Outpatients Department

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Our busy Outpatients Department caters for 8-10 metabolic clinics every week.  Some clinics are condition specific e.g. PKU, Galactosaemia and MPS.   In addition, we run clinics in other centres on a regular basis.

Patient profile:  new patients are accepted and seen in CHI up to the eve of their 16th birthday.

When you receive your appointment letter

If the date and time is inconvenient, please telephone (01) 878 4317 to reschedule as soon as possible so that we can offer the appointment to another child.

Prior to your child’s appointment

It is dangerous for some of our patients to come into contact with people who could have certain infectious diseases.  If your child has been in contact with a person with measles, mumps, chicken pox or a tummy bug in the three weeks before the appointment, please telephone us for advice on whether to attend or not.


If you need an interpreter please let us know which language you need. This can be arranged in advance of your appointment at no cost to you.

Location of our outpatient clinic

The Metabolic Outpatient Department of NCIMD is located at the end of Nerney’s Court.  Go through St. Frances’ Clinic and follow the signs for the Metabolic Unit.Metabolic Unit 6-10-15 xxxxxx-10

If you are not sure where to go, please show your appointment letter to a member of staff and ask for directions.

On the day of your child’s appointment

Please arrive on time for the appointment. When you arrive at the Outpatients Department of NCIMD, please check in with the receptionist who will ensure that we have the correct details for your child.

The consultation

Your appointment letter will usually give the name of the medical consultant caring for your child. You may see a number of different people during your child’s appointment including Medical Consultants, Registrars, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Staff Nurses, Health Care Assistant, Dietitians, Social Worker, Clinical Psychologist, Play Specialist and Administration Staff.  As the department is part of a teaching hospital you and your child may meet student doctors or nurses.

On arrival your child’s weight and height will be checked.Metabolic Unit 6-10-15 xxxxxx-1

As part of the consultation samples of blood and urine may need to be taken in order to diagnose your child’s condition and plan their care.

The time you are given for your child’s appointment is a guide only for when they will be seen, depending on the clinic you may be in the hospital for some time. We strive to make waiting times as short as possible and provide a child friendly environment in order to put your child’s mind at ease.

Booking your next appointment

At the end of the consultation, the doctor will tell you if he or she wants to see your child again and if so, approximately when. Please book this appointment with the receptionist before you leave.

If you need to reschedule your appointment, please call (01) 878 4317 or email: metappt@cuh.ie.

Metabolic Outpatients Leaflet

For information on the Temple Street Outpatients
please visit this link.

For information on Phlebotomy (Blood Testing) Departments, please visit this link.