Conor is a co-founder of the practice with Dr. Fionnuala Loughrey in 2001, when the practice moved from the centre of Drogheda. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin and moved to Drogheda in 1998, having previously worked in the UK. He is married with 5 children and is now well settled into the landscape of Drogheda and the surrounding areas. In his spare time he is a keen sports fan, although now restricting himself mainly to the golf course.
His postgraduate training in Dublin developed an interest in child health, having spent a year working in the National Children’s Hospital. He worked for 10 years in general practice in England, where he also pursued an interest in gut disorders while working with a consultant gastroenterologist. Since returning to Ireland he has completed further qualifications in Diabetes and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
For a bit of light relief, he has an interest in digital health. He is currently the National Co-ordinator of the GPIT (General Practice Information Technology) group of the ICGP (Irish College of General Practitioners). In a parallel role, he advises for the CCIO (Council of Clinical Information Officers) of eHealth Ireland.
He is a member of the ICGP and in 2015 was awarded a Fellowship of the RCGP,
Dr Sylvia McKenna joined Wheaton Hall medical practice in 2004. She graduated from medicine at Trinity College Dublin in 2000 and completed GP training in the North East in 2004. She became a partner in Wheaton Hall in 2005.
Sylvia has special interests to include, women’s health, family planning, dermatology, minor surgery, GP training and ongoing medical education. Her interest in dermatology started when she attained a higher diploma in dermatology with University College Dublin and the Mater Hospital in 2008. She underwent further training in the area of skin surgery and dermoscopy (use of a skin microscope to aid with diagnosis of skin lesions) in 2010 and 2015 respectively. With these skills she set up the minor surgery and skin clinic at Wheaton Hall. Sylvia worked on the committee of the Primary Care Surgical Association from 2013-2017 in an effort to promote community surgery nationwide.
Wheaton Hall Medical Practice was accredited as a training practice, accepting registrars (qualified doctors who are in training to become a GP) since 2003 and Sylvia was appointed GP Trainer in 2006. In her spare time, she leads an educational group for GPs, the Dundalk CME Group. Sylvia spends her remaining free time with her husband and 2 children, where they live in Dundalk. She enjoys Yoga, running and tennis to unwind after a busy week.
Dr. Laoise Byrne joined Wheaton Hall in 2007 having spent a very enjoyable year here prior to her returning to Dublin. In fact, she enjoyed working with the staff and patients so much, she returned and has worked on Tuesdays and Thursdays since then.
Laoise underwent her medical training in UCD graduating in 1997. She then went on to spend a year in the hospital setting before commencing the TCD GP Training Scheme. She spent her Registrar year working in the North East which paved the way for her return to the area.
She has special interest in Womens’ Health and Sexual health, having completed Diplomas and Certificates in the areas; and is competent in insertion of the contraceptive implant. She has also completed certificates and diplomas in Travel Health, Child Health and Medicine for the Elderly.
When she is not in WHMP, Laoise is a CME Tutor in Dublin, part of the National GP CME Network (Continuing Medical Education) and is responsible for organising and running monthly small group educational meetings for local GP’s. She finds this academic post complements her clinical work in WHMP.
In her spare time, she is mum, chauffeur and general slave to 3 boys (4 if you include her husband). She enjoys the occasional run, spin, game of tennis and coffee with friends.
Dr. Helen Kilrane joined us in March 2017. She underwent her medical training in UCD. She then completed the TCD GP Training Scheme and achieved the top results in the GP exams that year (Eppel Ellard Trophy). She spent some time travelling and working as a GP in Dublin before returning to her native North East.
Helen has special interests in Dermatology (skin), Women’s Health, Sexual Health and Musculoskeletal Medicine (joints/muscles). She spent a year working part time in the Dermatology Dept in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Practical Dermatology from Cardiff University. She previously ran an STD Clinic in the DIT Health Centre in Dublin, is competent in insertions of Coils and Implanons and has a Diploma from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecologists. She completed a Diploma in Musculoskeletal Injury Management and now offers Shoulder and Knee Joint injections to our patients.
Helen is married and enjoys going to the gym, very slow walks on the beach and drinking far too much coffee.
Dr. Aoife Byrne joined us in January 2021, and is a recent graduate of the NorthEast training scheme for general practice. She has worked in general practice in Cavan and Monaghan as well as having previous experience in hospital medicine.
Aoife holds postgraduate certificates in Palliative Care and Clinical Dermatology.
The doctors in Wheaton Hall are very pleased to be involved in training. We feel that it is helpful for tomorrow’s doctors to experience general practice here, and we hope that the supervised training which takes place here will encourage the maintenance of high standards.
In this capacity, the practice will be welcoming doctors who are already extremely well qualified and who are completing their transition from hospital medicine to general practice. Each of these doctors join us for 1 year as a fully fledged member of the practice team. We are fortunate to have worked with excellent young doctors since 2003.
Our current registrar is Dr. Gabriela Socol, whom we welcome to the practice team.
Welcome to Wheaton Hall Medical Practice. Let us introduce you to our expert and friendly team of GPs, nurses and office staff, here to help! We provide GP and other services working from modern, well-equipped, purpose-built premises, serving the community of Drogheda and the surrounding area.
Wheaton Hall Medical Practice is an approved GP training practice and as such we are committed to maintaining high standards, keeping up to date and playing our part in educating GPs for our future.
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