Speciality: Geriatric medicine
Dr Purcell is a consultant geriatrician in St James’s Hospital, Dublin and Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services, Harold’s Cross. She is also a clinical senior lecturer in medical gerontology with Trinity College Dublin.
Dr Purcell graduated from University College Dublin in 1998 and completed her specialist training in geriatric and general internal medicine in 2008. She spent the next four years working as a consultant in Westmead Hospital, Sydney where she was the joint lead for the memory service, working closely with neurology colleagues in the areas of cognition and movement disorders.
She then joined the National Health Service (NHS) where she worked as consultant geriatrician in Whipps Cross University Hospital, Barts Health NHS Trust until August 2017. She was the clinical lead of the Department for Older People and the dementia lead for the hospital.
Dr Purcell returned to Ireland in 2017 to take up her current post. She is developing services with community partners to better integrate with acute care and support alternatives to acute hospital admission. She is the lead physician for a rehabilitation unit for frail older people and she also works closely with palliative care colleagues in improving care for those with severe frailty or advanced dementia.
Dr Purcell has a special interest in Parkinson’s disease and dementia.