Department of Otorhinolaryngology (ENT): University Hospital Limerick

We are situated on the second floor of University Hospital Limerick.  Our Mission Statement defines us as skilled, compassionate carers to unique individuals who entrust their care to us in hope.  We stay conscious of the complexity of this care and continue as a team to be pro-active in education and up-skilling so that all opportunities for enhancement of care are identified. 

Our ward structure has many aspects from an up to date Clinical Room for microscopic / fiberoptic examinations which are key to early diagnosis.  The candle, the symbol of light burns in our Nurses Station to reflect our response to the need for emotional and spiritual care at a time of crisis.

Otorhinolaryngology Team

E.N.T. Consultants

  • Prof. J. Fenton.
  • Mr. J. Hughes.
  • Mr. N. Shine.

Nursing Team

  • Ms. Carmel O’Sullivan, CNM 2.
  • Ms. Sylvia O’Brien, CNM 1.

and highly experienced Staff Nurses, Health Care Assistants, Catering Staff, ISS Contract Cleaning Staff.  All are dedicated to creating a professional home from home environment, and have been trained to excellent standards.

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  • Out-patients Department.
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Physiotherapy.
  • Dietetics
  • Oncology
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care
  • Radiotherapy
  • Histopathology
  • Audiology

Outpatient’s services are carried out within the Outpatients department in University Hospital Limerick 5 days a week & outreach clinics across the Hospital in the University Hospital’s Nenagh and Ennis. These outpatient Services facilitate follow up care and consultation and special attention and sensitivity is given to consultation and delivery of challenging diagnosis that needs follow up with surgery or radiotherapy and chemotherapy.  All staff are conscious of the life changing experience that bad news brings.

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Patient support

A Larynjectomy and support circle of neck breathers is facilitated by our ward team.   A buddy system is established where an experienced Larynjectee offers support to a patient starting the journey.

Telephone triage is available 24/7 for complex cases.

Meetings are held at ward level with reps reviewing new products and new initiatives.

Patients become part of our Study Day as their experiences are insightful  for learning opportunity.

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Outpatient Clinic Times

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Research & Education

Research

Medical

The E.N.T. Service is accredited for training of Specialists in

  1. E.N.T. accredited to R.C.S.I.
  2. Accredited to I.C.G.P. for GP training.
  3. Facilitators of the annual meeting of E.N.T. Specialists/ Sylvester O’Halloran
  4. Accredited RCSI- for facial plastic mentoring.

Nursing

  1. Clinical Placement for nurses undertaking degree programme in University of Limerick.
  2. The use of apertures has been facilitated by nursing staff for patients.  A ward based video has been created for patients and families.
  3. Resource for in-service training on Tracheostomy to departments/Public Health Nurses and outside agencies.
  4. Comprehensive discharge package for all patients.

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Literature Review / Articles E.N.T. Service

Nursing:

  • E.N.T. Chapter – Editor: Ms. Carmel O’Sullivan, CNM 2.
    Fundamentals of Medical- Surgical Nursing: A Systems Approach. London; Wiley – Blackwell. ISBN 978- 0- 470- 65823- 9
  • MSC Respiratory Course UL – Facilitator.
    Course facilitator for UL Trachesotomy Study due next for presentation for Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin next February.

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Learning

Some of our nurses are involved in the Msc. Respiratory Course in UL.   This will add improved skills and awareness in respiratory issues in Tracheostomy Care which will improve patient care.

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