Tallaght University Hospital to Hold Free Information Session on Stroke

Stroke18th April 2018 Tallaght University Hospital is hosting a free Stroke Talk event on April 24th at 3pm in the Conference Room at Tallaght County Library.

One in six people will have a stroke at some time in their life and it is the third biggest killer in Ireland. It is the leading cause of preventable disability in the western world. Stroke mostly affects people over 65 years of age, however it can strike at any age.

If a stroke takes place rapid response is crucial as you lose one day of independent living for every minute delay. The information session will focus on the signs and symptoms to watch out for so that you can act fast if you or a loved one are experiencing a stroke as well as answering audience questions.

The Stroke Talk session will be led by Dr. Dan Ryan, Consultant Geriatrician & Stroke Physician from Tallaght University Hospital and will focus on ways in which you can help prevent a stroke, rehabilitation after a stroke and caring for loved ones who have experiences stroke.

The event is free and open to all members of the public and will take place on April 24th at 3pm in Tallaght County Library.

Speaking about the upcoming session, Dr. Dan Ryan, Consultant Geriatrician and Stroke Physician from Tallaght University Hospital said; “While stroke is more common in older people, it can happen at any age and it’s important that people understand the risk factors, so they can reduce their chances of getting a stoke. Small changes like reducing blood pressure and cholesterol as well as lifestyle changes like giving up smoking and reducing alcohol intake can have a big impact on your overall health and reduce instances of stroke. More than three quarters of strokes are due to a combination of these risks. I will be addressing a number of areas in relation to stroke at the event and will answer any questions attendees might have. I am looking forward to welcoming everyone to Tallaght County Library on April 24th.”

The free event is part of an initiative that Tallaght Hospital began last year in partnership with the Patient Community Advisory Council (PCAC) and is part of a series of regular public talks on various health topics and common health issues featuring medical, nursing and allied health professionals in 2018.

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About Tallaght University Hospital
Tallaght University 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 over 3,000 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 University 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 University Hospital is uniquely part of both the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group and the Children’s Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties.

A new satellite centre is to be built at Tallaght University 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 50,286 Adult Attendances and 32,886 Paediatric Attendances in 2017. A further 291,483 patients were treated through the Hospital’s adult and paediatric outpatient clinics in 2017. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities.