The National Alpha-1 Clinic is based at the National Centre of Expertise for AATD at Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. Here, a rapid access specialist Alpha-1 clinic is available for newly-diagnosed Alphas.
The clinic provides a holistic approach to care by a multidisciplinary team including doctors, nurses, respiratory scientists, and physiotherapists.
Aims of AATD Care
Assess and monitor patients
Preserve lung function
Explain genetic inheritance
A number of tests may be ordered for you to check your lung and liver health including breathing tests, lung x-ray, liver ultrasound, phlebotomy and a full medical and physical examination. The team will be on hand to answer any questions you might have regarding your condition, the specific type of AATD you have, how this may affect your life and how it may affect your family. The appropriate medical follow-up in the clinic and lifestyle changes advised can help prevent or at least postpone the development of AATD-related lung and liver disease.
If you have been diagnosed with AATD and would like to be seen by a specialist at the National Alpha-1 clinic, ask your doctor to write a referral to the National Centre of Expertise for AATD, care of Professor Gerry McElvaney, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9.
Alpha-1 antitrypsin is a vital protein produced by the liver to protect the lungs. It provides protection from the harmful effects of infections and inhaled irritants, particularly tobacco smoke. It can be easily measured by a simple blood test.
Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (Alpha-1) is a genetic condition which, after cystic fibrosis, is the commonest genetic disorder in Ireland. It severely affects more than 15,000 people, with another 250,000 carriers also at risk of lung and liver disease on the island of Ireland. It is a proven genetic risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
The Alpha-1 Foundation Ireland provides free testing for Alpha-1 as part of a national screening programme which is funded by the HSE. It is a simple blood test. For more details ring 01-8093871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org