Ambulatory Blood Pressure Measurements (24 hour blood pressure assessment). This has become the most reliable means of assessing blood pressure. It measures blood pressure during the day and night. It is generally used in advance of starting blood pressure medication and is a useful means of assessing response to treatment. It is also a good way to assess for “white-coat” hypertension.
Lung function testing (Spirometry) This can play a crucial part of an assessment to make or exclude a diagnosis of asthma, COPD or other respiratory conditions, It is also a important screening tool used to assess lung health in smokers in particular.
Cryotherapy. This involves using liquid nitrogen to treat a variety of skin conditions eg warts/verruca, solar keratosis and some typs of skin cancer.
Minor surgical procedures.
This includes suturing of wounds and other means of wound closure.
Incision and drainage of localised infections eg abscess.
Surgical removal of some skin lesions.
Skin biopsy can be used to help in making the correct diagnosis is some persisting or unusual skin conditions.
Resection of in-growing toe nails.
Aspiration and drainage of bursa.
Venesection. This is the treatment required for management of haemochromatosis which is a relatives common condition in ireland which lead to accumulation of iron.
Ear syringing. This is where luke-warm water if used to irrigate the ear to remove wax. This is best done after using drops to soften the wax and please request an appointment specifically for ear syringing when making your appointment.
Areas of interest: All the doctors are used to dealing with the wide variety of presentations we see in General Practice but doctors may have areas of interest which is referred to in the staff profiles.