Women's Health

Women's Health
Doctors / Nursing Staff specialising in this area:
Dr. Geraldine Holland

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 is part of a ground breaking initiative where a small group of GPs in collaboration with the National Maternity Hospital and the Rotunda Hospital, run a GP led, hospital based clinic practising these skills and teaching GPs in training and established GPs who would like to develop such skills. 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 including teenage twins. She enjoys reading, walking and singing in her spare time.

Dr. Eimear O'Hanlon

Dr. Eimear O'Hanlon


Dr Eimear O'Hanlon graduated from Trinity College, Dublin in 1994. She completed her General Practice training in Durham in the U.K. before joining the Carlton Clinic in 2003. Dr. O'Hanlon's interests include Women's Health and Medical Education. She is a G.P. trainer with the HSE/Mid-Leinster G.P. training programme. Her qualifications include MB, BCh, BAO, MRCGP, DCh, DRCOG.

In her spare time she enjoys time with her family including her 2 young daughters.

Dr. Melanie Piercy

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


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 the GP exams that year.

She enjoys all aspects of General Practice & has a special interests in women's health, and in young people's & adolescent health including contraception & sexual health screening.

Dr Cassidy is also mom to 3 young children.

Dr. Lisa Devine

Dr. Lisa Devine


Dr Lisa Devine will be familiar face to patients in Carlton Clinic as she completed part of her GP trainng scheme with us a few years back. Lisa graduated from University College Dublin in 2008. She worked extensively within hospital medicine after graduating before training as a GP.

Lisa has special interests in musculoskeletal medicine, palliative care, chronic disease management and contraceptive medicine. In her spare time she enjoys horseriding, hiking and cycling.

Welcome back Lisa!

Our doctors and nurses carry out a variety of services especially tailored for women's needs at every stage in life including cervical smears, maternity care, health screening and skin problems.

Dr. Geraldine Holland, Dr Melanie Piercy, Dr. Eimear O'Hanlon, Dr Mairead Cassidy and Dr Lisa Devine offer specialist family planning services, including insertion and removal of long acting contraception.

Dr Melanie Piercy has a particular interest in skin problems and Dr. Eoin Spillane also offers expert skin care including treatment for acne, mole removal and skin tag removal.

More information about Health Screening and Cervical Smear Screening below:

Health Screenings for Women

Well Woman

The Well Woman is our most comprehensive women's health screening. It includes an initial assessment carried out by our Practice Nurse and a follow up consultation with your doctor. The Well Woman is a top to toe screening and, as well as covering a range of topics such as family history of disease, cardiovascular and gynaecological concerns, skin care and bone health, you are invited to discuss any additional specific concerns you may have.

The total cost for the Well Woman check up is €200. Any additional investigations or follow up care are not covered by this cost, but we do offer reduced rates to Well Woman patients for lung function testing and 24 hour blood pressure monitoring.


Preparing for Your Well Woman Appointment

We recommend that you omit alcohol from your diet for 2 days prior to your tests with the nurse. Please fast for 12 hours in advance (sips of water are allowed but no tea / coffee / food etc). Please bring a urine sample with you. Urine bottles are available at reception if you need one.


Mini Medicals

We also offer mini medicals designed for women with busy lives. The mini medical crams the most relevant health checks for your needs into a 30 minute appointment and your GP will follow up with you by telephone afterwards when your test results come back from the laboratory - enabling you to get on with your hectic schedule! To book a mini medical please contact reception at (01) 286 0568.


CervicalCheck Smear Testing

The National Cervical Screening Programme is a Government-funded service that provides free smear tests to women aged 25-60. This has been introduced in Ireland in September 2008 and is available at Carlton Clinic.

What is cervical screening?

Cervical screening tests women for changes in the cells of the cervix (neck of the womb) by a smear test.

What is a smear test?

A smear test (sometimes called a pap test) is used for cervical screening. It is a simple procedure where a doctor or nurse (smeartaker) takes a sample of cells from the cervix to look for early changes. A smear test can identify cell changes before they become cancer cells. If these cells are not found and treated, they could become cancerous.

Why should I have this test?

Quite simply, having a regular smear test could save your life.

Who should have a smear test?

Every woman aged between 25 and 60 should have a regular smear test and continue to have regular smear tests after the menopause. If you are aged over 60 years and have never had a smear test, please contact your local doctor to discuss your cervical screening needs.

More information on Cervical Check Screening can be found at cervicalcheck.ie