Sutton Cross SurgerySutton CrossDublin 13, Tel: 01 832 6438
We provide relevant advice and screening for various conditions to men.
Family Planning Services
A full range of family planning services is available from the practice, these include:
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 program 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. To avail of the service, your GP will provide you with an application form, which you and your GP 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, your GP will examine both mother and baby at 6 weeks.
Cervical Smear Tests
We are pleased to welcome the National Cervical Screening Programme which is running since late 2008. 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.
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).
Well Woman Checks
These include blood pressure, cholesterol, cervical smear, breast examination. We also look at lifestyle factors that could help prevent some of the commonest diseases around. Remember, there is plenty that you can do to help yourself!
We treat many skin problems like warts, verrucae and skin tags with Cryo or ( freezing as it is known) . It is usually with our nurse and on Wednesday afternoon, appointments only.
Cholesterol is a type of fat, which can be found in the blood stream. A certain amount of it is required for body function. However, if there is too much circulating in the blood, is can invade the lining of the arteries, which can lead to narrowing. If this happens in the heart, it can lead to a heart attack. If it happens in the brain, it can lead to a stroke.
A lot of your cholesterol is produced by the liver. Some people are genetically pre-disposed to produce more than others. However, extra amounts of cholesterol are obtained by eating too much saturated fats, commonly eaten as animal fats.
There are several types of cholesterol. Two main types are High density Lipoprotein (HDL) and Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL). HDL’s are commonly called "good" cholesterol, because they are less likely to invade the artery walls. LDL’s are commonly called "bad" cholesterol, because they are more likely to invade the artery walls.
The higher your cholesterol level, the greater the risk of heart disease. If there are other factors present, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or smoking, the risk is much higher. For people with existing heart disease or diabetes, control of cholesterol, as well as other factors, is very important.
Steps to reduce cholesterol:
Everyone has blood pressure. It is a sign of the blood circulating in the arteries. The problem arises when the pressure is consistently too high.
Blood pressure is measured using two figures. The lower figure (diastolic blood pressure) refers to the baseline pressure in the arteries. The higher (systolic) blood pressure refers to the pressure when the heart contracts, forcing more blood out into the arteries around the body, pushing the pressure up.
Often there is no known cause for hypertension. 90% of people have so called "essential hypertension". A minority of people has a disease causing their hypertension Hypertension is important because it at least doubles your risk of stroke. It can also cause heart failure, kidney damage, and eye damage. Much research has shown that control of hypertension reduces this risk.
This is why doctors recommend treatment of hypertension. Control of blood pressure is all the more important if you have diabetes of existing heart disease. Some lifestyle changes can lower blood pressure. These may help someone’s blood pressure stay normal, or even control mild cases without use of medication. They are important changes for anyone who has hypertension.
These lifestyle changes that can reduce blood pressure are:
Smoking poses a very significant preventive threat to a person's health Quitting will reduce this risk. Low tar cigarettes or cigars do not reduce your health risks.
Smoking increases blood pressure, can double the risk of having a heart attack, affects artery walls and increases "bad cholesterol" (LDL cholesterol) as well as affecting the lungs.
It is linked with several serious health problems including:
There are several treatment options to help you:
Many of the nicotine replacement products are available over the counter at your pharmacist.
Alcohol can have some beneficial effects from a health point of view, - small amounts can help prevent heart disease (one to two units per day).
Alcohol is conveniently quantified in units, which is the same as 10 grams of alcohol.
One unit of alcohol is equivalent to:
The more alcohol consumed, the higher the risk of physical, mental, and social problems associated with it. It is generally accepted that the maximum safe weekly alcohol intake is:
This intake should be evenly distributed over the course of a week, and the week should include alcohol free days. Binge drinking is common and is associated with higher risk of accident, violence, and dangerous toxic effects.
Prolonged over consumption of alcohol can have cause many problems, such as:
Alcohol contains high calorie levels, irrespective of type of drink, which can contribute to weight problems. If you are drinking more than the maximum levels outlined above, cutting down will protect or help restore your health.
Try the following questionnaire:
If you answered yes to any of the above, then you probably have a problem with alcohol, please see your GP.
Most people are not active enough. Being inactive often leads to obesity and it doubles the risk of heart disease.
Being active will:
BCG tuberculosis vaccine (given in maternity hospitals or a HSE clinic)
At 2 months
Free from your GP
6 in 1+PCV+MenB+Rotavirus
3 INJECTIONS + ORAL DROPS
At 4 months
6 in 1+MenB+Rotavirus
2 Injections + Oral Drops
At 6 months
6 in 1+PCV+MenC
At 12 months
MMR + MenB
At 13 months
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required.
We provide the following vaccines:
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
If you are travelling to Europe you will need to apply for a European Health Insurance Card. You can do this below
European Health Insurance card- E111/EHIC
Apply for your Medical Card Online
Download Medical Card Application Form
Medical Card Change Of Doctor Form
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