Womens Health Services

We offer a complete and comprehensive Womens Health Service, here at Blackrock Medical Centre. This includes fertility advice, contraception and diaphragm advice, STIs (including Chlamydia) and vaginal infections. We also offer Womens Executive Health Screening and a specialised Menopause Clinic.

The complete Woman's Care Clinic - services we offer:

Cervical Check Programme
(Please also see here for further Cerivical Check Updates )

This programme allows women aged 25-60 to avail of a free cervical smear. Should you wish to make an appointment for this service, please contact reception and make an appointment with one of or doctors or practice nurse.

A cervical screening test, or smear test, is a method of detecting abnormal (pre-cancerous) cells in the cervix in order to prevent cervical cancer. The cervix is the entrance to the womb from the vagina.

Cervical screening is not a test for cancer; it is a test to check the health of the cells of the cervix. Most women's test results show that everything is normal, but for 1 in 20 women the test will show some abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix.

Most of these changes will not lead to cervical cancer and the cells may go back to normal on their own. However, in some cases, the abnormal cells need to be treated to prevent them becoming cancerous.

Pregnancy and Maternity Care Programme

The HSE Mother and Infant Scheme provides and agreed programme of care for expectant mothers and for your baby up to six weeks after delivery. The scheme includes between six and seven antenatal visits during your pregnancy and a two week check for your baby and a six week check for you and your baby. This combined care is given by the doctors and nurse here and an obstetrician.

During your visits to our surgery you will be monitored to ensure that your pregnancy is progressing as it should and any problems relating to the pregnancy will be attended to.

Your baby will be examined at two weeks and six weeks following delivery. You will also be examined six weeks post delivery. These visits are to ensure that your baby is developing normally and also give you an opportunity to discuss and problems you may have post delivery.

For more information on Ante-natal care please click here

The Maternity and Infant Care Scheme

Under the Maternity and Infant care scheme antenatal care is provided free of charge to all expectant mothers (ordinarily residents of Ireland) using a combination of her own General Practitioner (GP) and a midwife/hospital obstetrician.

This care also extends to her newborn baby for six weeks after birth.

Under this scheme your GP provides about half of your ante natal care and you only visit the hospital early in your pregnancy and for a reduced number of visits after that.

Once your pregnancy is confirmed your GP will provide you with an application form which both you and your GP should complete and then return to your local health board where it will be processed for inclusion in the scheme.

Typically your schedule of ante natal care will be divided up as follows, (however, this can be modified by your GP and / or Obstetrician)

Number of weeks pregnant Visit to GP Visit to maternity Hospital / Obstetrician
Before 12 weeks
Before 20 weeks  
24 weeks
28 weeks * Unless 1st pregnancy * (in case of first pregnancy)
30 weeks
32 Weeks  
34 Weeks
36 weeks  
37 Weeks
38 Weeks  
39 weeks
40 Weeks  
Birth of Baby
2 Weeks post natal
(for baby)
6 weeks post natal
(for both mum and baby)

Subsequent Antenatal Visits

At each subsequent antenatal visit, you will provide a urine sample, your blood pressure will be taken and you will be examined. Any concerns or anxieties you might have should be discussed at these visits. Most hospitals will have a course of ante natal classes which you and your partner can attend, near the time of birth. These classes allow you to learn about what to expect at the birth, the pain relief available, they offer breastfeeding support and also offer advice and looking after your health during pregnancy

You are entitled to take paid time off work to attend antenatal appointments and ante natal classes under the Maternity Protection Regulations 2004.

Antenatal classes held by your local public maternity hospital are free of charge and you will need to book your place. It is usual to start your antenatal classes from about 30 weeks.


Blackrock Medical Centre, 74 Skehard Road, Blackrock, Cork, Tel: 021 489 2996

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