Rathfriland Health Centre

Health Centre, John Street, Rathfriland, Newry, Co. Down BT34 5QH

Meet The Team

The Doctors

Practice 1

Dr Alison Megaw (female) Part-time
Year of Qualification  – 2005
Medical School – Queens University Belfast
Qualifications – MB BCh BAO MRCGP DMH DRCOG DFSRH

Dr Alison Irwin (female) Part-time
Year of Qualification  – 2004
Medical School – Queens University Belfast
Qualifications – MB BCh BAO DMH

This is a teaching practice. Patients will always be informed that a student is present and their permission obtained beforehand.

Practice 2

Dr John Shannon (male) Part-time
Year of Qualification – 1987
Medical School – Queens University Belfast
Qualifications – MB BCh BAO DMH

Dr Elizabeth Shannon (female) Part-time
Year of Qualification – 1984
Medical School – Queens University Belfast
Qualifications – MB BCh BAO DRCOG DCH MRCGP

Practice 3

Dr Siobhan Wade (female)Part Time
Year of Qualification – 1998
Medical School – Queens University Belfast
Qualifications – MB BCh BAO DRCOG DCH

Dr Sandra Toner (female) Part-time
Year of Qualification – 2001
Medical School – Queens University Belfast
Qualifications – MB BCh BAO MRCGP, Diploma in Mental Health

Dr Eimear McAlonan (female) Part-time
Year of Qualification – 1998
Medical School – University of Liverpool
Qualifications – MBChB MRCGP

All practices provide essential medical services to patients for conditions from which recovery is expected as well as management of chronic diseases. Practices also provide additional services such as cervical screening and maternity services. All practice hold contracts with the Health Board to provide enhanced services such as Near Patient Testing which includes monitoring of patients on warfarin or specialised drugs. If practices do not provide a service they will refer the patient appropriately.

The doctors in each practice are independent contractors.

Practice Nurses

Mrs Helen Burns BSc (Hons), RGN, Mrs Susan Ervine RGN and Mrs Nadine McElroy are our Practice Nurses. They are specially trained to provide support to patients in the following areas:

  • Diabetes
  • Well Woman
  • Asthma
  • Well Man
  • Heart Disease
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Blood Pressure Control
  • Diet and Exercise
  • Thyroid Conditions

Patients are seen by appointment.
When a patient phones to speak to the Practice Nurse these calls are booked as telephone appointments and the Nurse will return the call.

Reception Staff

Ciara Morgan, Margaret McConnell, Laura Agnew, Nicola Monaghan, Anna Bradford, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Michaela Strain, Alison Thompson, Gillian Lutton,  Serena Moore and Zoe McConville are the reception staff. They work at the reception desks and answer the telephones to assist you in making appointments, obtaining repeat prescriptions, answering questions and offering assistance at all times.

Practice Manager

Annie O’Hare is the Practice Manager and is responsible for the administration of the practice. She is assisted in this role by Clare Shields and Charlene Ruddy.

Domestic Staff

Mrs Breige Monaghan is responsible for the hygiene and cleanliness of the premises.

Treatment Room Nurses

The Treatment Room Nurses and Health Care Assistants work as part of the district nursing team.   They are available from 9.15am-12.30pm and 2.00-4.30pm.  Their numerous tasks include:

  • Investigations
  • Wound care
  • Health promotion and advice        
  • Ear syringing (afternoons only)

They also assist the doctors in minor surgery and are available to offer professional advice. We operate an appointment system for the Treatment Room

District Nurses

The District Nurses work as part of the primary health care team attached to GP practices. They offer a home visiting service to clients and families who, due to illness or disability, require nursing intervention, support and advice in their own homes. This service is for patients who are housebound.

Midwives

The midwives will share all aspects of your care during pregnancy with the doctor. They will also arrange parent craft classes and following the baby’s delivery, will visit you at home for the first 10 days or longer if required.

Health Visitors

They are nurses with special training to give health advice on matters relating to family and child health. They visit mothers antenatally and families with young children to carry out routine assessments.

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy clinics are held in the Health Centre by state registered Physiotherapists who specialise in treating musculoskeletal conditions. There is also a community service available. To access the physiotherapy service you can refer yourself using a form available at reception or online at www.southerntrust.hscni.net

Podiatry

Miss Eilish McQuade is a state registered Podiatrist. She is available by appointment on Monday and Wednesday. To access the podiatry services you will require a referral from your general practitioner.

Support Services Coordinator

Elaine Fitzpatrick is the Support Services Coordinator.  She provides administrative support to District Nursing, Health Visiting, Podiatry and Physiotherapy.  Elaine is available Monday to Friday 9.15am -1.00pm.  She would be happy to answer any queries relating to the above services.

Social Services

Social services staff are available by contacting Ivybrook Social Services, Newry – telephone (028) 3026 6026.

CPNs

The community psychiatric nurses provide psychiatric care and assist advise patients with mental health problems.  Contact Daisy Hill Hospital – telephone (028) 3083 5000.