Tallaght Hospital Launches New Clinical Services Strategy

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September 21st 2016 Tallaght Hospital has published its first three year Clinical Services Strategy, outlining service development priorities aimed at achieving improving health outcomes for the patients the hospital serves for the next three years. The Strategy focuses on how the Hospital can best contribute as part of the Dublin Midland’s Hospital Group and the Children’s Hospital Group.  

The Strategy, entitled Caring for the Future, is based on an analysis of the services we provide and how our model of care should best evolve against a backdrop increased demand and of changing demographic patterns.

The Strategy identifies five key pillars that underpin Tallaght Hospital’s existing specialties and its academic links to Trinity College Dublin. The five pillars include: 

  • Acute Care Services
  • Trauma Services
  • Specialist Surgical Services
  • Specialist Medical Services
  • Paediatric Urgent care Services   

Commenting on the release of the Strategy Michael Scanlan, Chairman, Tallaght Hospital said: “It’s important to recognise that while the Clinical Services Strategy is a plan for Tallaght Hospital, it is not a Tallaght-centric plan.  It carves out a distinct role for the hospital across a range of clinical services, while also positioning the facility in its rightful context as a major healthcare provider with local, regional and national functions.” 

David Slevin, CEO, Tallaght Hospital added: “Tallaght Hospital is a key provider of services within the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, the Children’s Hospital Group and within the local catchment area so our focus must result in improved levels of access to patients, while also strengthening our core competencies.  It’s a key step in the initial three year process nevertheless healthcare policy is ever evolving and we must remain cognisant of that fact.”

“I welcome the publication of the Strategy, which provides a clear direction for staff, stakeholders and of course patients on the direction Tallaght Hospital will take between now and 2018.  It is a transparent and coherent plan, which will provide our colleagues with a stronger sense of identity and improve their ability to work collaboratively towards a common set of goals which will in turn help them to better care for our patients.”

Caring for the Future – A Clinical Services Strategy 2016–2018 can be viewed here

About Tallaght Hospital
Tallaght Hospital is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, providing child-health, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. The hospital has 495 adult beds and 67 paediatric bed with 2,600 people on staff. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialities. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre.

Tallaght Hospital is one of 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. Tallaght Hospital is part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties.

A new satellite centre is to be built at Tallaght Hospital as part of the National Children’s Hospital project as a key element of an integrated clinical network for paediatric services nationally.

The hospital’s Emergency Departments catered for 45,551 Adult ED Attendances and 32,272 Paediatric Attendances in 2015. A further 206,169 patients were treated through the hospital’s outpatient clinics in 2015. The hospital’s operations are supported by a community of 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities.