Cappagh Hospital Foundation 2017 Corporate Golf Classic

Friday 30th June, Dun Laoghaire Golf Club

Our 2017 Golf Classic is taking place at the prestigious Dun Laoghaire Golf Club on Friday 30th June.

With its origins dating as far back as 1909, and widely acknowledged as one of Ireland’s most spectacular and challenging courses, Dun Laoghaire was home to the 2016 Curtis Cup, the biggest and most important Ladies amateur event in the world involving Great Britain and Ireland versus the USA. It was winner of the IGTOA 2016 Best Parkland Golf Course of the year and was also awarded Best Irish Parkland Course in 2013 & 2015 by Golfers Guide to Ireland Magazine. We are confident therefore that you and your guests will enjoy this truly unique combination of exhilarating golf and sumptuous food amidst a stunningly beautiful setting.Pic

The event is a four person team and includes a ‘Yellow Ball’ competition. Complimentary on-course refreshments and individual goodie bags for all participants will ensure an enjoyable and memorable day for all!

Priced at €950 for a Fourball and with a deserved reputation for delivering excellent hospitality in superb surroundings, the Cappagh Hospital Foundation corporate golf classic is a cost effective and tax efficient way to entertain your customers, reward your staff or have fun with your colleagues while supporting a very special and long established cause.

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Additional sponsorship opportunities are also available and for those who do not play we would welcome your support through sponsorship of a Corporate Tee Box, through a Corporate Donation or through a donation of prizes/product/gift vouchers.

All funds raised from our 2017 Classic will go towards funding the Navigation Assisted Software for spinal surgery. This life-changing equipment was installed at Cappagh in late 2016 and the first surgical procedure took place in early 2017. Thanks to the success of our 2016 fundraising campaign, the Foundation has already provided almost 50% of the €500,000 required to fund this development and has ambitious plans to complete this commitment in 2017. Your support of our corporate golf classic will add to our shared success and help maintain Cappagh’s long tradition of delivering excellence in orthopaedic surgery to its patients.

Due to the success of our previous events, and as we are strictly limited to 27 teams, early booking is advised; for further information or to book your team please contact our offices on 01-8340325 or email

New Corporate Champion for 2017

National Dairy Council announces partnership with

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital

28th February 2017: The National Dairy Council (NDC) is delighted to announce a new partnership with Ireland’s centre for excellence in Orthopaedics – Cappagh Hospital, through the work of the Cappagh Hospital Foundation. The partnership will involve the NDC and Cappagh working together across a number of activities to promote and raise awareness on the importance of maintaining a healthy balanced diet for optimum bone health.

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital is Ireland’s major centre for elective orthopaedic surgery. Cappagh has been the pioneer of orthopaedic surgery in Ireland and is now the biggest dedicated orthopaedic hospital in the country. Over 20K patients annually avail of the hospital’s services as in-patients, day patients and out-patients. The full range of orthopaedic services provided include: Major Joint Replacement (Ankle, Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist), Spinal Surgery, Primary Bone Tumour service, Paediatric orthopaedics and Sports injuries.

Zoe Kavanagh, CEO of the National Dairy Council says “We are delighted to have the opportunity of working with one of the most prestigious centres of clinical excellence on bone health. We look forward to partnering with Cappagh on a number of activities this year including an educational booklet for patients and staff and a specialist symposium for healthcare professionals in the Autumn.”

“The Cappagh Hospital Foundation is delighted to welcome the National Dairy Council as a collaborative partner on many joint educational and research projects. Both our organisations share a common goal of commitment to the nation’s health and welfare. This coming together can only be progressive in encouraging a healthier lifestyle with life changing results. ” (Shay Keany, Interim Chairman Cappagh Hospital Foundation)

The NDC regularly promotes the importance of bone health and a balanced diet which provides adequate nutrients is essential for our bone health. About 99% of the body’s calcium is found in our bones and teeth; milk, yogurt and cheese are among the best dietary sources of calcium as it is easily absorbed and used by the body.


Cappagh Hospital Foundation is the funding arm of Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, Finglas.

PB17016 001-30Pictured at the announcement of the partnership are (l-r): Teddy Cashman, Chairman National Dairy Council; Professor Stephen Eustace, Director of Radiology Cappagh National Orthopaedic and Mater Private Hospitals; Zoe Kavanagh, Chief Executive National Dairy Council; Shay Keany, Interim Chairman Cappagh Hospital Foundation.



