How To Acces Us2019-06-06T11:09:56+00:00

How To Access Us

To Make An Appointment

For existing patients

If you are an existing patient of Dr. Browne, simply ring the office on 01-6854887.

New Referrals

If you feel you need referral to the rheumatology clinic, please approach your GP who will be able to refer you if they feel it is appropriate. Referrals from other healthcare professionals are also accepted.

Why do I need a letter of referral from my GP?

It is a recommendation of the Medical Council of Ireland that people wishing to attend a consultant medical specialist should be referred by their GP. We regret that we are unable to see people without referral. The referral letter is also an important source of information about your background medical history, investigations relevant to your problem and helps us greatly in prioritising the urgency of your medical problem. If you have any questions about appointments call us on 01-6854887

How long does it take to be seen?

Appointments are offered quickly on receipt of a referral letter. People can be seen very quickly in the event of an emergency.


Presenting For Your Appointment

Each week we run a number of different clinics. Please select the appointment you are attending for and see the information relating to that appointment.

New Patient

1. Prior to your appointment you will receive a text with your appointment details. Please confirm your attendance when you receive this text. You will also receive reminder texts

2. If for any reason you cannot attend please notify the office so that we have time to offer the appointment to another patient. We will happily reschedule you.

3. These appointments are carried out in Dr Browne’s private rooms in the Kerry Clinic located in the grounds of the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee.

4. Dr Browne’s room is located upstairs in Suite 15.

5. Please arrive to your appointment at least 5 minutes ahead of schedule. Please be mindful that if you are late you will not be seen. Punctuality is very important to ensure the clinic runs on time.

6. When you arrive you do not need to report to the secretary.

7. Take a seat in the blue chairs on the landing and Dr Browne will call you when he is ready.

8. It is perfectly acceptable to bring a friend or loved one with you to an appointment, many people do find this quite beneficial. Obviously, any persons present during a consultation will be party to personal details in relation to your healthcare.

9. Wifi is available in our waiting room.

10. Appointments for new patients are estimated to last 30-40 minutes.

Review

1. Prior to your appointment you will receive a text with your appointment details. Please confirm your attendance when you receive this text. You will also receive reminder texts.

2. If for any reason you cannot attend please notify the office so that we have time to offer the appointment to another patient. We will happily reschedule you.

3. These appointments are carried out in Dr Browne’s private rooms in the Kerry Clinic located in the grounds of the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee.

4. Dr Browne’s room is located upstairs in Suite 15.

5. Please arrive to your appointment at least 5 minutes ahead of schedule. Please be mindful that if you are late you will not be seen. Punctuality is very important to ensure the clinic runs on time.

6. When you arrive you do not need to report to the secretary.

7. Take a seat in the blue chairs on the landing and Dr Browne will call you when he is ready.

8. It is perfectly acceptable to bring a friend or loved one with you to an appointment. Obviously, any persons present during a consultation will be party to personal details in relation to your healthcare. Many people do find this quite beneficial

9. Wifi is available in our waiting room.

10. Review appointments are estimated to last 20 minutes.

Biologic follow up

1. Prior to your appointment you will receive a text with your appointment details. Please confirm your attendance when you receive this text. You will also receive reminder texts.

2. If for any reason you cannot attend please notify the office so that we have time to offer the appointment to another patient. We will happily reschedule you.

3. These appointments are carried out in Dr Browne’s private rooms in the Kerry Clinic located in the grounds of the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee.

4. Dr Browne’s room is located upstairs in Suite 15.

5. Please arrive to your appointment at least 5 minutes ahead of schedule. Please be mindful that if you are late you will not be seen. Punctuality is very important to ensure the clinic runs on time.

