About Swiftbrook Medical Centre

We chose our practice name as it has links to the history of the local area. For 200 years, Swiftbrook Paper Mills were the centre of the community in the Four Districts region (Saggart, Newcastle, Rathcoole, and Brittas). The name was taken from the stream that ran down from Brittas through the Slade and on into lands owned by St. Patrick's Cathedral. Jonathan Swift was Dean of the cathedral at that time - hence the name, Swiftbrook. In contrast, Citywest is a brand new community, that has had one of the biggest population expansions in the country in the last twenty years, producing a vibrant, diverse neighbourhood, with a younger age profile than the national average. (Ref:http://homepage.eircom.net/~stmarys/history_of_saggart.htm; www.cso.ie/census/)

We have chosen the name Swiftbrook as it reflects our values as a practice - we believe in serving a community of people, of all generations and needs. We particularly value the core principles of General Practice - primary, personal and continuing care. This means that we aim to understand our patients, allowing us to provide the most appropriate care for their individual needs, based on a relationship of trust built up over time. The surgery opened its doors on the 14th September 2010, and has been growing since. We look forward to developing a long-term relationship with our patients and the surrounding communities into the future.


Our GPs:

Dr Brian Blake

Dr Blake graduated from UCD in 2002. After two years of hospital training, he moved into specialist general practice training with the Trinity / HSE GP Training Scheme, and he qualified in 2009. He worked as a GP in Donnybrook before becoming a founding partner at Swiftbrook Medical Centre. He was the founding Medical Director of TLC-Doc, the local Out-of-Hours GP co-operative. In April 2013 he was appointed as a Trainer with the North Dublin HSE GP Training Scheme. He is married with 2 children.



Dr Aisling Ní Shúilleabháin

Dr Ní Shúilleabháin graduated from UCD in 2000. She went directly into specialist general practice training, with the Trinity / HSE GP Training Scheme, and qualified in 2004. She worked as a GP in Jobstown for five years, up to 2009. She has a Masters in Medical Education and is an Adjunct  Assistant Professor of Primary Care at Trinity College Dublin. She is also the Director of the Trinity / HSE Specialist GP Training Scheme. She is a founding partner at Swiftbrook Medical Centre, and is married with 5 children.



Dr Claire McGovern

Dr McGovern graduated from Trinity College in 2009. After internship in Tallaght Hospital, she went directly into specialist general practice training with the Trinity/ HSE GP Training Scheme which she completed in 2014. She worked in palliative care at Our Lady's Hospice/ St James' Hospital before joining the Swiftbrook Medical team in January 2015. She has a special interest in minor surgical procedures.


GP Registrar

Swiftbrook Medical Centre was appointed as a training practice for the North Dublin HSE GP Training Scheme in April 2013, with Dr Brian Blake as the nominated GP Trainer for the practice. Each year, a doctor who is completing their specialist GP training joins the practice to learn about providing high quality GP care. This is similar to hospital doctors in training who rotate through various posts. All GP Registrars are fully-qualified doctors with at least 3 years hospital experience before coming to the surgery. Many have worked as specialists in other areas of medicine, and bring that expertise to the practice.



Practice Nurse: Ms Sarah Breen

Ms Breen joined the practice in March 2013. She is extremely experienced in both General Practice nursing and Emergency / Paediatric Nursing. She provides a broad range of services to the practice (see Services section).



Administrative Staff

Practice Manager: Leighann

Reception Staff: Agnes, Orla, and Paula.



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