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Useful Information

We have put together a selection of useful forms, information and local services below.

If you need further information or cannot find what you are looking for, please see our FAQ.

Alternatively, contact our Reception and we will try help with your query.

Local & National Services
  • Accord

    • Relationship Counselling

    • Drop-in Support

    -Address: Unit 23, Ballymun Shopping Centre, North Mall, Ballymun Town Centre, Dublin 11

    -Contact: Kay Kelly

    -Ph: 01 862 1508

    -Email: ballymun@dublin.accord.ie

    Web: www.accord.ie

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  • Barnardos

    • Barnardos Training and Resource   Service

    • Parenting Programmes

    • Childcare/early years training courses

    • Information and Resources

    – Address: Christchurch Square, Dublin 8.

    – Contact: Martina Dumpleton

    – Ph: 01 454 9699

    – Email:  martina.dumpleton@barnardos.ie

    Web: www.barnardos.ie

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  • Parentline

    • Confidential help line for parents

    Address: Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick St. Dublin 7

    Ph: 01 8787230

    Email: info@parentline.ie

    Web: www.parentline.ie

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    Public Health Nurse (Civic Centre Ballymun)

    • Ante Natal & Post Natal Care

    • Family Health Information

    Address: Health Service Executive – Civic Centre, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9

    -Contact: Civic Centre Reception

    Ph: 01 846 7002

    Web: www.hse.ie

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    Public Health Nurse (Larkhill Clinic)

    • Ante Natal and Post Natal Care.

    • Family Health Information

    • Breast Feeding Clinic

    Address: Health Service Executive, Larkhill Clinic, Collins Ave Extention, Larkhill, Dublin 9

    Contact: Reception

    Ph: 01 837 3796

    -Web: www.hse.ie

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Life Stages

Under 6’s Gp Visit Card

Medical Card Holders – If your child or children have a Medical Card or GP Visit Card they will automatically be registered for this new scheme.

Non-Medical Card Holders – If your child or children does not have a Medical Card or GP Visit Card you must register them for this new scheme.

Immunisations

Immunisation is a simple, safe and effective way of protecting your child against certain diseases. The risks from having these diseases are far greater than the risk of any minor side effects from immunisation.

Find out more about Childhood Vaccinations here.

Child Safety

While children are surrounded by injury risks, the good news is that 9 out of 10 unintentional injuries can be prevented by thinking safety and acting safely in everything we do. It is our responsibility, as parents, guardians and carers, to make sure our children’s world is safe. Knowledge is power and action is key! If we know the dangers, we can do something about them.

Find out more on HSE.ie/childsafety

Cervical Screening (Smear Tests)

Cervical screening is a method of preventing cervical cancer by detecting abnormal cells in the cervix (lower part of the womb). Cervical screening is not a test for cancer, but it is a test to check the health of the cervix.

Most women’s test results show that everything is normal. But for one in 20 women, the test will show some changes in the cells of the cervix.

In Ireland about 200 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer each year. It is the second most common female cancer in Europe.

CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme provides free smear tests to women aged 25 to 60.

A smear test is a simple procedure that only takes minutes and is the most effective way to detect changes in the cells of the cervix.

Find Out More: Cervicalcheck.ie

HPV Vaccination

The HPV vaccine will protect girls from developing cervical cancer when they are adults

This vaccine is available free of charge from the HSE.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) has extended the national HPV vaccination programme since September 2011. We continue to target all girls in 1st year of second level schools in a school based programme to ensure high vaccine uptake.

In addition there is also a catch up programme for all girls who are in 6th year of second level school in September 2012. This will be repeated in September 2013 which will result in all unvaccinated girls in the senior cycle of second level schools being offered HPV vaccine.

Vaccines are in the most part given to girls in second-level schools by HSE immunisation teams, with some girls being invited to special clinics for their vaccine.

All girls require three doses of vaccine with a two month interval between the 1st and 2nd dose and a four month interval between the 2nd and 3rd doses.

