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 supporters who made this possible!!!

Recovery Room


Minister for Health, Mr Simon Harris, TD and Mr Gordon Dunne, Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital CEO

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