My North East: Dr Antoinette Kenny

September 1, 2018

Dr. Antoinette Kenny is one of the country’s leading sports cardiologists and has been an adviser to the Football Association (FA) for over 20 years. She is a consultant cardiologist at Newcastle Freeman Hospital and founder of HeartScan. The private clinic, founded in 2014, specialises in cardiology investigations and sports heart screening and works with Newcastle United, Sunderland AFC, Middlesbrough FC and Durham County Cricket Club

I am a proud Dubliner but have lived in the North East for nearly 25 years. I was completing my training in cardiology in America in 1993 when a consultant cardiologist post was advertised at Freeman Hospital. It was a wonderful opportunity to work at a leading national heart centre and I was delighted to be appointed. I planned to stay for two years and return to Dublin but the North East got its hooks into me and here I still am!

The privilege of working in the world class cardiac centre at Freeman Hospital serving the patients of the North East. I have also had the opportunity to expand professionally and open my own private cardiology clinic, HeartScan, which attracts clients from the North East and beyond.

The strong sporting culture of the region has enabled me to establish a specialised sports cardiology business.

My favourite area of the North East is The Tyne Valley, where I live. It combines the peace and beauty of the countryside with easy access to the bright lights of Newcastle with its vibrant cultural scene and excellent transport links.

My favourite place to spend some quality leisure time is Newcastle Racecourse. I love a day out with friends at the races. On the big race days it’s fun to get dressed up and I don the biggest hat I can find! I enjoy a flutter but I’m a bookies dream customer as I choose my horses based on their name rather than their form.

My favourite place to eat in the North East is our local pub, The Duke of Wellington in Newton. Affectionately known as “The Wellie” to locals, it has a relaxed atmosphere, friendly staff, good food and dogs are welcome. It’s the perfect place to relax on a Friday evening after a week’s work.

For one-to-one business meetings I enjoy The Cycle Hub café on the Quayside at Ouseburn. It is a relaxed setting with easy parking and the view up the river to the bridges and Baltic is inspiring.

I make regular flights to Dublin to visit family and the best view for me is the aerial view of Tynemouth and St. Mary’s lighthouse flying back over the coast into Newcastle. I confess I even pay a certain budget airline extra for a window seat for the pleasure!

I feel at home in the North East. This is due to the people themselves whose friendliness, humour and down-to-earth attitude remind me of the people I grew up with in Ireland.

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