2017 Sports Lunch in Aid of Cappagh Hospital

We are delighted to bring you details of the annual Sports Lunch event in aid of Cappagh Hospital. Taking place in the Intercontinental Hotel, Ballsbridge, on Friday May 5th 2017 from 12pm, this is a day to relive Ireland’s greatest sporting moments of 2016 in the fields of Rugby, Soccer, Hurling and Football.

The day starts with a drinks reception, followed by a three course lunch with wine during which the greatest sporting events of 2016 and 2017 will be highlighted by renowned presenter Darragh Maloney, and will feature live interactive interviews and audience Q&A with an elite panel of Ireland’s sporting legends, including Eddie O’Sullivan, Dessie Farrell, Gary O’Toole, Brian Kerr and Kevin Kilbane.

This promises to be a day of excitement, thrills and spectacular sporting moments and will offer you the opportunity to entertain clients and/or employees in one of Dublin’s most prestigious venues.

Tables of 10 are priced at €1,000 and can be purchased from the Foundation office by calling 01-8340325 or emailing .

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital has an internationally recognised reputation in the field of Sports Injuries. It represents a tertiary referral centre for the assessment, diagnostic, imaging and treatment of sports injuries, a facility that has been enhanced by the development of OSIC (Orthopaedic and Sports Imaging at Cappagh) and the provision of state of the art MR and CT imaging.

This event will raise vital funds for the purchase of Navigation Assisted Systems and Software for scoliosis corrective surgery. This life-changing equipment was installed at Cappagh in late 2016 and the first surgical procedure took place in early 2017. Thanks to the success of our 2016 fundraising campaign, the Foundation has already provided almost 50% of the €500,000 funding required and has ambitious plans to complete this commitment in 2017.

Due to the resounding success of last year’s Sports Lunch event, there are limited tables available so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Sports Lunch; Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital

Sports Lunch in aid of Cappagh Hospital

The Great Cappagh Raffle 2017


This year’s annual Cappagh patients and friends Spring Raffle will take place on April 6th, 2017. The tickets are €2 each or 12 tickets for the bargain price of €20! We have some fantastic prizes for our main draw. First prize is €1,000, second prize is €500 and third prize is €250. There is also a lucky 13th ticket in each book, which is the free seller ticket. As a thank you for your support, we will enter all the Sellers Tickets into a draw for a prize of €100.

Closing date for return of tickets is April 4th. The winners will be notified and the results will be here on our website following the draw on April 6th.

If you would like to support this please call (01) 8340325 or email for more details.

Our Spring Raffle is a vital fundraiser for Cappagh hospital and since its beginning, has provided critical funding for many new and innovative developments at Cappagh. These developments have greatly enhanced the services which we provide to our patients, ensuring that the hospital, as the national centre for orthopaedics in Ireland, remains at the forefront in pioneering orthopaedic treatment and aftercare.

In 2016, to further cement Cappagh’s renowned reputation as a leader in innovative orthopaedic surgery and to ensure that state-of-the-art facilities are available for all its patients, the Foundation gave a significant undertaking to raise the €500,000 cost of purchasing Navigation Assisted Software for Spinal Surgery.

Scoliosis is an extremely debilitating and deforming condition that most commonly develops during adolescence. At this most vulnerable time of life, the condition has significant physical and mental impact for patients. Corrective surgery can be life-changing for the patient and, while often extremely successful, is not without risk, resulting in devastating complications. The development of this service in Cappagh is a first for Ireland and will benefit many adolescents suffering from Scoliosis. It will allow surgeons at Cappagh to undertake complex spinal surgeries safely and with dramatically reduced risk, providing increasingly better outcomes for patients in reducing curvature of the spine and restoring patient height. By facilitating safe, accurate and effective surgical correction of deformity, the trauma and physical morbidity of this process will be avoided.

This life-changing equipment was installed at Cappagh in late 2016 and the first surgical procedure took place in early 2017. Thanks to the success of our 2016 fundraising campaign, the Foundation has already provided almost 50% of the €500,000 funding required and has ambitious plans to complete this commitment in 2017.


