Connolly Hospital Endoscopy Unit


Connolly Hospital is a major teaching and health promoting hospital providing a range of services to a diverse population covering the communities of West Dublin, North Kildare and South County Meath. These services include a 24 hour Emergency Department, acute medical and surgical services, acute psychiatric services, day care, out-patient care plus diagnostic and therapeutic and support services.

The unit comprises of 3 endoscopy rooms, a 16 bedded recovery unit and a newly upgraded decontamination and tracing facilities. There is an onsite IBD infusion service with specialist nurse support.

Our facilities include a capsule Endoscopy Room, consultation rooms, relative’s room, patient change/prep rooms, and a discharge lounge. The unit achieved JAG accreditation in 2019 and is a dedicated Bowel Screen centre delivering almost 500 screening colonoscopies annually.

Where to find us

Enter the main hospital Entrance. Take the stairwell or lift in the main concourse to level 4 and follow the signs for the Endoscopy department.

Parking is available for patients in the carparks in front of the main entrance. A ticket system is in operation. A patient set –down area and collection area is available at the main entrance. Post your visit you will be escorted down to the collection area by one of our endoscopy staff where you can be collected by a relative/friend.


  • Lower GI endoscopy (colonoscopy)
  • Upper GI endoscopy (gastroscopy)
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • National Colorectal Cancer Screening Programme (NCSS)
  • Interventional endoscopy (complex polypectomy, endoluminal stenting, endoscopic placement of feeding tubes)
  • EUS (endoscopic ultrasound)
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Double Balloon Enteroscopy
  • Infusion Service for IBD Patients
  • EBUS (endobronchial ultrasound) – Recently Launched
  • Capsule Endoscopy – Recently Launched

Patient Information Leaflets

Colonoscopy Consent 2019.pdf (size 167.1 KB)

Discharge Advice Colonoscopy 2019.pdf (size 131.9 KB)

Discharge Advice Gastroscopy (OGD) 2019.pdf (size 96.5 KB)

Gastroscopy Consent 2019.pdf (size 177.7 KB)

Sigmoidoscopy Consent 2019.pdf (size 173.5 KB)

Our Team:


Prof. Richard J. Farrell, Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr Barrt Hall, Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr. Claire Smyth, Consultant Gastroenterologist

Dr. Orlaith Kelly, Consultant Gastroenterologist 

Mr David Kearney Colorectal Surgeon

Mr David Beddy Colorectal Surgeon

Ms Paula Loughlin Colorectal Surgeon

Prof Mayilone Arumugasamy Upper GI Surgeon

Prof Liam Cormican Respiratoy Consultant

Nurse Management Team

CNM 3 Deborah Reynolds

CNM 3 Claire Ryan

CNM 2 Caroline Shaw

CNM 2 Grainne Redmond

CNM 2 Catherine Garry

CNM 1 Aireen Bismark

CNM 2 Vinu Narayanan

CNM 2 Lisa Keating

CNM 2 Laura Hackett

ANP Ann Joyce

ANP Deepa Gandhi

Departmental Contact Details

The Endoscopy Department Main Reception

Tel: (01) 646 6415 

The Endoscopy Department – Nurses Reception

Tel: (01) 646 6413 / (01) 646 6418

The Endoscopy Department – Infusion Room

Tel: (01) 646 6426

Appointment Enquires - Waiting List Office for Procedures

Tel: (01) 646 5201 / (01) 646 5203

Appointment Enquires – Out Patients Follow-Up appointments

Tel: (01) 646 6420 / (01) 646 6421

Appointment Enquires – Out Patients New patients

Tel: (01) 646 6467

Blood Test Appointment 

Tel: (01) 646 5850

Book blood test on line

IBD Clinical Nurse Specialist - Ms Caroline Shaw / Ms Grainne Redmond

Tel: (01) 646 6425

Bowel Capsule Clinical Nurse Manager – Ms Lisa Keating

Tel: (01) 646 5405

Colorectal Screening Clinical Nurse Manager – Ms Laura Hackett

Tel: (01) 646 6409

Triage Clinical Nurse Manager – Mr Vinu Narayanan

Tel: (01) 646 6462

Clinical Nurse Manager 2 Endoscopy – Ms Catherine Garry

Tel: (01) 646 6416 

Clinical Nurse Manager 1 Endoscopy – Ms Aireen Bismark

Tel: (01) 646 6413

Clinical Nurse Manager 3 Endoscopy – Ms Claire Ryan

Tel: (01) 646 5295

Clinical Nurse Manager 3 Endoscopy – Ms Deborah Reynolds

Tel: (01) 646 5295

Advanced Nurse Practioner – Ms Ann Joyce

Tel: (01) 646 6458

Advanced Nurse Practioner – Ms Deepa Gandhi

Tel: (01) 646 5822

Referral information

Connolly Hospital’s Endoscopy Unit has introduced the ‘Endoscopy E-Referral System’ via HealthLink. All GPs can now easily access and refer their patients electronically for Endoscopy (OGD, Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy/Left Colonoscopy) as well as HP Stool antigen test (and will receive a Consultant-based response/recommendation/outpatient appointment priority within 72 hours after Online Triage by our Consultant Gastroenterology Triage Team with Professor Richard Farrell, Dr. Claire Smyth, Dr. Orlaith Kelly and Dr. Barry Hall and Endoscopy Triage Nurse Vinu Narayanan. International Guidelines suggest that Upper GI Symptoms in patients less than 55 years of age with no alarm symptoms (dysphagia, anaemia, weight loss, bleeding) can be safely treated by PPI treatment  and/or a Test and Treat for  Helicobacter Pylori Infection. Stopping smoking, curbing caffeine/alcohol excess and weight reduction are also important in reducing acid reflux symptoms and PPI dependence.

We believe that our new triage pathway will make a significant improvement in the timely communication between Primary Care and our Endoscopy Department which performs over 6000 endoscopies, 1250 HP Stool antigen tests, 1000 venesections, 900 infusions and 5000 OPD appointments annually. We ask that from now on you kindly use the ‘Endoscopy E-Referral’ facility on HealthLink for referring patients for Endoscopy/HP Breath tests as well as routine OPD queries you may have where you want timely feedback or advice regarding patients with raised LFTs, high Ferritin levels, family history of GI malignancy, need for repeat/surveillance endoscopy etc.