Welcome to the Pre-Admission Assessment Unit (PAAU) Web Page
Pre-Admission Assessment Unit Mission Statement
We, as a Nurse–led Unit aim to deliver an efficient and effective pathway for our patients prior to surgery. We endeavour to engage in evidence-based practice to ensure quality and safe outcomes of care for our patients.
The Pre-Admission Unit (PAAU) provides a pre-assessment service to all elective orthopedic patients. All patients are provided with an appointment to attend the Unit or are pre-assessed over the telephone.
Patients having elective joint replacements are also seen by the Pharmacist, Physiotherapist and Occupational Therapist (patients having hip replacements only).
Currently the PAAU provides a limited preassessment service to elective surgical patients. The service will expand to include all elective surgical patients in the future.
The PAAU is for all patients >16 years undergoing general anaesthetic / regional anesthesia for day or inpatient surgery.
The PAAU is located on the second floor via the main hospital entrance. The most convenient way to get to the Unit is to take the lifts or stairs near the main reception to the second floor and follow the directions to the pre-admission assessment unit.
Jessica Downs Telephone (021) 4926448
Brenda Murray Telephone (021) 4926160
Orthopedic Nursing Staff
Clinical Nurse Manager 2 Mary Madden
Clinical Nurse Manager 2 Karen Mullane
Clinical Nurse Manager 2 Frances Tynan
Surgical Nursing Staff
Clinical Nurse Manager 2 Anne Noonan
Monday –Friday 08.00 - 1700.
Additional Services Provided
Consultant Anaesthetic review clinic
Cross Match Clinic
- Smoking Cessation advice given - smoking referral to Resource Officer provided
- Diet and Exercise advice
- Referral to the dietician/social work department /infection control officer
- Information leaflets on planned orthopedic /surgical surgery and anaesthetic
- Registration on the Irish National Orthopedic Register