Dr Eamonn Shanahan Farranfore Medical Centre, Farranfore, Co Kerry

Name: Dr Eamonn Shanahan

Address: Farranfore Medical Centre, Farranfore, Co Kerry


Website: http://www.fmc.ie/


The Farranfore Medical Centre and its predecessor, the Shanahan practice, have been involved in teaching at all levels for five decades. The practice has been involved in undergraduate training for UCC and other universities since the 1960’s; it has been a GP training practice since 1982; is involved in the University of Limerick Graduate Entry Medical Program; and provides training for nursing, paramedical and administrative staff. Teaching, learning and research are part of the DNA of the practice.
The lead trainer is Dr Eamonn Shanahan. Dr Shanahan has been involved in GP training since 1990, previously with the Cork Vocational Training Scheme in General Practice and was one of the foundation trainers of the South West GP Training program. His partners are Dr Brian White, who has a special interest in travel medicine and minor surgery and Dr Kerry Houston, who has specialist interest in children’s and women’s health. Other team members are Margaret Shanahan, lead practice nurse and practice manager, who as a specialist interest in asthma, Nicola Strahan and Mary O’Connor, practice nurses, who are diabetes trained. From the point of view of practical skills, a broad mix of training is provided in such areas as minor surgery, cryosurgery, long acting reversible contraceptives and smear taking. The practice administrator, Sheila O’Sullivan has specific skills in practice management and IT as applied to general practice. As well as the principals listed above, Dr Linda Long, a recent graduate of the South West GP Training program is our full time assistant and who is also involved in undergraduate training.
The Farranfore Medical Centre is a purpose built primary care building, opened in 1996. The practice is at the forefront of general practice IT developments, being a beta test site for Health One software, as well as being a test bed for many years for many other technologies. It was one of the first sites in the Heartwatch program, the Sentinel Practice Network, helped pilot the electronic transmission of lab results to general practice and has recently been involved in an innovative telemedicine project with the HSE. It has an extensive complement of diagnostic equipment.
The practice population is approximately 7,000 patients. The bulk of these patients live within a 16km radius of the practice. Farranfore lies midway between Tralee and Killarney and is therefore 16km from the Kerry General Hospital and 17km from the Bon Secour Hospital.  Farranfore is well supplied with transport links, having two national trunk roads, a railway station and Kerry airport within a kilometre of the practice. 
As well as the commitment to its patients, the staff of the Farranfore Medical Centre also provide medical cover for two HSE long stay units, the 110 bed St Columbanus in Killarney and the 60 bed Tralee Community Nursing Unit. We also provide cover for Talbot Grove Addiction Treatment Centre in Castleisland, the staff of which are also involved in teaching.
We are very involved in the Castleisland – Farranfore Primary Care Team, a very active PCT in mid Kerry. Counselling and dietetic services of the PCT operate part time from the Medical Centre and we have access to dedicated physiotherapy, occupational therapy and speech and language therapists and services. 








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