March 1st 2017 Professor George Mellotte, a Consultant Nephrologist at Tallaght Hospital, will mark World Kidney Day by giving a public health information talk on kidneys. The talk, entitled: “Your kidneys – What you need to know and why” is the second instalment in Tallaght Hospital’s “Public Health Education Series”.
The talk will take place at Tallaght Library on Thursday 9th March at 6pm and will focus on providing useful health information and tips as well as answering any questions that the public may have. This event is open to all members of the public who wish to attend, free of charge. Professor Mellotte will discuss the increased occurrences of kidney disease, particularly amongst older people, along with the importance of increased home dialysis in order to increase the independence of patients.
Professor Mellotte is a leading consultant in the area of nephrology at Tallaght Hospital and has contributed to the Hospital being recognised as a group and regional hub in this area.
This talk is the second in Tallaght Hospital’s Public Health Education Series. The first event saw Dr. Anthony O’Connor give a talk entitled “Your Bowel – What you need to know and why” at Killinarden Junior School. The talk focused on providing useful health information and tips as well as answering audience questions.
Professor George Mellotte, Consultant Nephrologist at Tallaght Hospital, said: “I am delighted to be giving this talk as it is such an important area of public health. Kidney failure is a prominent health issue, particularly among older people. This has increased in line with our aging population as a country. I look forward to engaging with people on this issue, on tips about looking after their health and in answering their questions. I hope to provide people with all the information they require.”
Catherine Heaney, Chairperson of the PCAC, also commented, saying: “This talk is another engaging and relevant event as part of Tallaght Hospital’s Public Health Education Series. I am delighted that someone as experienced as Professor George Mellotte is making time available to give this talk in our community. I encourage everyone in the local community to come along to these very informative events. It is a fantastic chance to learn about our kidney health from an expert in the field.”
About Tallaght Hospital
Tallaght 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 2,600 people on staff. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialties. 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 part of the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group which serves a population of over 1.2 million across seven counties.
A new satellite centre is to be built at Tallaght 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 49,512 Adult Attendances and 33,717 Paediatric Attendances in 2016. A further 252,418 patients were treated through the Hospital’s adult and paediatric outpatient clinics in 2016. The Hospital’s operations are supported by 200 general practitioners in surrounding communities.