Tallaght Hospital to attend the 5th Annual Health Fair at Fettercairn Community Centre on September 15th

5th Annual Health Fair to provide talks from Hospital doctors and staff on health issues like Osteoporosis, COPD, Psoriasis and Eczema

Tallaght Hospital has announced details of its speakers at this year’s Annual Tallaght Health Fair taking place on Tuesday 15th of September. The Hospital has been supporting the Health Fair since it began in 2010 and it has received praise from the Ombudsman as best practice in terms of engaging with local communities on health issues.

 In addition to the Information Stand the Hospital provides each year, health professionals will speak on a number of important topics at this year’s Health Fair, including;

 -        Living with Psoriasis & Eczema

-        The importance of knowing your medicines

-        Living with COPD

-        Importance of Hand Hygiene in a Hospital

-        Osteoporosis how to live with it

-        Your voice - How to be heard and get you opinion to the right place

 Importantly, those attending will hear from Tallaght Hospital’s Patient Advocacy Department on the importance of their voice, how to be heard and get their opinion to the right place. Tallaght Hospital follows best practice in relation to engaging with hospital users on getting their feedback on their patient journey.

Everyone is welcome at the Health Fair and the format of the event will involve six 10 minute talks starting at 10.15am and finishing at 11.45am. The hospital staff giving the talks will answer questions from members of the public on any aspect of the topic discussed. There will also be various members of staff from different disciplines across the hospital at the Tallaght Hospital Information Stand to answer any general questions from those attending the Fair.

Speaking ahead of the Health Fair, Tallaght Hospital CEO David Slevin stated “Tallaght Hospital plays a crucial role in support of communities locally, regionally and nationally. An important part of this work is engaging with the public on health issues in the community – to emphasise prevention and to manage health conditions to reduce the need for hospital admissions. The Fettercairn Community Health Project is a vital part of this work and we are very pleased to support the project again this year. I would encourage all local residents to attend and look forward to a very successful event.”

The event which will also have health information stand from over 70 organisations including free complementary therapies, free mini makeovers and other health screenings. The event takes place at Fettercairn Community Centre, Kilmartin Crescent, Tallaght, Dublin from 10:00am to 1:00pm on Tuesday 15th of September. All are welcome and admission is free. For further edition please email tallaghthealthfair@gmail.com

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 614 beds and employs almost 3,000 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, 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 44,640 Adult ED Attendances and 31,934 Paediatric Attendances in 2014. A further 263,929 patients were treated through hospital clinics in 2014. The hospital’s operations are supported by a community of 300 general practitioners in surrounding communities.