Kieran Chircop
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Kieran Chircop

​​       What is your name and what is your official                           designation within the Ministry for Health?

      Kieran Chircop and I am a Consultant General                            and  Interventional Radiologist.

     Where do you work and what do your duties entail?​

     Mater Dei Hospital – Medical Imaging Department. I                 interpret and issue reports for body examinations                     including MRI’s, CT Scans, Ultrasounds and X-rays. Being         an interventional radiologist, I also perform a large variety         of percutaneous operations using CT, X-ray and                         Ultrasound guidance.

    How long have you been working with the Public                Service?

    Approximately 16 years.

Are there any specific qualifications required for your post?

A newly qualified doctor can become a radiologist after working for two years as a general junior hospital doctor (Foundation years). This is followed by 5 years of radiology training performed locally. This will give you the specialization in radiology. Inorder to subspecialize in Interventional Radiology I trained for two years in tertiary hospitals in London and Dublin.

What attracted you to take up your profession and to the health service?

Radiology is a very modern specialization that is expanding very rapidly. Over the last couple of decades, giant technological leaps allowed us to be able diagnose disease very precisely with almost no discomfort to the patient. The technological advances have also significantly improved our equipment thus allowing to perform an ever-increasing number of procedures in a safer and less invasive way. All this to the ultimate benefit of our patients.

What motivates you most?

The main source of motivation and satisfaction comes from the satisfaction of helping my patients go through the troubles that life brings along.

What about the teamwork between different professions/roles involved in relation to patient care?

At times, these interactions can be challenging, to say the least, but the best interest of the patient should always take top priority.

Can you give us one challenge and one success story?

I consider watching my registrars independently perform highly skilled interventions as my greatest pride; not withstanding achieving said pride after having gone through the various challenges whilst training them.

What advice would you give to young students considering taking up this profession?

My advice is very simple. Whichever path in life you choose to take, never give up trying to improve yourselves. In life, sometimes we learn and sometimes we succeed.

What are the benefits of working with the public service?

As the name implies, we are a serve to the public; thus, no matter how bad a day might be, you can always feel positive about our actions as having been of help to a person in need.