“Not long ago I struggled to breathe or exercise as my ribs were crushing my lungs. Following corrective Scoliosis surgery in Cappagh Hospital my life has changed. I can do anything now!”

Ciara Brewer (aged 16 years, Scoliosis patient)


We pride ourselves on being a small but successful charity – we receive no government funding. Funds raised since our establishment in 1988 have done so much good. For example, we have been able to purchase a new 3T MRI Scanner, build an Isolation Unit, modernise the X-Ray Department, extend the Out Patients/Pre Assessment Unit and purchase a dedicated Orthopaedic CT Scanner. But this is just a snapshot of what our supporters have helped achieve.

Thank You.



Cappagh Hospital wins dual awards at the National Treatment Purchase Fund Symposium 2017

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital won awards for compliance with both Out-Patient and In Patient/Day Case waiting list targets for 2016 and for data quality at a recent event which was hosted by NTPF. This is the result of the efforts and commitment of Cappagh Hospital staff to improving the management of waiting lists for the benefit of patients.
Only seven hospitals in Ireland achieved the dual awards.

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Aisling Lennon from Cappagh Hospital holds Data Quality Award 2016 for Inpatient/Day Case Waiting List Data

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Margaret Russell from Cappagh Hospital holds Data Quality Award 2016 for Outpatient Waiting List Data


Peninsula Society fundraise €11K for Cappagh Hospital

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Peninsula Society Howth/Sutton presented Cappagh Hospital Foundation, their charity of the year 2016, with a cheque for €11,040 representing the proceeds of this year’s events.

The Peninsula Society was founded in 1969 when a group of ladies living on the Howth Peninsula got together and decided to form a ladies’ club. “Each year we adopt a charity and this year we are so happy that it was Cappagh Hospital as many of our members have very good reason to be grateful for the care they received there. We have had a fun year with great help from our members who have rowed in enthusiastically in support of this cause” said Pamela Hilliard from Peninsula Society.

This year’s events included: bridge morning, cake sale, summer lunch, golf outing, sponsored walk and sale of bags and belts. “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ms Niamh O’Keeffe, Peninsula Society President, Ms Barbara Taylor, Ms Pamela Hilliard, Ms Carmel Kirby and to everyone supporting the fundraising efforts. We at CHF are all aware of what is involved in running events that produce this amazing net result and we cannot commend the ladies from Peninsula Society enough for this fantastic achievement.

Every cent of the €11K will be put to good use on behalf of the patients. So far this year we have contributed to a 12 bed recovery unit €1 million to make our hospital one of the best equipped in the world, bringing solace and comfort to those patients using our services. Peninsula Society’s proceeds will contribute in no small way to our next project, Navigation Assisted Systems and Software for scoliosis corrective surgery. This new software will allow surgeons at Cappagh to undertake complex spinal surgeries safely and with dramatically reduced risk. At a cost of €500K this development will also play a vital role in tackling existing waiting lists for spinal surgery.

Leo Halpin raises €100,000 for Cappagh Hospital

Leo Halpin of Oldtown first visited Cappagh Hospital twelve years ago after years of pain and sleepless nights.

Following a successful hip replacement surgery in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital back in 2004, Leo decided to show his appreciation to the hospital by organising a charity walk. “At that time charity walks were only taking off. I would know a lot of people and I just thought that they might give me a bit of help, a bit of support. The very first walk hadn’t many; I suppose we had 50 to 70 people which was a good start and we raised a good few pound” says Leo.

11 years later the Leo Halpin & Cappagh ex patients walk in Oldtown has raised over €100K for Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. Leo remembers how every year it was getting easier, more people wanted to get involved and each year something new was added to the event including a vintage cars display, the farmers market, cake sales, raffles, BBQs and many more.

The charity walk for Cappagh Hospital has become an annual event in Oldtown and everyone is now asking Leo ‘When is the walk coming?’ Oldtown is that type of community – everyone wants to help you and every year the numbers helping and supporting grows and grows. The people involved aren’t just from Oldtown; they come from Dunshaughlin, Ashbourne, Clonalvy and the surrounding areas. Leo is very appreciative of the generosity of the farmers who donate the vegetables, SuperValu Balbrigan for donating All Ireland Football tickets and sponsoring the BBQ for years, the local ladies for organising the cake sales and all the supporters of the walk.

