Operating Theatre

Contact Names/Numbers/Email Addresses

Assistant Director of Nursing /Lead ADON for Perioperative Directorate: Patricia Morrison
Email: patricia.morrison@tuh.ieTheatre Clinical Nurse Manager 3 :  Ms Cait Tobin
Email:  cait.tobin@tuh.ieSecretary : Ms Fiona Kinsella
Email: Fiona.kinsella@tuh.ie
Visiting HoursStrict Visiting times are 3pm-4pm and 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Description of Department/Service


In our Operating Theatre Department our goal is to care for individuals undergoing invasive surgical and/or anaesthetic procedures in a holistic manner to ensure safe, effective and efficient patient care.

A systematic approach to holistic care must maintain the identity and dignity of each individual patient without prejudice to health status, their nationality, creed, or other beliefs.

Our patients will be cared for by appropriately qualified staff in a safe supportive environment whilst in the peri-operative environment.

The Operating Theatre Department at Tallaght University Hospital provides round the clock scheduled and emergency surgery and critical care services for adult and paediatric patients at Tallaght University Hospital. The department is staffed by

  • 127 Nurses
  • Nine Healthcare Assistants
  • 15 Theatre Porters
  • 22 Consultant Anaesthetist
  • 40 Consultant Surgeons

 The department consist of 

  • Anaesthetic Nurse –Led Preoperative patient assessment
  • Day of Surgery Admission Unit
  • 12 Bed Holding Bay
  • 12 Operating theatre rooms with adjoining anaesthetic rooms
  • 15 Bay Recovery Room
  • Three bedded Post Anaesthetic Care Unit
  • Emergency Response Nurse Bleep to attend ERT calls in the wards on a bi-weekly basis.
  • Additional areas covered by Anaesthetic Team: Radiology-MRI & CT.

Department Education

The Department provides structured undergraduate teaching to student nurses of the Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing.

Structured Nursing Post-graduate education is also delivered in the department in conjunction with Trinity College Dublin School of Nursing consisting of a   

  • Modular Programme in the Fundamental Principles of    
    Perioperative Nursing which has NMBI Category 1 approval
  • MSc Programme in Perioperative Nursing Fetac Level 5 Theatre
    Module for Healthcare Assistants is delivered in the Department in conjunction with the Centre for Learning & Development in Tallaght University Hospital.

Weekly in-service education is provided within the department to develop the knowledge skills of theatre staff to ensure holistic care is delivered to surgical patients.

The Surgical Specialties catered for in the department include

  • Trauma Orthopaedics
  • Elective Orthopaedics
  • Paediatric Surgery and Endoscopy
  • Gynaecological Surgery
  • Ear, Nose Throat Surgery
  • General Surgery/Colorectal Surgery/Upper Gastrointestinal
  • Vascular Surgery
  • Urology Surgery.
  • Pain Management
  • Psychiatry interventions

Location & Contact Number

The Operating Theatre Department is located on Level 2 of the Hospital 

The easiest way to get there is to go through the main hospital entrance to the lifts in the main foyer. Take the lift to Level 2, turn along the corridor towards the left and follow the signs overhead for the theatre department.  There are coloured footprints on the floor for children to find their way to the Operating Theatre Department.

DOSA Day of Surgery Admission

Day of Surgery Admission (DOSA) patients & Day Case Patients:

These patients undergo Preoperative Assessment several days to weeks before surgery either over the telephone or else in person at the nurse-led Preoperative Assessment clinic located beside the Hospital Day Ward (1st floor).  Once reviewed by the Preoperative Assessment nurses and passed fit for surgery this group of patients will be informed by the hospitals Admissions Office of a date for their surgery.

Day Case patients come in on the morning of their surgery and are discharged after surgery the same day. DOSA patients are admitted on the morning of their surgery and remain in the Hospital overnight post operatively.

PACU : Post Anaesthetic Care Unit

Post anaesthetic care Unit is designed to accommodate post-operative patients requiring short term ventilation and/or inotropic/pressor support. This includes elective and non-elective high risk surgical patients who can benefit from detailed observation and monitoring that cannot be provided on a general ward.

 PACU also accommodates unplanned critically ill medical or surgical patients requiring intensive care or high dependency care for whom there is no bed available in the intensive care unit.

 Visiting hours is 2:00pm to 4:00pm and 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Rest time is from 10pm to 6am

Other Information

Pastoral Care Services are available for patients. Nursing Staff will arrange for a member of the Pastoral Care Team to visit a patient or speak with their family if required. 
Valuables, (i.e. money and jewellery). We advise you not to bring valuables with you during an admission. The Hospital is not responsible for patients’ valuables, if kept by the patient.

Theatre Clinical Nurse Managers

Ms. Cathy Gannon CNM2 Recovery Room
Ms. Sheila Wall CNM1 Recovery Room
Mr. Shane Russell CNM2 Anaesthetics
Ms. Yvonne Hickey CNM1 Anaesthetics
Mr. Seamus Connolly CNM1 Anaesthetics
Ms. Jennifer Magapagal CNM2 Trauma Orthopaedic Theatre
Ms. Linda Greene CNM2 Elective Orthopaedic Theatre
Ms. Rachel Coleman CNM2 Paediatric Theatre
Ms. Emma Carroll CNM1 Paediatric Theatre
Ms. Helena Palmer CNM2 Gynae/ENT Theatre
Mr. Renato Siwa CNM1 Gynae/ENT Theatre
Ms. Olivia Nerney CNM2 General/Vascular Theatre
Ms. Lianne D’Arcy, CNM1 General/Vascular Theatre
Ms. Ruth Sherry CNM1 General/Vascular Theatre
Ms. Daisy Doton CNM2 Urology Theatre
Mr. Isam Odwan CNM1 Urology Theatre
Ms. Claire McGuire CNM2/Clinical Facilitator
Ms. Geraldine McMahon CNM2/Clinical Facilitator