The Bons Secours Hospital in Tralee has just introduced a number of new Consultants to the team, this month we meet Deirdre Fanning Urologist,
Deirdre, tell us a little bit about yourself?
I grew up in County Wexford and am one of six children. Both of my parents are from farming backgrounds. Virtually all weekends and holidays were spent on my grandfather’s dairy farm in north Wexford, so the beautiful Kerry countryside brings back fond memories to me.
Growing up there was a strong emphasis on hard-work, education and sport in our home, something I think which had a strong influence on my career choices. My family is longstanding fervent GAA supporters, with the All-Ireland Senior Club Football Championship Cup named after my uncle Andy Merrigan. I played underage Gaelic football for Wexford and indeed was the first girl to play on the boys team for the Geraldine O’ Hanrahans Club in New Ross.
At age eighteen I moved to Dublin to study Medicine at UCD. Following graduation life was largely consumed for numerous years with surgical training, study and work. As a post-graduate I completed a Masters in Medical Education from Queens University Belfast and a Medical Doctorate relating to Prostate Cancer from UCD.
During my training I spent a year working in Limerick, and it’s there I met my now husband. Hence the permanent move to the Southwest and commencement of work in the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee last November. We are the lucky parents to an increasingly active and cheeky toddler.
I love to travel and enjoyed many trips to far-flung destinations before becoming a mother. I look forward to embracing travel again in due course, when my little man is able to wear a backpack. I have always loved fashion and enjoy indulging in shopping and keeping abreast of fashion trends.
You are a Consultant Urologist, what does this involve?
I cover all aspects of male and female General Urology. My work involves diagnosis, investigation and management of a wide range of issues, from urinary tract infections, female urinary incontinence, prostate issues, scrotal swellings, erectile dysfunction, kidney stones, bladder cancer and so on.
I would typically spend half my week consulting with patients in clinic and the remainder of my time in surgery. I have regular interactions with my Medical and Surgical Consultant colleagues, discussing complex cases and availing of their expert opinions.
It is a great privilege to be in a position where I can experience the joys of operating on a wide variety of conditions, and am able to balance that with the very human interaction with patients in clinic. It is this mix of activities, which attracted me to Urology initially.
I am very proud to be one of the 500 people working at the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee. Having previously worked in many large hospitals throughout the country, I can honestly say that there is a warm and welcoming atmosphere within the hospital. Patients are embraced, their dignity maintained, their privacy respected, and treatment provided in an efficient, modern and dynamic environment.
Fortunately within the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee I have rapid access to a comprehensive range of diagnostic tests from Ultrasound to CT to MRI to Urodynamics, so my patients do not have to struggle with the inconvenience of waiting lists. The time from when I initially see a patient in the clinic, to diagnosis and surgery, where appropriate is brisk.
Do you feel people need to be more educated on their health and looking after themselves better?
I think Irish people are quite well informed regards health issues. I don’t see a lot of reluctance from people in relation to admitting they have a problem and looking for help. I would advise people to seek help if they are suffering. Often the biggest hurdle is the anxiety and fear of the unknown prior to attending clinic, and generally simple investigations and advice can lay this to rest.
Appointments with Ms. Fanning can be arranged via GP referral to the Kerry Clinic, Bon Secours Hospital Tralee.
Secretary Name: Sandra. Direct telephone 066-7164532.