June 21st 1998
On June 21st 1998, 115 patients were transferred to Tallaght from the Adelaide, Meath and National Children's Hospitals in Dublin's city centre. This move happened after months of planning and detailed logistics. During the course of the day 12 Eastern Health Board ambulances transported patients, accompanied by our medical and nursing staff, from the city centre to Tallaght along a planned route via South Circular Road, the Naas Road and the Belgard Road. Intensive Care (ICU) and Coronary Care (CCU) patients were transferred to Tallaght in a high-tech ambulance with its own mobile intensive care unit called MICAS.
A team of medical and nursing staff was on stand-by at the Meath Hospital, National Children’s Hospital in Harcourt Street and in Tallaght throughout the transfer of patients. Prior to opening day, a removal company was hired to pack and move furniture, equipment and files: over 170,000 patient records and almost 50,000 patients' X-Rays. The move to Tallaght was a carefully-planned and extremely smooth-running operation thanks to the huge effort from staff and volunteers. From 23rd June, new patients were admitted to the Hospital and clinical activity built up steadily.
Planning for the move
Planning for the Tallaght development began in 1981 when the Department of Health appointed the Tallaght Hospital Board to oversee the planning, building and equipping of the Hospital. In 1985, architectural competition results were published, with Robinson Keefe Devane Architects being appointed to design the new Hospital. Construction was approved in 1993 and building commenced in October of that year. Construction was completed in 1998. The Hospital was established under a Charter, agreed in Dail Eireann, on 1st August 1996. Today, Tallaght is a public, voluntary, teaching Hospital, funded by the Health Service Executive.
At a capital cost of £140M, the new development at Tallaght was one of the largest capital investments in healthcare ever undertaken by the State. Children, adults and older people are cared for at the hospital, which has 562 beds, 12 theatres, and 14 Critical Care beds.
Built on a 35-acre site, the Hospital’s main corridor, Hospital Street, is 353.1 metres long - about a quarter of a mile.
It is a unique challenge, bringing together over 600 years of medical and nursing care and education from the very different traditions of the Adelaide Hospital, the Meath Hospital and the National Children's Hospital (Harcourt Street).
The Adelaide Hospital
The Adelaide Hospital was founded in 1839 to serve the disadvantaged Protestant population of Dublin. Like the Meath and National Children's Hospitals, the Adelaide Hospital was run on a voluntary basis - its survival dependent on the generosity of others and the dedication of its staff. Famous for its nursing school, which was founded in 1859 by Miss Bramwell who had worked with Florence Nightingale in the Crimea, the Adelaide has been at the forefront of many medical advances. It was, for example, the first general hospital in Dublin to introduce a skin clinic (in 1868), a gynaecological unit (in 1868) and the bacteriological control of milk (in 1904).
The Meath Hospital
The Meath Hospital is the oldest of the three hospitals, founded in 1753. Situated in the ‘liberty’ of the Earl of Meath, the Hospital was opened to serve the sick and poor in the crowded area of the Liberties in Dublin. In the 19th Century the Meath Hospital achieved world-wide fame as a result of the revolutionary teaching methods and groundbreaking research carried out by Graves and Stokes, physicians of the Hospital. In more recent times, the Hospital developed specialised services in the fields of urology, psychiatry, orthopaedics, haematology, endocrinology and nephrology.
The National Children's Hospital
In 1821 a number of eminent Dublin doctors - concerned with the lack of treatment available for sick children in the city - founded the National Children's Hospital. It was the first hospital devoted exclusively to the care and treatment of sick children in Ireland and Britain. Indeed, one of the hospitals’ early students, Dr. Charles West, returned to London and founded Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1852.
Directors of Tallaght Hospital Board
In accordance with bye laws made in November 2014 under the Tallaght Hospital Charter, the Board of Tallaght Hospital consists of an 11 Member Non-Executive Board. The Chief Executive and appropriate members of the Executive Management Team attend and participate fully in all Board meetings.
