Tallaght University Hospital to Host a Summer School on Bowel Disease

(June 12th 2018) Tallaght University Hospital is to hold a series of patient information and education sessions focusing on the area of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). This summer school is returning following the strong demand from the sessions run last year. The school led by Dr. Anthony O’Connor will be delivered by staff with expertise in particular areas related to the disease and will focus on aspects such as diet, the patient journey, medication and the psychological aspects of living with IBD.

The IBD sessions, entitled “Back to IBD School” will take place on Wednesday, 4th of July from 4pm to 6:30pm at the Trinity College Dublin Institute of Population Health, Russell Building, Tallaght Cross, Dublin 24. The event is supported by a new initiative grant from the Adelaide Health Foundation.

The “Back to IBD School” session will feature contributions from:
- Dr. Anthony O’Connor, Consultant Gastroenterologist, on the IBD patient’s journey
- Dr. Alex Concannon, Clinical Psychologist on the psychological aspects of coping with IBD
- Ms. Elaine Neary, Senior Dietitian, on healthy eating, diet and nutrition for patients with IBD

The sessions are open to all members of the public. Those who wish to register can email tallaghtibdschool@gmail.com

Dr. Anthony O’Connor commented, “At Tallaght University Hospital there is a strong ethos of ‘People Caring for People’, and members of staff regularly engage with the general public on health education awareness. We value the Hospital’s role as an engaged community actor. This event is a very important opportunity to put those values into action and increase awareness and knowledge of IBD. We have excellent contributors with specialist knowledge of many different aspect of the disease who will provide vital information on how to look after yourself, or anyone you know suffering from IBD. I look forward to welcoming everyone on the 4th of July.”

About Tallaght University Hospital
Tallaght University Hospital is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, providing child-health, adult, mental health 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.