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The Unit has been equipped with an ocular coherence tomography machine and is the only facility in the country with dedicated access to this technology. This non-invasive imaging technique can be used to generate high-resolution, three-dimensional images of the retina for use in research of neurological disease and the monitoring of drug complications involving the retina.
While Tallaght Hospital provides services for chronic neurological disease in a catchment area of over 500,000 people, it has not previously had a dedicated space to cater for such patients. The new room has three fully-equipped examination bays and two comfortable armchairs for patients requiring prolonged periods of observation or administration of treatments. In addition, nurse specialists will be in a position to provide education to patients and for a Research Fellow in Ataxia and Movement Disorders.
Dr Richard Walsh, Consultant Neurologist, Tallaght Hospital, said: “We are extremely proud to be opening this dedicated unit… This facility will undoubtedly further enhance our ability to provide care to our patients in an efficient manner and in a comfortable environment. It is also fitting that this important unit is named after Dr Raymond Murphy, who gave many years of service to neurology in Tallaght Hospital, which is now reflected throughout the country, where his influence continues in the many neurologists he trained during his career. “
He also thanked the Meath Foundation and Novartis, “who have provided all the funding to make this project possible”.