Mr. Liam Dowdall (Chairman)
Mr. Andreas McConnell
Mrs. Mairéad Shields
Archdeacon David Pierpoint
Professor Patricia Barker
Mr. David Seaman
Ms. Anna Lee
Professor Kathy Monks
Dr. Jim Kiely
Senior Management in attendance at Board Meetings
Mr. David Slevin, Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Lucy Nugent, Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Dermot Carter, Director of Finance
Dr. Daragh Fahey, Director of Quality Safety & Risk Management
Dr. Catherine Wall, Clinical Director, Medical Directorate, Lead Clinical Director of Tallaght Hospital
Dr. Siobhán Ní Bhriain, Chair of the Medical Board
Dr. Eleanor O'Leary, Clinical Director, Peri-operative Directorate
Ms. Hilary Daly, Director of Nursing
Mr. John Kelly, Chief Operations Officer
Board Secretary - Ms. Madeline O'Neill
Board Agendas & Minutes
Hospital Board Agenda - May 11th 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - May 11th 2017
Hospital Board Agenda - March 20th 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - March 20th 2017
Hospital Board Agenda - February 20th 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - February 20th 2017
Hospital Board Agenda - January 23rd 2017
Hospital Board Minutes - January 23rd 2017
Hospital Board Agenda - November 21st 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - November 21st 2016
Hospital Board Agenda - October 24th 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - October 24th 2016
Hospital Board Agenda - September 19th 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - September 19th 2016
Hospital Board Agenda - July 18th 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - July 18th 2016
Hospital Board Agenda - June 20th 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - June 20th 2016
Hospital Board Agenda - May 23rd 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - May 23rd 2016
Hospital Board Agenda - 18th April 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - 18th April 2016
Hospital Board Agenda - 14th March 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - 14th March 2016
Hospital Board Agenda - 17th February 2016
Hospital Board Minutes - 17th February 2016
Hospital Board Agenda - 25th November 2015
Hospital Board Minutes - 25th November 2015
Hospital Board Agenda - 28th October 2015
Hospital Board Minutes - 28th October 2015
Hospital Board Agenda - 30th September 2015
Hospital Board Minutes - 30th September 2015
Hospital Board Agenda - 29th July 2015
Hospital Board Minutes - 29th July 2015
Hospital Board Agenda - 24th June 2015
Hospital Board Minutes - 24th June 2015
What we do with your information
Everyone working for Tallaght Hospital has a legal duty to keep information about you confidential. This document explains why we ask for your personal information, how that information will be used and how you can see your information.
Why is Information recorded about me?
Your doctor and other health professionals caring for you keep records about the treatment you receive. This may be written down (manual records) or kept on a computer (electronic records). These records may include:
- Basic details about you, e.g. address and next of kin
- Contacts we have with you, e.g. appointments
- Notes and reports about your health and care, e.g. change in medication.
- Details and records about your treatment e.g. advice given to you.
- Results of investigations
- Relevant information from people who care for you and know you well, e.g. other clinicians and your GP.
What is the information used for?
Your records are used to ensure that we provide you with the best possible care. It is important that your health records are accurate and up-to-date as they will help make sure that any staff looking after you are able to provide you with the care that your require. Your records will also aid us with any investigation should you have a problem or concern regarding your treatment.
We may also use your information to improve the services we provide to you through audits and monitoring, to pay the care provider for your treatment, aid health research and help to teach healthcare professionals.
When other organisations are involved in your care we may need to share details about you to enable us to work together for your benefit. Information will only be shared with them if they have genuine need for it and where possible we will ask for your consent on this.
We may share information with organisations that contribute to your health and care. These will include your
- GP surgery
- Clinics that you are attending as a patient
- Other organisations that may carry out diagnostic tests on your behalf at our request, e.g. other laboratories or radiology organisations.
