Meet The holywood private Clinic Team

Dr Long

GP and GP with extended role in Headache Medicine

Dr Long graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2000. She initially completed the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians exams before changing to General Practice, completing the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioner exams. Dr Long has 20 years experience working as an NHS GP. Dr Long also works in an NHS headache clinic and is passionate about helping people with migraine achieve improved outcomes. Dr Long also has an interest in Women’s Health and has completed the Diploma in Family Planning and the Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Dr Marie-Louise Thornton

GP and GP with extended skills (GPES) in gynaecology

Dr Thornton has a passion for Women’s health and well being and works as an NHS GP, in an NHS GP Gynaecology service and with us in her dedicated menopause clinic. Dr Thornton has over 20 years experience. She is a member of the British Menopause Society, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health and the British Society of Lifestyle medicine. Dr Thornton was a keynote speaker at Northern Ireland’s first menopause conference in Nov 2022 and does regular educational talks on all aspects of the menopause. Dr Thornton will offer a comprehensive and holistic approach to any issue you have in relation to the perimenopause or menopause.

Dr Naomi Lennon

Holywood Private Clinic GP

Dr Lennon graduated from QUB in 2010 and worked for two years in general medical and surgical specialties, as well as Haematology, Oncology and Emergency Medicine. Following this, she moved to Sydney, Australia to work in a busy Emergency Department and gained Paediatrics experience. In 2014, she joined the GP training programme, rotating through Paediatrics and Women’s Health specialties as well as Psychiatry. During this time, she gained Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners, as well as a postgraduate diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and graduated from GP training in 2017. Since then, she has juggled working as an NHS GP and out-of-hours GP, along with some work with Marie Curie Hospice, as well as becoming a mother to two daughters and spent last year living in Toronto, Canada with her family. She completed the Cardiff University Certificate in Dermoscopy and is interested in Lifestyle Medicine and Family Planning / Women’s Health. She is currently completing further study in these areas. She has also recently joined the General Practice Improvement and Crisis Response Team as a GP, providing support to practices throughout the region.
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Dr Mark McCrory

Holywood Private Clinic GP

I am a musculoskeletal and sports medicine physician as well as a practising GP and a fellow of the Irish college of sports and exercise medicine. I have worked with various sporting teams and currently am the team doctor for the Belfast Giants . Having worked with other local orthopaedic and sports specialists over the years I provide specialist musculoskeletal and orthopaedic clinics both for local GP practices and in the hospital environment , where I have a specialist interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging.

Dr Fiona O’Donoghue

GP

Dr O’Donoghue is a GP and menopause specialist who has worked in the NHS for over 25 years. She graduated form Queens University Belfast in 1991 and worked in Belfast before moving to work in Australia. She returned to Glasgow to complete GP training and has been here ever since. She worked in the first dedicated menopause clinic in the UK, with Dr David Mackay Hart incorporating clinical work with menopause research. She has many years of experience in working in primary care menopause and sexual health. She has a holistic approach to management of the menopause and views it as a positive transition in a woman’s life and values an individual tailored and personal approach incorporating diet exercise and lifestyle as part of good management. Pharmacological and non pharmalogical alternatives are an important part of her ethos. She is a member of the British menopause society, the British medical association and a member of the faculty of reproductive and sexual health.

Nurse Sharon Magee

Holywood Private Clinic Nurse

Membership
  • NMC
  • RCN
Sharon Magee graduated from Queens University Belfast in Adult Nursing in 2005.  She had worked in a wide range of setting including the NHS, several Grammar Schools and for the past 6 years in a private laser and aesthetic clinic, where she has gained a wide range of skills in laser treatments.

Dr Simon Beatty

Holywood Private Clinic GP

MB BCh BAO MRCGP MRCS DRCOG Memberships:
  • GMC
  • RCGP
  • Association of Surgeons in Primary Care (ASPC)
Areas of expertise:
  • Minor Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Vasectomy
  • Joint Injections
Dr Simon Beatty graduated from Queen’s University, Belfast in 2002. He undertook Basic Surgical Training within the Northern Ireland Deanery and achieved his Membership of Royal College Surgeons (MRCS) examination. He progressed on to General Practice training concluding with Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) in 2012. Dr Beatty worked as a GP here in Northern Ireland prior to working in Sydney, New South Wales for 18 months. Following his return, he has since become a GP Principal in East Belfast where he delivers General Medical Services to include minor surgery and joint injections. In the past 4 years, Dr Beatty has undertaken training and accreditation in Minimally Invasive Vasectomy and regularly performs this procedure within his role as a GPECS ( General Practitioner with Enhanced Clinical Skills). In addition, he regularly delivers emergency and unscheduled care through the GP Out-of-Hours service based within the South Eastern Trust and participates in Medical Student Undergraduate teaching through his own practice.

Visiting Consultants & Practitioners

SHARON RUTHERFORD

Mental Health Team

Sharon is a fully qualified and registered (BASW, NISCC) Mental Health Social Worker with over 21yrs working in acute Mental Health within the local Health Service. As a trained Specialist Mental Health Practitioner, she has been qualified as an Approved Mental Health Social Worker (16rys) with a key role under Mental Health Legislation, providing emergency assessments for hospital admissions if needed. Sharon continues to Chair panels for the implementation of the new legislation the Mental Capacity Act. Sharon has worked across a range of Mental Health Services within the South Eastern Trust including Community Mental Health Teams, Mental Health Assessment Centre, Home Treatment Team and also with emergency services providing rapid responses to mental health needs throughout the night. Sharon has worked to support those struggling with their mental health across all ages and sectors of the community.  Sharon is skilled in the comprehensive assessment and treatment of Mental Illness, managing risks in a positive manner and providing a wide range of therapeutic interventions with CPD training in Distress Tolerance, Behavioural Family Therapy, low intensity CBT and perinatal support. Her interventions include both talking therapies and practical supports to manage current symptoms and promote recovery. Sharon has managed several teams with a drive and passion to motivate and enable staff regarding self-care and mental wellbeing.

