Dr Mary Wingfield

Dr Mary Wingfield qualified in medicine at Trinity College Dublin in 1984. She trained in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ireland and the UK and quickly developed an interest in fertility. She moved to Melbourne in 1991 where she worked at Monash IVF, one of the largest fertility units in Australia and home to many pioneering IVF doctors and developments. While in Melbourne, she also did research in Endometriosis, leading to an MD degree in 1996.

In 1998 she became a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the National Maternity Hospital, setting up Merrion Fertility Clinic the following year. She was instrumental in establishing the Irish Fertility Society and was a member of the government-appointed Commission on Assisted Human Reproduction. Her current clinical and research interests are subfertility in all its facets, including the development of national frameworks, legislation and endometriosis.

Dr Wingfield’s publications

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Dr Cathy Allen

Dr Cathy Allen graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland in 1995, and went on to train as a Specialist in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Dublin and Cork. Her interest in Fertility developed during her posts at the Rotunda Hospital where she was involved in several research projects including the maternal and childhood outcomes after fertility treatment. On completing her specialist training, Dr Allen worked at the Oxford Fertility Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital, which is a leading UK unit providing highly specialised fertility techniques.

Dr Allen joined Merrion Fertility in January 2009, and is also a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the National Maternity Hospital. She has complimentary interests in both Fertility and Obstetric care, and has a special interest in pregnancies conceived following fertility treatment. She lectures on medical undergraduate and postgraduate courses on fertility-related topics including Bioethics, and is a member of Irish, British and European Fertility societies. Her current area of research in association with Trinity College has been presented internationally and hopes to result in the development of clinically useful tests for IVF patients.

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Carol McGee

Carol started her career over 18 years ago in the private for profit sector working as an accountant. In 2004 she successfully completed her MBA and moved to the voluntary health sector where she has worked in several senior managerial roles over the last ten years. She is currently doing a masters with the Royal College of Surgeons and has a particular interest in the area of quality and value based healthcare.

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Orla O Leary

Orla joined Merrion Fertility Clinic in June 2005 as a medical secretary. She had previous experience in Bank of Ireland Credit Cards and Bank of Ireland Life. Over the years she has worked in various different areas of the clinic, Medical secretary, Clinic reception, Andrology reception, Supplier accounts and involved in the Paperless environment, updating the website and Marketing. Orla manages the Administration Department and is responsible for the coordination of all new appointments for the clinic, she is also a point of contact for general patient queries by phone or email.

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Eileen Barrett

Eileen Barrett’s nursing qualifications and experience have taken her through the areas of General Nursing, Midwifery, Spinal Injury, Rehabilitation and Neonatal Intensive Care.

She joined Merrion Fertility Clinic in January 1999 shortly after its inception, and has gained a vast amount of knowledge in the broad area of Reproductive Medicine.

Eileen gives lectures on Fertility Management to the RCSI students at the National Maternity Hospital, to the Radiographers and Midwives taking the MSc Ultrasound programme, UCD and to the final year midwifery students in UCD.

Eileen has instigated setting up Ireland’s only Ultrasound Training Course for fertility nurses in UCD. She has worked with the UCD School of Medicine to develop the syllabus for this course, which is a much needed new addition to the training regime of the fertility nurse.

She is a member of the Steering Committee of Sharing Best Practice, an annual meeting for fertility nurses in Ireland. She has frequently presented at this meeting. Eileen has also served on the Steering Committee for Insights, (UK) and has also presented at one of their annual meetings.

Eileen is an active member of SING (UK) Senior Infertility Nurse Group.

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