Adolescent Boys & Young Men’s Health & Wellbeing

We provide education, medical care and healthcare information for adolescent boys and young men. 

Services include:

  • General health and wellbeing

  • Sexual health

  • Testicular health

  • Medical conditions

  • Nutrition and fitness

  • Mental health and wellbeing

  • Dermatology

Please contact reception for more information or to book your appointment


Well-Man Health Check

Well-Man health checks are a convenient way of assessing your overall health and wellbeing and can help identify early signs of disease.

Early detection of medical issues allows us to work together and be proactive about your health. Together we will explore your current lifestyle, health concerns and any previous medical problems or family health issues.

It is vital you mention any specific health concerns or symptoms to your Doctor during your health check.

Well-Man health checks are for people without any specific medical problems and do not replace a detailed consultation with your Doctor.

If you have any specific health issues such as heart palpitations or incontinence problems, then an additional consultation will be required with your Doctor.

Although health checks offer an easy way of checking your overall health, receiving the “all clear” today does not mean you are free from health problems tomorrow.

For some people, health checks can offer a false sense of reassurance. For example, a smoker who receives the ‘all clear’ on their scans may feel free to continue smoking even though we know that one in two smokers will die from a smoking-related disease.

Remember: health checks do not replace an active and healthy lifestyle.

When choosing a health check, it is important to choose the one which is right for you. Choose between our Essential and Comprehensive health checks below.



Both Well-Man Health Checks require two appointments – Appointment 1 is with the Nurse, and Appointment 2 is with your Doctor.

To best manage your appointment, please:

  • Arrive 15 minutes before your first appointment to fill in the Well-Man Questionnaire.

  • Allow one hour for your first appointment and half an hour for your second appointment

  • Book the appointments one week apart to allow time for your test results from Appointment 1 to be sent back to your Doctor; who will go through the results with you when you return one week later for Appointment 2.

Appointment 1: Nurse

1 Hour: 15 mins for questionnaire. 30 Mins for tests.

  • Weight, height and calculate your BMI.

  • Blood pressure check.

  • Diet, exercise, cholesterol and general methods to help reduce heart disease.

  • Full blood screen including tests for diabetes, vitamin and iron stores, liver and kidney function, thyroid, cholesterol.

  • Urine test will also be carried out.

Appointment 2: Doctor

30 mins: 20 mins for physical. 10 mins for advice.

  • Full physical examination.

  • Review tests performed in Appointment 1.

  • Advice on heart disease prevention, cancer prevention/awareness, osteoporosis, calcium, and so on.

Before your appointment

Please ensure you drink plenty of water before your first appointment as you will be asked to provide a urine sample on arrival. You do not need to fast before this appointment.


Test results

Results should be available one week after your appointment. Your Doctor will discuss the results of your tests with you when you return for Appointment 2, one week later.



The total cost of each health check includes both appointments and is payable on the day of your first appointment.

  • Well-Man Essential Health Check is €150

  • Well-Man Comprehensive Health Check is €250

Due to the extended nature of these health screening appointments, patients are required to give 48 hours’ notice of cancellation. Failure to do so will incur a cancellation charge of €50.

Further investigations such as an ECG or 24-hour blood pressure monitoring will incur a separate charge. Chest x-rays can be performed free in Merlin Park Hospital.

Please contact reception for more information or to book you appointment


Men’s Mental Health & Wellbeing

Everyone feels sad, angry or stressed sometimes, or has trouble sleeping now and again. These issues usually pass in a couple of days. However, if you are experiencing such issues for weeks on end, it is time to talk with your Doctor.

Many men do not know how to admit or seek help for their mental health. So, we take a particular interest in men’s mental health and wellbeing. We know how hard it is to talk about how you are feeling – to even find the words. But your mental health is a real and treatable health issue like heart disease or asthma. With the right treatment, you can take control of your issues, feel better and get your life back. Just like any other health problem, the sooner it is treated the sooner you will begin to feel better.


Mental Health Ireland’s Five Ways to Wellbeing

These five ways to better wellbeing are used worldwide by young and old to help people to take action to improve their mental health and wellbeing.


