Medical and Healthcare Team

GP Care

Virtue Medical is our GP service, specialising in medicine for the older person. Our practice operates from our Health and Wellness Centre on Pottery Rd, Dun Laoghaire.

We believe that prevention is better than cure and our medical team will actively monitor you for key risk areas and put in place any preventative programs that they believe are necessary. The team monitor closely those with risk factors associated with Diabetes, Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Cardiovascular disease as these are common illnesses that can have major impacts on the quality of life of the older person.

Our GP works alongside a highly skilled team of clinicians including Nurses, Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists. All of these experts will be there for you as required and with your permission, relevant medical information will be shared and integrated across your healthcare team.

Virtue Integrated Care have established relationships with trusted partners including Dieticians and Nutritionists, chiropodists, dental services, counselling and psychotherapists, mobile diagnostic scanning, and acupuncture. We can assist with arranging appointments and with permission, communicate with these disciplines to ensure coordinated care provision.

Nursing Care

Our lead Nurse Suzanne O’Neill preforms a dual role within Virtue Integrated Care. She is a linchpin member of the healthcare team, supporting our GP in providing clinical care within the GP Practice and in our clients’ homes. She also plays a key role in training and supervising our team of home care assistants to ensure they are providing the highest quality, bespoke support based on each clients’ individual needs.

Suzanne’s previous training and experience includes general practice nursing, convalescence medical care at home, diabetes research, general hospital nursing.

She can provide primary healthcare in the form of regular blood pressure checks, blood tests, chronic disease management, vaccinations, wound care and health and lifestyle advice.

Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy

Our Mobility and Rehab Team, led by our Physiotherapist and Occupational therapist, work with our clients:

  • Supporting rehabilitation post-surgery or fall
  • Future proofing homes for individuals as they age
  • Designing and delivering therapeutic programmes to maintain or improve your current levels of mobility
  • Sourcing equipment and aids to help you maintain your independence levels around daily tasks such as personal grooming, cooking, accessing the home and garden.
  • Personal physiotherapy sessions to promote strength and ease discomfort

Physiotherapist

Our Physiotherapist Aodhaghan graduated from Trinity College with BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy. Independent living and improving and extending quality of life in later years is something Aodhaghan has a keen interest in. Since graduating, he has worked with a well-known community rehab programme, providing group and individualised rehab classes for people with chronic illnesses. These sessions provided people with the skills and tools to maintain and increase their activity levels and reduce the impact of their conditions on their lives.

Aodhaghan also worked in Peamount Hospital, a rehabilitation hospital, assisting people in managing the transition from acute hospital care to living in the community. Aodhaghan firmly believes that exercise and rehabilitation are key components of improving health and independent living and should be adopted and continued into later life.

Aodhaghan will take into account any specific needs or limitations you may have and create a programme that works for you. Whether it be overcoming a short-term health condition, managing a chronic condition, or simply improving quality of life, physiotherapy and physical activity can have a big impact on your optimal health and wellbeing.

Occupational Therapist

Our OT Aoibheann graduated from Northumbria University, with a First-Class Honours in Occupational Therapy. Aoibheann went on to work on the Major Trauma Rehabilitation Unit in the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI) providing specialist assessment and intervention to individuals experiencing complex cognitive and physical injuries.

Aoibheann firmly believes that doing things we enjoy has a positive impact on our health and wellbeing. As we age, taking part in activities that are important to us often becomes more difficult. An Occupational Therapist or OT can help identify these everyday activities that are causing difficulty for you. Once an assessment is conducted your OT can help by adapting the task and recommending changes that will make it easier.  For example, following a hip replacement someone may find it difficult to get in and out of the bath.  A shower board or grab rails could be fitted in the bathroom to make this easier.  An OT may also teach an alternative way to do the activity such as stepping over the bath with the un-operated side first.

By using a range of techniques to improve ability such as amending the environment or recommending equipment, Aoibheann can facilitate you to regain or improve your independence, reside safely at home, and thrive in your later years.