- Clinical networks, e.g. Cancer Care or other hospitals
- Audit organisations e.g. Health Service Executive
Some of your personal information may be used for statistical reporting purposes. Occasionally an independent audit (check) will take place to make sure your information is being recorded and stored accurately and securely. On the rare occasions where it is essential to include personal identifiable information we will ask for your consent before this information is shared.
Can I see my information?
The Freedom of Information Act and the Data Protection Act allow you to find what information is held about you on computer and on certain manual records. If you use our self service touch screens you will see some of the information that we hold about you.
In certain circumstances access to your records may be limited, e.g. if it is felt to be in your best interest or for the protection of others.
If you wish to see a copy of the records that we hold about you then we should write to the Freedom of Information Office, Tallaght Hospital, Dublin 24. If you wish to make a complaint then you may write to our Patient Advocacy department at the Hospital.
How can I make a complaint about the way my information is managed?
If you wish to make a complaint you may do so by writing to the Patient Advocacy Department or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We endeavour to acknowledge your complaint within 5 working days and complete the process within 30 working days.
Occasions when your information needs to be disclosed include:
- When the health and safety of others is at risk
- When the law requires us to pass information on under special circumstances.
- When we encounter infectious diseases which may be a public health concern, e.g. meningitis and measles (but not HIV/AIDS).
- When a formal court order has been issued.
We are required by law to report certain information to appropriate authorities. This is only provided after permission has been given by a qualified health professional. Anyone who receives information from the hospital has a legal duty to keep it confidential. Please advise a staff member involved in your care if there is information you do not wish us to share.
If you would like to know more about how we use your information or for any reason you do not wish to have your information used in any of the ways described, please speak to the health professionals concerned with your care.
Further guidance about data protection can be obtained from the Data Protection Commissioner website at www.dpc.ie
Tallaght Hospital is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, providing child-health, adult, psychiatric and age-related healthcare on one site. With 562 beds, 12 theatres and 14 Critical Care beds in operation, the hospital treats over 410,000 patients per year and employs almost 3,000 staff. The Hospital provides access for patients to over 20 medical and surgical specialties, with comprehensive on-site Laboratory and Radiology support services. It is also a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre.
Tallaght Hospital is one of 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 Hospital is a Voluntary Hospital underpinned by the legal status of a Chartered Corporation established under Statutory Instrument, providing adult and paediatric services to a catchment population of approximately 450,000 people (80% of which are located in South Dublin and parts of Kildare), and serves approximately 200 General Practitioners. Mental Health services operate on-site under HSE governance structures, with close operational alignment to the adult services provided by Tallaght Hospital.
The Trinity Health Ireland (THI) collaborative agreement underpins Tallaght Hospital’s valued relationships with Trinity College Dublin (TCD), St. James's Hospital, and the Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital. Uniquely, Tallaght Hospital operates within two Hospital Group Structures — the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group (DMHG) and the Children’s Hospital Group (CHG) — and within Dublin South Central Primary Care Community Health Organisation (CHO) Area Seven. Tallaght Hospital has long-standing strategic and operational alliances with Naas General Hospital and Peamount Healthcare,
among other healthcare providers within the region.
Tallaght Hospital The Campus is 31 acres in size, with significant future development capacity, annual gross expenditure is in excess of €0.25bn.
The Hospital opened on June 21st 1998 through the amalgamation of three independent voluntary hospitals: the Adelaide, the Meath and the National Children’s Hospital (NCH). Founded in 1839, the Adelaide Hospital was famous for its nursing school; the Meath Hospital, the oldest voluntary hospital and the oldest university teaching hospital in the country, was founded in 1753; and the NCH, the first dedicated children’s hospital in Ireland and Britain, was founded in 1821. The Adelaide, the Meath and the NCH have a long and proud history of providing specialist services to patients in Dublin. Many of Tallaght Hospital’s core strengths today originated from national and regional specialist services developed in these base hospitals, including; Urology, Orthopaedics, Nephrology and General Paediatric services.
