Practice Staff

The Doctors

Dr Shirley Forshaw – (MB BCh BAO MRCGP DGM DCH DRCOG)
Dr Susan Brannigan – (MB BCh BAO MRCGP DFSRH)

Other Team Members

Practice Manager Mrs Sharon Liggett
Practice Nurse Carmel Cunningham, Aideen McGinn & Ciara Watters
Health Visitor Sarah Harte
District Nurse Anna Graham
Treatment Nurse Carmel Comaskey

We have a team of receptionist – namely Regina, Philomena, Caroline, Elaine, Natalie & Fiona

They are responsible for the busy reception area and most of the administration for the practice. They work often under difficult circumstances but maintain the ability to be friendly and helpful at all times.

Multi-Discliplinary Teams (MDT’s)

First Contact Social Workers, Physiotherapist and Mental Health Practitioners will work alongside the existing practice team to provide enhanced access to health and social care services within a primary care setting.

Patients registered with our practice will be able to book an appointment directly with any of these new services, without first having to see the GP.

Social Worker

Our Social Worker is Valerie Berry

Social Wellbeing affects how people feel about themselves, how well they function and the overall quality of their life. Social Workers work with individual, families and communities to improve their social wellbeing.

Types of Support Provided

  • Isolation or loneliness
  • Carer Support
  • Relationship Difficulties
  • Parenting Difficulties
  • Housing Difficulties
  • Stress
  • Bereavement and Trauma
  • Alcohol and Drug Addiction.

You can book an appointment with Valerie via the receptionist to discuss any issues you are facing, explore what is important to you, agree what help she can offer you and provide you with support.


Our Physiotherapist is Martin O’Hanlon & Donal Ferris.

Martin & Donal are experts in problems with your joints, muscles and soft tissue (back pain, neck pain, painful joints or sprains & strains)

They can

  • Diagnose your condition
  • Offer you advice and exercise to manage your condition
  • Order tests
  • Prescribe medication
  • Request X-Rays
  • Refer you to another service if requires
  • Direct you to community based activities

You can book an appointment with Martin or Donal via the receptionist.

Mental Health Practitioner

Our Mental Health Practitioner is Lucy Brooke.

Mary is an expert who can

  • Provide an initial assessment
  • Advise on management of your mental health
  • Offer short term treatment
  • Direct you to appropriate services
  • Refer you to specialist mental health service.

You can book an appointment directly with Lucy via the receptionist.

MDTs Availability

Social Worker Physiotherapist Mental HealthPractitioner
Monday AM All Day
Tuesday AM AM
Wednesday AM AM
Thursday AM

Practice Nurse

Monday 9am – 5pm
Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 9am – 1pm
Thursday 9am – 1pm
Friday 9am – 1pm

If you wish to contact the Practice Nurse via the telephone please ask the receptionist to book a telephone consultation for you.

Our Practice Nurse provides a range of services:

  • Diabetic Clinic
  • Asthma Clinic
  • COPD Clinic
  • Hypertension Clinic
  • Warfarin Clinic
  • Smoking & Weight Management Clinic
  • Well Women Clinic
  • Coronary Prevention Clinic
  • Travel Clinic

All consultations are by appointment only.

Strategic Planning and Performance Group

The Strategic Planning and Performance Group plans and oversees the delivery of health and social care services for the population of Northern Ireland.

The  Group is accountable to the Minister for Health and responsible for planning, improving and overseeing the delivery of effective, high quality, safe health and social care services within available resources.

Contact Details

Strategic Planning and Performance Group of the Department of Health

12-22 Linenhall Street, Belfast BT2 8BS

Telephone: 0300 555 0115