Making History

Making History
Consultant Cardiologist Deirdre Ward, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Inherited Cardiac Conditions Helen Connaughton, Director of Nursing at Tallaght Hospital Hilary Daly and Assistant Director of Nursing Berneen Laycock.

Helen Connaughton recently became the first ever Clinical Nurse Specialist in the area of Inherited Cardiac Conditions marking a very important milestone for cardiology and nursing services nationally and in Tallaght Hosptal.

As the first Irish Clinical Nurse Specialist in this field, Helen is now a national leader in this area and demonstrates the investment and advancements that have taken place in cardiac services in Tallaght Hospital.

The Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) unit aims to provide comprehensive specialist evaluation of those diagnosed with or at risk from inherited cardiac conditions, including families who have lost someone to sudden cardiac death, It was developed as a collaboration between Tallaght Hospital, St. Kames's Hospital, St. Vincent's University Hospital and Trinity College Dublin and is located at the back of the Hospital.

Commenting on Helen's success, Hilary Daly, Director of Nursing at Tallaght Hospital said:

We are all delighted with Helen's success. Tallaght Hospital has a strong ethos of 'People caring for people' and Helen achieving this professional accreditation enables us to put this ethos into place all the more clearly, in the area of cardiac services. Helen's additional expertise now as a clinical nurse specialist is a huge asset for the great work that takes place in the unit.