(September 2nd 2020) In 2019 the number of Adult ED attendances increased year on year by 3% a continuing trend for the last few years with the expectation that it will continue into the future. There were 17,886 inpatient admissions, with admissions from every county in Ireland.
The number of patients over 75 years also increased by 3%. The age profile of the Hospital’s patients has transitioned from a younger population to a graduate progression to an older age profile. This demographic trend presents both challenges and opportunities for the Hospital. Year on year the inpatient and daycase waiting lists are down by 3% and 14% respectively. This reduction is a result of a combination of targeted insourcing and outsourcing initiatives.
Commenting on the publication of the Annual Report Lucy Nugent, Chief Executive of TUH said “This report demonstrates the many achievements of our staff working collectively as teams and as individuals, all working together towards the shared goal of people caring for people to live better lives. This year the report is structured to reflect the five year strategy the Hospital is collectively working towards achieving. The arrival of a global pandemic has certainly presented a new unique set of challenges and whilst we are still adjusting to the implications of the pandemic I am proud and humbled at the amazing and professional response of all the staff of TUH. I would also like to take this opportunity of the incredible support we have received from the local community in recent months. The Hospital remains focussed on delivering on our strategy with the overarching objective to improve access to our services with two large projects being set to complete later this year – the opening of your new dialysis unit and offsite elective day surgery unit at Tallaght Cross West.”
Liam Dowdall, Chairman of the TUH Board commenting on the publication said “I welcome the publication of this very accessible report which showcases the work being undertaken by the exceptional staff across the TUH Campus. The Hospital Board, management and staff of the Hospital remain focussed on delivering on the five year strategy and at the same time handle the changing dynamics required during the pandemic the health care service is facing at the moment.
The full report can be accessed via this link.
About Tallaght University Hospital
TUH is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The Hospital has 495 adult beds with 3,000 people on staff. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialties. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre. The Hospital also has 67 paediatric beds under the governance of Children’s Health Ireland and 52 mental health beds under HSE governance.
TUH 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. TUH is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties.
The Hospital’s Emergency Department catered for 52,398 Attendances in 2019. A further 251,455 patients were treated through the Hospital’s Adult outpatient clinics in 2019. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities and aligned with CHO7.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org