With the people, around you. With family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. At home, work, school or in your local community. Think of these as the cornerstones of your life and invest time in developing them. Building these connections will support and enrich you every day… Learn more

Be active

Go for a walk or run. Step outside. Cycle. Play a game. Garden. Dance. Exercising makes you feel good. Most importantly, discover a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your level of mobility and fitness… Learn more

Take notice

Be curious. Catch sight of the beautiful. Remark on the unusual. Notice the changing seasons. Savour the moment, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Be aware of the world around you and what you are feeling. Reflecting on your experiences will help you appreciate what matters to you… Learn more

Keep learning

Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for that course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Fix a bike. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food. Set a challenge you will enjoy achieving. Learning new things will make you more confident as well as being fun… Learn more


Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you… Learn more


Useful Links


Content developed from HSE, NHS Choices, and Mental Health Ireland 
and is adapted for Briarhill Family Practice by Briarhill Family Practice.

Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is a common condition thought to affect around 50% of all men aged between 40 and 70 years.  


What is Erectile Dysfunction?

ED is when a man cannot get or keep an erection long enough to have enjoyable and satisfying sex. It can also refer to a lack of sexual desire (libido).

Now and again you may have trouble getting an erection if you are tired, stressed or have drunk too much alcohol. ED is only a problem when it continues to happen on a regular basis.


What causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction may be caused by both psychological and physical factors

ED can be caused by physical factors where a narrowing of the blood vessels leading to the penis reduces blood flow to your penis. This reduction in flow may be due to an underlying health condition such as diabetes or high blood pressure. In some cases, ED may be a sign of early heart disease, so it is important to have it investigated thoroughly by your Doctor. Other physical factors that can cause ED include changes to your hormone levels, injury or surgery. Some medications also cause erectile dysfunction. If you’re worried that your medication is causing erectile dysfunction, talk to us as there might be other options that you could try. However, please don’t stop taking your medicine without discussing it with a qualified medical professional first.

Psychological issues such as stress, anxiety or depression can also affect whether you feel physically able to get and keep an erection. Relationship problems, lack of confidence, sexual issues from the past or experiences of sexual abuse can cause erectile dysfunction. Counselling can help to resolve these issues. See our section on mental health for more information on counselling.

Erectile dysfunction can also be caused by a combination of physical and psychological factors. For example, if you have diabetes and find it difficult to get an erection, you may worry about this. The stress of being unable to get an erection combined with the physical condition, diabetes, can lead to an episode of ED. 


Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction

Your treatment will depend on the underlining problem causing erectile dysfunction. 

Erectile problems are often improved by changing to a healthier lifestyle. 

Some changes that you can make yourself include:

  • Lose weight.

  • Exercise often.

  • Stop smoking.

  • Lower stress levels.

  • Don’t drink too much alcohol.

  • Don’t take drugs.

In some cases, psychosexual counselling is recommended. In more complex cases, we may recommend a referral to a specialist.

New medications have significantly improved the treatment of erectile dysfunction and we will be happy to discuss these medications with you during your appointment.

Please contact reception for more information or to book your appointment


Useful Links

Patient – Guide to erectile dysfunction


Content developed from HSE and NHS Choices, and is
adapted for Briarhill Family Practice by Briarhill Family Practice.

Testicular Health

Just as women need to be aware of how their breasts normally look and feel so do men about their testicles. Like women’s breasts, most men’s testicles should be similar in size, though it is quite common for one to be slightly bigger or hang lower than the other.


Your Testicles

Your testicles (also known as testes/balls) are part of your reproductive system. They are two small egg-shaped organs found below your penis in a pouch of skin called the scrotum. The testicles lie outside your body because they need to be at a lower temperature than your body so they can make sperm. Sperm is stored in your testicles until you ejaculate.

Your testicles also make the hormone, testosterone. This hormone is responsible for male qualities including a deep voice, facial hair and strong muscles. It also gives you a sex drive and the ability to have an erection.


Testicular Cancer

Cancer of the testicles usually affects men between 20 to 55 years of age. The most common symptom of this disease is a painless lump or swelling in the testicles, sometimes an ache in the scrotum or a feeling of discomfort may also be a sign. However, there are several other causes of testicular lumps and symptoms of testicular discomfort, most of which are not related to cancer.


Check Your Testicles

Men should check their testicles regularly for lumps. In the Useful Links section below, we provide are some useful (and entertaining) links to videos and information showing how to check your testicles. 

