Finding a good doctor to treat thyroid problems in Ireland is not easy, but people in large cities like Dublin at least have more choices available close to home.
Today I spoke to Dr Patrick Magovern, who runs the Drummartin Clinic near Dundrum. He specialises in diagnosing and treating unexplained illnesses and he has trained in using a range of complementary therapies.
“Patients should beware of thinking there is just one thing wrong. People have to look more broadly,” he told me, during a brief chat on the phone on Friday morning, when I rang up to enquire about whether the clinic does thyroid hormone testing. It does do thyroid blood tests, but only as part of treatment there.
Drummartin charges 75 euro for the main three thyroid hormones to be measured. Most of its tests are carried out at St Vincents Hospital or by Medlab in Dublin, but the Clinic also sends blood samples abroad for testing.
Dr Magovern trained in Ireland. He graduated in 1980 and then worked in hospitals and general practice in Canada, where he found he was treating a lot of patients for low mood, low energy, restless sleep and hormone problems, so he began to invest in training in the area known as functional medicine.
Dr Magovern went from being very skeptical about non-conventional medicine to someone who uses the widest possible range of weapons to combat illness. He returned to Ireland in 1996 and set up the Drummartin Clinic nine years ago.
He studied complementary therapies such as acupuncture, nutritional medicine, allergens and intolerances, as well as bioenergy hormone therapies. From a thyroid patient's perspective, Dr Magovern is one of the few Irish doctors who will prescribe natural thyroid extract. He mainly prescribes the Armour brand, and he has treated patients with T4 to T3 conversion issues and Reverse T3 too.
If you can afford an initial consultation fee of 250 euro (Follow up appointments are 180 euro), Dr Magovern is conveniently located on Dublin's southside and his clinic site has lots of testimonials from patients who are happy to be quoted online.
In central Dublin Dr. Chii Chii Lee, practices at Prices Medical Hall, 26 Clare Street, Dublin, where she has a walk-in clinic that operates Monday-Friday and by appointment on Saturdays. Dr Lee is described by one patient as "very open to prescribing Armour Thyroid and very approachable". Dr Lee's Phone number is 01-6625050
On the northside of Dublin, Professor Tom Gorey at Mater Private has had good reports, as has Dr Diarmuid Smith at Beaumont Private.
A good tip for finding doctors is to check the information on Embassy web sites. The US Embassy site is particularly good for this. You can also check for info on Doctors who treat auto immune conditions on www.boards.ie.
A tip for people in the Midlands is to try to see Dr Griffin at Clane Hospital, because: “she treats patients and symptoms, not just lab numbers”.
Dr Griffin has switched patients from Eltroxin, when it was not working, to Armour which improved life for one patient. Dr Griffin also practices privately. She used to charge around150 euro for an initial consultation and 120 euro per visit after that. She also practised at Dublin's Charlemont Clinic and at the Bon Secours Clinic in Glasnevin.
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Sarah Blogg also found Dr Rafid Khashan at the Dame Street Medical Centre in Dublin 2 was open to prescribing natural thyroid hormone. The Clinic is at 16 Dame Street Tel: 016790754. Or email: [email protected]