keith-swanickKeith is originally from Castlerea in County Roscommon but now lives in County Mayo with his wife Aislinn, son Julian and daughter Rosa Pearl. He is a GP and runs his own family practice in Belmullet in County Mayo.

Keith has previously served as the Secretary of the National Association of General Practitioners which represents 2,000 of this country’s GPs.

Education:

Keith was educated at St. Anne’s Sisters of Mercy Convent & School in Castlerea. In 1991 he received a scholarship to study medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons graduating in 1997. During his postgraduate training Dr Swanick worked across a variety of Dublin hospitals in various specialities. He then went on to complete his GP training in Wales where he gained an intimate knowledge on the inner workings of the NHS.

On completion of his GP training Dr Swanick became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Career:

Keith moved to Belmullet in 2007, where his vision was to deliver a new type of service in this remote location – an area which had a greater-than-average older population; poor road infrastructure and which is over 50 miles from the nearest major hospital.

In 2010, Keith and his Aislinn wife opened a state-of-the-art medical facility in Belmullet, without any state assistance. They employ nine people in total – two part time GP’s; two full time nurses, one of whom is a midwife; a part-time occupational health nurse; a practice manager and two front of house admin staff.

The practice provides a range of services that are over and above what you would typically see in a remote GP practice.

These include:

  • DXA osteoporosis scanning
  • Antenatal services with an in-house midwife
  • Ultrasound
  • Cardiac investigations including holter monitor and 24 hour blood pressure monitors
  • Audiology
  • Spirometry for respiratory conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD).
  • Psychotherapy, chiropody and physiotherapy.

The ethos of the Swanick Family Practice is focused on preventative community-based care for patients.

Family:

Keith is a native of Castlerea Co Roscommon and is the the youngest of six children. He is married to Aislinn (nee Condron) a native of Cloverhill Co Roscommon a graduate of Trinity College Dublin. They married in 2007 and welcomed their son Julian in September 2014. Their daughter Rosa Pearl was born in March 2017.