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Cospicua Health Centre

 
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Where are we?

Cospicua Health Centre is located in Lion Street, close to Gavino Gulia Square.
Telephone number: 23972000
For map details please click here.
 

    
Access to Services / Catchment area:

Access to the services is restricted to all those who live in Senglea, Cospicua, Vittoriosa and Kalkara..
One has the right to:
  • receive health care on the basis of one’s clinical need, not on the basis of lifestyle, skin colour, gender, or any sexual preferences other factors
  • emergency medical treatment at any time during opening hours
  • give or withhold one’s consent to medical or other care and treatment.
 

 
Patient Requirements:

There are a number of things which facilitates better and prompt service. Please remember to:
  • bring any documents required.  For example, ID card, Pink or Schedule V Cards, prescriptions, referral tickets if one has been referred to another clinic or any record cards which some clinic provide.
  • bring and present any special ID cards that entitle you to certain privileges (such as Kartanzjan +75; Care Workers; People with Special Needs).
  • give the physician or carer all the details about one’s condition, any past illnesses, hospitalisation, medication, allergies and any other matter relating to one’s health.
  • report any unexpected changes in one’s condition.
  • ask for further explanations if the condition or course of action is not fully understood.
  • follow the treatment plan recommended by one’s physician or carer.
  • ensure not to turn up without any appointment unless one is attending a clinic where the service is not by appointment.
  • keep appointments and, when unable to do so, to notify the Health Centre or clinic.

 

Ante-Natal Clinic and Gynaecological Services

The gynaecologists and midwives at our clinic provide a number of services. These include:
  • pregnancy tests (which do not require an appointment)
  • ante-natal examinations
  • smear tests
  • gynaecological assessments
  • family planning advice
  • referral to hospital services as appropriate
  • post-natal examinations.
 
Post-natal care eight weeks after delivery is available.
Services are limited to residents of Cospicua, Senglea, Vittoriosa and Kalkara.
 
Opening hours:
 
The clinic is open alternate Saturday between 8am. and 1pm. To fix an appointment kindly call reception.
If you are under 18 years and single, you must be accompanied by your guardian.
 
Telephone  
23972312 / 21675492 
 

 
Anti-Coagulant Clinic/Point of Care

Point of care is a new service which has been extended to Cospicua Health Centre in July 2014. It is designed to gradually replace them present method of monitoring the International Normalisation Ratio (INR) monitoring in patients on warfarin therapy. During this session venous sampling is being substituted by a capillary blood drop from the finger by a simple pin prick. Newly installed machines have the advantage of providing the result immediately thus the GP can issue a prescription at the same time. Client need not wait for results and treatment to be sent at a later date.
 
This clinic is open from Tuesday to Friday from 8am -12.00 noon (by appointment only).
 

 
Blood Investigations and other Tests

These are carried out as requested by a doctor. One may be referred for a blood test by a private family doctor, a Health Centre doctor or from a hospital department.

The appropriate paper or IT request forms are required as requested by the referring doctor.

An appointment is required to attend. For  a better service the following is required:

  • being punctual for appointment
  • not turning up without an appointment
  • informing the Health Centre if appointment cannot be kept
  • not coming for a dressing after 7:30 pm or before 9:30 a.m.
  • fasting before blood investigation if this is a pre-requisite as otherwise the  appointment will have to be postponed.
  • ID card, especially when calling for a blood investigation or another laboratory test.
 

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Chronic Disease Management Clinic


The CDMC offers patients with chronic disease the opportunity to be assessed and followed-up by the same doctor who will care for all the patient’s needs including regular examinations, prescriptions and ordering of blood investigations.
All patients can attend. Patients can be referred by all health centre doctors but can ask to attend this clinic after taking any investigations.
This will provide a better, holistic service to all patients.
Clinic is open on Mondays and Fridays between 8am and 1pm.
Appointments can be done at reception or through the call centre.

Telephone 23972000 / 21231231 ​


Diabetes Clinic

The Diabetes Clinic is a family doctor run clinic co-shared with the Consultant Diabetologist at MDH.
Referral to this clinic is from the Diabetes & Endocrinology Unit at Mater Dei Hospital, but new cases may be seen at this clinic pending the hospital appointment. Referral by Health Centre and Private Family Doctors is possible.
The clinic opens from Monday to Friday. Consultations with the diabetes nurses and the doctor are by fixed timed appointments.
 
