This department serves women with illness arising from non-malignant conditions of the womb, cervix, tubes, ovaries and the skin area around the vaginal entrance (vulva).
Which patients should be referred?
Patients with gynaecological conditions such as:
a) abnormal periods (excessively heavy, painful or irregular)
b) post menopausal bleeding
c) pelvic pain (not bowel related)
e) suspected fibroids
f) suspected ovarian cyst
g) vaginal/ vulval skin problems
Most patients are assessed in an outpatients’ clinic scenario.
The emergency room in CUMH is reserved for true urgent cases, such as severe pain/ bleeding.
Where are gynaecological clinics held?
There are general gynaecology clinics, served by CUMH consultants in CUMH, South/Victoria Infirmary, Bantry, Mitchelstown and the Mercy University Hospital.
Which consultants provide public general gynaecological clinics in Cork?
|Consultant||Clinic Location||Special Interest|
|Prof. Richard Greene||CUMH/Bantry General Hospital||General|
|Prof. John Higgins||CUMH||General|
|Dr. Cathy Burke||CUMH||General & Endoscopy|
|Dr. Helen McMillan||Mercy University Hospital||General & Endoscopy|
|Dr. Andrew Curtain||SouthInfirmary/Victoria Hospital||General & Oncology|
|Dr. John Coulter||SouthInfirmary/Victoria Hospital||General & Oncology|
|Dr. Matt Hewitt||CUMH||General & Oncology|
|Dr. Mairead O'Riordan||Mitchelstown||General|
|Dr. Barry O'Reilly||CUMH||General & Unrogynae|
|Dr. Suzanne O'Sullivan||CUMH||General & Urogynae|
What happens in a gynaecological clinic?
Patients are assessed by a member of the Gynaecology team, - a trained doctor, with experience in gynaecology.
Firstly, questions are asked of the patient to establish the nature of the problem, as well as relevant medical/ surgical history. Some questions may be of a personal nature. Therefore patients can choose to bring a companion for this part of the assessment or not, as wished.
Secondly, a patient may require an examination of the abdomen and pelvis. This may involve an internal examination with a speculum (a small sterile tampon shaped tube inserted into the vagina), as well as a manual vaginal examination. A female chaperone will be offered for this examination.
Lastly a provisional diagnosis and plan for further tests/ treatment will be discussed with the patient.
A letter regarding your assessment will be sent to your General Practitioner.
As this department is affiliated to the University College Cork, Medical students may be present at your assessment. If you would prefer not to have a student present, please request this on registration.
Where are gynaecological surgical procedures performed?
There are surgical theatres in CUMH, CUH, South/Victoria Infirmary and the Mercy University Hospitals.
Minor procedures are also performed in Bantry General Hospital.