Peri-operative Services: UL Hospitals

What is Perioperative Care?

  • Peri-operative care looks after patients before, during and after surgery.
  • Peri-operative care is given across five hospital sites - University Hospital Limerick, Ennis Hospital, Nenagh Hospital, Croom Hospital and St John’s Hospital. Our teams on different sites workt ogether so patients who are seen in an outpatient clinic on one site may have their surgical or pain treatment on a different site.
  • Many common surgical and pain management procedures can be given on a planned day-case basis. This means patients are treated and can go home the same day.
  • Even for our more complex cases we strive to reduce our patients’ time in hospital away from home.

About the Perioperative Care Team

The perioperative services team guides the patient through their Perioperative experience while ensuring ideal patient-centered care.  Our doctors and nurses are specialists in pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative care.

We facilitate a team approach where communication is our foundation of safety. We encourage continuing education, certification and sharing of knowledge through staff participation in local and national committees.

The Directorate Management Team

  • Ms Shona Tormey, Clinical Director
  • Mr. John Doyle, Directorate Manager
  • Ms. Kay Chawke, Directorate Nurse Manager
  • Ms. Deirdre King de Montano, Business Manager
  • Mr. David Frawley, Management Accountant
  • Ms. Marie Louise Sheehy, Clinical Risk Advisor
  • Ms. Sheila Bowers, Representative Professionals Allied to Health
  • Ms. Suzanne Begley, Directorate Management Secretary /PA to Mr John Doyle
  • Ms. Marina Rankin, PTL Manager (Inpatient/Day Case)
  • Ms Linda Mullane, Surgical Access Coordinator
  • Ms. Rosie Scanlon, Endoscopy Coordinator

The Services we offer

We are very proud to be a National Cancer Centre of Excellence for Breast and Colorectal Cancer. We are a designated site for a number of the National Screening Programmes – Colorectal Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer and Diabetic Retinopathy Screening. We are most fortunate to have radiotherapy on site to support our local treatment of patients from the Mid West Area.

Our Emergency Acute Surgery Service is supported by a Surgical Assessment Unit where patients seen by another practitioner or GP may be referred for rapid assessment by a doctor.

As the practice of surgery and management of health conditions evolves we now provide many of the most common surgical and pain management interventions on a planned day-case basis where patients are treated and can go home a number of hours after their intervention.

Even for our more complex cases we strive to reduce our patients’ time in hospital away from their own environment and many patients will be admitted on the morning of their treatment that will have to stay in hospital for a number of days after their intervention. This is facilitated by the nursing and Anaesthetic Pre-Operative Assessment and Day of Surgery service who ensure that patients are fit and ready to undergo surgery.