Tallaght Hospital join forces with local organisations at the Fettercairn Community Health Fair

Hospital provides information on services and Stroke awareness

Fettercairn Community Health FairSeptember 13thTallaght Hospital joined forces once again with other community organisations at the Fettercairn Community Health Fair. The annual event takes place at the Fettercairn Community and Youth Centre saw information stands from various local organisations. Tallaght Hospital provided useful information to attendees about the various services available at the Hospital, including its work on patient advocacy and volunteer services.

The Fettercairn Community Health Fair, held today, welcomed over 600 people. In addition to providing information on services, Tallaght Hospital disseminated material about afflictions such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and Stroke. Dr Ronán Collins, Director of Stroke Services and Consultant Physician at Tallaght Hospital, attended the Fair to give a talk about Stroke awareness, an area of special research for Tallaght Hospital.

Attendees were also able to engage with future developments at the Hospital, at a talk given by the National Paediatric Development Board. The focus of this talk was on the new satellite centre that will be built on the Tallaght Hospital Campus.

Dr Ronán Collins, Director of Stroke Services and Consultant Physician at Tallaght Hospital, said, “I am delighted to be in a position to attend the Fettercairn Community Health Fair to raise awareness of Stroke and the treatments available. This is an area of special interest for Tallaght Hospital where a large amount of research is continuously being carried out. It is great to see that Tallaght Hospital was once again represented at the Fair, in order to raise awareness of crucial health issues and inform people about our services at the Hospital.”

Catherine Heaney, Fettercairn Community Health Project Co-Ordinator said, “The Fettercairn Community Health Fair is always a very informative and enjoyable experience for all those in attendance. It is great to see that Tallaght Hospital attending the Fair once again as they always are extremely enlightening in highlighting the many health issues they deal with and the services they provide.”  Ends

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. 

The Hospital had the first all age stroke-service in the Country since its origins at the Meath Hospital in 1995 under the governance of the department of Age Related Health Care. The Hospital treats almost 400 acute stroke patients a year. The recent National Healthcare Quality Reporting System show Tallaght hospital to have some of best survival rates from stroke with a mortality of 6% for ischaemic stroke and 13.3 % for haemorrhagic stroke making it one of the top units in the country. The hospital’s stroke service, with colleagues in Neurology and Cardiology run a comprehensive rapid access stroke prevention and atrial fibrillation clinic and have full 24/7 acute stroke pathways of treatment and stroke unit care.    

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.