With every visit, there is monitoring of:
  • blood glucose level
  • urine (for protein, glucose, acetone)
  • blood pressure
  • weight
  • BMI
  • HbA1c
  • ACR
  • Fundoscopy and foot examination
  • other investigations which are considered necessary by the doctor.
 
The clinic will give advice on the diet, life style changes and any medications required.
Once a year, one is referred to an ophthalmologist for an eye examination, to a podiatrist and for routine blood investigations. Referral for preventive measures or for the treatment of complications is possible.
 
Telephone 23972320 
 

 
Electrocardiography Clinic
 
A resting ECG can be done at the Health Centre.
One can only have an ECG if referred by a doctor. Except in emergency cases, one will need an appointment. One can make an appointment by phoning the reception desk.
 
Opening hours:
 
The ECG clinic is open on alternate Mondays from 8am to 1:30pm.
After the ECG is made, a consultant physician will see and report on the results within a week.
It is important to:
  • be punctual for the appointment
  • not turn up without an appointment
  • inform the Health Centre if one cannot keep one’s appointment
  • bring the referral form requested by the doctor.
 
Telephone23972312 

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Family Doctor/General Practitioner Domiciary Service
 
When a medical consultation is needed and the medical condition prevents the patient from leaving home, a request for a domiciary visit should be made as early as possible. 
 
On phoning, the following details will be requested:
  • name and age
  • address with clear directions
  • telephone number
  • some details on the condition and why  a home visit  is requested.
 
House number, the name of the house and any landmarks are requested.
Similarly, personal details will be recorded when requests for a telephone consultation are made.
 

 
Family Doctor/General Practitioner Service
 
The Family Doctor/General Practitioner Service provides the patient with the opportunity for:
  • a consultation for any condition
  • free investigations that are considered necessary and indicated
  • a referral to a consultant when your doctor feels it is necessary
  • a referral to other health care services when  necessary
  • emergency medical care during opening times
 
Opening hours:
 
The Family Doctor/General Practitioner service is open from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. No appointments are required. 
 
Routine and repeat free drug prescriptions by appointment only. Appointments are made at the reception desk or by phone. Same day appointments are not normally given. For a medical certificate for absence from work attendance is from 8am to 11am except for shift workers in which case a certificate may be issued at any time that you are not on duty.
 
Results of any investigations ordered by the Family Doctor/General practitioner shall be sent to the patient by post, however, should it be necessary, patient will be asked to make an appointment at the Health Centre to review these results with a doctor.
 
Results of investigations requested by private medical practitioners will be sent to the requesting doctor and not to the patient involved.
 

 
Medical Consultant Clinic

This clinic is open on alternate Mondays from 8am till 1pm.
 

One may be referred to this clinic by the Health Centre doctor, the private family doctor or the hospital.

To make an appointment, please present the referral ticket at the reception desk. This will be vetted by Consultant and one will be contacted back and given an appointment date by phone and by post.

Appointments for follow-ups are given as indicated by the physician according to clinical need.

 

 
 
Mental Health Clinic
 
This clinic is open Sunday to Friday. It runs by an appointment system.
 
Telephone23972328/9

 
National Immunisation Service
 
This clinic is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7.30am to 2pm and alternate Saturdays from 7.30am till 12 (noon).
 
Attendance to this clinic is by appointment only. For an appointment phone during clinic hours. No referrals are needed.
 
The immunisation record is required for the nurse to update.

Scheduled childhood immunisations recommended by the department for persons considered at risk are given free of charge.

Children who miss out on their immunisation for Hepatitis B and MMR carried out in schools can receive such immunisation at this clinic.
 
Telephone23972307

 
 
Physiotherapy Services
 
The physiotherapy clinic is equipped to assess and treat musculo-skeletal disorders.
 
Eligibility and access:
 
One may be referred for treatment at this clinic by the medical practitioner or the Physiotherapy Department at St Luke's Hospital and from Mater Dei Hospital. The private Family Doctor may refer for any problem.
 
Opening hours:
 
The clinic is open from Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 3.00pm and on alternate Saturdays between 7.30am and 12.30pm. Attendance is strictly by appointment.
 
