Galway Primary Care provides a full range of services at each of our medical centres.

These centres are all connected meaning that your medical records can be accessed at any of our sites allowing you to book appointments where it conveniences you the most.

Our team are here to help

Dr. Brian Higgins
Dr. Brian Higgins
MB, BCh, BAO, DCH, DRCOG, DMSK, MICGP CCD

Dr. Brian Higgins graduated with honours from NUI Galway in 2010. He trained in Paediatrics receiving a Diploma in Children’s Health before starting his General Practice training which he completed in 2016.

He has a passion for health promotion and disease prevention so you may see him on TV3 speaking about topical medical issues.

His specialist interests include:

  • Children’s Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Pain Management
  • Health Promotion
  • Osteoporosis and Clinical Densitometry
  • Occupational Health
Dr Denis C Higgins
Dr Denis C Higgins
MB, BCh, BAO, DCH, DORCPI, MICGP

Dr Denis C. Higgins graduated from NUI Galway in 1976. He is the senior managing partner of Galway Primary Care.

His areas of specialist interest include:

  • Dermatology
  • Ocupational Health
  • Children’s Medicine
Dr Anne Browne
Dr Anne Browne
MB, DCH, DObs, DME, Dip Therapeutics, H Dip Occupational Medicine

Dr Browne has many years experience in General practice both in Ireland and Canada. Her clinical interests include Care of the Elderly, Dermatology, Child Health and Occupational Medicine

Her academics interests are around Medical Education and she has held academic appointments more recently at the University of Toronto.

Her qualifications include:

  • Member of the Irish College of General Practitioners (MICGP)
  • Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP)
  • Diploma of Medicine for the Elderly (DME)
  • Diploma of Therapeutics (Dip Therapeutics)
  • Diploma of Obstetrics (DObs)
  • Higher Diploma Occupational Medicine (H Dip Occ Med)
Dr Siobhan Carruthers
Dr Siobhan Carruthers
MB, BChir, BA, DRCOG, DCH, MRCGP, PG Dip Clinical Education

Dr Siobhan Carruthers graduated from the University of Cambridge, UK in 1988.

She has a special interest in Women’s Health and medical education, and also works as a Lecturer in Women’s Health in NUI Galway.

Dr Karin Dursteler
Dr Karin Dursteler
MB, ChB, MICGP, DCH, DRCOG, LFOM, CCD

Dr Dursteler, born in Switzerland, is a graduate from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. She obtained her MB, ChB degree in 1991. Her post-graduate qualifications in Ireland include MICGP, DCH, DRCOG, LFOM and CCD. he has been working as a GP in Galway since 2009.

Her special areas of interest are:

Woman’s Health
She has an  Certificate in Contraception and an Advanced Certificate in Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARCS) such as Mirena, Jaydess and Kyleena Intra Uterine Systems as well as Implanon. Menopause Management.

DXA Scanning
She is a Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD) and is a member of the International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD).

Occupational Medicine
She completed the Licentiate of the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (LFOM), Royal College of Physicians Ireland, in 2011. She is also a Road Safety Authority (RSA) approved trainer for the Driver Certificate in Professional Competence (CPC) in Drivers Health and Safety.

Dr Reídín Lawlor
Dr Reídín Lawlor
MB, BCh, BAOBA, MICGP, MRCGP, MSc Family Medicine

Experience GP having worked in Dublin, London and Galway for many years.

Areas of particular interest are:

  • Women’s Health at all ages especially health and wellbeing at Menopause
  • Children Health
  • Sexual Health
  • Chronic Disease Management
  • Health Promotion
Dr Vanessa Stitt
Dr Vanessa Stitt
MB, BCh, BAO, MICGP, DCH

Dr Vanessa Stitt graduated with an honours medical degree in 2010 from NUI Galway. She then completed four years of General Practice Training, also in Galway. She has a special interest in family planning and women’s health, children’s health, diabetes care and genitourinary medicine.

Her qualifications include:

  • MB BCh BAO MICGP DCH
  • Module in Diabetes in Primary Care
  • Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners
  • Module in Academic General Practice
  • ICGP LARC Tutor
  • Diploma in Child Health, R.C.P.C.H.
  • Certificate in Contraception
  • Advanced Certificate in LARC
  • Cervical Check Smear taker Training
  • Immediate Care Course, Trauma and Cardiac
  • MB, BCh, BAO, honours
  • FETAC Level 2 Information Technology, Distinction
Maria Delaney
Maria Delaney
BSc (Hons) Nursing Practice - Practice Nurse

Practice Nurse Maria Graduated from The University of York in 2012. Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Evidence-Based Nursing Practice.

Special interests include:

  • Woman health, Cervical screening
  • Chronic Disease Management: Diabetic care, Osteoporosis/Bone Density scanning
  • Childhood Immunisations
  • Travel vaccinations
Tara Kelly
Tara Kelly
Practice Manager

Tara has been working with Galway Primary Care for six years. She coordinates the medical and admin team. Tara also assists patients with appointments and general enquiries.

Paula McHugh Gallagher
Paula McHugh Gallagher
Practice Nurse

Practice Nurse Paula qualified from Beaumont Hospital as RGN gaining experience in Accident & Emergency, Surgical & Medical nursing both in Ireland and abroad (Australia).
Paula also qualified from NUIG with a higher diploma in Occupational Health & Hygiene.

Paula  joined the area of General Practice in 2013 and has enjoyed the past 5 years delivering quality care to patients.

Areas of Special Interest

  • Occupational Health including Manual Handling Training, CPR / AED Training, Induction Training, Pre – Employment Health Assessments, Occupational Health Assessments.
  • Health Surveillance.
  • Health Promotion .