If you notice any symptoms or changes in your testicles or are ever worried about any testicular problem, you should come and see us immediately. Clinical examination and referral for ultrasound are quick and painless procedures.

Many medical conditions share similar symptoms to testicular cancer, which can be treated successfully if detected early, so it is of vital importance that you do not ignore any symptoms.

Please contact reception for more information or to book your appointment


Useful links

The Movember Foundation - Know Thy Nuts: Get to Know Your Nuts video 1 and video 2.

The Try Guys – Video of their first prostate and testicular exams

Irish Cancer Society – Guide to testicular cancer

Patient – More information on the male reproductive system

Patient - Get to know your testicles


Content developed from HSE, Irish Cancer Society and Patient and is adapted for Briarhill Family Practice by Briarhill Family Practice.


Prostate Health

If you don’t know what your prostate is, where it is or how it affects your health don’t worry you’re not alone.


What and where is my prostate?

Your prostate is the male reproductive gland that produces fluid for semen. It is roughly the size of a walnut and sits at the base of your bladder and in front of your rectum (back passage). 

The older you get, the more common it is for your prostate gland to grow bigger. As the size of the gland increases, it may press on the urethra (the tube that drains the bladder), and sometimes this can cause problems passing urine.

This is often referred to as prostate urinary symptoms and can include:

  • A slow flow of urine,

  • Trouble starting or stopping the flow,

  • Passing urine more often, especially at night,

  • Pain when passing urine,

  • Blood in the urine or semen, and/or

  • Feeling of not emptying your bladder fully.


Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia 

BPH – benign prostatic hyperplasia – happens when the prostate gland increases in size. BPH is common in middle-aged and senior men - half of all men between the ages of 50 and 60 will develop it, and by the age of 80 about 90% of men will have BPH.

BPH is not cancerous, but it may cause prostate urinary symptoms. The symptoms of BPH are uncomfortable and may affect your quality of life. As outlined above, symptoms may include frequent urinating, incomplete emptying of the bladder, a weak urine stream, or difficulty starting/stopping to urinate. The treatment for BPH depends on the symptoms causing you trouble and whether there is any obstruction (blockage) caused by the increased size of your prostate gland. 

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact reception for more information or to book you appointment



Prostatitis affects almost 50% of men at least once during their lifetime and is the most common prostate problem for men under the age of 50. Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate – an increase in size due to swelling. This is different to BPH as it may be caused by an infection and can usually be treated by antibiotics. Prostatitis is not cancerous, but its symptoms are like those experienced with BPH.

Symptoms of prostatitis may include:

  • Occasional discomfort in the testicles, urethra, lower abdomen, and back,

  • Discharge from the urethra, especially during the first bowel movement of the day,

  • Blood in urine or semen,

  • Low sperm count,

  • Sexual difficulties,

  • Fever,

  • Aching muscles,

  • Chills,

  • Fatigue, and/or

  • Frequent and/or painful urination.

If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, please contact reception for more information or to book your appointment


Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer (after skin cancer) diagnosed among Irish men. It happens when the normal cells in the prostate gland change and grow to form a mass of cells called a tumour. In most cases, prostate cancer can be cured or kept under control.

Prostate cancer most often occurs in men in over 50 years. On rare occasions, it can happen to men in their late forties. The risk of developing prostate cancer rises with age.

Early symptoms of prostate cancer are varied and unspecific but may include:

  • Having to urgently rush to the toilet to pass urine.

  • Difficulty in passing urine, slow to begin and reduced stream flow strength.

  • Passing urine more frequently, especially at night, therefore disturbing sleep.

  • Blood in urine or semen (rare).

We can perform a painless prostrate examination [DRE] here at the surgery. Following a discussion between you and your Doctor, we may suggest a prostate blood test if appropriate. Depending on the results of the blood test, it may be necessary to organise a specialist referral to a consultant urologist for further investigation. 

Please contact reception for more information or to book your appointment


Useful Links – More information on enlarged prostate glands – More information on chronic prostatitis – More information on acute prostatitis

Irish Cancer Society – Guide to prostate cancer


Content developed from HSE, Irish Cancer Society and Patient 
and is adapted for Briarhill Family Practice by Briarhill Family Practice.