If one has been referred by a Health Centre doctor or the family doctor, please make an appointment with the physiotherapist.
 
If one has been referred from Mater Dei Hospital an appointment will be arranged the patient will be contacted by phone.
 
Telephone23972325

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Podiatry Clinic
 
Attendance to this clinic is for screening and for treatment for any ailment of the feet. The clinic is by appointment. A referral is not required. Please call the reception desk for an appointment.
 
Opening hours:
 
The clinic is open from Monday to Friday between 8am and 1.45pm and on Saturdays between 8am and 12:30 p.m.
 
Routine cutting of toe nails is not a service offered by the Podiatry clinic. If over 75 years old or is regarded as a high risk patient, one may, however, benefit from this service.
 
Pediatric patients are initially seen in this clinic but may be referred to B ‘Kara Podo-paediatric Clinic for further evaluation.

 
Telephone23972319
 

 
Schedule V Clinic

 
Referrals to Schedule V Clinic are entitled to receive free medicines required for treatment and control of their condition.
 
Referral by a medical practitioner is required and referral ticket has to be left at reception. Patients will be contacted by phone and by post of the appointment date.
 
Schedule V Cards and DTC Permits issued from the Departments of Surgery, Gynaecology and Psychiatry at Mater Dei Hospital can only be renewed by the same department and cannot be renewed at the Health Centre.

Please remember to bring all the necessary documents  to the clinic, including:
  • the  ID card
  • the old card if requesting a renewal
  • letter of appointment. 
 
Telephone23972321

 
 
Speech Language Pathology Service

 
Speech language pathologists offer services to both children and adults. They assess, diagnose, indicate prognosis and prepare treatment programmes primarily related to problems of communication. Intervention is carried out in the clinic, at schools or in the home as determined by the speech language pathologist. Clinics are also held in the village government dispensaries (Bereg).
 
Services offered include:
  • hearing and sensory impairments
  • speech and language, grammar and pathological conditions
  • articulation and phonological difficulties
  • fluency difficulties (e.g. stammering)
  • reading and writing problems (e.g. dyslexia)
  • voice disorders, including vocal hygiene
  • dysphagia  (both children and adults)
  • neurological conditions that affect communication (e.g. head injuries; stroke)
  • post-surgery treatment (e.g. laryngectomy).
 
Eligibility and access:
 
Various professionals or carers may refer to a speech language unit, including teachers, doctors, nurses, psychologists and social workers. One can get in touch with our clinic directly.
 
Visits at this clinic are by appointment only. For an appointment, kindly contact the reception desk.
 
Telephone23972318

 
Treatment/Emergency Clinic

 
A number of medical and nursing services are available at the treatment room. These include:
• treatment of emergencies
• daily injection of insulin for diabetic patients
• blood tests and other investigations
• treatment of wounds and change of dressings
• sutures (applying stitches to a wound)
• administration of injections, antibiotics and vitamins
• administration of nebuliser therapy (for the treatment of asthma).
• anti-coagulant clinic blood assessments 
• leg ulcer therapy, by appointment from Sir Paul Boffa Hospital or from Tissue Viability Unit.
 
Eligibility and access:
 
All residents of Cospicua, Senglea, Vittoriosa and Kalkara may make use of these services. In case of emergencies, others may also attend.
 
Opening hours
 
The treatment room is open from 8am to 8pm on daily except on Saturday from 8am to 2pm. A nurse is always available, however no doctor is available on Sundays.
 
For a more effective services, the following schedule is advised:
  • between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m.: insulin injections
  • between 7:30 a.m. and 8.30 a.m.: blood tests and investigations (by appointment only)
  • between 9:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.: change of dressings, treatment of wounds, removal of sutures and injections

The Treatment Room does not provide the above services outside the hours indicated except for special cases and by arrangement with the nursing staff.

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Remarks:
 
To improve a service that meets patient needs and expectations, any comments, complaints  and suggestions are welcome.  Clients are kindly requested to contact a member of the management team: 
 
Dr Bryan Flores Martin 
Principal General Practitioner
Ms Josette Scicluna
Charge Nurse
Ms Doreen Dimech
Deputy Charge Nurse