Travel Medicine and Vaccinations

Travel vaccines are very safe and highly effective. Ideally you should make a travel medicine appointment at least six weeks before travel. We will also vaccinate “last minute” travellers “better late than never”. The cost of vaccination is modest, relative to the potential consequences of contracting serious illness overseas. See further information under Services section.

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is a way of detecting a dangerous swelling (aneurysm) of the aorta – the main blood vessel that runs from the heart, down through the abdomen to the legs. An AAA is quite common in men aged over 65y-79y. An AAA usually causes no symptoms, but if it bursts, it’s mostly fatal. Screening involves a simple ultrasound scan of your stomach (abdomen), which takes about 10-15 minutes, done in Affidia or Mater Private Hospital, Cork. If you don't have an AAA, you don’t ever need to be tested again. If you have an AAA, we will refer you to Mr Ger Mc Greal, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Mercy University Hospital. See Services for further information.

Stroke Prevention F.A.S.T.

F.A.S.T is an easy way to remember and identify the most common symptoms of stroke. F for FACE: Ask the person to smile, does one side of the face droop. A for ARMS: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downwards ? S for SPEECH: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange ? T for TIME: If you observe any of these signs, call the ambulance immediately 999