Irish hospital wins international award

Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital in Dublin has won a major international quality improvement award.

The hospital was awarded the 2013 CHKS Top Hospitals Quality Improvement Award at a recent ceremony in Middle Temple Hall in London.


The international award recognises significant improvements in patient care and patient experience as well as staff welfare, safety and morale.

The CHKS Quality Improvement Award 2013 was open to all healthcare organisations accredited by CHKS in 2012.

Having reviewed the submissions from the healthcare organisations the CHKS awards panel shortlisted five organisations -

  • ASL4, Italy
  • CahercallaCommunity Hospital and Hospice, Dublin, Ireland
  • CappaghNational Orthopaedic Hospital, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
  • The New Victoria Hospital, UK
  • Ygia Polyclinic, Cyprus

All shortlisted organisations were highly commended by the judges with Ygia polyclinic declared runners-up.

Mr. Gordon Dunne, Chief Executive of Cappagh said:  “Cappagh was the first public hospital to be externally accredited in Ireland over a decade ago. Every staff member past and present, have been committed to the quality improvement agenda since the commencing on the accreditation pathway. This is a validation of their efforts in ensuring the patient is at the centre of all we do at Cappagh”

Professor John O’Byrne, Chair of the Medical Board of Cappagh said that this prestigious international award is a result of the huge commitment and effort by every member of the staff at Cappagh Hospital both clinical and non-clinical. It reflects a determination to deliver the highest quality of care to our patients.

Since 2001, CHKS has been recognising and rewarding significant achievements in quality and improvement in healthcare through the Top Hospitals Programme awards. These awards celebrate the success of healthcare providers across the UK and internationally. Their independence and analytical rigour means that all of the Top Hospital Programme awards are considered a significant coup for winning trusts and hospitals.

CHKS Ltd is part of Capita plc, it is one of the leading international independent providers ofhealthcare intelligence and quality improvement services to the NHS and independenthealthcare sector. With over 20 years’ experience and having worked with over 300 clients worldwide, CHKS has a portfolio of information products, internationally-recognised accreditation programmes and consultancy services which provide clinicians and managers with the information needed to drive improvements inpatient care, financial efficiency, clinical effectiveness and quality.

Amongst the other honours awarded on the night were three national (UK) awards for patient safety, data quality and quality of care, based on the evaluation of 22 key performance indicators covering safety, clinical effectiveness, health outcomes, efficiency, patient experience and quality of care.



Cappagh are delighed to announce that they have been successful in achieving a contract with VHI for direct settlement on MRI scans.

VHI Category 1 Consultant Referral = FULL COVER
VHI Category 2 GP Referral = EXCESS PAYMENT ONLY

Please see the link below for further details:

MRI Directory



Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital were delighed to facilitate a mass in the hospital grounds during the recent Eucharistic Congress.  The three Finglas parishes led a procession to celebrate mass at the altar in Cappagh on Tuesday, 12th June 2012.  The altar at Cappagh is the original altar from the mass held at O'Connell Bridge, Dublin during the 31st International Eucharistic Congress held in 1932.

Despite the weather, a large crowd gathered and a lovely evening was had by all.


Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital was delighted to be shortlisted in the category of 'Best Organisation Cross Project' at the National Procurement Awards 2011.  The awards ceremony took place in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin on Thursday, 17th November 2011 and were hosted by Richard Curran, presenter of RTEs Dragons Den and Deputy Editor of the Sunday Business Post.

Congratulations to all those involved in the project!!



Dr James Reilly TD, Minister for Health, officially opened three new theatres in Cappagh National Orthopaedic Hospital on Friday, 22nd July 2011, bringing the hospitals total theatre capacity to seven.  Technology installed in the new theatre suite allows surgeries taking place in the theatres to be viewed anywhere in the world to allow consultant colleagues to communicate live with each other on any complex cases. 

To read further, please click on the links below:
Irish Health News
RTE News
Irish Times
Photos of Theatre Complex

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