Franks Ward

LocationLevel One Tallaght Hospital
Phone01 414 4090 / 01 414 4094
Visiting HoursStrict Visiting times are 2pm-4pm and 6.30pm - 8.30pm

How to Find Us

Franks Ward is situated on the Level 2. The lifts are in the Atrium of the Hospital, past the reception desk, on the right and the left.

Description of Franks Ward

Franks is a Male and Female ward, with six bedded bays which are not mixed. There are six single rooms which are used to isolate patients with infectious diseases or to protect patients who need isolation

Franks Ward is called after Kendall Franks, who made a significant contribution to surgery, introducing antiseptic techniques into the Adelaide Hospital in the 1880's.  A surgeon in both the Eye & Ear Hospital and the Adelaide he championed the work of Louis Pasteur showing that it was not “bad Air”  but living germs that caused infection and disease.  In 1884 he operated on two cases of obstruction of the small intestine. These operations paved the way for the increased practice of abdominal surgery in the Hospital - operations that were rarely carried out in the days before anaesthetics and antiseptics.

Elective Patients

For elective patients please bring in list of current medications on admission.

Pastoral Care

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 G.P. and a prescription. An appointment for follow up will be made if necessary.

Visiting Guidelines

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: 

  • 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
End of life symbolIf 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.


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. If you do happen to carry cash or items of value with you, there is a patient safe on ward which your nurse can lodge things in.