TUH Opens New Oncology Day Unit

New Oncology Unit (May 4th 2021) Tallaght University Hospital this morning opened its new Oncology Day Unit developed with the support of the Tallaght University Hospital Foundation (TUHF). The new unit is located within the Hospital in a space previously occupied by the Renal Unit.

The new unit has a much larger footprint, a 50% increase in space for patients and staff with more single rooms, bathrooms and meeting spaces than was within the old Renal unit.

Commenting on the move Ciaran Faughnan, Director of Facilities & Estates said “Each year over 800 patients attend the Day Unit; this new bespoke space created has a higher specification and finish compared to the current space. The Hospital is working through a comprehensive list of capital infrastructure projects with priority given to those projects that improve access for our patients. I would like to acknowledge the incredible work of the Technical Services Team that completed this project in the first few months of this year, a time when we were dealing with the height of COVID-19 and the various challenges it presented to us.”

“The oncology service in TUH is dedicated to excellence in care. However, our previous unit had insufficient space and lacked privacy. Nurses had to manoeuvre between patients to administer treatments or have conversations with families without sufficient privacy given the open plan nature of the unit. As a multidisciplinary team we are really looking forward to welcoming our patients this week to the new improved space where they will receive their treatment, said Heather Sloane, Clinical Nurse Manager of the Unit.

Commenting on the opening, Douglas Collins, Chief Executive of the TUHF said: “Tallaght University Hospital Foundation committed to support the Hospital’s efforts to provide patients with a contemporary, dignified environment.  This refurbishment of the old Renal space for the new unit has created a modern welcoming space in the Hospital, which allows for privacy and gives oncology patients the environment they deserve at a time when they are most vulnerable.

“We want to extend a massive thank you to all our donors, the James Gill Memorial Trust and James’ family. Thanks to their generosity and commitment, we can reflect the standard of our patient care with modern bright and facilities that offer comfort and the best possible experience when receiving treatment.”

Tallaght University Hospital Foundation is committed to investing in TUH and promoting quality care and wellness throughout the community. If you would like to support the work of the Foundation please go to www.tuhf.ie or contact Kelly Crowley, Head of Development for TUHF on kcrowley@tuhf.ie