Cappagh Physiotherapy Service

"Transforming lives through movement and mobility."

The physiotherapy service in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital draws on a wealth of experience from a team of 14 chartered physiotherapists, all members of the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).  The team have developed their skills and expertise in musculoskeletal care in hospitals in Ireland, the UK and the United States and Canada. The team also consists of a physiotherapy assistant and a porter.


The mission of the Cappagh Physiotherapy team is to transform lives through movement and mobility.  The key aspects to our success with patients are:

  • Pre-assessment - before surgery patients attend our pre-assessment clinic (PAC) for multidisciplinary assessment and intervention including ‘prehabilitation’ to ensure each patient is physically fit and prepared for surgery as much as possible.
  • Inpatients - a physiotherapy inpatient service is provided Monday-Saturday. Following surgery all patients are assessed and undergo a rehabilitation program under the care and supervision of an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist. On discharge from Cappagh patients requiring continued treatment are referred onto our outpatient physiotherapy clinic or their local physiotherapy service.
  • Outpatient Clinics - a physiotherapy outpatient service is provided Monday-Friday. Referrals are accepted from all consultants attached to Cappagh as well as from the new Musculoskeletal (MSK) Triage service. Patients can also continue their outpatient physiotherapy service here when they are discharged from Cappagh following surgery.
  • Sports Medicine Clinic -The Cappagh Sports Injury Clinic was established in 2004 and is run by Dr. Noel McCaffrey (Dr. Sports Medicine) , Professor John O’Byrne (Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon) and Tina Traynor, (Physiotherapy Clinical Specialist) . Patients can be referred to this service by GPs,Consultants & Physiotherapists. The patient will undergo assessment by the team. They may be sent for investigation as appropriate and then a treatment plan is put in place.
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) Triage - Assessment by experienced physiotherapists of patients referred to orthopaedic outpatients clinics (MSK triage) began in the 1980s and is now an established model within the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. In 2010 the HSE reviewed orthopaedic waiting lists in Ireland and launched a national waiting list initiative. 24 clinical specialist physiotherapy posts in MSK Triage were created and Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital was allocated two of these posts. The Cappagh MSK clinic was launched in 2011. The service is run by Physiotherapy Clinical Specialists Mary Cassells and Niall O’Mahony. Initial results show that over 70% of patients can be managed effectively by an MSK triage physiotherapist with only 30% requiring further surgical review.
  • Active Rehabilitation Unit - Patients from the Mater Hospital and Beaumont Hospital who require a period of active rehabilitation to enable then to return home, are now being referred to our new Active Rehabilitation Unit. These patients undergo a full programme of daily physiotherapy and occupational therapy to improve their physical fitness and confidence. In addition to individual exercise programmes our patients attend exercise and balance classes, education sessions on falls prevention, preparation for home classes and social activities. We are very proud to be a part of this new initiative and the feedback from patients so far has been very positive.

The benefits of physiotherapy

  • Physiotherapy improves the recovery rate of patients who have undergone surgery. Research is currently being undertaken in Cappagh Hospital to quantify the scale of this benefit.
  • Physiotherapy facilitates self management by the patient which empowers them in their healing and recovery process.
  • Physiotherapy facilitates peak movement and peak mobility for the patient so that they can live independent lives and are not as dependent on community support and resources.

We pride ourselves at Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital on being the hospital that you would refer your friends and loved ones to due to the level of care and expertise we offer. In the words of one hip replacement patient to a member of the physiotherapy team “you didn’t just help me be more mobile, you changed my life”.

Information for Patients:

Physiotherapists and Occupational Therapists in Cappagh have produced information for patients in the following formats:


  • Hip Replacement Guide
  • Knee Replacement Guide
  • Shoulder replacement Guide
  • Elbow Replacement Guide
  • Back Care Advice

Video and DVD:      

  • Total Hip Replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement

If you wish to purchase any of the above, please contact the therapy secretary on
01 8140 429 (Mon morning and Tues afternoon)

Hours of Service

Monday – Friday: 8.00am – 4.00pm
Saturday: 8.30am – 11.30am

Contact Information 

Ms Ruth Kiely
Therapy Services Manager
Phone: +353 (1) 8140 322
Email: ruth [dot] kiely [at] cappagh [dot] ie

Phone: +353 (1) 814 0462: In Patient Department
Phone: +353 (1) 814 0349: Out Patient Department

Mission Statement

We are inspired by the love of Catherine McAuley and the Sisters of Mercy.

We strive to Care for all patients with excellence, Cherish the uniqueness of each person and Treat them with compassion, love and integrity.

We are constantly challenged to meet the needs of our times in all aspects of care, through ongoing education and research.