Neurophysiology

Department of Clinical Neurophysiology
Temple Street Children’s University Hospital
Temple Street 
Dublin 1

Tel: (01) 878 4241

Location in hospital

The Neurology/Neurophysiology departments relocated in 2018 and are now located on the 3rd floor of “The King Unit” outpatients building. Attending patients should report to reception on the 3rd floor at the time of their appointment.

What is Clinical Neurophysiology?

Clinical Neurophysiology is the measurement of small electrical signals from the brain or limbs of a patient.  The measurement of these small electrical signals helps in the diagnosis and management of children with neurological illness. 

Names of current team members 

Louise Scott, Senior Neuro-Physiologist ; Aoife Lavin, Senior Neuro-Physiologist ; Odette O’ Flaherty, Chief Neuro-Physiologist ; Karen Collins, Senior Neuro-Physiologist ; Emily Conroy, Chief Neuro-Physiologist

Services provided

Video EEG (electroencephalography):  is a painless test which looks at brain function by recording the electrical activity from the brain. During the test patients may be asked to look at flashing lights and undertake a deep breathing exercise if required. This type of EEG is performed in an inpatient and outpatient setting.  There are several types of video EEG depending on the nature of events the patient is having;

Routine Video EEG – performed only when awake.  Duration is less than one hour. 

Sleep Deprived Video EEG - depending on the age of the patient they will be required to remain awake for part if not most of the night previous to the EEG being carried out. As a natural sleep is required the test may take up to two hours to complete as an out-patient.

Video Telemetry (long term monitoring) – the EEG is performed in an inpatient setting over a period of days to quantify and classify patient events. 

Ambulatory – a portable EEG system for patients meeting specific criteria is attached in the hospital. The patient may then travel home overnight returning the next morning to have the system removed and the data analysed

How to access the Neurophysiology department

  • The Neurophysiology department is a tertiary referral centre accepting referrals from hospitals and GP services via a consultant only. The referrals are vetted by the chief Neuro-Physiologist and assigned an appointment based on priority.
  • Referrals should contain a detailed clinical description of events and the patient’s level of cooperation. 
  • Referral forms are available from the department directly. 

What to expect at your outpatient appointment

  • Every effort is made to keep to the appointment time allocated. Please ensure you are on time for your appointment otherwise we may not be able to accommodate the patient.
  • The duration of your appointment will vary depending on the type of test requested and may take up to 2 hours. 

Before your appointment

It is very important to read all the instructions sent to you in the post with your child’s appointment.  This specifies the type of test being carried out and includes specific instructions outlining exactly what you need to do the night before you attend your appointment. There is a detailed and important section on hair hygiene that must be adhered to.

How to cancel your appointment

Please inform the department as soon as possible if your child cannot attend their appointment by calling (01) 8784426.

Useful links and resources

Do you offer work shadowing or clinical placement?

Dublin Institute of Technology is currently the only third level institution offering a BSc in Clinical Measurement Science. Third and fourth year students are placed in clinical measurement departments throughout Ireland to gain clinical skills before graduating. 

Managers Contact:

Odette O’Flaherty / Emily Conroy
Chief Neuro-Physiologist 
Neurophysiology Department
Temple Street Children’s University Hospital
Temple Street
Dublin 1
Telephone: (01) 8784241

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