Respiratory & Sleep Medicine

Provision of quality respiratory and sleep diagnostic tests for inpatients and outpatients

The Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Department at the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin provides excellence in respiratory and sleep diagnostic testing for inpatients and outpatients.  The department includes seven consultant respiratory physicians and works closely with other referring specialists and GPs in the provision of diagnostic testing and relevant therapies for their patients.

The Respiratory and Sleep Medicine Department currently includes 9 consultant respiratory physicians who are supported by a team of respiratory physiologists, backed up by our administration and patient escort team.

Diagnostic Services

The Department provides standard and specialised diagnostic services for indications including:

  • Evaluation and follow-up of respiratory symptoms and disease
  • Evaluation and follow-up of sleep disorders incl:
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnoea Syndrome and other sleep related conditions.
  • Quantification of the severity of known lung disease
  • Assessment of the potential effects or responses to environmental or occupational exposure

Respiratory Testing Service (GP referral)

The comprehensive range of investigations provided include:

  • Pulmonary Function Testing
  • Spirometry with bronchodilator response testing
  • Static lung volumes
  • Diffusing capacity
  • Body plethysmography (including thoracic gas volume and airways resistance)

 

Specialised Respiratory Tests (Respiratory Physician referral)

  • Methacholine / Mannitol inhalation tests
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing
  • Maximum respiratory pressures (MIP/MEP/SNIP)
  • Skin prick allergy Testing for Atopy

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Sleep Diagnostic Service (Consultant Respiratory/Sleep Physician referral only)

All studies are conducted within the hospital on an inpatient basis and are non-invasive. 

  • Polysomnography (PSG) incl. diagnosis of sleep apnoea
  • CPAP trials
  • CPAP device fitting
  • Compliance assessment

 

Other Respiratory Services

  • Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy service including transbronchial needle aspiration
  • Radiology including Chest x-rays, High Resolution CT scan and CT Pulmonary Angiogram
  • Access to multidisciplinary diagnostic and therapy oncology services for lung cancer patients

 

Rapid Assessment Respiratory Clinic

 

For patients with a chronic cough, uncontrolled or decreased control of asthma or COPD, new diagnosis of COPD / Pulmonary fibrosis or those with decreased exercise tolerance, patients can be referred to our new Rapid Assessment Respiratory Clinic.

This innovative streamlined service for patients requiring expert respiratory opinion and investigations ensures that patients are seen quickly by a specialist consultant and respiratory team, investigations are completed and evaluated in the same visit and an individualised action / care plan devised for patients.

The service is delivered by Dr Emmet O Brien and Prof Ross Morgan . This clinic is supported by a team of Respiratory Physiologists who provide diagnostic testing for this service.

For more information, click here 

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Conor Burke
Consultant Respiratory Physician
Respiratory & Sleep Medicine , Endoscopy Respiratory Medicine
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: (01) 837 1440

Prof Conor Burke

Consultant Respiratory Physician

Biography

Conor was educated in Blackrock College and graduated from UCD.  After completing a three year Fellowship in Stanford University in California, he returned to Ireland as Consultant Respiratory Physician in Connolly Hospital and Mater Hospital and Professor of Medicine in UCD.  In addition, he currently serves as Clinical Director. He is a Fellow of the College of Physicians in Ireland and Fellow of the College of Physicians in London and Fellow of the College of Chest Physicians (U.S.).

His post-doctoral thesis was awarded for his work in lung transplantation.

He has served on various government committees; for three terms on the Health Research Board and for three terms on the Council of the College of Physicians.

Conor has delivered over two hundred invited papers to international medical and scientific societies and published over one hundred papers in the peer reviewed international literature.

Areas of Interest

Asthma, Occupational Lung Disease, Airway Inflammation

Qualifications

M.D., F.R.C.P.I., F.R.C.P.(Lon), ., F.C.C.P.

Appointments

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown Dublin 15

Contact Details

  • Prof Conor Burke
  • Bon Secours Consultants Clinic, Glasnevin Hill, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Liam Cormican
Consultant in Respiratory Medicine
Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Respiratory Medicine
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

Dr Liam Cormican

Consultant in Respiratory Medicine

Areas of Interest

Asthma, Sleep Medicine, Interstitial Lung Disease

Qualifications

M.D., F.R.C.P.I., F.C.C.P.

Appointments

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown Dublin 15

Contact Details

  • Dr Liam Cormican

Secretary

Richard Costello
Consultant in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
Respiratory & Sleep Medicine , Endoscopy Respiratory Medicine
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

Prof Richard Costello

Consultant in Respiratory and Sleep Medicine

Areas of Interest

Asthma, Sleep Medicine, Allergy

Additional Information

Referrals to Prof Costello can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in Beaumont Private Clinic or by secure email.

Qualifications

M.B., M.D., F.R.C.P.I.

