
  • cervical smear
  • breast examination

Breast Check
We also look at lifestyle factors as there is plenty that you can do to help yourself, and we would very much recommend that women over the age of 50 avail of the national breast cancer screening programme “BreastCheck” !