A range of blood tests are available for health investigation and screening and include:
We also provide specialist blood testing for D Dimer, BNP and AMH levels by request.
Blood testing is normally by request after a consultation with a doctor.
Fasting blood test appointments are normally taken in the morning, you will need to be fasting from midnight (you can take sips of water is necessary).
Register online www.cervicalcheck.ie
Freephone information line: 1800 454555
Cervical Check – The National Cervical Screening Programme, PO Box 161, Co Limerick.
About Cervical Cancer
Cervical Cancer is a cancer of the cells of the cervix (neck of the womb). Cervical cancer is the second most common female cancer in Europe. Cervical cells change slowly and may take years to develop into cancer cells, making cervical cancer a preventable disease.
Cervical screening is a method of preventing cervical cancer by detecting abnormal cells in the cervix (lower part of the womb). For many women the test results show that everything is fine. But for some women, the test shows changes in the cells that can be caused by many things. Most of these changes will not lead to cancer. However signs that it may develop can be spotted early on a cervical smear, so it can be stopped before it gets started.
What is a smear test?
A smear test (sometimes called a pap smear / test) is used for cervical screening. It is a simple procedure where the smear taker takes a sample of cells from the cervix (neck of the womb) to look for early changes. A smear test can identify cell changes before they become cancer cells. If these cells are not found and treated, they could become cancerous.
Who should have a smear test?
Every woman aged between 25 and 60 should have a regular smear test and continue to have regular smear tests after the menopause; you can discuss your own particular case with one of our medical staff. If you are aged over 60 years and have never had a smear test, please contact your doctor to discuss your cervical screening needs.
Why should I have a smear test?
A smear test is preformed to test cells in the cervix for early detection of abnormalities. Smear tests should be encouraged. Having a regular smear test could save your life.
When is the best time to have a smear test?
The best time to attend for your smear test is mid-cycle – that is, 10 to 14 days after the first day of your period (if you are having periods).
How is a smear test taken?
A smear test is a very simple procedure that takes less than five minutes. It might be slightly uncomfortable but should not be painful. You may lie on your side or on your back for your smear test. The doctor or nurse taking the test will gently insert an instrument called a speculum into your vagina to hold it open. The cervix is the area where the top of the vagina leads to the uterus (womb). The doctor or nurse will use a small, specialised brush to gently remove a sample of cells from the cervix. This sample is sent to the laboratory to be checked.
If you have had a hysterectomy (your womb removed), check with your doctor to see if you need to continue having regular smear tests.
Frequency of smear testing
Providing that you have registered with cervical check after the first smear test, women aged 25 – 44 will be invited by Cervical Check to have a free smear test every three years. They will invite women aged 45 – 60 to have a free smear test every five years. Cervical Check will advise you when your next free smear test is due. If you have any unusual or irregular vaginal bleeding, spotting or discharge, do not wait for your next smear test – contact the doctor immediately.
Cervical Check will send you a letter about your results within approx four to eight weeks of your smear test, in some letters they suggest making an appointment to discuss your results with your doctor which is quiet normal. The result of your test will also be available from your smear taker and recorded on your file when received from cervical check.
Contaceptive Pills ( COCP & POP)
Contraceptive Ring – Nuva Ring
Depot Injectable Contraceptive – Depo Provera
Implanon Insertions and Removals
Emergency Contraception – Morning After Pill
Mirena Coil Insertions and Removals
A wide range of in-house diagnostic service is available including biopsy, cardiac ECG, spirometry, and tonometry for glaucoma screening.
A medical assessment is required for completion of a drivers licence. This applies to new or renewal licences. This requires a medical and eye sight test and a routine appointment is needed. This is not covered under the Medical Card scheme. A fee of €55 applies.
Bellview Clinic provides a full spectrum of care for the family including preconception consultations, fertility assistance, maternity care and ultrasound, infant check up and paediatric clinics. Vaccination programmes and childhood development screening including childhood audiology services are provided on site. Adolescent medicine and dermatological expertise is available. We provide help across the full range of contraception including Mirena Coil and Implanon. The full check up appointment for the healthy adult is very popular and requires a 1.5 hour consultation. We provide dedicated care to the elderly and have a regular planned home visit and Nursing home care service.
Influenza (flu) is a highly infectious and potentially serious illness caused by the influenza viruses. Each year the content of the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to protect against the influenza viruses in accordance with the World Health Organization.
