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CUH Trauma Assessment Clinic (TAC)

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What is the Trauma Assessment Clinic?

CUH Trauma Assessment Clinic (TAC) is a safe and fast process for assessing specified injuries which will determine if there is a need for you to attend an Orthopaedic Fracture Clinic. In many cases, there is no requirement for patients to attend a Fracture Clinic.

When does the Trauma Assessment Clinic Take Place?

The TAC takes place every Wednesday morning.

Where does the Trauma Assessment Clinic Take Place?

The TAC takes place in one of the consulting/examination rooms within CUH Fracture Clinic.

Who is present at the Trauma Assessment Clinic?

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and Nurse.

Do I need to attend the Trauma Assessment Clinic?

No – you do not need to attend the TAC.

What happens at the Trauma Assessment Clinic?

The Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon will review your x-ray images and your Emergency Department notes, and will make a decision in relation to your follow-up care.

What Outcomes can I expect?

You may be discharged from the hospital, you may require a follow-up review at a Fracture Clinic or you may require a physiotherapy appointment.

How will I find out the outcome of the Trauma Assessment Clinic?

You will be contacted via telephone after the clinic by either the Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist or the Nurse who were in attendance at the TAC. You will receive this between 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. on Wednesday.

How can I contact the Trauma Assessment Clinic?

You can contact the TAC telephone line on 087-087-1008967 between 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. on Tuesday.

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Should you have any concerns in relation to your injury, please attend your GP or local Emergency Department.

Prior to discharge from the ED, please request a patient Infirmation leaflet regarding your specific injury (below).

TAC Patient advice leaflet on TAC # clavicle
TAC Patient advice leaflet on TAC # neck of humerus
TAC Patient advice leaflet on TAC shoulder dislocation
TAC Patient advice leaflet on TAC # radial head
TAC Patient advice leaflet on TAC # thumb metacarpal
TAC Patient advice leaflet on TAC # Little metacarpal
TAC Patient advice leaflet on TAC # Phalanges
TAC Patient advice leaflet on TAC # lateral malleolus
TAC Patient advice leaflet on TAC # metatarsals / phalanges

If you are concerned, please contact the Emergency Department you first attended: MUH (021) 4271971 M-UCC at SMHC (St. Mary’s Health Campus) (021) 4926900 CUH (021) 4920200 LIU Mallow General Hospital (022) 58506 Bantry General Hospital (027) 52900

Content by Dr Íomhar O' Sullivan 07/04/2007. Last review Dr ÍOS 14/06/19 .