The Leo Halpin & Cappagh Ex Patients Walk in Oldtown is a prime example of community involvement. Thank you to everyone supporting this event over the last 11 years. Funds raised this year will go towards fund the purchase of Navigation Assisted Systems and Software for scoliosis corrective surgery. This new software will allow surgeons at Cappagh to undertake complex spinal surgeries safely and with dramatically reduced risk, providing increasingly better outcomes for patients in reducing curvature of the spine and restoring patient height. The development of this service in Cappagh is a first for Ireland and will benefit many adolescents with this ailment. At a cost of €500K this development will also play a vital role in tackling existing waiting lists for spinal surgery.


Former Dublin player/manager Dr Pat O’Neill from Cappagh Hospital and Leo Halpin


Former Dublin player/manager Dr Pat O’Neill, Dana Blaga from Cappagh Hospital, Leo Halpin and Oldtown supporters of the Leo Halpin Walk


Former Dublin player/manager Dr Pat O’Neill from Cappagh Hospital, Leo Halpin and Brendan Ryan TD

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital in Hong Kong at the ICON (International Collaboration of Orthopaedic Nursing)

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital in Hong Kong at the ICON (International Collaboration of Orthopaedic Nursing)

The International Collaboration of Orthopaedic Nursing (ICON) is a coalition of national and regional associations of orthopaedic nurses dedicated to the advancement of orthopaedic nursing through strategic partnerships that promote and support excellence in education, research and innovative, and evidence supported practice.

Membership is open to any regional or national association of orthopaedic nursing who agree to support the terms of reference. Either the chairperson or a member of the national association represents their country on the ICON board. Currently there are ten countries represented at ICON of which Ireland is one (Ireland, Malta, Australia / New Zealand, Portugal, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom and Hong Kong). When the Irish Orthopaedic Association joined ICON, Rosemary Masterson, Nurse Tutor from Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital was their first representative. During her time on the board, ICON held its first international conference in Dublin in 2010, Fiona Heaney CNSp Orthopaedics, from University College Hospital, Galway, took over from Rosemary Masterson and during her time, the 2nd International Conference was held in Canada (2013). Irish orthopaedic nurses represented Ireland at both these events. Currently Louise Brent, Arthroplasty Nurse Coordinator & Lead Nurse for the Trauma and Orthopaedic Programme, University Hospital Waterford is the Ireland’s representative. The 3rd international conference is being held in Hong Kong on October 28th & 29th 2016. Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital will have three representatives at that event with each representative presenting a poster.

Titles of Posters being presented by Cappagh Hospital Nursing Staff at the International Collaboration of Orthopaedic Nurses in Hong Kong are:

Developing a Policy for the Use of the Bladder Scanner in the Prevention & Management of Post-Operative Urinary Retention in an Elective Orthopaedic Setting – A Quality Improvement Initiative by Rosemary Masterson, Nurse Tutor

The Role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist in Cappagh Bone Bank by Caroline Power, Bone Bank Co-ordinator

Pressure Ulcers to Zero: Implementing a Quality Improvement Collaborative at Local Level by Deirdre O’Kelly, Education Facilitator


‘From an orthopaedic nursing perspective, it is important that Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital is represented at this event as it provides nurses with an opportunity to share their knowledge and experience from an Irish perspective, to network with international colleagues and gain from their knowledge and experience and to promote the orthopaedic nursing speciality.’ said Ms Rosemary Masterson.

Cappagh Hospital celebrates 40 years of Orthopaedic Nursing Education


The Nursing Department in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital is celebrating 40 years of Orthopaedic Nursing Education with over one hundred guests gathering for an official reception in the Lady Martin Auditorium in Cappagh. The event took place on Thursday 20th October and guests included representatives of the Royal College of Surgeons, Religious Sisters of Charity, Nursing & Midwifery Planning & Development, past and current educational instructors and current and past nurses.

“During the past 40 years, the body of nursing knowledge has increased exponentially. As a result of this ever-expanding body of knowledge, nurses have tended to gravitate to individual specialities and to concentrate their expertise in one area. While orthopaedic nurse education started here in the 60’s, the formal accredited programmes commenced in 1976 and we are delighted to be celebrating this milestone” said Ms. Kathy O’Sullivan, Director of Nursing in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital.

