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Speech & Language Therapy

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) is the use of assessment and treatment to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with physical, mental, or cognitive disorders.

Our team of occupational therapists and therapy assistants provides individualised therapy programmes to optimise patients’ levels of independence and ultimately lead to discharging patients back to living within their local community.

Occupational Therapists focus on identifying and eliminating environmental barriers to independence and participation in daily activities by adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching new skills and educating the patient/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities

The Action Van service facilitates environmental adaptations to patients’ homes to improve independence and reduce the risk of falls. This collaborative project between The Royal Hospital Donnybrook, St. Vincent’s University Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital and St. Columcille’s Hospital continues to facilitate timely discharges from hospital relieving bed pressure in all four hospitals.

For further information, contact Jo Cannon, Occupational Therapy Manager on 01 4066 607 or [email protected]

The Royal Hospital Donnybrook – A Teaching Hospital

The Occupational Therapy Department is a teaching site for Trinity College Dublin. A 0.5WTE Practice Tutor is based on site to assist with the clinical placements for up to 12 occupational therapy students per year. Speech and Language Therapy student placements are also offered at the hospital.

Speech & Language Therapy

Speech & Language Therapists (SLTs) support people who experience difficulties with communication, eating, drinking and swallowing. The SLT role includes: 

  • Providing individualised assessment of communication (including speech, language, and voice) and/or eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties.
  • Patient-guided treatment of communication disorders and/or disorders of feeding, eating, drinking and swallowing, employing a variety of methods to support and maximise communication and swallowing abilities. Treatment approaches/options may include individual and/or group therapy sessions. Exploration of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) may also be considered as appropriate.
  • Collaborative working with the patient/resident and where appropriate his/her relatives, close friends, colleagues or significant others.
  • Promoting the role of SLT within the RHD and working to increase the accessibility of the hospital for people with communication difficulties.
  • Provision of education and support to the multidisciplinary team with regards to communication and swallowing impairments and to develop supported communication skills to enable positive interactions.

The Speech & Language Therapy Department also facilitates training of Student Speech & Language Therapists by providing clinical placements.

For further information, contact Rosanne Staveley, Speech & Language Therapist Manager on 01 4066642  or [email protected]



Podiatry is a healthcare profession that is involved with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the lower limb and foot, providing advice and education with appropriate treatment, thus helping the patient to rehabilitate faster.

Podiatry also plays a significant role in preventing minor lesions progressing to more serious systemic conditions, promoting and maintaining mobility, providing comfort – all greatly enhancing the quality of life for the patients and residents in the hospital.

For further information, contact Jo Cannon, Designated Line Manager for Podiatry on
01 4066 607 or [email protected]