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Welcome To Oakleaf Medical Practice


During this difficult time we may not be able to see most patients face-to-face, however there are many medical issues that can be dealt with over the phone, or by using Zoom, Messenger or Facetime for video consultations.  If you need medical care please contact the Practice on 02871378522 - the receptionist will ask you for some information about your problem so the doctor or nurse can decide on the best way to help you.  We recommend that you download Zoom onto your smart phone if you can if you are expecting a video consultation with the doctor or nurse. 

If following a Telephone Consultations the doctor needs to see you face-to-face an appointment will be arranged at a suitable time in line with Covid safety regulations. 

You must wear a mask during your time in the Health  Centre, unless a exemption has been agreed with the doctor in advance. Your co-operation is appreciated as we try to keep all of our vulnerable patients safe, and protect the medical and nursing staff so they can continue to care for all of our patients.



Dr Eamon Doohan, Dr Mary McClay, Dr Nicola Duffy, Dr John McLaughlin, Dr Paula Sharkey & Dr Ciara McLaughlin

Practice History

The practice was founded in 1948 by Dr Joseph Devlin, now sadly deceased and was originally located at 49 Great James Street, Derry. The first long-term partner was Dr Tom Casey who stayed with the practice for 15 years. When Dr Casey left in 1963 a group practice was formed with Drs T McCabe, Donal MacDermott (both now sadly deceased) and R McClean.

Dr Joseph Devlin retired in February 1979 and his son Dr Martin Devlin then joined the practice. The practice moved to new purpose-built premises in Great James Street Health Centre in April 1981.

Over the  next 17 years, Dr Anne Doherty, Dr Eamon Doohan and Dr Lee Casey joined the practice. Dr Samson joined in 1981 and retired in April 2000, when he was replaced by Dr Mary McClay. Dr Conor White joined in 1983 and retired in 2009.  Both Dr Samson and Dr White are now sadly deceased. 

In 2010 two new partners joined the practice, Dr Nicola Duffy joined in April, followed by Dr Ciara McLaughlin in October of that year. Dr Devlin retired in 2013.  In 2014 Dr John McLaughlin joined the Practice.  In March 2016, Dr Ciara McLaughlin left the Practice to take up a post with HSCB. Dr Casey left the Practice in March 2019.

In October 2019 Dr Paula Sharkey joined the Practice as a new partner and Dr Ciara McLaughlin returned as a partner, she still works part-time with the HSCB.

In March 2020 Dr Anne Doherty retired as a partner, however she still continues to work in the practice as a regular locum

 The geographical area covered by the practice is a ten mile radius of the practice premises on the northern side of the border.


Más mian leat, is féidir leat dul i gcomhairle le cheann de na dochtúirí trí mhéan na Ghaeilge. Abair le dhuine de na faílteoirí agus ba bhréa linn é a chur ar bun.

Ordering Prescriptions Online

Online ordering is the preferred method for requesting repeat medication.  You can do this through our secure system at www.patient-services.co.uk To do this you need to register by contacting the practice.  Once your registration account is created we will email an activation code to you. You will be able to use the system to request repeat medication as required. Please phone or email to request a registration form.

If you already have an online account you can click the link below to access Patient Services.

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Telephone Calls To The Practice

In order to reduce the number of people trying to get through to the surgery at any one time, we would ask that all patients observe the following times when ringing the surgery:

8.30-9.00am Requests for HOUSE CALLS and URGENT MATTERS.
 5.00-6.00pm  Requests for URGENT MATTERS

Requests for ACUTE (ie 'one off') PRESCRIPTIONS - will be ready at 4:30pm same day




Procedure For Contacting The Practice By Telephone

Dial (028) 7137 8522 and a recorded message will prompt you to:
Press 1 for Telephone Consultations  
Press 2 for Housecalls. 
Press 3 for Anything else

Please note that we only take Urgent calls between 8.30am - 9am & 1pm-2pm. Routine calls should not be made at these times. **Daily changes may be necessary depending on demand for our service and the availability of doctors at short notice (ie if doctors have to isolate due to covid as health care workers are not allowed to come to work if they are in contact with a covid case).  Our phone message will advise you of changes**

Practice News
  • 24Sep 2021

    Autumn/Winter 2021 - Pressure on our service

    Like all medical practices we are currently facing high demand for our service. As we move into Autumn, there are more viral illnesses around and patients are concerned and want to be seen by a doctor. In particular there are lot of babies and young children who need seen now. Add this to the ongoing care required for our elderly patients, those with pre-existing medical conditions, mental health issues, those whose hospital procedure has been postponed and anyone who becomes unwell suddenly this means our service is under tremendous pressure. There are no extra doctors available to help us at this time. All doctors, nurses, admin and other staff at the practice are working extremely hard to deliver the best service we can during this difficult time. We hope our patients understand when we have to operate an URGENT ONLY policy - this is done to ensure that the doctors can provide safe medical care and so those with the greatest need can access it. We will also be beginning our weekend flu vaccine campaign soon (and covid vaccine boosters when this is agreed by the Department of Health) - this means many staff will be working a 6-day week throughout the next few months. We appreciate your patience and understanding at this time.

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  • 10Jan 2021

    COVID-19 Vaccines

    Covid-19 vaccine - From Monday 11 January we will be vaccinating patients aged 80years+ with the Oxford Astrazeneca covid vaccine. All eligible patients will be contacted by text message, phonecall or letter. Each week we will provide as many appointments for Covid vaccines as we need to - in line with the number of vaccines delivered to us by the public health agency. We aim to get all vaccines used up within the week we receive them. This may mean that we have less availability to deal with routine matters on one or more days per week. We hope that our patients will be understanding during the next few months as we aim to prioritise the vaccine campaign and deal with urgent matters only on clinic days. Your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

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  • 22Oct 2020

    Wearing masks- September 2020

    Due to the high levels of Covid-19 circulating in our city we have implemented a strict policy of mask wearing for all - staff, patients, carers and other visitors - in the Health Centre. This is in line with the Northern Ireland Chief Medical Officer's recommendations (Aug 2020) and in the best interests of us all to ensure we keep each other safe and reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Our staff encounter many patients face-to-face every day so the risk of spreading the virus will be high if they are exposed to patients not wearing masks. We acknowledge that there may be some extreme personal circumstances when patients feel they cannot wear a mask so we ask these patients to inform us when booking an appointment. We will then try to make alternative arrangements to accommodate them. Our full policy is on display at the Practice.

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