Tallaght Hospital has today announced the launch of a new Public Health Education Series for the local community.
As part of this initiative, the Hospital, in partnership with the Patient Community Advisory Council (PCAC) will be organising regular public events featuring medical, nursing and allied health professionals discussing topical and common health issues.
The first event will feature Consultant Gastroenterologist Dr. Anthony O’Connor who will give a talk entitled “Your bowel – What you need to know and why” at 6:30pm in Killinarden Junior School on Tuesday, January 31st.
It will focus on providing useful health information and tips as well as answering audience questions.
Following on from this talk, there will be numerous events organised throughout the year in public venues across the Tallaght area, as part of the Public Health Education Series.
Each will focus on a different topic and aim to increase public awareness and knowledge about staying healthy.
Events will be open to all members of the public who wish to attend, free of charge.
Details will be posted on the Hospital’s website / Facebook page, issued to local media and promoted by community groups.
Catherine Heaney, Chairperson of the PCAC and Fettercairn Community Health Project Co-Ordinator, welcomed the announcement, saying;
“This series of talks and events will be of huge benefit to the local community around Tallaght Hospital.
“We have a growing and an ageing population, where health needs are constantly changing, so this is a very positive development.
“The community has a strong loyalty to Tallaght Hospital and it is great to see Tallaght Hospital return this loyalty by being an active participant in the community.”
Dr. Catherine Wall, Clinical Lead at Tallaght Hospital, said;
“At Tallaght Hospital there is a long tradition of activism and involvement in the community.
“Our new Public Health Education Series will ensure that we continue this tradition by enabling that the public to gain knowledge insight from some of our leading healthcare practitioners.
“The ethos of “People Caring for People” is at the heart of everything we do, and this new initiative will bring this ethos to life in a proactive and educational manner.
“I look forward to the first event at the end of the month and I hope as many people as possible attend.”