Posted by Turloughmore Health Centre in Features.

Here in Turloughmore Health Centre we provide a comprehensive Womens Health service, as do most General Practitioners.

We look after the important areas of women’s health including:

  • Cervical screening
  • Breast check
  • Sexual health
  • Contraception and family planning
  • Ante- & post-natal care
  • Fertility issues
  • Menopause

Free Smear Testing

Turloughmore Health Centre is registered with the National Cervical Screening Programme. If you are between the ages 25–44 years you are entitled to a smear once every three years. If you are between 45 and 60 years, you are entitled to a smear every five years.

The ideal time to have a smear test is mid-cycle i.e. 10 days–2 weeks after the first day of your last period (unless you no longer are having periods, in which case you can book anytime). You must bring your letter of invitation from Cervical Check on the day of appointment.

In order to get this invitation letter you must register with Cervical Check online. You will need your PRSI / PPS number to register.

Breast Screening

Mammograms are provided by Breastcheck for women aged between 50–64 years every two years. We recommend that all women should be breast-aware and perform regular checks on themselves.

What changes should I be aware of?

  • A change in size or shape—if one breast becomes larger than the other
  • Changes in the nipple—in direction or shape, flattening or pulling appearance
  • Changes around the nipple—rash, crusting of surrounding skin
  • Changes in the skin—dimpling, puckering or redness
  • A lump of any size in your breast
  • Constant breast pain
  • Swelling in armpit or above collar bone

Sexual Health

Confidential & discrete screening service. We provide a Full STI Screen including testing for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis. This is very important for young adults both male and female.

Ante- & Post-Natal Care

We provide full antenatal and postnatal care in conjunction with our local maternity hospitals.

Menopause and HRT Service

During the menopause the production of the female hormones, especially oestrogen, declines. The average age of menopause is 51 years.

The menopause can cause a range of the following symptoms:

  • Hot flushes and night sweats
  • Fatigue/tiredness
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Mood changes
  • Vaginal dryness
  • Urinary symptoms
  • Emotional symptoms

All women can be assessed for menopausal symptoms on an individual basis and we will discuss the role of HRT & alternative medicines as treatments for potentially difficult symptoms.

Contraception and Family Planning

Combined pill, mini-pill, Depo-Provera, Mirena Coil, Contraceptive Patch and Emergency Contraception Morning-after pill. All of the above are available. Please consult with any of the Doctors for advice.

Turloughmore Health Centre Opening Hours

Monday–Friday 9am–5.30pm. Doors are closed daily at 6pm.

For calls after 6pm or over weekends phone WestDoc on 1850 36 50 00.

Telephone lines are closed between 1:30pm and 2:30pm to allow for change over of reception staff.

If you have an urgent medical problem between 1:30pm and 2:30pm, please call 087 259 6308.