Burkitt Ward

LocationThird Floor Tallaght Hospital

01 414 5938

When ringing the ward to enquire about a relative please ring after 8.30am to enable nursing handover from one shift to another to be carried out uninterrupted. Please be aware that information can only be given out over the phone to the next of kin.

Visiting Hours

Visitors are regarded as an important part of the patient's day and are very welcome.  The welfare of the patient must, however, always be taken into consideration. If the patient is likely to become unduly upset or tired, certain visiting restrictions may be imposed. Patients need adequate rest to help the healing process.

Daily visiting hours in the Adult Hospital are from: 2pm - 4pm and from 6:30pm - 8:30pm

How to Find Us

Burkitt Ward is located on Level 3 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 3 and follow the signs for the Burkitt Ward. 

Description of Burkitt Ward

Burkitt Ward is currently a medical ward with a plan in place to become an acute Gerontology ward. Our ward philosophy is based on a Holistic approach ensuring that all aspects of patient needs are met. We endeavour to provide optimum care and maintain a safe environment at all times.

The Burkitt Ward is named after Denis Burkitt, a student of the Adelaide Hospital who qualified in 1935 and became house surgeon. Burkitt went on to work for the Royal Army Medical Corps in Kenya and Ceylon. He was later accepted for colonial service and posted to Uganda where he identified “Burkitt’s Lymphoma” (jaw tumours). In the 1970's he identified ‘diseases of civilisation’ - caused by diet - and promoted the importance of fibre in the diet.

Elective Patients

For elective patients please bring in list of current medications on admission.

Pastoral Care

 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 GP and a prescription. An appointment for follow up will be made if necessary.

Visiting Guidelines

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: 

  • 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
End of life symbolIf 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.


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.