6. When you arrive you do not need to report to the secretary.

7. Take a seat in the blue chairs on the landing and Dr Browne will call you when he is ready.

8. It is perfectly acceptable to bring a friend or loved one with you to an appointment. Obviously, any persons present during a consultation will be party to personal details in relation to your healthcare. Many people do find this quite beneficial

9. Wifi is available in our waiting room.

10. Biologic appointments are estimated to last 45 minutes. During this time you will first meet with the Exercise Referral Specialist where you will receive an exercise advice and educational programme. Some exercises will be practiced during this time and you should dress appropriately in comfortable footwear and loose clothing. This will take 20 minutes. You will then meet with Trish, the rheumatology nurse who will carry out a number of checks and discuss any concerns with you. Dr Browne will also be in attendance. This will take 25 minutes.

11. Prior to receiving a biologic treatment it is important that your bloods are checked. The required blood tests can be carried out on the day in the Bon Secours Hospital at a cost payable by you. Trish will then contact you if there are any issues. Alternatively, you can have your bloods done with your GP 2 weeks prior to your appointment and you can bring these results with you on the day. The required bloods are: FBC, U+E, LFT, CRP and ESR.


Infusion Clinic

First Infusion

1. To be commenced on an infusion you will have met with Dr Browne and discussed this in detail.

2. You will be contacted by Dr Browne’s team on the phone and give a date and time to come in for your infusion

3. Your infusion will be taking place in the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee.

4. When you arrive to the hospital ask at reception to speak to Martina Fernane.

5. Martina will complete some paper work with you and she will then direct you to the infusion clinic.

6. In the infusion clinic you will meet the nurse and your infusion will be administered. How long the infusion will take is dependent upon what treatment is being administered. Please ask Dr Browne’s team how long your infusion will take

7. Dr Browne and Trish are available if there are unforeseen issues during the infusion.

Subsequent Infusions

1. Martina will complete some paper work with you and she will then direct you to the infusion clinic.

2. In the infusion clinic you will meet the nurse and your infusion will be administered. How long the infusion will take is dependent upon what treatment is being administered. Please ask Dr Browne’s team how long your infusion will take

3. Dr Browne and Trish are available if there are unforeseen issues during the infusion.

Injection clinic

1. Prior to receiving an appointment for the injection clinic you will have been assessed by either Dr Browne or you will have been referred from a colleague of Dr Browne’s who has assessed you and identified the need for an injection.

2. Prior to your appointment you will receive a text with your appointment details. Please confirm your attendance when you receive this text. You will also receive reminder texts.

3. The injection clinic is carried out in the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee.

4. When you arrive to the hospital ask at reception to speak to Martina Fernane.

5. Martina will complete some paper work with you and she will then direct you to the waiting area for the injection clinic.

6. These appointments are typically 10 minutes in duration.

7. This is an appointment for a procedure not a consultation.

8. Dr Browne will typically use ultrasound to aid the procedure.

9. The procedure is very fast and minimally invasive.


Prescreening Bloods

Prescreening bloods are very helpful and can greatly assist in the establishment of a diagnosis at the time of your appointment. If you bring bloods along with you, a more comprehensive assessment can be made.

Typical pre-screening bloods are outlined below. If you write these down to bring to your GP they will understand what they mean.

1. Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Seronegative Arthritis, Inflammatory Arthritis : FBC, U&E, LFT, ESR, CRP, CK, Ca, anti-CCP antibody, RF.

2. Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain : FBC, U&E, LFT, ESR, CRP, CK, TFTs, B12, Folate, Iron, Ferritin, Ca.

3. Gout. FBC, U&E, LFT, ESR, CRP, Urate.

4. Low Back Pain (for longer than 3 months) : FBC, U&E, LFT, ESR, CRP, Ca, Ig&SPEP.

5. SLE (lupus), Sjogrens Syndrome, Scleroderma, Connective Tissues Diseases : FBC, U&E, LFT, ANA, ENA, C3,C4, dsDNA, ESR, CRP


Diet & Exercise

Exercise is an extremely important component of most healthcare interventions and is as important in illness as it is in health. Most people, when asked about exercise, will report walking three to four days a week, typical for 30 to 90 minutes. I generally refer to this as ‘physical activity’ as people tend to be able to conduct a conversation while walking.

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