Jessica Melville

Mental Health Team

Jessica is a fully qualified and registered (HCPC, RCOT) Mental Health Occupational Therapist and has worked in various settings within mental health in the NHS for over 15yrs, providing assessments and supporting the management of mental illness. Jessica has worked within the Community Mental Health Teams, Mental Health Services for Older People and on the Psychiatric Ward. For the past 6 years her work has been within the Acute Community Home Treatment Team providing acute care, completing comprehensive mental health assessments and managing high levels of risk with a focus on positive risk taking. Jessica has developed her skills in Vocational Rehabilitation following postgraduate training with her work in Condition Management which focuses on enabling people experiencing both physical and mental ill health to return to work. She has a certificate in Cognitive Therapy with additional CPD training in Case Formulation, Behavioural Family Work, and Distress Tolerance. Jessica also specialises in the use of Standardised MOHO Assessment Tools and Sensory work which is an effective and innovative technique used to help adults manage their emotions and connect with the physiological aspects of our bodies responses to distress.

Dr Edward Noble

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Noble graduated from the Queen’s University of Belfast in 2005.  He became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2012.  Dr Noble achieved a distinction in a Masters of Science from New Bucks University in 2014 in Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Mental Health.  He continues to use this approach in his diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.  Dr Noble was admitted to the Specialist Register in 2015.  He is a General Adult Psychiatrist and holds an endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry.  Dr Noble was appointed and has been working as a Consultant Psychiatrist since 2015 and is also a recognised trainer in Psychiatry, recognised by the Northern Ireland Medical and Dental Training Agency and the GMC. Dr Noble is currently employed as a full-time consultant psychiatrist at Northern HSC Trust.  Dr Noble is Lead Clinician within the Mental Health directorate. Dr Noble has extensive experience throughout his training in psychiatry.  He has worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in a Support and Recovery Community Mental Health Team, in an acute inpatient ward and a Home Treatment Team and also within a Personality Disorder Service.  As such Dr Noble is confident and competent in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of mental health disorders, working in the acute presentation and also treating people in a recovery focused, person centered and collaborative manner. Dr Noble will see patients who suffer from Depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Affective Disorder, Psychosis, Schizophrenia and Schizo-affective disorder plus other mental health conditions. Dr Noble has experience in the provision of medico-legal reports.

Dr Nathan Oliver

Consultant in Chronic Pain Management

Dr. Nathan Oliver specialises in the management of all forms of Persistent Pain and has a particular interest in Back Pain, Sciatica, Joint Pain and Migraine. Dr. Oliver graduated with a medical degree from Queen’s University in 2011. Whilst there he attained a Fulbright Scholarship in leadership from University of Pennsylvania/Drexel as well as the Oscar Reginald Lewis Wilson scholarship from the Royal College of Physicians and was selected to study for an intercalated degree in Public Health, graduating from a Masters in Public Health with commendation. Following training in General Medicine, Surgery and Emergency Medicine he was selected into the Anaesthetics training programme where he undertook further study and was admitted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, London. He pursued a specialist interest in Pain Medicine throughout his anaesthetic training and undertook a Fellowship in Pain Medicine where he learned enhanced management of pain including fluoroscopically guided procedures and Ultrasound guided injections. During this time he studied for and was admitted as a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine Royal College of Anaesthetists, London. Dr. Oliver currently predominately practices as a Consultant in the Chronic Pain Department Ulster Hospital, Dundonald. Having won multiple University and National championships in Rowing and Water-polo, he is now predominantly a bad golfer. However he firmly believes holistic pain management should facilitate an active and enjoyable lifestyle!

Dr Graeme Young

Consultant Psychiatrist

Dr Young graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2012, where he also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Mental Health in 2014. He became a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2016. Dr Young was admitted to the Specialist Register in 2021, in both Old Age Psychiatry and General Adult Psychiatry and he holds an endorsement in Liaison Psychiatry.

Sarah Morton

Dietician

Sarah Morton is a highly specialist Dietitian with 13 years experience in both the NHS and private practice. Passionate about health but also about our relationship with food, Sarah will bring her many years of behaviour change techniques, significant clinical knowledge but most importantly her compassion, in providing individualised input to clients. Specialising in disordered eating including diagnosed eating disorders (Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa) in both young people and adults - Sarah has had additional training in FT-AN, CBT, DBT, compassion focus therapy, SSCM and motivational interviewing. Sarah also has significant experience in working with binge eating disorder and general weight management concerns. Sarah also has had extensive experience in bariatric surgery nutrition and was the Dietitian for the Tier 4 Welsh Bariatric Service for four years. Ms Morton also has a keen interest in functional bowel disorders and IBS and has received additional training in the delivery of low FODMAP diets. Finally given Sarah's many years of clinical experience she is also able to input to more general related queries (nutrition support / coeliac disease / perinatal nutrition etc).