Appointments

Beaumont Hospital Beaumont Road Dublin 9

Contact Details

  • Prof Richard Costello
  • Beaumont Private Clinic, Beaumont, Dublin 9

Secretary

John Faul
Consultant in Respiratory & Sleep Medicine
Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Respiratory & Sleep Medicine
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 056 777 5280

Dr John Faul

Consultant in Respiratory & Sleep Medicine

Areas of Interest

Sleep Medicine, Asthma, Obesity

Additional Information

Referrals to Dr Faul can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in the Bon Secours Consultants Clinic or sent by secure email.

Qualifications

M.A. M.D., F.R.C.P.I., F.C.C.P.

Appointments

Connolly Hospital Blanchardstown Dublin 15

Contact Details

  • Dr John Faul
  • Bon Secours Consultants Clinic, Glasnevin Hill, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Session Times

Wednesdays

Gerry McElvaney
Consultant in Pulomary & General Internal Medicine
Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Respiratory Medicine
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

Prof. Gerry McElvaney

Consultant in Pulomary & General Internal Medicine

Areas of Interest

Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Bronchitis, Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Pulmonary Fibrosis, Emphysema

Qualifications

M.B., F.R.C.P.I., F.R.C.P.C.

Appointments

Beaumont Hospital Beaumont Road Dublin 9

Contact Details

  • Prof. Gerry McElvaney
  • Beaumont Private Clinic, Beaumont, Dublin 9

Secretary

Ross Morgan
Consultant in Respiratory Medicine
Respiratory & Sleep Medicine , Rapid Assessment Respiratory Clinic Respiratory Medicine
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin

Prof Ross Morgan

Consultant in Respiratory Medicine

Biography

Ross Morgan graduated from UCD in 1996 and undertook specialist registrar
training in Respiratory Medicine in Ireland followed by a 3 year fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care at Boston University. He has been a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Beaumont Hospital since 2007 and is a Fellow of the RCPI and of the American College of Chest Physicians. He is a council member of the Irish Thoracic Society and Chair of the Lung cancer group at the NCCP. He is also chairman of ASH Ireland.

His clinical and research interests are in lung cancer, pleural disease, airway inflammation and bronchoscopy.

Areas of Interest

Lung Cancer, Bronchoscopy, Pleural Disease, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Airway inflamation

Qualifications

MB BCh BAO (Hons) MD FRCPI FCCP

Appointments

Beaumont Hospital Beaumont Road Dublin 9

Contact Details

  • Prof Ross Morgan
  • Beaumont Private Clinic, Beaumont, Dublin 9

Secretary

Emmet O Brien
Consultant Respiratory Physician
Respiratory & Sleep Medicine , Rapid Assessment Respiratory Clinic Respiratory & Sleep Medicine
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 085 2676829

Dr Emmet O Brien

Consultant Respiratory Physician

Biography

Dr Emmet O’Brien graduated from University College Cork in 2006, and completed Higher Specialist Training in Respiratory Medicine in 2016. He was awarded a PhD from RCSI for his work in translational respiratory medicine and has authored several publications and book chapters. Dr O’Brien completed his fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in 2018 at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre in Pittsburgh, USA, and was a practicing faculty member there before returning to Ireland in 2019.

In addition to working as part of our respiratory team at the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin, Dr O’Brien works as a Consultant Respiratory Physician at Beaumont Hospital and is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer in Medicine at the RCSI, where he is active in both undergraduate and postgraduate medical education.

Areas of Interest

Dr O’Brien is clinically experienced in all areas of general respiratory and sleep medicine, with sub-specialist interests that include lung cancer, pulmonary nodules, COPD, sleep medicine, and advanced diagnostic bronchoscopy including EBUS.

Qualifications

MB BCh NUI

Appointments

Referrals to Dr O Brien can be sent via Healthlink, posted to his private rooms in Beaumont Private Clinic or sent by secure email.

For appointments with Dr O Brien in the Rapid Assesment Respiratory Clinic, referrals can be sent via Healthlink or emailed directly to rac@bonsecours.ie

Contact Details

  • Dr Emmet O Brien
  • Beaumont Consultants Clinic, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin 9

Secretary

Appointments for outpatient Respiratory testing are by GP or consultant referral only. These can be made by contacting the outpatient Department in the Bon Secours Hospital on 01 8082300 or by Fax: 01 8082309 or email: dublinrespiratorybookings@bonsecours.ie

Admission to the hospital for sleep studies are from a Consultant Respiratory physician referral only. If you would like to find out more information about our sleep testing service, please call us on 01-8065479.

Appointments with any of our team of consultant respiratory physicians can be made by contacting their individual secretaries. A full list of the respiratory physicians and their contact details are available here.

Respiratory diagnostic tests incl. PFT's are covered by the majority of health insurance plans.  For further information on insurance coverage, please contact the Outpatients Department on 01 8082300.

Sleep Studies are covered by the majority of health insurance plans though depending upon the policy there may be a small excess to be paid. For uninsured patients, please contact 01 806 5351 for details about prices.

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