Travel Vaccines

The holiday season is upon us and along with the usual packing and preparations it is important to take time to consider any health issues you may encounter while travelling.

Do you need travel vaccinations? – whether heading off back packing for a year or travelling to Egypt for a week you need to consider if your travel vaccinations are up to date. If this is your first time bear in mind that some vaccination programmes can take up to six weeks to complete so please make your appointment plenty of time.

We offer a full range of common single dose travel vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Diphtheria/Polio/Tetanus and also Hepatitis B, a series of vaccinations which may be required for longer trips. We are also a registered Centre for Yellow Fever. As well as vaccination during your pre-travel consultation our nurse or doctor can also advise you regarding malaria prophylaxis, water and food safety, traveller’s diarrhoea, insect bites and sun protection while you are away.
Even if staying close to home it is important to attend for a check up, particularly if you or your children require repeat prescriptions or medical certification for insurance purposes before setting off.

Enjoy the holiday season!

Cancer Awareness

This month the National Cancer Society holds its annual Daffodil Day reminding us for the need of education about and prevention of the common causes of cancer in Ireland. It is important to be positive and pro active about your health and if you would like more information, have symptoms that worry you or have a strong family history of cancer why not visit your doctor for a check up.

More people suffering from common cancers in Ireland are now receiving earlier diagnosis and more successful treatments then ever. Screening programmes like Breast Check and Cervical Check are up and running providing reassurance to the majority of women who have normal results and picking up disease early, resulting in better outcomes, for those who need treatment.
Simple changes to our diet, exercise, smoking and drinking habits can protect us against cancer and awareness of safety in the sun is becoming more important in Ireland as rates of skin cancer are on the rise. If you have questions or for more information please visit or see your doctor today.

Men’s Health

To all the Men out there – when was the last time your body had its own ‘NCT’? If you have not had a check up for some time, have noticed a new symptom that you may have been ignoring or simply want to get fitter this year, why not start into spring with a check up by your doctor.

Women in Ireland are still outliving their male counterparts by a whopping 5 years. Part of the reason is they are more pro-active about visiting the doctor when they have a health worry.

Naturally some men can find attending the doctor with certain symptoms embarrassing such as problems with passing urine or changes in their bowels but these are the very things that need to been seen early so that in most cases simple tests or reassurance can be provided.

Men continue to suffer from more heart disease than women and our busy, stressful lives can often leave little time for healthy eating or exercise. There are lots of simple things that you can do to lower your risk of developing heart disease in the future. Most of these relate to making small changes to your lifestyle, eating and exercise habits which can have health benefits for all the family. If you don’t know where to start why not see your doctor for advice.

Men can find talking about stress, feelings of depression or loneliness difficult – however a problem shared is truly a problem halved and a visit to your GP can be the simplest starting point to readdress the balance in your life.

Alzheimers/Dementia – Support for Carers

Are you caring for a loved one with dementia? The fantastic and often unseen work of thousands of carers in Ireland allow many of those suffering with dementia to live at home for as long as possible in with dignity in a caring and supportive environment.
This however can be draining both physically and emotionally for their carers who often have feel they have no one themselves to turn to when things become too much to bear.

Please do not hesitate to see your GP should you need help and support in this role or if you have concerns that you or a loved one may be showing symptoms of forgetfulness or behaviour that is out of character.

There are many community and medical supports available of which you may be unaware and can be organised through your GP or Primary care team. Also, information and support can be accessed via the Alzheimer Society of Ireland which has links to many home services, respite and local support groups that carers can access

Care of the Elderly
At this time of year it is especially important to think of our elderly friends and neighbours.

Winter can be long and lonely even for those with family around. Elderly people require warmth and regular hot meals to keep safe during the colder months and may need support to get their groceries or medication when inclement weather or ice may make it difficult to brave the outdoors.

Many older people have a fear of falling if they venture out leaving them isolated in their homes and so may miss their usual company and routine.

Should you or a loved one need extra help or support from the many community services available please to not hesitate to contact your doctor or Public Health nurse for advice.
Prepare well for the winter including an early health check-up and ensure that all vaccinations including the annual influenza vaccine are up to date.

