Tallaght Hospital hosts first ever conference on respiratory healthcare for World Asthma Day

April 24th 2017 Issues of asthma and breathing difficulties will be to the fore as Tallaght Hospital holds its first ever Conference on Respiratory Care. The conference will take place on May 3rd, the day before World Asthma Day, in the Centre for Learning & Development at the Hospital, with registration opening at 8:45am.

The Conference will see contributions from experts from a variety of areas related to respiratory care including Dr. Eddie Moloney, Consultant Respiratory Physician at the Hospital’s Professorial Respiratory Centre; Aisling McGowan, Chief Respiratory Scientist; Agnes McCabe, a Smoke Cessation Counsellor with the HSE and Caroline Heffernan, Patient Advocate from Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Topics that will be discussed include Spirometry, quitting smoking and the Cystic Fibrosis patient experience. The event will also include a practical clinical skills workshop.

This inaugural respiratory conference is an interdisciplinary event for Registered Nurses and Health and Social Care Professionals. It will also highlight the high level of expertise at Tallaght Hospital in the area of respiratory care, including personnel such as Consultant Respiratory Physician Professor Stephen Lane, who is also Professor of Respiratory Medicine at Trinity College. His work and major interests include asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. In addition, Professor Seamas Donnelly, Professor of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin, is an internationally acclaimed expert in interstitial lung diseases who has recently set up the National Pulmonary Fibrosis at the Hospital.  Speaker Dr. Eddie Moloney’s interest is in disorders of Sleep and Ventilation and Dr. John Cullen’s interest in acute presentations of lung disease

Professor Lane commented, “I am delighted to see this conference take place in Tallaght Hospital. Respiratory care is an area which is gaining a higher profile among the general public and it is an area of particular strength for Tallaght Hospital, due to the high quality of staff we have in this area. I am excited to hear about the issue from a variety of different angles. I encourage everyone to attend, whether you are an expert in the area or just have a passing interest. I am sure it will be a very informative event for everyone.”

Further details on the event can be got by contacting respiratoryconference@amnch.ie there is a €30 cost plus booking fee for Non-Tallaght Hospital Staff. 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.

Tallaght Hospital 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. 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.