Dr. Nuala O'Connor graduated from UCC in 1986 . She has worked in general practice since 1990 and is a founding partner of Elmwood Medical Practice.
She has a very varied general practice population covering all ages but has special interest in Primary Care Dermatology and Women's health. She is a family planning GP tutor and is a registered LARC (mirena coil) fitter and cervical screening doctor. She is a former examiner for the I.C.G.P. membership exam. She has a Diploma in Child Health, Diploma in obstetrics and obtained her Membership of both the Irish College of General Practioners M.I.C.G.P. and the Royal College of General Practioners M.R.C.G.P. after completing the UCC Vocational Training scheme for General Practice in 1990.
Like many of our doctors she is active at national level in promoting change and improving standards of care for patients. She is the Irish College of General practioners (I.C.G.P.) Lead on Prevention of Healthcare Associated Infection /Antimicrobial Drug Resistance (HCAI/AMR). The aim of this national programme is to ensure that all patients receive high-quality care in a safe environment. It promotes good hygiene practices to prevent every patient from acquiring a preventable healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) or multi-drug resistant organism (MRO) colonisation during all stages of their care and treatment, and ensuring that antibiotics are used appropriately.
The HSE winter campaign “Taking antibiotics for cold's and flu just won't do is just one of initiatives to increase the publics awareness of the best way to use antibiotics so we can preserve their effectiveness for future generations.
Check out http://www.hse.ie/undertheweather/ for patient information leaflets and self help tips on managing common infections.
She chairs the expert working group for Guidelines for Antimicrobial Prescribing for Primary Care in Ireland www.antibioticprescribing.ie
Despite her commitments outside of Elmwood what she enjoys most is the interaction with patients of all ages and the great relationship she has built with her patients over many years.