General Practice

Dr. Ciaran Bent has provided comprehensive, caring, personal medical care as a GP in Dundrum for many years. With his associate Dr Michelle de Brun they are dedicated to providing a modern complete medical service to their patients and families, dealing with their medical needs.

They can draw on vast knowledge and medical experience in providing a caring and professional medical service. Where it applies they can refer their patients on to one of the many consultants and specialist they liaise with on a daily basis.

Female Health

  • Family Planning/ Contraception/Emergency Contraception
  • Cervical Screening
  • Testing for Sexually Transmitted infection
  • Infertility
  • Pregnancy
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Management of the Menopause
  • Breast Check Ups
  • General Health
  • Weight Management

Family Planning / Contraception

    • All contraception available following dedicated consultation
    • Emergency Contraception/ Morning After Pill –discussion on ongoing contraception needs
    • Regular Pill (Oestrogen /Progestogen)
    • Patch – Evra- one patch applied weekly for 3 weeks (Oestrogen / Progestogen )
    • Nuvaring – the patient inserts it herself internally for 3 weeks (Oestrogen / Progestogen )
    • Progestogen only Contraception:
      1. Minipill
      2. Depo-Provera – Injection given every 3 months
      3. Implanon – small inplant in the arm providing 3 years contraceptive cover
      4. Mirena IUD (coil) –  Fitted into the uterus – 5 years contraceptive cover

    Mirena IUD (coil)

    (Dr Ciaran was awarded the Advanced Certificate in Contraception for fitting coils and implants)

    Because it is a low dose progestogen and fitted for 5 years, it is advisable to make an appointment to see the doctor first. Heart sounds, BP, breasts, uterus examined and a smear if required. A prescription is given for the Mirena Coil. The patient then makes an appointment for fitting at her next period.

    Mirena often makes the period less painful and very light. Some women get no bleeding at all. Mirena most suitable for a woman who has delivered a baby vaginally. It is also very easy to remove it when required.

Sexual Transmitted Infections

Even if you have no symptoms it is very “responsible” to have an up to date screen,  at any age, as a lot of STIs are carried without symptoms. These are very routine tests that we carry out daily. For example we always try to encourage patients in this regard when they are having a smear test. Any unprotected sexual contact should be followed up with an STI screen.

  • Discrete & confidential service
  • Results available promptly
  • Bloods test for HIV/Hep B/Hep C/Syphilis
  • Swabs for Chlamydia / Gonorrhoea
  • Diagnosis and treatment for genital warts and Herpes

Alternatively urine tests can also be carried out but patients must not pass urine for 2 hours before visit.

Please phone for an appointment. If you wish, you do not have to tell the secretary you want a STI check up (however it would be helpful to allow for extra time) Tests can be carried out at any time of the day or Saturday morning.

Chlamydia is a very common sexually transmitted infection. Up to 70% of infected women may carry it and have no symptoms. It is very simply treated with a special short course of antibiotics. The most important thing is to have the test to diagnose it.

Gonorrhea is less common but may be symptom free in women.

HIV- this is now very manageable and with modern medication patients do very well.

Smear Tests – Cervical Check

  • Cervical Check available – free under the Government Screening Programme for 25 year olds to 60 year olds.
  • For patients younger than 25, or if a patient requests  a smear sooner than the recall time, we can arrange a private smear test.
  • The aim of the smear is to pick up early pre cancer of the cervix for early treatment.
  • A gynae check up is also carried out to pick up disease of the ovaries and uterus.
  • Mid cycle is a good time for the test.
  • A smear is not a STI test. It is very “responsible” to ask for swabs for Chlamydia and Gonorrhoea to be taken at the time of the smear ( there is a small charge for this).

Management of Pregnancy

  • Investigation of Infertility
  • Combined Care –  provided free of charge under the Mother & Infant Scheme
  • 2 week & 6 week  mother & baby checks
  • Baby Vaccines
  • Treatment of Post Natal Depression
  • Advice on unplanned  pregnancy/crisis pregnancy

Child Health

  • Both Dr Ciaran Bent  and Dr Michelle de Brun have vast experience in child health care
  • Full range of childhood vaccines available including pre vaccination advice
  • Psychiatric / Behavioural conditions in childhood
  • Experienced with children with special needs
  • Childhood Obesity

Psychiatry/ Psychology

Dr Ciaran Bent worked in three different Psychiatric Hospitals.

The vast majority of these problems would be treated in the surgery including the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Worry
  • Panic Attacks
  • Obsessional Thinking
  • Paranoia


  • Dr Ciaran Bent worked in St Anne’s the skin and cancer hospital.

Travel Vaccines

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Seasonal Vaccines

We stock seasonal vaccines such as Flu and Pneumonia and we administer them from September on.

Baby Vaccines.

We stock and administer all baby vaccines.


Blood Tests

Blood tests are carried out in the morning by appointment Monday – Friday

(Phone to enquire if you need to be fasting)

General Health Screening

General Health screening including:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart sounds
  • Blood testing
  • Breast check, smear, STI checks

Men's Health

  • General Health Check
  • STI checks
  • Early detection of Prostate Cancer
  • Benign Prostate Conditions
  • Investigation and Management  of Erectile Dysfunction

Minor Surgery

  • Moles
  • Warts
  • Skin Tags
  • In Grown Toenails