February 14th 2017 Tallaght Hospital is to hold a public meeting on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The event will take place in the Green Isle Hotel on the Naas Road at 7pm on Thursday 16th February and is organised by COPD Outreach at Tallaght Hospital, in conjunction with COPD Ireland.
The main guest speaker at the event is Professor Stephen Lane, Respiratory Physician attending Tallaght Hospital who will speak about his work on COPD. Professor Lane and his team treat some of the 700 COPD patients at Tallaght Hospital. Professor Lane is also the Chair of the Clinical Advisory Group for the National Clinical program for COPD.
Members of the public are invited to attend to learn more about COPD as well as to join the new local group which will be established at the meeting. This Local Support Group aims to support those living with COPD in the Tallaght and Clondalkin area.
Damien Peelo, CEO COPD Ireland said, “A new COPD support group for the Tallaght and Clondalkin areas will be a fantastic addition to the growing COPD network in Ireland. Many people, when first diagnosed, think that they are on their own and are surprised to find that there are over 300,000 people living with COPD. The local COPD Support Groups are a great space to learn more about the illness, how to manage it better and get involved in advocacy work to improve services for people living with COPD. Meeting other people who know exactly what you are going through helps to cope with living with COPD. We are delighted to help get a local group up and running in South Dublin.”
Professor Stephen Lane said; “This public meeting is a wonderful initiative to allow people to discuss some of the main issues surrounding COPD. It is a disease that affects many people and as a result it is important that people recognise the symptoms and know the best way to react in a situation. I look forward to speaking at the event and to seeing what the other contributors and the audience members have to say.”
About Tallaght Hospital
Tallaght Hospital is one of Ireland’s largest acute teaching hospitals, providing child-health, mental health and adult healthcare on one site. The Hospital has 495 adult beds and 67 paediatric beds, a staff of 2,600 people and an annual gross budget in excess of €250 million. The Hospital is a provider of local, regional and national specialities. It is a national urology centre, the second largest provider of dialysis services in the country and a regional orthopaedic trauma centre.
Tallaght Hospital is a major teaching hospital of Trinity College Dublin - specialising in the training and professional development of staff in nursing, health and social care, emergency medicine and surgery, amongst many others. The 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 New Children’s Hospital project and will be 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.