The Endoscopy Unit is situated on the second floor of the Hospital. The Unit has three Endoscopy procedure rooms and two recovery areas. The Endoscopy Unit is a facility that provides a service for outpatients, inpatients and patients from referring hospitals. Over 9,000 procedures are carried out in the Unit each year. The Endoscopy Unit is an integral part of the Gastroenterology Unit which comprises adjacent outpatient consultation rooms, a GI function lab and GI Research facility.
The Endoscopy service is supported by 2 Upper GI Cancer Specialist Nurses, a Colorectal Cancer Nurse Specialist, an IBD Nurse Specialist and a Pre-assessment Nurse as well as the trained Endoscopy nurses.
A variety of procedures are carried out within the Unit including:
- Diagnostic and therapeutic gastroscopy
- Diagnostic and therapeutic colonoscopy
- Flexible sigmoidoscopy
- Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
- Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
- Double balloon enteroscopy (DBE)
- Transoesophageal echo cardiography (TOE)
Tallaght University Hospital is the first centre in Ireland to conduct colorectal cancer screening using Faecal Immunological blood testing. We are one of only two centres in Ireland that performs Double Balloon Enteroscopy (both diagnostic and therapeutic) and receive referrals from all over the country for this procedure.
We are also a referral centre for Capsule Endoscopy which is available in only one other centre in the Republic.