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for women aged 17 - 31

The Department of Health has officially launched a free contraception service that is open to all of general practice. Clermont Health is delighted to participate. Equitable, patient centred, evidence-based and accessible is in line with best practice and our mission. The service is free irrespective of your background and it should be a seamless process in the consultation and also at the pharmacy. Please see below for some details.

Am I eligible?

As long as you have a PPS number and are over 17 years and under 31, then yes you are eligible.

What contraceptives are covered?

All of the usual types of contraception are covered:

  • The combined or mini-pill
  • Patches, rings, depot injections
  • Intra-uterine devices (except the copper coil)
  • Sub-dermal implants

Does the consultation differ?

The consultation is exactly the same as before. You still need a checkup every 6 months for pills and patches. You still need to come in for a consultation and consent form ahead of implants or intra-uterine devices. The only difference you should notice is the extra money in your pocket. The scheme is designed to take away barriers to effective family planning, giving you more of a say in your overall health and wellbeing.

Do you have hot flushes, night sweats or sleep disturbance?

What about vaginal changes or urinary symptoms?

Are you losing bone mass?

Have you had your bone density checked?

It is estimated that 8 out of 10 women experience symptoms such as these leading up to the menopause. Of these, 45% find their symptoms difficult to deal with.

Menopause: What is it?

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. It is the time in a woman’s life when the function of the ovaries ceases. The process of menopause does not occur overnight, but rather is a gradual process. This so-called peri-menopausal transition period is a different experience for each woman.

Menopause Clinic @ Clermont Health

Our wonderful women doctors, Dr Siobhan Garavaglia and Dr Meave Baxter and Dr Katherine Whately, have a wealth of experience in women’s health. Dr Meave is a trained LARC tutor (Long Acting Reversible Contraceptive) and all are passionate about helping women navigate the menopause.

Our menopause clinic should be your first port of call if you feel the menopause is approaching. Being prepared and knowing what to expect can make the experience a lot easier. Our menopause clinic gives you an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion about menopause.

Breast check, blood tests, HRT and more

Typically, a consultation will include a breast check, blood tests, a discussion about HRT and an analysis of your bloods. You can get answers to all your questions in a one-on-one session with Dr Siobhan or Dr Meave or Dr Katherine. 

Book an appointment at the Menopause Clinic here

Joint Injections are used in the treatment of muscle and joint inflammatory reactions in areas of the body such as the finger, toe, wrist, ankle, shoulder, hip, knee and tendons.

A patient having a problem with arthritis, gout, tendonitis, rotator cuff issues or musculoskeletal issues may also benefit from this procedure.

What Happens?

 Joint injections or aspirations (taking fluid out of a joint) are performed with a cold spray or other local anaesthesia.

Anti-inflammatory agents may be injected that slow down the accumulation of cells responsible for producing inflammation and pain within the joint space.

The Benefits:

Benefit is experienced within a few days, if successful and can last for months.

The medicine should help decrease any inflammation, swelling, tenderness, or heat the joint is holding. Generally, the patient will respond after one injection, however it may be necessary to administer a further injection, if suitable.

Side-effects are few, but can occur.  These may include tenderness, warmth, or swelling, around the injection site.  

Cryotherapy is an effective treatment method that uses extremely cold temperatures to destroy warts, corns and other unwanted skin lesions. Freezing is an inexpensive, safe and reliable way of getting rid of several different types of surface skin lesions.

What is Involved in Cryotherapy Treatments?

Cryotherapy freezes and destroys abnormal cells allowing normal skin cells to grow back in their place.

Liquid Nitrogen or a pressurized directed aerosol spray is applied by the doctor to the skin lesion for a few seconds, depending on the size of the lesion. The cycle is usually repeated once or twice thereafter. Cryotherapy treatments may sting and be painful at the time of treatment but this will diminish. In some cases, repeated treatments may be required if a lesion is particularly resistant to treatment. On some occasions, there can be moderate blistering of the area where the procedure has been carried out. Many people choose cryotherapy treatment as it is less invasive than scalpel surgery and it causes less pain and scarring.

All of this will be explained prior to the procedure and your doctor will ask you to sign a brief consent form to cover the treatment.

What lesions are suitable for cryotherapy?

  • Viral warts in older children and adults
  • Seborrhoeic keratoses
  • Actinic keratoses
  • Molluscum contagiosum in adults
  • Skin tags

The Tropical Medical Bureau (TMB) is the leading travel medicine clinic group in Ireland, specialising in providing the best information and medical care. Clermont Health has been a long-term associate TMB clinic, serving the needs of patients through-out the North East.

For information regarding what vaccinations, you may need please go to www.tmb.ie/destinations

For vaccine and consultation prices, please see www.tmb.ie/prices

Our Vaccination Clinics currently run on Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings weekly, should you wish to book an appointment please email info@ clermonthealth.ie with the following information for each person travelling and we will contact you regarding an appointment:

Name:

Address:

D.O.B:

Contact Phone:

Contact email:

Destination:

Date of Travel:

Or call 042 9321424.

If you are hoping to become pregnant there are a few things you can and should do to improve your general health and so help your pregnancy to progress smoothly. Most pregnancies are not planned, however, and still progress normally, resulting in a healthy mother and baby.

