Description of Department/Service

The Out Patients Department in Tallaght University Hospital is a busy place with up to 140 clinics running every week in this Department. The Outpatients Service is responsible for registering all new referrals for outpatient appointments and managing the patient when attending the service for appointments with consultants either for the first time or as a return patient.

The outpatient clinics include Medical, Surgical, Orthopaedic, Gynaecology, Rheumatology, Ear nose and throat, Diabetes, Thyroid, Oncology, Vascular and Ophthalmology.

In the Department there are eight suites with anything between six and 10 rooms in each suite.

Clinics are run on appointment basis, in time order. Our consultants and there team can be called to a medical emergency which can sometimes delay the start of clinics this is regrettable but unavoidable. When you arrive at your clinic you will be advise if the clinic is running late. People are informed if clinics are running late. Patients often bring a something to read while they wait as it helps to pass the time.

If you are not going to attend for your appointment please let us know on time so we can offer another patient an appointment. Also if you are going to be late please inform us so appointments can be reorganised.

Following consultation a patient may need to make a return appointment or a discharge plan at the secretary’s office.

Sometimes patients may need to be admitted to the Hospital following their appointment this will be organised by the OPD team and Bed Management.

The department is very busy but there will always be a member of staff around to help with your enquiry.


Out Patients Dept (OPD) is situated on the right of the main entrance. To access the department pass the reception desk and turn right onto the main street, and turn into entrance 3.