Tallaght University Hospital Announces New Spring / Summer Series of Health Talks

(26th February 2019) Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) has announced the schedule for its forthcoming Spring / Summer Series of Community Health talks, a multidisciplinary led initiative that is run in partnership with the Patient Community Advisory Council (PCAC). 

Building on last year’s success the new series consists of nine community talks on a wide range of health issues from kidney disease from both a clinical and dietary perspective, to the chronic lung disease COPD and information we should all know on how to spot the signs of a stroke. The health topics were chosen following extensive engagement with services users and the local community that attended the talks last year. This year for the first time, the series will discuss the often taboo subject of men’s health with a talk entitled “Men’s Health under the bonnet.”

Speaking about the series Dr. Catherine Wall Consultant Nephrologist and lead Clinical Director at TUH commented, “I am delighted that this hugely popular series will once again provide health professionals from across the Hospital with an opportunity to bring health issues and their impacts to a wider audience. I believe these free talks are a great way to break taboos in addition to promoting greater public awareness around many common health conditions. Education is one of the most important aspects of long-term sustainable health.”

“When we began this initiative three years ago it was very much a ‘toe in the water’ approach to get health information out into our community. The growing number of people attending the events and groups looking to host talks really demonstrate the role people want to play in learning about and looking after their own and family member’s health. I have no doubt that this year we will build on that success given that services users and the local community has been so engaged in shaping the series and ensuring clinicians talk about health issues that they feel strongly about. This series is both bringing the local community together but also further integrating the Hospital and local community,” concluded Catherine Heaney Chair of the PCAC and Coordinator of the Fettercairn Community Health Project.

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Details of the TUH Spring / Summer series of free health talks are listed below:


Date & TimeTopic Speaker Location 
12th March @ 11am                      Kidney Health for Everyone EverywhereDr. Peter Lavin, Consultant Nephrologist
& Oonagh Smith, Renal Dietitian
Conference Room, 
Tallaght Library 
19th March @ 3:30pm                          The Fundamentals of Healthy EatingDr. Conor Kerley, DietitianExercise for Wellness
Tallaght Leisure Centre 
20th March @ 6:15pmManaging Long Term Illness & Minding Your Mental HealthProf. Brendan Kelly, Consultant PsychiatristConference Room, 
Tallaght Library 
26th March @ 11amCOPD - How to Manage this Chronic Lung DiseaseDr. John Cullen, Consultant in General Internal & Respiratory Medicine Killinarden Community Centre
2nd April @ 7:30pmMinding the Skin You Are In Carmel Blake, Clinical Nurse Specialist in DermatologyLower Assembly Area, Old Bawn Community School
10th April @ 11amArthritis, What Is It & What You Can Do About ItPatricia O’Neill, Clinical Nurse Manager & Stephanie Naramore Candidate Advanced Nurse Practitioner in Rheumatology  Durkan Suite - An Cosán
25th April @ 11amStroke: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis & treatmentProf. Rónán Collins, Director of Stroke ServicesKilnamanagh Family Recreation Centre
15th May @ 6:15pmMen’s Health Looking Under the BonnetMr. Rob Flynn, Consultant UrologistFirhouse Community & Leisure Centre
16th May @ 6pmHow to Look After Your LiverDr. Anthony O'Connor, Consultant GastroenterologistConference Room, Tallaght Library

About TUH
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 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 also has 67 paediatric beds under the governance of Children’s Health Ireland.

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. 

A new satellite centre is to be built at TUH as part of the National Children’s Hospital project as a key element of an integrated clinicl network for paediatric services nationally. The Hospital’s Emergency Departments catered for 51,084 Adult Attendance and 32,424 Paediatric Attendance in 2018. A further 293,751 patients were treated through the Hospital’s Adult and Paediatric outpatient clinics in 2018. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities.