Award-winning Limerick doctors are a “godsend” say patients

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

TWO DOCTORS in Limerick have their fingers on the pulse of good medical care, after receiving awards for paediatrician and obstetrician of the year.

TWO DOCTORS in Limerick have their fingers on the pulse of good medical care, after receiving awards for paediatrician and obstetrician of the year.

Dr Michael Mahony and Dr John Slevin, both residing on the North Circular Road in the city, recently received the prestigious awards after being nominated by patients and their families.

Dr. Mahony, a consultant paediatrician in the Regional Hospital, was nominated by Clodagh O’ Carroll whose son Christian has a rare condition. Christian was eventually diagnosed with eosinophillic esophagitis, but throughout the family’s ordeal to identify his condition Dr Mahony has been a “godsend”, said the mum.

“When I’m in his company all my fears and worries leave me. He is the most compassionate, caring reassuring consultant I have met, but above that, he listens to me,” she said.

She praised the doctor for his interactions with her son during examinations, and for putting him at ease. “I can never repay Dr Mahony for all he does,” she concluded.

Dr Mahony, 59, has been a consultant in the Regional for 20 years, and a paediatrician for 32 years after graduating from UCC. He said it was a “huge surprise” to receive this honour, the first national award he has received for his work.

Dr Slevin, a consultant obstetrician, was nominated by two of his patients, Emma Hofler and Carol Brady, who described his level of commitment as being “above and beyond the call of duty.” Ms Brady, who suffers from cystic fibrosis, told the SMA Nutrition, Maternity and Infant Awards panel of the fantastic care and treatment she received from Dr Slevin during her pregnancy. Both patients said his “best traits as an obstetrician are his professional and reassuring manner, his approachability, compassion and empathy.”