Dr Karen O’Reilly
MBBS MRCGP FRCGP PG Dip Med Ed
GP and Menopause Specialist
Karen qualified in 1984 from St Marys Hospital Medical School (now Imperial College) in 1984. She has worked a GP in Hampshire for the past 30 years holding a special interest in Womens’ Health and Mental Wellbeing.
Her driving passion has always been to provide a service to patients that is of an excellent quality both in technical competence but also in a person centred holistic manner and to help nurture, train and support an up and coming generation that can continue to provide this level of care in a way that is both achievable and rewarding.
To that end she has spent a lot of her career not only supporting patients but also supporting both medical students and GP trainees, being a GP Trainer, an Examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners and a previous Clinical Teaching Fellow at Southampton University. She is a Fellow of the RCGP and has a Diploma in Medical Education from Winchester University and continues to support trainees via the Professional Wellbeing and Support Unit with the Wessex Deanery.
Having experienced an early menopause herself at 42 she knows what it feels like to think the world is crumbling underneath your feet to then have experienced the benefits of good care herself in replacing those essential female hormones.
She loves Sarah Ball’s analogy that for women in the 21st century the menopause is merely “half time in the football match of life.” It represents a new beginning with new opportunities to be enjoyed. And once you had the first half to warm up the second half can be even better!
Karen is married and has 3 grown up sons. She keeps fit by walking, enjoys all things creative and loves travelling around in her VW van called Bessie.