Tallaght Hospital to Hold Information Sessions on Bowel Disease

(November 14th 2017) Tallaght Hospital is to hold a series of patient information and education sessions focusing on the area of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). The sessions led by Dr. Anthony O’Connor will be delivered by staff with expertise in particular areas related to the disease and will focus on aspects such as diet, the patient journey, medication and the psychological aspects of living with IBD.

The IBD sessions, entitled “Back to IBD School” will take place on Saturday, 25th November from 10am to 1pm at the Trinity College Dublin Institute of Population Health, Russell Building, Tallaght Cross, Dublin 24. The event is supported by a new initiative grant from the Adelaide Health Foundation.

The “Back to IBD School” session will feature contributions from:
- Dr. Anthony O’Connor, Consultant Gastroenterologist, on the IBD patient’s journey
- Dr. Alex Concannon, Clinical Psychologist on the psychological aspects of coping with IBD
- Ms. Sarah Gill, Senior Dietitian, on healthy eating, diet and nutrition for patients with IBD
The sessions are open to all members of the public. Those who wish to register can email Tallaght ibdschool@gmail.com

Dr. Anthony O’Connor commented, “At Tallaght Hospital there is a strong ethos of ‘People Caring for People’, and members of staff regularly engage with the general public on health education awareness. We value Tallaght Hospital’s role as an engaged community actor. This event is a very important opportunity to put those values into action and increase awareness and knowledge of IBD. We have excellent contributors with specialist knowledge of many different aspect of the disease who will provide vital information on how to look after yourself, or anyone you know suffering from IBD. I look forward to welcoming everyone on the 25th of November.”

“Inflammatory Bowel Disease affects so many people, thankfully with ongoing research, medical teams can do more and more to help people living with this lifelong condition. The Adelaide Health Foundation are delighted to support this initiative which will inform and educate everyone attending. The Foundation use part of our funds annually to directly support services developments and patient care at Tallaght Hospital” commented Niamh Gavin, Manager of the Adelaide Health Foundation.

About Tallaght Hospital
Tallaght Hospital is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, providing child-health, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The Hospital has 495 adult beds and 67 paediatric bed with 3,000 people on staff. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialities. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre.

Tallaght Hospital is one of the two main teaching hospitals of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in areas such as nursing, health and social care professionals, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. Tallaght Hospital is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group and the Children's Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties.

A new satellite centre is to be built at Tallaght Hospital in 2020 as part of the Phoenix Children’s Hospital project as a key element of an integrated clinical network for paediatric services nationally.

The Hospital’s Emergency Departments catered for 49,512 Adult Attendances and 33,717 Paediatric Attendances in 2016. A further 252,418 patients were treated through the Hospital’s adult and paediatric outpatient clinics in 2016. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities.