Opening Times over Christmas 2017 and New Year

Christmas Day 25th December: Closed (South Doc) St Stephens Day 26th December: Closed (South Doc) Wednesday 27th December: 9.00 – 17.00 Thursday 28th December: 9.00 – 17.00 Friday 29th December: 9.00 – 17.00 (no routine appointments) Please note there will be no routine lab service over the holiday period so we cannot take appointments for blood tests. The surgery re-opens on Tuesday, the 2nd January, 2018 at 8.00 am May we take this opportunity to wish you all a peaceful Christmas and Best Wishes for 2018 Many thanks Doctors Maura, Joy, Margaret, Carol, Ciarán and Diarmuid.

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