Flu Vaccine is recommended for the elderly, patients with chronic disease, health-care workers and pregnant patients. Please make an appointment with our nurses at reception. In some cases there is a charge for this vaccine, the nurse will advise.
At Bellview Clinic we provide comprehensive gynaecological assessment and treatment. We have a special interest in this area supported by our practice nurses. A comprehensive range of therapies is available including Contraception such as Mirena Coil and Implanon, STI screening, HPV screening and cervical smear screening.
11. Health Status and Risk assessment
12. Recommendations on further investigations where appropriate
13. Special procedures including where necessary biopsies, cryosurgery, and further procedures
14. Review appointment to collate the results and decide on any further steps.
Bellview Clinic hosts an array of specialist equipment and medical supports. We try to encourage all patients who can travel to the clinic to do so, to avail of these services and allow us provide a better standard of care. However we provide home care for the provision of palliative care to the terminally ill, in conjunction with the local palliative care team. If you feel you require a home visit please ring the office and ask for the manager who will assist you promptly.
Mother & Baby Maternity Visit Schedule
We provide dedicated care to the Elderly and have a regular planned weekly Nursing home visit. Outside of this, urgent attendance can be arranged at short notice by speaking with the Practice Manager
We provide a comprehensive occupational health service. Dr Healy leads this service and is joined by Mr. Paul O Connor for Audiology. Services include the provision of onsite visits and guidance with Health and Safety recommendations. Pre-employment medical checkups and surveillance can be arranged by contacting the office directly.
At Bellview Clinic we have a dedicated ‘same day’ paediatric service with consultations from €35. Many of our doctors have post graduate specialist paediatric and child health diploma’s and the clinic provides wonderful child friendly play areas. Paediatric dermatology is an area of interest for Dr. Neil Healy. Our dedicated two and six week Baby check up’s are assisted by trained paediatric nurses who provide the lead at vaccination time.
Our practice nurses provide the following services :
Spectrum Therapy is Ireland's largest network of Psychology and Counselling clinics. Our Psychologists can provide evidence-based therapy for a wide range of mental health issues. They possess the skills required for helping children, young people and adults who are experiencing difficulties as well as the ability to conduct a wide range of psychological assessments. All of our Counsellors and Psychologists are fully qualified and are members of the Psychological Society of Ireland.
For more information please visit www.spectrumtherapy.ie
Here are some common symptoms of a STIs-
Symptoms of each STI can vary from symptoms affecting the genitals, to symptoms that affect various other parts of the body. The following is not a full list of all possible symptoms.
However, these are the common symptoms to look out for
A vaginal discharge.
Abnormal vaginal bleeding.
A discharge from the penis.
A sore, ulcer, rash, or lump that appears on the penis or around the vagina, vulva or anus.
Pain when you are having sex.
Pain when passing urine (although the common reason for this is a urine infection and not a STI).
Swelling of the glands in your groin.
Remember, in many cases of STI no symptoms develop. Even though you have no symptoms, you can still pass on the infection to others. Therefore, if you think that you may have a STI, it is best to make an appointment with one of our medical staff.
An area of special interest within the practice is the provision of comprehensive care to our patients with special needs. We provide domiciliary visits as part of this assessment.
1. In growing toe nail – this is an area of special interest and expertise at Bellview Clinic
2. Biopsy of skin and abnormal lesion
3. Abscess or cyst drainage and removal
4. Wart and verruca management
5. Haemorrhoid injections
6. Mole excision
7. Sebaceous cyst excision
8. Treatment of ‘low risk’ skin cancers
9. Laceration and wound suturing and repair
10. Nose bleeding packing / cautery
11. Foreign body removal from the eye
12. Eye lid lesions removed
13. Finger nail procedures
14. Ganglion removal and / or drainage
15. Joint injections
16. Therapeutic phlebotomy – this is blood letting for patients with haemochromatosis
17. Lipoma enucleation
18. Removal of foreign bodies from subcutaneous tissues
19. Genital wart removal
20. Oral cyst removal
21. Hydrocoele tapping
Travel vaccines are individual to your vaccination history and your travel destinations. Fees applicable will be discussed at appointment time.
Includes general physical examination, breast check, blood pressure, height, weight, fasting blood test for glucose and cholesterol and lifestyle advice.
Full Health Check
Bone density screening (DEXA)