Occupational Therapy (HP)


Occupational Therapy Department

Temple Street Children’s University Hospital
Temple Street
Dublin 1
Tel.:  (01) 878 4542

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational Therapy (OT) enables people to take part in everyday activities that they need or want to do.

The aim of OT is to enhance, enable and empower young people’s participation in daily living activities (occupations) by helping them adapt to the challenges they face as a result of illness, developmental delay or disability.  The purpose of Occupational Therapy is to help the child/adolescent achieve or maintain their maximum level of independence and to develop practical life skills so that they can participate to their full potential in the home and classroom environment. 

Occupational Therapists (OTs) are concerned with a child/adolescent’s ability to engage with activities including:

  • Self-care
  • Productivity (work)
  • Leisure

The therapists help families to cope more effectively to reach their optimal level of function (occupation) in the areas of school, play and self-care.

Our team is experienced in assessing children’s ability to do daily tasks so that we can formulate a treatment plan to address their needs. We are often asked to investigate difficulties in fundamental activities.

Meet the team:

Below is a list of our current Occupational Therapists (some of whom are currently on leave):

  • Sarah Governey, Sinead Leahy, Laura Parkes, Sinead O’Sullivan, Katie Stack, Frances Keegan, Sinead O’Reilly, Colette Slevin

We also have the following staff: 

  • Martina Finnegan (OT Assistant AM only) and Ann Doran (OT Secretary – 9am-3:30pm)

Services provided:

  • Neurology (Inpatient and outpatient assessment service)
  • Neurosurgery (Inpatient)
  • Burns and Plastics (Inpatient and outpatient)
  • Orthopaedics and Rheumatology (Inpatient and outpatient)
  • Paediatric Liaison Service (Mental Health) (Inpatient and outpatient)
  • General Medicine (all other inpatients with priority needs e.g. neonatology, general paediatrics, Neurodisability)


To access the Occupational Therapy Service in Temple Street Hospital you must be referred by a consultant in the hospital. The Occupational Therapy Department does not currently offer a service to all specialties (please refer to services provided tab). A referral form must be completed in full and sent to the Occupational Therapy Department. Referrals are prioritized before 11am each day. Staff members can download our referral form from the Temple Street intranet.

Where we are

The Occupational Therapy (OT) Department is located within Temple Street Children’s University Hospital. The OT department is accessed via St Frances’ Clinic which is located at the end of the hospital’s ambulance/ A&E lane way. 

The logo of the department is a pink flamingo balancing on one leg.

Contact us

The OT department can be contacted by using the below details:

Occupational Therapy Department 
Temple Street Children’s University Hospital
Temple Street
Dublin 1
Telephone: (01) 8784542

An OT Administrator is available every day between 09.00 and 15.30. A message can be left and will be processed as soon as possible. The OT Department is open between the hours of 08.30/9 and 16.30/17.00. 

What to expect at your outpatient appointment? 

  • During your appointment you and your child will meet with an OT to discuss your child’s functional skills and needs.  
  • Depending on which appointment you attend you may see your OT alone or with another member of the staff, for example, speech and language therapy, physiotherapy. 
  • Appointment times can vary between 30 minutes to one hour.

Before your appointment: 

  • If you received a questionnaire with your appointment letter please send this back before your appointment or bring it with you.
  • If you are already seeing OT locally, please bring along a copy of your most recent report.
  • If you have any splints please bring them with you.

How to change or cancel my appointment?:

  • Please let us know as soon as possible if you cannot attend your appointment, we need 24 hours for a cancelled appointment, please call us on 01 878 4542. We will book you in at the next available opportunity.

Useful links and Resources

Association of Occupational Therapists in Ireland (containing links to Private OTs nationwide): www.aoti.ie 

British Association of Occupational Therapists: http://www.cot.co.uk 

Irish Wheelchair Association: www.iwa.ie 


Click here to download the Hip Spica Leaflet for parents

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