Gogarty Ward

LocationLevel Four Tallaght Hospital
Phone01 414 4045 / 01 414 4049
Visiting HoursStrict Visiting times are 2pm-4pm and 6.30pm - 8.30pm
We ask visitors to adhere to this tenable us to attend to our patients but also give patients the time to rest and recover.

How to Find Us

Gogarty Ward is located on Level Four in the main hospital and can be accessed by the stairs or lift

Description of Gogarty Ward

Gogarty Ward is a 31 bedded mixed surgical Ward. Patients admitted to our ward include vascular, pancreas colorectal, gynaecological, ears nose and throat and also general surgery patients.  The Philosophy of Gogarty Ward is to provide care to the highest standards. We are a multidisciplinary team working together where each member is valued. Our aim is to provide care and support for patients and their families in a friendly and caring environment. We wish to make your stay with us as comfortable as possible. Confidentiality and privacy will be assured at all times.

This ward is named after Oliver St John Gogarty who was a Surgeon in the Meath Hospital 1911-1939 (one of our base hospitals). He was a specialist in ear, nose and throat surgery, a colourful, larger-than-life character as famous for his literary career as his medical work. He was also a senator in the first Senate of the Irish Free State.

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.