The mission of the Hospital is patient focused, it is to:
- Service the healthcare needs of the community
- Provide care based on best practice
- Enhance our patients’ wellbeing through education and information
- Educate healthcare students in partnership with third level institutions
- Support our staff in lifelong learning
- Undertake and support research for improved patient and public care
- Develop voluntary participation and support
Our core values which support our mission statement are:
- Respect for patient autonomy
- Respect for each other
- Partnership and teamwork
- Fairness and equity
While representing a modern approach to healthcare provision and education, Tallaght Hospital has a long and valued tradition of serving the needs of patients from right across the country. Through the support of our Foundations, the hospital is at the forefront of healthcare provision in Ireland. More information on the Foundations can be found through the following links.
Adelaide Health Foundation
– The Adelaide Health Foundation is a voluntary independent charitable organisation which seeks to advance healthcare that is centred upon the dignity of every human being and that provides equal access to quality healthcare based upon clinical need. As one of the foundations of Tallaght Hospital, it uses voluntary funds to support healthcare projects and initiatives both in the Hospital and in the local community. Its Health Policy Department produces authoritative, evidence-based research and health policy analysis to inform Irish health policy, management and services.
The Foundation nominates students to be admitted to the Adelaide School of Nursing to undertake their BSc Nursing (General) in Trinity College, Dublin and Tallaght Hospital and it administers a Bursary Scheme for eligible students of the Adelaide School of Nursing. For further information please refer to www.adelaide.ie
The Meath Foundation
- The Meath Foundation has evolved from its former role as the Board of the Meath Hospital to a situation where it nominates one person as a Non Executive Director to the Board of Tallaght Hospital. The Meath Foundation Board of Directors and members include former staff of the Meath Hospital, Members of the Foundation, staff of Tallaght Hospital and members of the community.
The Meath Foundation supports healthcare research, education and quality improvements and arts and health at Tallaght Hospital for the benefit of the community and within the hospital service. To learn more about the foundation click here.
The National Children's Hospital Foundation
The National Children's Hospital Appeal Fund raises money 'Just for Kids.'
It raises money to purchase new equipment, provide new services and ensure the National Children's Hospital is a friendly and comfortable place for sick children and their families.
If you would like to know more about fundraising please click here.
Tallaght Hospital / St. James's Hospital Joint Research Ethics Committee (REC)
The Research Ethics Committee (REC) was established to provide ethical reviews for research in which patients (and sometimes healthy controls) are direct participants or which uses information derived from patients’ medical records or from biological samples.
Ethical approval is required under European Legislation (S.I. 190 of 2004) for clinical trials on medicinal products. These trials may be international and/or multi-site. The trial sponsor may seek approval from any REC in the country, of which there are currently 12, and approval for each site is required from the local CEO/Hospital Manager.
The REC also provides ethical review for non-clinical research and this service is generally restricted to research in Tallaght Hospital or St. James's Hospital.
The REC does not review research proposals which do not involve patients as participants or use patient data or biological samples. Research involving, e.g. surveys of staff or process changes to improve operational efficiency are probably not our business although approval by hospital management is likely to be required. If in doubt email for clarification.
The Research Ethics Committee
The Committee comprises of expert and lay members. Expert members are doctors and other healthcare professionals, in most cases working in one of our hospitals. The Chairman is usually a senior Consultant, currently Dr. Peter Lavin (Consultant Nephrologist) in Tallaght Hospital. Membership is voluntary. Lay members must include some people who are not, and have not been, employed in the health sector. If you might be interested in being a member you are welcome to contact the administrator for further information or discussion. (REC Administrator: email@example.com)
The Committee and its work
The Committee meets 10 times each year, considering between 8 and 10 proposals at each meeting. An expert review of each proposal is provided in advance. Discussion covers issues such as the validity and utility of the research, balance of risks and benefits and adequacy of consent processes.
Other matters concerning research ethics are dealt with between meetings by the administrator and, where required, by decision of the Chairman.