The combined medical services are provided by your family doctor (GP) and a hospital obstetrician.

On your first pregnancy the GP provides an initial examination, if possible before 12 weeks, and a further 5 examinations during the pregnancy, which are alternated with visits to the maternity unit/hospital.

The schedule of visits may be changed by your GP and/or hospital obstetrician, depending on your individual situation. For subsequent pregnancies you will have an initial examination and a further 6 examinations.

If you have a significant illness, e.g. diabetes or hypertension, you may have up to 5 additional visits to the 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.

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

Having trained in the Royal Victoria Eye & Ear Hospital, Dublin, Dr Eoin Mc Dermott offers a new specialist service in the treatment of ear wax developed by Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons. Caused by a number of factors, wax impaction happens when there is a build-up of excessive earwax in the ear. This can lead to deafness, pain, itch, tinnitus or infection if not removed. Microsuction is regarded as one of the safest methods of ear wax removal and is associated with high rates of patient satisfaction. The use of microscopes and a finely balanced medical suction device allows for direct visualisation of the ear canal and easy removal of the wax. This can reduce the risk of damage to the ear or infection that might be associated with older methods of wax removal. If you like, a wireless video otoscope may be used which allows you to see the wax for yourself.

Please note it is optimal to use wax-softening ear drops for a minimum of 5 days in advance of your appointment. Drops can be bought over the counter in your local pharmacy.

Occupational health

Occupational medicine is a general practice sub-speciality covering health and safety and employment law, public health, disability, and work-related disease that Clermont Health is proud to provide this service. Our practice already provides an occupational health service for a number of local businesses. These range from medicals for new employees, providing medical services for employees, work-related vaccinations, and more. Our practice manager would be pleased to inform you of what we can offer.

Smear Tests

Clermont Health is registered with Cervical Check, which is the National Cervical Screening Programme. As such we provide free cervical smear tests to women aged between 25 and 60. Before attending for your smear test, you need to register online at www.cervicalcheck.ie

Childhood Vaccinations

Childhood immunisations are available free of charge as part of the National Childhood Immunisation Scheme. Please make an appointment with our nurse to arrange same. Further details can be found at:

www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/pubinfo/pcischedule/

The vaccination schedule is as follows;

At Birth

BCG/Tuberculosis Vaccine is part of the schedule but has been out of supply for many years. It is given in the hospital.

2 Months

6 in 1 Vaccine (Diphtheria Tetanus Whooping Cough (Pertussis) HiB (Haemophilus influenzae B) Polio (Inactivated poliomyelitis) Hepatitis B)

PCV (Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine)

MenB Vaccine (Meningococcal B Vaccine)

Rotavirus oral vaccine

At 4 Months

6 in 1

MenB

Rotavirus oral vaccine

At 6 Months 

6 in 1

PCV 

MenC (Meningococcal C)

At 12 Months

MMR (Measles Mumps Rubella)

MenB

At 13 Months

HiB/MenC 

PCV 

 

Please ensure when booking vaccines that there are 2 calendar months between appts, if your child had their 1st vaccine on 17/1/23 their next on would be due on 17/03/23 and so forth. Please be sure to highlight the date of last vaccine to the receptionist to ensure you are booked appropriately.

To book childhood vaccines above please call 042 9321424.

Intra-Uterine Devices

An Intra-Uterine Device (IUD), otherwise known as the “the coil”, is a small T-shaped plastic or copper device inserted into the uterus as a form of contraception and also to treat bleeding and cycle-related issues. As a contraceptive, they are highly effective and can last for up to 5 years depending on the type. It can be inserted at any time during the menstrual cycle, as long as you are not pregnant. Side effects can predictably include irregular periods for 1-3 cycles and some spotting or bleeding between periods. You will be fully informed of benefits, risks, and side effects upon making an appointment for a consultation. There is also a small risk of getting an infection after it has been fitted and also that it may be expelled.

There may be some discomfort in the fitting, but it is generally painless.

Benefits include;

  1. There is no need to take daily medication or to worry about missing a day here or there.
  2. It is one of the very most effective forms of contraception.
  3. In the long run, the IUD is highly cost-effective. Though the initial cost of the device and fitting is more, over the 3-5 year lifetime of the device it works out to be very reasonable.
  4. Fertility returns upon removal of the device.
  5. The device is safe for breastfeeding.

If you would like to find out more about having an IUD fitted please feel free to discuss this with one of our team.

Influenza/Pneumococcal Vaccinations

The Flu vaccine is available free of charge for people over 65 or who are in an at-risk group, pregnant women and healthcare workers.

Also, given the particular circumstances and the pressures on the healthcare system the nasal flu vaccine will be offered to children aged 2-12 years of age which is also free of charge.

Children who are outside of this age group and are in an at-risk group can also get the vaccine.

The Flu vaccine is normally offered between October and April each year and further information can be found at https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/flu/get-vaccine/

The Pneumococcal vaccine is recommended to anyone aged 65 and over and persons under that age in at risk groups, you can book a nurse consultation to discuss if you need the vaccine or visit https://www.hse.ie/eng/health/immunisation/hcpinfo/othervaccines/pneumo/