Tallaght University Hospital Announces Summer School on Bowel Disease

(7th May 2019) Tallaght University Hospital has announced it is to hold the third session of its successful Bowel Disease Summer School. Following on from two previous successful sessions, the school returns on June 5th with a panel of experts in the area of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Led by Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony O’Connor, the school will run from 4:30pm-7:30pm at the TCD Institute of Population Health, Russell Building, Tallaght Cross, Dublin 24. The school is being run with the kind support of the Adelaide Health Foundation.

The school is open to members of the public, and anyone wishing to attend please email tallaghtibdschool@gmail.com to confirm your attendance.  

The school will hear contributions from:

  • Dr Anthony O’Connor, Consultant Gastroenterologist;
  • Sarah Gill, Dietitian;
  • Kate Ryan, Physiotherapist;
  • Natalya Price, Psychotherapist & Sex Therapist

40,000 people in Ireland suffer with IBD (including Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis). The conditions are lifelong and incurable, although they can usually be managed with medications and surgery.

Dr. Anthony O’Connor said: “In Ireland, and in most countries, the resources do not exist to provide the type of holistic care we would always like to for IBD patients. I welcome the financial contribution from the Adelaide Health Foundation that enables us to organise the IBD School each year. The 2019 Summer School will cover a range of issues from medications to diet, sport, exercise and sex. Issues around sex and relationships are often to the fore of patient surveys, but we as doctors are not always as open at helping patients to explore them. I hope this summer school will change that.”


About Tallaght University Hospital
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 3,000 people on staff. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialties. 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 and 52 mental health beds under HSE governance. 

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 paediatric outpatient and urgent care centre is to be built at TUH as part of the Children’s Health Ireland project as a key element of an integrated clinical 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 and aligned with Community Health Organisation 7