Proposals may be approved, approved subject to some clarifications or changes, deferred or not approved. Approximately 75% of all proposals are approved outright or subject to minor changes, as are almost all proposals subject to decision by the Chairman.
How to make a submission
The application document for clinical trials can be found on the dohc.ie website and below. Applications for for non-clinical trials can be found on the Molecular Medicine Ireland (mmi) website and also below. All other forms such as amendment forms, end of trial forms, patient information leaflet template, patient consent template etc. can also all be found below. To edit these forms, please click file and edit with word.
Timelines for approval
Please allow yourself a minimum of three months from first downloading an application or amendment form, to receiving a final notification (if applicable) of ethical approval. This is necessary as there may be an initial three week wait for the meeting and the committee may request amendments or a full resubmission for the next meeting. You may not make this deadline for the next meeting depending on the magnitude of changes and therefore it could be two months before your application is on the agenda again.
For non-clinical trials, we accept electronic submissions but please be prepared to submit a hard copy of the application on request.
For clinical trials, the committee require both an electronic and hard copy submission.
Applications are welcome Monday to Thursday during working hours but please take note of deadlines for specific meeting dates. Please do not submit an application or make an enquiry on Fridays as all applications made throughout the week are checked and reviewed on Fridays to the exclusion of all other work.
The fees for an application are outlined below:
|Tallaght Hospital / St James's Hospital Ethical Approval Application Fees|
|Site Fee (per site)||€150.00|
|Non-Clinical Trial/Research Amendment||€64|
Please note that fees for clinical trials are non-negotiable.
When to apply
Meeting dates (submissions to be made at the latest three weeks prior to the meeting).
Submission deadline December 28th
Submission deadline January 25th
Submission deadline February 22nd
Submission deadline March 29th
Submission deadline April 26th
Submission deadline May 24th (Four weeks in advance of meeting in this instance
Submission deadline June 28th
The REC Secretary is Ms. Claire Hartin
Contact details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Standard Application Form Non Clinical Trial 5.6
Form 1 Clinical Trial Application
Applicant Checklist for a Clinical Trial
Applicant Checklist for a Non Clinical Trial
Form 3 Site Specific Assessment Form
Form 4 Substantial Amendment
form5 Quarterly and Annual Report
Form 6 Declaration of End of Clinical Trial
Payment Information and Instructions
SJH AMNCH REC Non-Clinical Amendment Request Form
Patient Leaflet Template
Patient Consent Template
Tallaght Hospital Quality Report 2015
Tallaght Hospital has released its 2015 Quality Report which for the first time ever is separate from the Annual Report, highlighting the importance the Hospital places on quality assurance and improvement. This focus is aligned with both the Hospital’s ‘People Caring For People’ ethos and its ‘Zero Harm’ policy.
The report outlines some of the key services, initiatives and achievements which staff at Tallaght Hospital have undertaken in 2015 under the three pillars of Quality, Safety and Risk Management. It shows the value the Hospital places on having a patient-centred culture and how staff are encouraged to highlight incidents, raise concerns and escalate risks where appropriate. This is the true essence of a high quality learning healthcare provider such as Tallaght Hospital. A fully copy of the report can be accessed through this link.
Tallaght Hospital Annual Report 2015 - People Caring for People
The 2015 Annual Report shows significant reductions in waiting times across a variety of key services, including Stroke and Endoscopy. These improvements have been welcomed by Hospital management, as evidence of the continually improving standards at the hospital while acknowledging that further improvements in access times are required. The report highlights that the average length of stay for Stroke victims fell to a two year low and Tallaght Hospital retains one of the lowest mortality rates for Stroke victims in the country. In addition, waiting times for patients requiring Endoscopies decreased by 46%, leading to increased access to urgent endoscopy where required. The report can be accessed through this link
Tallaght Hospital Caring for the Future - Clinical Services Strategy 2016-2018
Tallaght Hospitals three year Clinical Services Strategy, outlines service development priorities aimed at achieving improving health outcomes for the patients the hospital serves for the next three years. The Strategy focuses on how the Hospital can best contribute as part of the Dublin Midland’s Hospital Group and the Children’s Hospital Group. The report can be accessed through this link
Tallaght Hospital Patient Survey Programme 2016 - January 2016
As part of its longstanding commitment to patient advocacy and ensuring a high quality patient experience, Tallaght Hospital undertook a Volunteer-Led Patient Survey Programme involving extensive patient surveys of inpatients and outpatients in 2015 to gather patient feedback and use it to improve services. This is a copy of the Patient Survey Programme published January 20th 2016.
