Tallaght University Hospital with its mission of People Caring for People to Live Better Lives, has published its 2020 Annual Report. The report outlines what was achieved by the staff, management and board of the Hospital in a year of significant and unprecedented pressure on the Hospital.
Despite the challenges the Hospital maintained and delivered on the Hospital’s strategy with tremendous progress made on implementation across six priority strategy areas. With a clear focus on future development the Hospital has announced plans to recruit an additional 300 staff including Nursing, Medical, Health & Social Care Professionals and Administrative staff. The plan is to recruit the additional staff over the next 12-18 months to support expansion and enhancement of services across the Hospital.
Commenting on the publication of the report and jobs announcement Chief Executive Lucy Nugent said, “Despite Covid-19 there was incredible progress made during the year with the completion of several capital projects. The challenges that Covid presented also meant we accelerated our digital enabled care programme with technology used to aid communication, diagnosis and treatment. I could not be more proud of my colleagues across the TUH Campus ensuring services were adapted, maintained and restarted as soon as it was safe to do so.
“2021 has already presented a new set of challenges but I am confident that the indomitable TUH team spirit will continue to shine through and I look forward to welcoming new members to the team as we continue to grow and expand our services.”
2020 Activity Highlights
– Reeves Day Surgery Centre comprising of four theatres and 25 days beds opened on time and on budget and will focus on reducing the length of time patients wait for day case procedures
– In partnership with the HSE a Primary Care Radiology Unit opened in the Russell Centre, Tallaght Cross West. Staffed by members of the Hospital Radiology team, a significant number of diagnostic examinations are now performed outside of the Hospital, freeing up hospital radiology capacity for inpatients
– An Endoscopy Surveillance Waiting List initiative balances clinical need and service demand resulting in a more efficient and streamlined service
– The Vartry Renal Unit opened on time and on budget. The 2,700m2 Unit built over two floors has 28 Haemodialysis Treatment Bays, six single haemodialysis rooms for immunocompromised / acutely ill patients, four home dialysis training rooms and for the first time in Ireland, four self-care haemodialysis bays
– Through the use of artificial intelligence software the Brainomix app provides the stroke doctor on-call with a notification on their phone of a stroke scan being performed. The scan can be viewed by the doctor three to five minutes after the scan is complete. The implementation of the Brainomix software helps the stroke pathway to move faster, the quick transmission of easily interpretable data speeds up treatment decisions.
– Through the support of the TUH Foundation robotic surgery arrived at the Hospital offering surgeons the opportunity to provide an alternative option to open surgery and perform complex minimally invasive surgical procedures.