How to Find Us
Alice Reeves Day Ward is located on Level 2 in the Main Hospital. The easiest way to get there is to go through the main hospital entrance to the lifts in the main foyer. Take the lift to Level 2, and follow the signs for the Day Ward.
Description of Alice Reeves Day Ward
This ward is for patients coming into the hospital for elective surgery under general or local anaesthesia or sedation and are scheduled to go home on the same day following their procedure. There are also Medical Investigations/Infusions on the day ward. The Department consists of five cubicles each with five trolleys, two Minor Operating Theatres where Minor procedures are performed under Local Anaesthesia and four Pre-assessment Rooms.
The Ward is named after Alice Reeves, she began her career in the Adelaide Hospital, first as Staff Nurse and then as Ward Sister. She was appointed Matron to Dr. Steeven’s Hospital in 1918 and subsequently played a major part in establishing the General Nursing Council (later to become An Bord Altranais).
The Pre-Assessment Clinic is also located on the day ward beside reception. In these clinics which are nurse led, patients are assessed a number of weeks prior to their upcoming surgery. You will be asked to complete a General Anaesthetic Questionnaire (Medical/Surgical History, Medication etc.). Certain tests are also carried out including Blood Tests and ECG’s.
After this initial assessment the completed paperwork will be reviewed by the anaesthetist and a decision made on whether the surgery can proceed as planned or if further Investigations are required prior to surgery going ahead (this decision may take a few days at most). If you are deemed not suitable to have your procedure done as a daycase, you will be referred to the Inpatient Admission Department, the nurse will keep you informed of all developments.
Two of the clinics are dedicated to patients that will be staying overnight following their procedure and two clinics dedicated to day cases (patients going home the same day).
Inpatients are also assessed in this area to ensure they are suitable to go home after their surgery with appropriate social support.
Procedures Carried Out on the Day Ward
Surgical procedures carried out on the Day Ward include:
- Minor Surgery (Removal of Skin Lesions/Joint Injections/Removal of Toenails)
- Vascular Surgery
- Bowel Surgery
- Ear/Nose/Throat Surgery
- Angiograms (Cardiology)
Medical procedures carried out on the Day Ward include:
- Lumbar Punctures
For elective patients please bring in list of current medications on admission.
Pastoral Care Services are available for patients. Nursing Staff will arrange for a member of the Pastoral Care Team to visit a patient if required.
Day of Discharge
Once your discharge day is planned, hospital policy aims to have all patients discharged by 11am. Please think through what arrangements you need to put in place to get home from hospital. On discharge, all patients are given a discharge letter for their G.P. and a prescription. An appointment for follow up will be made if necessary.
Visitors are regarded as an important part of the patient's day and are very welcome at Tallaght Hospital. Please note Patient safety is our number one priority. We have strict policies on infection prevention and control which apply to everyone: staff, patients and visitors. We would ask all visitors observe the following:
If you see this symbol when visiting the wards please be aware of its importance. This spiral symbol means that a patient is imminently dying or has died. We would ask all visitors to be respectful and avoid mobile phone use and to be prepared to meet people who are grieving during your time on the ward.
- Only two visitors permitted to visit at any one time
- The Hospital is a no smoking hospital this includes the use of electronic smoking devices
- To avoid bringing infection into the ward, visitors are asked not to visit if they're suffering from colds, flu or infections
- If you are bringing food into patients, please check with the staff in charge - this is to decrease the risk of food contamination and patients may also be on a restricted diet
- Use visitor toilets rather than patient toilets this reduces the risk of cross-infection
- Please dispose of any litter properly, help us to keep our communal areas and entrances clean. This includes lifts and stairwells
- Please note that for infection control reasons flowers or plants are not permitted
- Please note that visiting during mealtimes is forbidden. This enables patients’ to eat and enjoy their meals uninterrupted, an essential requirement for good nutrition so our patients can recover more quickly. The only exception to this is if you are a carer providing assistance with a patient’s mealtime
- Never bring alcohol or drugs to patients
We advise all patients not to bring valuables with you during an admission i.e. cash or jewellery. The Hospital is not responsible for patients’ valuables, if kept by the patient.