The programme aims to achieve a high uptake of over 80% for a completed three dose vaccine course.

What is Human papilloma virus (HPV)?

Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the name of a family of viruses that affect the skin and the moist membranes that line your body, such as those in your cervix, anus, mouth and throat. These membranes are called the mucosa.

There are more than 100 different types of HPV viruses, with about 40 types affecting the genital area. These are classed as high risk and low risk.

How you get HPV?

Types of HPV that affect the skin can be passed on by skin contact with an affected person. The types of HPV that affect the mouth and throat can be passed on through kissing. Genital HPV is usually spread through intimate, skin to skin, contact during sex. You can have the genital HPV virus for years and not have any sign of it.

How HPV can cause cervical cancer?

Most HPV infections are harmless or cause genital
warts, however some types can cause cervical cancer.
Most HPV infections clear up by themselves, but in
some people the infection can last a long time. HPV
infects the cells of the surface of the cervix where it can stay for many years without you knowing.

The HPV virus can damage these cells leading to changes in their appearance. Over time, these changes can develop into cervical cancer. The purpose of cervical screening (testing) is to detect these changes, which, if picked up early enough, can be treated to prevent cancer happening. If they are left untreated, cancer can develop and may lead to serious illness and death.

Prostate Cancer

In Ireland, prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in men, after skin cancer. Each year about 2,500 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed. This means that 1 in 12 Irishmen will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during their lifetime. Although there are many men with this disease, most men do not die from it.

Symptoms

-difficulty in starting to pass urine
a weak, sometimes intermittent flow of urine
-dribbling of urine before and after urinating
-a frequent or urgent need to pass urine
rarely, blood in your urine or semen and pain when passing urine

These symptoms aren’t always caused by prostate cancer but if you have them, see your GP.

Find out more about the symptoms, causes and diagnosis of prostate cancer by using the resources below.

Irish Cancer Society- Prostate Cancer

HSE-Prostate Cancer

Testicular Cancer

Testicular cancer is quite rare, but it is the most common cancer found in young men aged between 15 and 34 years. Each year about 164 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer in Ireland. This number has been growing over the past few years.

What to Look Out For

The most common symptom of testicular cancer is swelling or a pea-sized lump in one of the testes (balls). There is no current screening test therefore it is important that you look out for the following signs and symptoms.

-A dull ache, or sharp pain, in your testicles, or scrotum, which may come and go

-A feeling of heaviness in your scrotum

-A dull ache in your lower abdomen

-A sudden collection of fluid in your scrotum

-Fatigue, and generally feeling unwell.

Find Out More Here:

Irish Cancer Society- Testicular Cancer 

HSE- Testicular Cancer

Healthy Living

These are lots of ways to help keep yourself well and healthy as you age. The HSE provides some useful resources on different topics to help you find out more about keeping yourself healthy as you age.

Find Out More on HSE.ie

The Get Ireland Active  website was initially developed to promote the National Physical Activity guidelines. The site has been further developed to become a one-stop shop for physical activity information.

Maternity Care Services

Every woman who is pregnant and ordinarily resident in Ireland is entitled to maternity care under the Maternity and Infant Scheme. Ordinarily resident means you are living here, or you intend to remain living here for at least one year. Ireland provides very high quality Maternity care, to both mothers and infants

Preparing For Pregnancy

If you are hoping to become pregnant there are a few things you can and should do to improve your general health and so help your pregnancy to progress smoothly. Most pregnancies are not planned, however, and still progress normally, resulting in a healthy mother and baby.

Rollercoaster.ie has a very useful article on pre-conception health Stages of pregnancy

The first trimester (weeks 0-13):

The baby’s development is greatest during this stage. By the end of week 13, it will be fully formed.

Some of the common discomforts of pregnancy, such as nausea, fatigue and breast tenderness, will be most pronounced during these early weeks.

The second trimester (weeks 14-26):

During this time, the baby continues to grow and develop and the mother starts to gain some weight as extra fat is laid down as energy reserves.

