Neurosurgery (Children and Families)


Neurosurgery Department
CHI at Temple Street
Temple Street
Dublin 1
Tel.: (01) 878 4254

Michelle Doyle • Advanced Nurse Practitioner Candidate ( Neurosurgery)
CHI at Temple Street
T: (01) 892 1753 | 01 878 4200 Bleep 738

Sarah Dennedy • Neurosurgery Nurse Specialist
CHI at Temple Street

Neurosurgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disorders which affect any portion of the nervous system including the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and extra-cranial cerebrovascular system

This Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery at CHI at Temple Street is responsible for the provision of neurosurgical services at CHI at Temple Street and Beaumont Hospital, D9 and over the last ten years, the three Neurosurgeons working in the Department have conducted over 500 cases a year, which includes 75 cases a year in neonates (under two months of age.)

There are three Consultant Paediatric Neurosurgeons and one Registrar attached to CHI at Temple Street’s Department of Paediatric Neurosurgery, all of who rotate, one at a time, between CHI at Temple Street and Beaumont Hospital. There is also one neurosurgery nurse coordinator, a Senior Clinical Neuro-psychologist and a Consultant Paediatrician who is attached to the Spina Bifida service. Currently 23% of the neurosurgical procedures performed by this service every year are conducted on an elective basis, 45% are performed on an urgent but scheduled basis and 32% are performed on an emergency basis.

We treat all central, peripheral nervous system and spinal column diseases which are suitable for surgery. We also deal with neonatal and paediatric neurosurgical issues such as hydrocephalus, spina bifida, trauma, vascular abnormalities and other associated problems.

John Caird and Darach Crimmins, Paediatric Neurosurgeons, CHI at Temple Street

CHI at Temple Street’s Department of Neurosurgery is working with the Children’s Hospital Group (CHG) to ensure the design and delivery of a world class paediatric neurosurgery service at the new children’s hospital (nch) which is currently being built on the St James’s Hospital campus site, D8 and which is scheduled to open in 2022. The Department is advocating for the following components at the nch; 

  • a dedicated neurosurgical theatre
  • intraoperative MRI
  • interventional radiology across from the dedicated theatre
  • a dedicated neurosurgery ward with neurosurgical nurses (complemented by Advanced Nurse Practitioners) ensuring less dependencies on PICU
  • a neurosurgical services coordinator
  • an OPD with adjacent radiology/ X-Ray, neurology, psychology, physiology services
  • availability of neurosurgical fellowships
  • neurosurgery audit and research facilities 

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