Tallaght Hospital Patient Survey Programme 2016.
Tallaght Hospital QIP IPC Review January 2016
On December 2nd 2015, HIQA published a report with a series of findings and recommendations following an unannounced inspection on September 23rd to assess the hospital’s progress against the National Standards for the Prevention and Control of Healthcare Acquired Infections. Since the visit, an infection control quality improvement group has been established to develop and implement a quality improvement plan to address the issues above. The table attached summarises the progress which has been made against this plan.
Tallaght Hospital QIP IPC Review January 2016
Health Assets and Needs Assessment (HANA) Tallaght, - September 2015
Tallaght Hospital has committed to using the findings of a landmark report on community health in Tallaght over time to inform the future provision of its services as part of it wider community engagement strategy. HANA was co funded by the Adelaide Health Foundation and Tallaght Hospital, surveyed 343 households to capture the views of the residents on key health issues including mental health, chronic illnesses as well as access to, and use of, health services.
Health Assets and Needs Assessment (HANA) Tallaght, 2014'
Empeira Report - July 2015
Good governance is an important driver of good management, good performance, good stewardship of public funds, good public engagement and ultimately good outcomes for patients. Governance is an ongoing process which requires constant focus. The approach being taken in Tallaght Hospital involves robust systems and processes, ongoing vigilance and an open proactive learning culture. Towards the end of 2014, the Board adopted a comprehensive Code of Governance Manual which incorporated current best practice in corporate governance and published it on the Hospital website. It also adopted new bye-laws which provided for a staggered turnover among Board members and a limit on the time a person can serve on the Board (both of which accord with current best practice) as well as an increase from 9 to 11 in the size of the Board. In early January 2015, and again in line with best practice, the Hospital Board engaged Emperia to help it undertake an externally facilitated review of its own effectiveness. Emperia’s report was considered by the Board at its meeting of July 29th. The review confirms that overall the Board is working well but that it now needs to focus more on strategy and communications. To read the report click here
HIQA Implementation Progress Report June 2015
Tallaght Hospital has published the 2015 Implementation Report on the 2012 Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) report into the quality, safety and governance of care provided to acute patients admitted to Tallaght Hospital. Of the 76 recommendations in the 2012 HIQA Report, 48 recommendations (5 local and 43 national) are required to be implemented by Tallaght Hospital and are the focus of this update. Seven recommendations related specifically to Tallaght Hospital – five of which are the responsibility of the Hospital.
Many of these HIQA recommendations are now incorporated into the normal working of the hospital’s governance, leadership, management and clinical processes; with implementation of the remaining recommendations underway. A full copy of the report is available here
Tallaght Hospital Annual Report 2014
Tallaght Hospital published its Annual Report for 2014 detailing the Hospital’s governance, performance and achievements. The Annual Report, entitled People Caring for People, reflects an emphasis on a patient centred approach to care as well as outlining the future direction of the Hospital in terms of capital investments and improved models of care. A full copy of the Report is available here
Statement of Financial Controls
'Statement of Financial Controls'
Annual Financial Statement 2016
Annual Financial Statement year ended 31st December 2016
Annual Financial Statements 2015
Annual Financial Statements year ended 31st December 2015
Annual Financial Statements year ended 31st December 2014
Annual Financial Statements year ended 31st December 2014
Tallaght Hospital Board Corporate Governance Manual - February 24th 2015
Tallaght Hospital Board Corporate Governance Manual