Official records of education date from 1976 with the Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital’s Orthopaedic Nurse Education programme; the only certificate programme recognised by An Bord Altranais (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland – NMBI) when it commenced. Registered Nurses came bi-annually for the year-long course. In 1991, the Faculty of Nursing, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and Cappagh Hospital joined forces to run a one year Diploma Programme in Orthopaedic Nursing and this ran bi-annually until 1999.

A new Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies (Orthopaedic Nursing) commenced in September 1999 in conjunction with the RCSI /approved by NMBI and this came about as a result of developments in undergraduate nursing programmes. In the initial stages of this development, students were qualifying with Diplomas and as these programmes developed, students were awarded their Degrees in General Nursing.

Further developments came about with the nurse education programmes for qualified nurses in the RCSI (including the Orthopaedic Programme) in 2006 / 2007 with the introduction of the Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing in a number of specialist areas. The first group of nurses from Cappagh completed this orthopaedic programme in 2008. This educational strand provides a pathway for Masters Level education for the registered nurse.

Over the 40 year period from 1976 – 2016, sixty two programmes were held with a total of four hundred and seventy nine nurses completing the programmes. Two hundred and thirty four nurses graduated with a Certificate in Orthopaedic Nursing, one hundred and twenty four graduated with a Diploma in Orthopaedic Nursing, seventy eight graduated with a Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies (Orthopaedic Nursing) and forty three graduated with a Post Graduate Diploma in Orthopaedic Nursing.

This November, a further five registered nurses will receive their awards at a graduation ceremony. We currently have eleven nurses enrolled on our programme with a further two commencing in January 2017.

“We are delighted to be celebrating our 40th anniversary of orthopaedic nurse education in this historic year of 2016 and also to be celebrating a twenty- five year association with the Faculty and School of Nursing in the RCSI” said Ms.Rosemary Masterson, Nurse Tutor in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital.

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital opens new 12 Bed Post Anaesthetic Care Unit

A new (€1.9million) 12 bed Post Anaesthetic Care Unit (PACU) at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital, in Dublin, was officially opened Thursday the 15th September 2016 by Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris, T.D.

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital has six fully functional operating theatres but the previous Recovery Room developed in the early 1960s only had five beds. Each theatre requires two recovery beds to enable proficient operational flow and efficiency.

Funded by the HSE, Cappagh Hospital Foundation and the Mater Trust, the development of the new Post Anaesthetic Care Unit is the final stage of the theatre modernisation at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital. This development was preceded by the development of 3 new state of the art theatres in 2011, one specifically designed with a large canopy for complex cases, and a new purpose built Central Decontamination Unit in 2014.

The 12 bed PACU will result in a facility that meets AAGBI (Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland) guidelines of 2 recovery bays to one theatre. This improves theatre efficiencies and patient throughput by reducing discharge delays from the operating theatre to recovery, increase dedicated paediatric bays from one to three. Design of the PACU will meet regulatory standards (i.e. HIQA, JCI, HSE).


Cappagh is the country’s national tertiary referral centre for both adult and children’s orthopaedics. A total of 27 Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeons confer and work together to deliver a highly specialised and efficient service in this major orthopaedic centre.

It manages a cohort of highly specific bone tumour cases, is a harvest centre and distributor of bone graft nationally and provides advanced rehabilitative services to patients from both the Mater Hospital and Connolly Hospital.

Cappagh carries out elective orthopaedic surgery for six adult and children’s hospitals in the east: the Mater Hospital, Connolly Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, St James Hospital, The Children’s University Hospital Temple Street, St Vincent’s University Hospital.

Cappagh is a major teaching institution with undergraduate and postgraduate training facilities in medical, surgical anaesthetic and nursing programmes in conjunction with the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, University College Dublin and Dublin City University.

It has 157 beds for adults and children. On average it carries out approximately 3,000 major patient operations, 8,000 minor operations and 12,000 out-patient reviews annually.

Cappagh Hospital is now in a unique position to be able to manage elective orthopaedic waiting lists for the greater Dublin region and assist acute hospitals in freeing up necessary theatre and ward space for acute and emergency care.

The Foundation donated a significant €1 million towards the development of the new Post Anaesthetic Care Unit. Many thanks to all our supports for making this possible!!!

Recovery Room