Clinics and Personnel

Clinics and personnel

Adult Epilepsy Clinics - Tallaght Hospital (AMNCH), Dublin.

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Tallaght Hospital (AMNCH) Dublin- Main Entrance

What clinics are there and when are they on?

Once you have been referred and received an appointment to attend the adult Neurology Department in Tallaght Hospital, you are then reviewed at the adult general Neurology clinics. Throughout the week, there are adult General Neurology clinics for new and returning patients.

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How do I get to the clinic?

The general Neurology Clinic is held in the adult Outpatients Department. An appointment letter will be posted out to you specifying the date, time and location.

When you enter the hospital, you will need to check in at the electronic check-in point.

The Outpatient’s Department is located on the ground floor. It is well sign posted within the hospital. Directions to the hospital are on the website

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What facilities are in the hospital?

There is a café in the front atrium and a canteen in the main hospital. There is shop and a bank also in the front atrium. A chapel and quiet room are just off the front atrium and are signposted. Car parking facilities include a multi-storey car park and there are a few disability car parking spaces at the front of the hospital for people who have the correct permit.Back to top ^

Is it possible to visit the clinic and/or meet the staff before my first visit?

At the moment there is no transition clinic but it is hoped that in the near future that there will be a transition clinic available.Back to top ^

What will happen and who will I see on my first visit?

On your first visit to the adult Neurology Clinic you will meet the Neurology team, which includes: an epilepsy nurse, the consultant, neurology doctors and the secretary. The neurology team will review you. You may be requested to have routine bloods and may be required to have further investigations, which will require a second visit to the hospital.Back to top ^

Will the new hospital have all my notes?

If you are a patient coming to adult services from The National Children’s Hospital (Tallaght) we will have your paediatric notes. If you are coming from one of the other children’s hospitals we will make up a new hospital chart for you. Your referring hospital or consultant will have sent a report to us detailing all relevant past medical history etc.

If you are attending a consultant other than the consultant from your referring hospital you may wish to bring any relevant reports etc. with you. It is important that you bring someone with you to your appointment so they can give witness account of your seizures.

Bring your epilepsy diary or a record of your seizures to your appointment.Back to top ^

How often will I need to attend the clinic?

This will vary for every individual and how often you are having seizures.Back to top ^

Will I see the same staff at each visit?

The neurology doctors can change but you will meet the Consultant and/or Epilepsy Nurse at each visit.Back to top ^

On a typical day, how long will my visit to the clinic last?

There can be delays at the clinic but we endeavour to see you at your designated appointment time and this consultation can take between 30 minutes to 45 minutes depending on your medical needs. Back to top ^

How are appointments scheduled and rescheduled?

Appointments will be posted out to your address and if you have provided us with a mobile phone number you will also receive a text alert reminder about your appointment. If you need to reschedule your appointment you must do so 24 hours in advance otherwise it will be recorded as a NO Show or DID NOT ATTEND. Please make sure to organise your return appointment before leaving the hospital. Back to top ^

If I have questions about the transition, who should I contact and how?

You continue to contact your paediatric team until it is decided that you are being transferred to the young adult health services.Back to top ^

Is there anything else I need to know?

We will be encouraging you to start taking responsibility for your epilepsy and to try to depend less on your parent(s) or guardian(s) for same. As you are now an adult we will not discuss any issues you raise with us with another member of your family unless instructed to do so by you.

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