For every stage in a woman’s life…
We provide advice and care for a wide range of contraceptive options…
- Pre-conception counselling -
(Your doctor’s advice at least three months prior to your intention of becoming pregnant is recommended).
- Fertility advice including investigation and referral where necessary
- Pregnancy tests
- Antenatal and postnatal care CANC – SCHEDULE OF VISITS
Includes general physical examination, breast check, blood pressure, height, weight, fasting blood test for glucose and cholesterol, plus
lifestyle advice. Link to Femaile Health Questionnaire
BreastCheck screening is for women without symptoms; we urge any woman who has any concerns to visit her family doctor/GP immediately even if she has had a recent mammogram. We also encourage all women to remain breast aware between or after screenings and to check for any symptoms or changes in their breasts.
BreastCheck is a Government-funded programme providing breast screening and invites women aged 50 to 64 for a free mammogram on an area-by-area basis every two years. The aim of BreastCheck is to reduce deaths from breast cancer by finding and treating the disease at an early stage.
We encourage all women who receive a BreastCheck invitation to attend their appointment. Women who have any concerns regarding their appointment can contact BreastCheck Freephone 1800 45 45 55 or online at
- Free smears for those registered with CervicalCheck.
- Private Smears available for those not eligible for CervicalCheck
The smears are normally undertaken by either the practice nurse or female Doctors
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.
What is Cervical Check?
The National Cervical Screening Programme is a Government-funded service that provides free smear tests to women aged 25 – 60.
What is cervical screening?
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 test) is used for cervical screening. It is a simple procedure where a doctor or nurse (smeartaker) 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. 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 this test?
Quite simply, 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.
What if I’ve had a hysterectomy?
If you have had a hysterectomy (your womb removed), check with your doctor to see if you need to continue having regular smear tests.
How often should I have a smear test?
After the first smear test, women aged 25 – 44 will be invited by CervicalCheck 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. Cervicalcheck 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.
CervicalCheck will send you a letter about your results within four weeks of your smear test. The result of your test will also be available from your smeartaker.