About Our Practice
We are a modern medical clinic in the heart of Waterford City offering professional and up to date healthcare for all the family, having cared for families in Waterford for generations.
Welcome to Our GP Practice
Initially founded by Drs Corbett and Dr Audrey Farrell, the surgery was previously located on Manor Street in Waterford City. The doctors at the clinic have cared for patients from conception to end of life for many years. Dr Fitzpatrick took over in 2011 following the retirement of Dr Farrell
We moved to our current location in 2017 and work from a modern, bright and spacious clinic in Ballybricken, Waterford City.
Our staff include two experienced doctors (General Practitioners), a Practice Nurse, a Practice Manager and a Practice Receptionist.
We operate an appointment based system to allow us to dedicate our full attention to you during your visit.
We provide a friendly and professional service in a welcoming environment and use the most up to date medical evidence to care for and advise our patients.
Meet Our Medical Staff
Our doctors have both trained in General Practice and are highly skilled and experienced in their field. They are both registered with the Medical Council of Ireland and complete an annual Professional Competence Scheme with the Irish College of General Practitioners ensuring that they keep up to date with recent medical advances. They are also both part of the Waterford Continuing Medical Education group, attending monthly meetings to further enhance their skills.
Dr Sinead Fitzpatrick
MB BCH BAO MMedSc Dip MSK MFSEM
Dr Sinead Fitzpatrick
A Waterford native, Dr Fitzpatrick graduated with honours from UCD in 2002. She then undertook a 4 year Specialist Training Programme in General Practice in the South East, completing this in 2007. She took over Fitzpatrick’s Medical Centre in 2011.
During her training at UCD, Dr Fitzpatrick won academic prizes for Obstetrics and Gynaecology and has maintained her interest in this area. She has specialised qualifications in Family Planning and provides a full range of contraception services including insertion of Mirena coil, other IUDs and Implanon. She has also undertaken further training in managing the menopause.
Dr Fitzpatrick also established the Diabetes and Asthma Clinics in the surgery following the completion of a Certificate in Diabetes in Primary Care.
Dr Fitzpatrick has a lifelong involvement in sport with her proudest achievement being capped several times for Munster Rugby, playing at Second Row. Another facet of Dr Fitzpatricks practice is her keen interest in Sports Medicine and Musculoskeletal Medicine. She has been Team Doctor with Waterford Senior Camogie since 2016 and was Club Doctor at Waterford FC from 2015 – 2020. She provides medical care and match day cover for Ballygunner Hurling Club adult teams. In addition, she does occasional work for Munster Rugby and the FAI.
She is a volunteer on the UCD MERIT Project whereby she attends cardiac arrests in the local area to assist the emergency services.
In her spare time Dr Fitzpatrick is an avid reader and keen sports woman. She has a strong belief in the role of exercise and fitness in maintaining both our mental and physical health.
Dr Susan Harkin
Dr Susan Harkin graduated with honours from University College Dublin in 2012. Following this she worked in various hospitals throughout Ireland and New Zealand, gaining skills in Paediatrics, Medicine for the Elderly, A+E and Obstetrics/Gynaecology. She then entered specialized training in GP (General Practice) in Cork. During her training programme she gained extensive experience in many other specialties including Dermatology and Gastroenterology as well as general medicine and general practice.
Dr Harkin has completed a number of postgraduate qualifications including the ICGP Certificate in Contraception with training in insertion of long acting contraceptives such as Mirena coil and Implanon. She is also a qualified Smeartaker with the Cervical Check programme. Dr Harkin has completed Diplomas in Musculoskeletal Medicine and Child Health.
Dr Harkin joined us in July 2019 and came highly recommended from her GP Training Scheme in Cork. She is experienced in managing a range of health issues such as asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases as well as having special interests in women’s health and child health. Dr Harkin is continuously updating her knowledge and skills through further education and training and regularly participates in CPD activities at both local and national level.
Like Dr Fitzpatrick, Dr Harkin enjoys sport and fitness and is a big believer in the role of exercise in maintaining health and well-being. A fluent Irish speaker, she is an accomplished rower and has travelled extensively.
Dr Susan Harkin
MB BCh BAO MSc MICGP DCH DipMSK
Neasa Breen, Practice Nurse
Neasa Breen, Practice Nurse
Neasa has been a Practice Nurse for over 10 years. She trained in St.Vincent’s Hospital Dublin as a Registered General Nurse and furthered her training in Intensive Care, where she worked as a Senior Staff Nurse for a decade.
Since moving on to General Practice, Neasa has developed a special interest in Women’s Health and looks after the majority of the cervical smears in our practice. She has worked as a Clinical Trainer with Cervical Check where she educated both doctors and Practice Nurses on aspects of Cervical screening in Primary Care (General Practice).
Neasa also undertakes the Vaccination side of our practice, co-ordinating the Childhood Vaccination Schedule for babies and our Travel Medicine Clinic amongst others. Additionally, she runs the nursing side of our Chronic Disease Clinics whereby she monitors and educates our diabetic, asthmatic and heart disease patients on a regular basis.
Our Mission Is to Provide a Professional & Caring Approach to Health Care
Meet Our Admin Team
Our front line staff are hugely experienced in dealing with the administrative side of the practice. From finding the correct form to arranging the appropriate type of appointment to suit your needs, Karen and Breda aim to help you in a friendly and professional manner.
Karen Walsh, Practice Manager
Karen has been working at the practice since joining as a Medical Secretary in 1992. In recent times she has been promoted to Practice Manager, an invaluable role within the surgery. Karen has a vast knowledge and experience of the administrative side of General Practice. She is available to help our patients with administrative queries in a wise, helpful and professional manner.
Breda O’ Donoghue, Practice Receptionist
Breda joined the practice in 2015 coming to us from a background in administration and social care. Breda’s main responsibilities involve front desk duties. She takes most of our phone calls, makes appointments for our patients and is a vital link between patients and our clinical staff.
She has a calm and friendly manner and is a vital cog in the running of a busy clinic.
With lots of on street parking nearby, our surgery is accessed by both stairs and elevator. We are located upstairs from Powers Pharmacy, overlooking the historic Ballybricken Green. A dedicated Disabled Parking space is available outside the pharmacy.
Both our doctors have completed specialised training in General Practice and are registered with the Medical Council of Ireland. They undertake regular educational activities to ensure they stay up to date with changing medical evidence as well as learning new skills.
Choose Your Consultation
We offer a traditional face to face consultation with our doctors and Practice Nurse as well as the option of a Video Consultation or consultation by telephone.
We offer a variety of specialised medicals from pre employment to Well Man and Well Woman as well as Pre Participation and Cardiac Screening for those participating in sporting activities.
The surgery offers dedicated clinics for asthma, diabetes, heart failure, menopause, haemochromatosis and travel medicine amongst others.
Our screening programmes aim to detect and diagnose illnesses at the earliest stage. Cervical smears, pre pregnancy and fertility checks, STD checks, osteoporosis screening among others are all available via the surgery.