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Day Care Unit

Blackrock Clinic Patients Day Care Unit

Blackrock Clinic Day Care Unit wal sign


Blackrock Clinic has one of the largest day surgery units in Ireland, with:

  • Two full operating theatres,
  • Two endoscopy suites,
  • Three minor procedure rooms, and
  • Thirty three bed spaces and recliner chairs.

In total, the unit increases the hospital’s day surgery capacity by 200%, and makes Blackrock Clinic one of the largest day care providers in the country.


The day unit enables the delivery of efficient treatment for up to 100 patients a day, or 30,000 patients a year, and we aim to deliver up to 70% of appropriate elective surgeries from the unit, including:

  • cataract surgery,
  • hernia repair, and
  • varicose vein surgery.

Clear Trend

In the last decade there has been a clear trend within advanced hospital systems towards reducing the number of acute beds. This is a direct result of increasing services through more efficient and productive routes such as the use of day surgery.

In the US, up to 80% of all appropriate elective operative procedures are now carried out at day surgery facilities. Irish hospitals, which by comparison had been delivering an average of only 55% of procedures in 2010, are now catching up with that.

Thus, Blackrock Clinic is pursuing a Day Surgery model for appropriate cases where patient outcomes retain the highest quality, while phasing out the non-core and unnecessary part of the service.


Facilities include:

  •  2 Theatres
  •  2 Endoscopy rooms
  •  3 Minor procedure rooms
  •  25 Recovery beds
  •  Comfortable discharge lounge
  •  Doctors offices
  •  Friendly reception lobby

Direct Access Endoscopy Services

Direct Access Endoscopy Services are also available speedily with a referral letter from your GP.

  • Gastroscopy: A Gastroscopy (OGD) is a test which allows the doctor to look at the lining of the oesophagus, the stomach and the first part of the intestine.
  • Colonoscopy: A Colonoscopy is a visual examination of the lining of your bowel. It is performed by passing a small flexible tube through the rectum into the colon.
  • Cystoscopy: A Cystoscopy is a test that allows your doctor to look at the interior lining of the bladder and the urethra. The cystoscope is a thin instrument with a light that is inserted into the urethra and advanced into the bladder.
  • Hysteroscopy: A Hysteroscopy is a procedure that allows your doctor to look inside the uterus in order to diagnose and treat causes of abnormal bleeding. Hysteroscopy is done using a hysteroscope, a thin, lighted tube that is inserted into the vagina to examine the cervix and inside of the uterus.