Dr Deirdre Lundy, GP, Bray Women’s Health Centre, and co-ordinator for GP training in sexual/reproductive health, Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) 8.45am I make a low-carb protein shake to go. The clinic in Bray is just 15 minutes from home; I have only myself to get out as I have three grown-up children — Murchadh (29), Seán (26) and Nóra (23) — as well as two dogs and two ducks. 9am The clinic in Bray is similar to a Well Woman Clinic. We offer sexual health and reproductive health care; period problems, menopause, contraception, STI care. We fit a lot of long-acting reversible contraception devices. 10am One of my patients this morning is a woman suffering from incontinence. This is a relatively common problem in older women. It might be a legacy of childbirth, but it can be genetic too. If your mother suffered from incontinence, there’s a fair chance that you might. The woman I see this morning has menopause-related incontinence. 1pm I have some salami and a diet Coke for lunch before heading to my private clinic in Mount Merrion for 2pm. It’s a new clinic for women with menopause issues and the focus is on giving them more time to discuss how menopause is affecting their lives. Most of the women are struggling with mood changes, sleep disruption and flushing. Mood and sleep cause far greater upset than hot flushes for most. The most significant issue for women going through menopause is how it affects their mental and social health. 5pm I head to the GP-led clinic at the Rotunda which we set up over two years ago. It is staffed by an amazing team of skilled GPs. We have a similar clinic in the National Maternity Hospital. We use the gynae out-patient department once the gynaecologists have gone home. We fit a lot of coils or remove coils whose strings have gone missing. It’s a great service, especially as there can be a two year wait to see a gynaecologist. We get paid a lot less than the gynaes, but we love doing it. 8pm I provide online peer support for GP colleagues and trainees via an online forum, Ask the Expert. It is hosted by a GP-only website called GPBuddy. I run live courses for them, as well as the ICGP. 9pm I head home to the ducks, the dogs, my daughter, and my tour guide husband, Hogan, after a long but rewarding day.
“We get paid a lot less than gynaes, but we love doing it”