ABOUT GALWAY FAMILY DOCTORS

At Galway Family Doctors, our biggest priority is the wellbeing of our patients and we strive for the highest possible standards in achieving that goal.  We consider it a privilege to care for our patients and their families and we are proud to serve our local community in Galway City.

 

We work together as a team to offer a caring, personal and high quality service of Primary Health Care to all of our patients- older and younger, private and GMS (medical card), Galway residents and visitors to the area.

Furthermore, we promote the physical, mental, and social well-being of our patients, and provide appropriate information and advice to help everyone take good care of their own health and work towards a healthier lifestyle.

DR. NIAMH O'BRIEN

 

General Practitioner & Co-founder of Galway Family Practice

 

MB BCh BAO NUI (Hons), MICGP, DCH, DOWH, Cert. Fam. Planning & LARC, Cert. Substance Misuse,

 

MCRN 138671 GMS 52065

 

Dr. O’Brien qualified with honours in Medicine from NUI Galway in 2002.  After her internship year at University Hospital Galway (UHG), she completed the Western Training Programme in General Practice, gaining experience in hospital specialities at UHG, Merlin Park Hospital Galway and Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe. Dr. O’Brien worked as a GP registrar at Turloughmore Health Centre, Clonbur Health Centre and Salthill Medical Centre.  

 

After completion of her postgraduate training, Dr O'Brien worked full-time as a GP at Roscam Medical Practice in Galway city and subsequently at Clifden Medical Practice.  She held a research position in General Practice at NUI Galway from 2009 to 2010 before joining Renmore Park Medical Practice in 2011 to mid-2013.

 

She established Galway Family Doctors at Mervue Health Centre with Dr Elaine Byrne in July 2013 and has seen the practice go from strength to strength ever since.

 

From 2009 to 2015, Dr O’Brien has worked at Galway’s confidential support service for young people, Jigsaw as a GP with a special interest in youth mental health.

 

Special Interests:

  • Women’s Health and long-acting reversible contraception

  • Special Needs and disability

  • Breastfeeding Support

  • Mental Health and addiction

  • Chronic disease management

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Dr. Vasudha Lakhera


General Practitioner

Dr Lakhera qualified in Medicine from NUI Galway in 2002. After her internship in Bath and Gloucester in the UK she worked in Emergency Medicine in Perth, Western Australia for a year. On returning from Perth she completed a Training Scheme in Hospital Medicine in Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.

In 2007 she returned to Galway and completed the Ballinasloe GP Training Scheme and qualified as a GP in 2011.

Since then she has worked as a GP in Ballygar, Lakeshore Medical Centre, Loughrea and several other GP Practices in Galway City including Prospect Hill Medical Centre.
 

Additional Training:

  • Member of the Royal College of Physicians UK 2007

  • Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gnaecologists 2008

  • Diploma in Child Health 2009

  • Irish Family Planning Certificate including Mirena Coil and Implanon insertion 2010

Special Interests:

  • Women's Health and long-acting reversible contraception

  • Child and Adolescent Health

  • Holistic and Lifestyle Medicine

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Dr Connie O’Reilly


General Practitioner

MB BCh BAO, BSc Nutritional Science, DCH, MICGP

Dr O’Reilly qualified in medicine with honors from University College Cork in 2013. 

After her internship in Cork University Hospital she worked in paediatric medicine in OLCH Crumlin and the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital.

 

She completed the Ballinasloe GP training scheme in 2020.

Prior to doing a degree in medicine she completed degree in Nutritional Science in UCC, this has led to a keen interest in the area of nutrition and diet in medicine.

 

Additional Training:

  • Diploma in Child Health

  • Certificate in contraception

  • Advanced Certificate in LARC

  • Special Interests:

  • Paediatrics and Child Health

  • Nutrition and lifestyle medicine

  • Women’s Health

Miriam Cronin 

 

Practice Nurse

 

Registered General Nurse, Registered Children's Nurse.

 

Miriam qualified as a RGN from the Meath Hospital in 1998 and furthered her training by qualifying as a Paediatric nurse, receiving a Higher Diploma in Sick Childrens' Nursing in 2003 from UCD.

 

Miriam worked in the Emergency Department in Crumlin Hospital before moving to a Practice Nurse position in Dublin. Miriam also worked in the both the National Blood Transfusion Service, Dublin and as a triage nurse in Westdoc, Galway.

 

She recently joined Galway Family Doctors and continues to enjoy working in a community setting where she can utilise her existing skills while getting to know individual patients and their needs.

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Carol Burke

 

Practice Nurse

 

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Leona Keady

 

Practice Manager

Leona started her career with Galway Family Doctors in 2017 after many years working in the beauty therapy industry,

 

Leona completed her diploma in medical administration in 2019 and has worked in GP practices in Galway city. Leona has been a great addition to our reception team and provides our patients with the highest level of compassion and professionalism.

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Sarah Breathnach

 

Secretary