When at home keep heating on, always wear warm layer. Get up and walk around the house at least every hour for a few minutes to keep circulation going and muscles strong. Have regular warm drinks and meals.
The following websites have lots of helpful information and useful contacts

September – School Stress, Asthma Checks

The return to school is upon us. This can be a stressful time for children and parents alike. Children may find the transition to a new school, a problem with bullying or the start of an exam year daunting. The increasing cost of school books and uniforms can put financial strain on many families leading to stress and tension.
You may be entitled to support in the form of back-to-school grants or family income support supplements. More information is available at
If you are concerned about your level of stress or low mood in yourself or your children your GP should be your first port of call outside your family and friends. For lots of teenage friendly advice visit or


If your child suffers from asthma this is also a good time for his/her annual check up. The change in season and activities can play havoc with asthma that had been otherwise stable over the summer months. Is your child getting old enough to manage their own inhalers or need a review to make sure they have the correct technique? Is smoking becoming an issue for your teenager? Your asthma nurse or GP would be happy to assess your child’s current status, asthma education and medication dosage – all of which need to change with time as they grow. You can access lots of useful information at or arrange to attend the asthma clinic at your GP surgery today.

GP Visit card for Under 6s Scheme

We are happy to say that we are participating in the free GP visit card for the under sixes.
If you wish to register just click on the link

and sign up for either Dr. Mel McEvoy or Dr. Kerry O’Connell

Safe food, Healthy Eating tips, Alcohol / Family conflict & financial stress

While Christmas in general is a time for catching up with friends and family, enjoying the magic with your children and indulging in some good seasonal fare remember it can be a difficult time of year for some.

Often throwing family together, indoors, for long periods may trigger tensions to arise. Keep the peace and enjoy each other’s company by making sure to give everyone their own space, help out  to spread the chores so you can all enjoy the break, wrap up and get out for a walk, and be aware that excessive alcohol can often trigger arguments that otherwise may not occur.
Useful information is available at ,,

The financial demands at Christmas time can be great and a source of added stress in the family. For simple advice that may help MABS (Money advice and Budgeting service) have a useful leaflet available online at or see for any supports that you may be entitled too.

While enjoying all the traditional festive treats is part of the joys of Christmas a little forward thinking can avoid unpleasant food poisoning or the need to start the New Year with a diet.

Healthy Eating Tips for Christmas Season

Christmas can be a time of indulgence, not just on the big day itself where the average person consumes up to 3 times their required daily calorie intake, but over the extended party season.

Here are a few simple tips to follow to ensure that January can get off to a bright and healthy start.

  • Think about your food carefully when doing Christmas shopping in the run up to the festive season. Avoid stocking up in the weeks before on high calorie snack foods, sweets and drinks.


  • When faced with a Christmas party never attend with an empty stomach. This will help you not to over indulge on both alcohol and party foods – easy to do when feeling a little nervous at a social outing. Keep your hands full with a glass or napkin and chat more, graze less!
  • Choose healthier nibbles – avoiding those that are deep fried or cased in pastry which tends to have higher fat content. Stick instead to lean meat or fish such as smoked salmon and low fat dips with fresh vegetables, instead of crisps choose popcorn.


  • Enjoy a Christmas drink but choose diet mixers or slim line tonic, light beer or a smaller glass of wine. Don’t drink on an empty stomach. Drink water in between rounds and remember the safe upper limit – 14 units for women, 21 units of alcohol for men, per week.


  • For Christmas dinner – Turkey is a naturally lean meat – but avoid eating the skin. Fill up on lovely seasonal fresh vegetables, avoid adding too much salt, gravy or butter and keep an eye on portion size.


  • Get regularly out for a brisk walk – escaping from the house for some fresh air and exercise with the family will keep mind and body feeling fresher and healthier.

Finally please do not forget our elderly friends and neighbours who may need a visit more than ever at this time of year. For more information see our news archive.

Should any of these issues become too much to cope with please do not hesitate to contact your GP for support.

Emergency Services:

Call a Doctor Out of Hours

Our out of hours service is provided by D Doc who can be contacted on 1850 224477. This service is a co-operative staffed by local participating GPs. The service is available Monday to Friday 6pm – 8 am and Weekends and Bank Holidays 24 hours. Consultations are strictly by appointment only.

Contact the Doctor on Call service, to make an appointment or receive phone advice at 1850 22 44 77.

