Popular Tallaght Hospital Charity Cycle event launches for 2017

Summer 99 Cycle April 4th 2017 The hugely successful Tallaght Hospital Charity Cycle has been launched for 2017, with all interested cyclists encouraged to register. The Summer 99 – 2017 Charity Cycle takes place on Saturday 17th June, with the aim of raising vital funds for the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Tallaght Hospital.

There are 200 places available on the cycle, and participants are encouraged to register soon, before these places are filled. The closing date for registration is June 2nd. The entry fee includes refreshments which will be provided on the day, as well as a cycling jersey. Cyclists have a choice between a 40km route and a 99km route. The routes begin and end at Tallaght Hospital and take in scenic areas of the Wicklow mountains including Brittas and Blessington. For further information on the event and how to register, please see https://www.iregister.ie/v2/events/summer-99-charity-cycle-2017/

Funds raised by the charity cycle will be used to purchase Advanced Haemodynamic Monitoring equipment for the ICU. This equipment will enable doctors and nurses to accurately assess and manage a patient’s heart and cardiovascular functions during a critical illness. This will give a better and quicker indication of whether an illness is critical or life-threatening. After the success of last year’s cycle in support of renal services, it is hoped that this year’s event will help to support a vital part of the hospital’s work.

Professor Gerry Fitzpatrick, an anaesthesia and intensive care Consultant at Tallaght Hospital said, “The Tallaght Hospital Charity Cycle has become a key part of our calendar in the Hospital and has over the last few years, raised much-needed funds. This year we are hoping to emulate the previous successes in order to support the ICU, which does such vital work for our most vulnerable patients. The event promises to be a great day out and a very enjoyable occasion for everyone. So I encourage everyone who has an interest to register and support our work. Your support and generosity is much appreciated.”

David Slevin, CEO of Tallaght Hospital said, “The Charity Cycle is always a very enjoyable event and I wish to commend all the organisers for their work on this year’s event. The funds raised will help to support the work done in our ICU and improve patient outcomes. I am looking forward to taking part once again.”

Corporate sponsors that have committed funds so far include: Lynk, Renault Belgard Road, the Maldron Hotel, Health Services Staff Credit Union, Noonan Group, Bank of Ireland, The National Children’s Foundation, Adelaide Health Foundation and the Meath Foundation. If you are interested in providing sponsorship please email Summer99@amnch.ie

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 49,512 Adult Attendances and 33,717 Paediatric Attendances in 2016. A further 252,418 patients were treated through the Hospital’s adult and paediatric outpatient clinics in 2016. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities.