Mother & Baby Care

Mother & Baby Care
Doctors / Nursing Staff specialising in this area:

Dr. John McManus


As well as over fifty years experience in general practice, Dr. John McManus is one of the co-founding members of the Carlton Clinic.

His interests include medicine for the elderly, joint injections, and addiction, as well as ongoing medical education and the philosophy of medicines.

Dr. McManus has four children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His interests include fishing, walking and reading history, current affairs and philosophy.

Dr. Geraldine Holland


Dr. Geraldine Holland grew up in Shankill and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1986. She started working at Carlton Clinic in 1990 and became a Partner in 1995.

While Geraldine enjoys all aspects of General Practice, over the years she has developed a special interest and a broad skill base in all areas of Women's Health. In particular, Geraldine has a special interest in longer lasting contraception (coils, injections and implants) and the management of period problems across all age groups. She helped set-up the GP led Mirena Clinics at the National Maternity and Rotunda hospitals. Geraldine is happy to accept referrals from local GPs to provide prompt treatment and avoid hospital referral if possible.

Geraldine is a former Assistant National Director of the ICGP (Irish College of General Practitioners) Women's Health Program, and a current Family Planning Tutor and LARC Tutor at ICGP. Geraldine has a keen interest in Teenage Health, Palliative Care and Asthma management.

Geraldine is mum to four daughters. She enjoys reading, walking and singing in her spare time.

Dr. Melanie Piercy


Dr Melanie Piercy graduated from Bristol University Medical School in 1994. She completed her GP training with St George’s Hospital, London and subsequently moved to Ireland. Dr. Piercy joined the Carlton Clinic in 2005. Like her colleagues Melanie enjoys all aspects of family medicine but with a special interest in dermatology.

She is involved with the training of medical students within the practice.

Qualifications: MB ChB, DRCOG, DFFP, MRCGP, DPD.


Dr. Mairead Cassidy


Dr Mairead Cassidy graduated from University College Galway in 1999. She completed her GP training with with Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin in 2006 and was also the highest achieving candidate in GP exams that year. She has worked in Ireland, the UK and Australia. 

She enjoys all aspects of General Practice & has a special interests in women's health, young people's and adolescent health - including contraception and sexual health screening, travel medicine and childhood development & illnesses. Over the years she has developed a special interest in palliative care and alongside her GP work also works in LauraLynn Childrens Hospice and disability service. 

Qualifications: MB BCh BAO, MICGP, Dip Child health,  Dip Paediatric Palliative care 

In her spare time she enjoys running, walking the dog and music.

Dr. Eoin Spillane


Dr Eoin Spillane graduated from Royal College of Surgeons in 1997. He joined the Carlton Clinic in 2008. He has special interest in dermatology and men's health, particularly sexual health / STI screenings. Dr Spillane also manages a weekly Minor Surgery clinic removing skin lesions such as moles, warts, skin cysts and lumps, and ingrown toenails. Cryotherapy treatment for warts, verrucas and sun damaged skin is also offered.

Qualifications: MB, BCh, BAO, LRCP & SI, AFRCSI, MRCGP, DPD.

Dr. Dara Owens


Dr Owens joined the Carlton Clinic in June 2016. He has a special interest in headaches and is part of the migraine team in St Vincent's University Hospital. Dr Owens has proven himself very popular with patients young and old and is a great addition to the team here at Carlton Clinic.

Dr. Lisa Devine


Dr Lisa Devine initially trained in hospital medicine, gaining her Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland before realising that her vocation lay in general practice. She trained as a GP and gained her Membership of the Irish College of General Practitioners of Ireland. She has postgraduate qualifications in palliative care, paediatrics, musculoskeletal medicine and diabetes, which has become her primary special interest. She enjoys representing the Irish General Practice point of view on regional and national diabetes and chronic disease management committees, in Ireland and internationally. She enjoys contributing to medical education via teaching in the practice, chairing and speaking at local and national conferences, and through tutoring and organisational roles on postgraduate educational programs. She writes a monthly Column for GPnotebook.

The Mother and Infant Care Scheme provides care to all expectant mothers who are ordinarily resident in Ireland. This service is provided by a family doctor of your choice and a hospital obstetrician. At Carlton Clinic, all our doctors at Carlton are pleased to offer this service to our patients. You do not need a medical card to avail of this free service.

The doctor provides an initial examination, if possible before 12 weeks, and a further 5 examinations for your first pregnancy and a further 6 examinations for your second and subsequent pregnancies. These visits are alternated with visits to the maternity unit or hospital. Please note the schedule of visits in the graphic below. The schedule of visits may be changed by your doctor and/or hospital obstetrician depending on your individual situation.

Where an expectant mother suffers from a significant illness affecting the pregnancy, e.g. diabetes, hyperemesis and hypertension, up to 5 additional visits to the doctor may be provided. These illnesses are the only additonal illness covered under this scheme. Unfortunately, illness such as nausea in pregnancy, back pain etc may not be covered and you may be asked to pay. Visits in respect of other matters (e.g. colds, coughs, illnesses, etc) will be charged as normal.

When your baby is born

After the birth, the GP will examine the baby at 2 weeks, and both mother and baby at 6 weeks free of charge. All other postnatal visits will be charged as normal.

You should apply for the Doctor Visit Card online for your baby as soon as possible after she/he is born. Visit this website for more information.

When your baby is 2 calendar months old, he or she will be due his or her first vaccinations. It is important to bring your baby for vaccination when he or she is due as this offers the best protection against illness. You can make an appointment with our reception. You will need to bring your baby’s PPS number with you for the vaccination. Vaccinations are carried out by the nurse. Routine childhood vaccinations are provided free of charge.