The baby’s movements in the womb can be felt and they may begin to develop patterns of activity.

The third trimester (weeks 27-birth):

The baby will start to lay down its own fat stores, going through rapid growth phases in preparation for birth.

The baby’s lungs will mature and senses such as hearing, taste and sight will develop.
You may find it more difficult to get comfortable at night and you will need to urinate more often. Practice contractions, known as Braxton Hicks, can be a regular feature.

Find out more at HSE.ie

Vaccinations

Flu can be prevented by vaccination.

The vaccine and consultation are free to those within the recommended groups who have a ‘Medical Card’ or ‘Doctor Only Card’.

Contact our clinic to make an appointment.

Vaccination is strongly recommended for:

Persons aged 65 and over

Those aged 6 months and older with a long-term health condition such as:

– Chronic heart disease (this includes anyone who has a history of having a “heart attack” or unstable angina)

– Chronic liver disease

– Chronic renal failure

– Chronic respiratory disease, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, moderate or severe asthma or bronchopulmonary dysplasia

– Chronic neurological disease including multiple sclerosis, hereditary and degenerative disorders of the central nervous system

– Diabetes mellitus

– Down syndrome

– Haemoglobinopathies

– Morbid obesity i.e. body mass index over 40

– Immunosuppression due to disease or treatment (these include anyone on treatment for cancer)

Children aged 6 months and older with:

– any condition that can affect lung function especially those attending special schools/day centres with cerebral palsy or intellectual disability

– on long-term aspirin therapy (because of the risk of Reyes syndrome)

-Pregnant women (vaccine can be given at any stage of pregnancy)

-Healthcare workers

-Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions

-Carers (the main carers of those in the at risk groups)

-People with regular contact with pigs, poultry or water fowl.

To find out more: www.hse.ie/flu/

All children are entitled to vaccines free of charge against certain preventable diseases. Children are eligible with a valid PPS number. Parents must consent to vaccinations for children and young people up to the age of 16. Vaccination is not compulsory, but is strongly advised by the Department of Health. You should discuss any concerns you may have with us before making a decision about your child’s immunisation.

Our nurse runs our baby-vaccine clinics. Your baby must be 2, 4, 6, 12 & 13 months before the respective vaccines can be administered. Vaccines cannot be administered ahead of the vaccination schedule. See the immunisation schedule below.

If your baby is unwell at the time they are due their vaccine please make an appointment with our doctor to advise whether it is appropriate to vaccinate or if they need alternative treatment.

Download the HSE Childhood Vaccination Schedule Here

We provide Flu and Pneumonia vaccines to those who are high risk and all over 65 years. The flu virus changes each year this is why a new flu vaccine is available each autumn.

We can provide Hepatitis B vaccine to those who require it for work ie. health care workers.

For all vaccines please make an appointment with our nurse or doctor to discuss further. Please inform reception at the time booking that your appointment is to discuss or receive vaccination.

Flu Vaccine

This vaccine is strongly recommended for:

Persons 65 and over

People with a long-term medical condition such as diabetes, heart or lung disease

People whose immune system is impaired due to disease or treatment

Healthcare workers

Residents of nursing homes and other long stay institutions

Persons with a body mass index (BMI) over 40

Pregnant women

Carers

People with regular close contact with poultry, water fowl or pig.

Find Out More Here

Pneumonia Vaccine against Streptococcus pneumoniae

This is recommended for:

Everybody aged 65 years and over

Also those aged over 2 years with ;

Diabetes mellitus

Chronic heart

Respiratory or Liver Disease

Chronic renal disease

Nephrotic syndrome

Renal transplant

Sickle cell disease

People without a spleen or with non functioning spleens

Those with disorders of the immune system including:

Cancer

People receiving chemotherapy or other treatments that suppress the immune system

Persons with HIV infection or AIDS

Those who have received or are about to receive cochlear transplants.

Find Out More Here

If you require any vaccines relating to foreign travel please contact our Reception.

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