How to Find Us
Burkitt Ward is located on Level 3 in the Main Hospital. The easiest way to get there is to go through the main hospital entrance to the lifts in the main foyer. Take the lift to Level 3
Description of Burkitt Ward
Burkitt Ward is currently a medical ward with a plan in place to become an acute Gerontology ward. Our ward philosophy is based on a Holistic approach ensuring that all aspects of patient needs are met. We endeavour to provide optimum care and maintain a safe environment at all times.
The Burkitt Ward is named after Denis Burkitt, a student of the Adelaide Hospital who qualified in 1935 and became house surgeon. Burkitt went on to work for the Royal Army Medical Corps in Kenya and Ceylon. He was later accepted for colonial service and posted to Uganda where he identified “Burkitt’s Lymphoma” (jaw tumours). In the 1970's he identified ‘diseases of civilisation’ - caused by diet - and promoted the importance of fibre in the diet.
For elective patients please bring in list of current medications on admission.
Pastoral Care Services are available for patients. Nursing Staff will arrange for a member of the Pastoral Care Team to visit a patient if required.
Day of Discharge
Once your discharge day is planned, hospital policy aims to have all patients discharged by 11am. Please think through what arrangements you need to put in place to get home from hospital. On discharge, all patients are given a discharge letter for their GP and a prescription. An appointment for follow up will be made if necessary.
Visitors are regarded as an important part of the patient's day and are very welcome at Tallaght Hospital. Please note Patient safety is our number one priority. We have strict policies on infection prevention and control which apply to everyone: staff, patients and visitors. We would ask all visitors observe the following:
If you see this symbol when visiting the wards please be aware of its importance. This spiral symbol means that a patient is imminently dying or has died. We would ask all visitors to be respectful and avoid mobile phone use and to be prepared to meet people who are grieving during your time on the ward.
- Only two visitors permitted to visit at any one time
- The Hospital is a no smoking hospital this includes the use of electronic smoking devices
- To avoid bringing infection into the ward, visitors are asked not to visit if they're suffering from colds, flu or infections
- If you are bringing food into patients, please check with the staff in charge - this is to decrease the risk of food contamination and patients may also be on a restricted diet
- Use visitor toilets rather than patient toilets this reduces the risk of cross-infection
- Please dispose of any litter properly, help us to keep our communal areas and entrances clean. This includes lifts and stairwells
- Please note that for infection control reasons flowers or plants are not permitted
- Please note that visiting during mealtimes is forbidden. This enables patients’ to eat and enjoy their meals uninterrupted, an essential requirement for good nutrition so our patients can recover more quickly. The only exception to this is if you are a carer providing assistance with a patient’s mealtime
- Never bring alcohol or drugs to patients
We advise all patients not to bring valuables with you during an admission i.e. cash or jewellery. The Hospital is not responsible for patients’ valuables, if kept by the patient.