Availability: Family medicine is about continuity of care and having a good doctor-patient relationship. I firmly believe that being available for my patients is of utmost importance, especially when one needs to ask advice about young children. If you are unable to reach me on my mobile at any time, feel free to send me an sms or email and I will get back to you as soon as possible, even at the weekend!
Clinics: My clinics in Paola and B'Bugia are walk-in clinics, that is you do not need an appointment as long as you come during the clinic hours. My clinic in Paola is open every weekday from 7.30am to 10am and I have another clinic every day in the afternoon. On Monday, Wednesday and Friday, this is from 12 to 3pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays, it is from 4 to 7pm.
I also have a clinic at Martins Pharmacy in B'Bugia. This is from 5pm to 7pm on Mondays and 10.30am to 12 noon on Thursdays. I keep a computerized record of every patient encounter at the clinic or pharmacy and provide printed prescriptions to the patient, of which I keep a soft copy on my database for future reference.
Home visits: With the traffic increasing steadily year after year, home visits are becoming more difficult and time-consuming. However, I still offer this service to patients who are too sick to come to the clinic or to those who are house-bound.
Blood investigations: Every Thursday, patients are invited to come and get their blood investigations taken at my clinic. "Blood Test Thursday" starts in Paola from 6.30am to 10am and continues in B'Bugia from 10.30am to 11.30am. The blood samples are delivered to Mater Dei that same day and blood results are usually available within around 10 days (earlier for those patients who are subscribed to myHealth). I will contact you as soon as I receive the results and will let you know whether we need to meet or not. I will then keep a record of these blood results on my computer and send them by post to your home address. A second visit to the clinic will only be needed if there is something wrong that needs to be discussed in person. For the elderly, debilitated patients who are unable to come to the clinic, a home visit for blood investigations can be requested.
Pain Clinic: If you are suffering from persistent pain which has not improved even though you have already been given treatment, we can manage your condition at The Pain Clinic through our team of specialists. For more info, visit: http://www.painclinic.com.mt
Weight loss coaching: My special interest in exercise and diet inspired me to develop a weight loss program called MMS. If you are interested in losing weight, reducing stress or changing your lifestyle, please check out this website: http://mmspro10.webs.com
Minor surgical procedures: Removal of viral warts, skin tags and other minor skin blemishes can be done at the Paola clinic during the afternoon sessions, preferably 1-3pm on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
Smear tests: Smear tests can also be carried out at the Paola clinic during the afternoon sessions. No appointment is needed but I would prefer to know when you are coming so that I can guide you on the best time to come. A breast examination can be requested at the same time. It is recommended that all sexually-active women carry out a smear test regularly. The frequency of smear tests depends on the patient's history and on results of previous smears.
Vaccinations: All childhood vaccinations can be carried out at my clinic. Vaccines would need to be pre-booked at least one week in advance. During the visit, the child is fully examined. Their weight, height and head circumference are taken and recorded. A vaccine against chicken pox is now available for toddlers over 1 year of age. Other vaccines which are required prior to travelling to certain parts of the world can also be requested. The vaccine against cervical cancer is the first of its kind as it protects against the development of a very common type of cancer in females. It is now available from the government free of charge but only for 12 year old girls.