In case of emergency, if you feel you may require immediate hospital treatment, please do not hesitate to contact the emergency services at 999 or 112. All calls are free.


We are reviewing our Hours!

We are pleased to announce that we are extending our surgery hours in the Baldoyle Surgery. 

The Surgery will now be open Monday and Tuesday afternoons from 4pm to 5pm.  These times are still under review and we are hoping to extend the hours to include a Friday afternoon surgery after Christmas.

Blue September 2014

Blue September is an initiative that was developed in New Zealand in 2008 by the countries Prostate Cancer Foundation to increase awareness about male cancers.  The initiative has since spread to Australia and the UK and this year it is being widely publicised in Ireland.

The main idea is to increase public awareness about male cancers and to encourage men to go to their doctor for screening tests or if they might develop any symptoms that suggest they may have a diagnosis of cancer.

The statistics are stark in that 1in 3 men will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage of their life and the earlier they present to their GP for diagnosis and treatment the better the chance of cure.  We also know that men in general are not good at going to see their doctor with health problems and we want to change this behaviour.

So don’t put your health on hold, come and see me today.

The big 4 cancers in males are – Prostate, Testicular, Bowel and Lung.  Below I have outlined some symptoms which could suggest each diagnosis.  The men’s health alliance has a good website and gives good information on symptoms of male cancers and self examination techniques.

Testicular Cancer – Most common cancer in 15-34 year old men, 172 men diagnosed per year in Ireland. 


  • Lump in testes
  • Swelling in scrotum
  • Pain in groin/abdomen/ back

Prostate Cancer – 1 in 8 men develop prostate cancer, more common if a close relative has had it.


  • Pain passing urine
  • Difficulty – increased frequency passing urine
  • Blood in urine

Men should come for screening for prostate cancer every 2 years over the age of 50 years.

Bowel Cancer – 2nd most common cancer in men, most cases present over the age of 75 years.


  • Abdominal pain
  • Change in bowel habit .i.e. constipation, diarrhoea, weight loss, blood in bowel motions or a feeling of incomplete emptying of bowel.

Lung Cancer – 3rd most common cancer diagnosed in men, 1261 cases in Ireland per year.


  • Cough lasting more than 2 weeks
  • Coughing up blood
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of appetite -weight loss


For more information check out the websites



Alcohol-The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

In moderate amounts, alcohol can add to the fun of an occasion and help relax.  However, there are many forms of excessive drinking that cause substantial risk or harm to an individual, family or society.

Historically in Ireland we are at risk of hazardous or harmful drinking.  Out attitudes and our culture predispose us to it and now we have access to alcohol that is cheaper in real terms than ever before.

So, it is time once again to look at alcohol and educate ourselves and perhaps look at our attitudes towards alcohol. 

To start we will ask and answer some basic questions.

What is a standard drink?

In Ireland, a standard drink has about 10 grams of pure alcohol in it, such as:

  • 100mls of wine 12.5%
  • A half pint of normal beer
  • An alcopop 275ml bottle
  • A pub measure of spirits

How many drinks in a 750ml bottle of wine 12.4%

A bottle of wine @ 12.5% contains 7 standard drinks.

What about alcohol units?

One unit of alcohol = one standard drink

What is a safe (low risk) alcohol intake?

There are various ways to answer this

  • No more than 2 standard drinks a day
  • No more than 5 days a week, with 2 non drinking days per week


  • Up to 11 standard drinks in a week for women
  • Up to 17 standard drinks in a week for men

What is the contribution of alcohol to weight gain?

Alcohol is not an essential nutrient, so in fact all alcohol calories are empty calories, therefore can be a major factor in weight gain.

Did you know?

  • 200 calories = 1 pint of larger
  • 170 calories = 1 pint of stout
  • 210 calories = 1 pint of cider
  • 130 calories = medium glass of wine (175mls)
  • 80 calories = measure of spirits

So, to burn off a pint of larger you would need to:

  • Walk for 50 minutes
  • Swim for 30 minutes
  • Dance for 35 minutes
  • Play golf for 1hour 20 minutes
  • Do aerobics for 32 minutes

If this has short article has sparked off some questions, please do let us know.  We will try to answer individual questions by email.

Also you can check out some useful links