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Occupational Health

Welcome to the Occupational Health Department

The OHD was established in 1997 to provide occupational health and safety advice and services to employees of St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group. The emphasis is on the protection of employees from possible adverse effects of the work in which they are engaged.

Occupational health is concerned with the two-way relationship of work and health. It is as much related to the effects of the working environment on the health of the worker, as it is to the influence of the workers state of health on his/her ability to perform the tasks for which he/she was employed. The main aim of occupational health is to prevent ill health rather than cure it.

Mission Statement

The aim of the occupational therapy department is to provide a high quality, equitable and holistic service, which recognises the value of every client. We achieve this by:

• Providing interventions that empower our clients to maximise independence and restore balance to their activities, thus improving the person’s quality of life.
• Fostering strong working relationships with our multidisciplinary and community colleagues.
• Promoting a learning environment for staff and students through comprehensive academic and educational opportunities.
• Ensuring ongoing improvement through a commitment to continuing professional development, audit processes and key performance indicators.
• Exhibiting responsibility and creativity in the management of all available resources.
• Maintaining an awareness of the wider context within which we work and to ensure our department is aligned to the overall mission of St. Vincent’s University Hospital and St. Vincent’s Healthcare Group.

The OHD Team use a multi-disciplinary approach to:

  • Identify and evaluate workplace hazards;
  • Track patterns of work-related injury and illness;
  • Develop training and educational materials and programmes;
  • Provide technical assistance to others to prevent work-related injury and illness;
  • Work with departments to develop safer ways to work;
  • Recommend protective occupational health practices;
  • Promote and support staff health and wellbeing


  • Health assessments
  • Immunisation
  • Safety activities
  • Psychosocial activities
  • Educational activities
  • Ergonomics
  • Advisory role
  • Infection control issues
  • Health surveillance
  • Health promotion
  • Research

Staff Structure




Occupational Health Physicians

Dr. Paul Guéret
Dr. Jacintha More-O’Ferrall
Dr. Robert Ryan


Occupational Health Psychologist

Nuala Gannon


SVUH Clinical Nurse Specialists

Aisling Purcell
Ann O’Reilly
Siobhan Bulfin
Justine McGrane

Bleep: 353

SVPH Clinical Nurse Specialists

Ann O’Reilly

Bleep: 66

SMH Clinical Nurse Specialists

Anne McFadden

Bleep: 074


Aine Yap
Barbara Sheridan


OHD Staff Photo


Hours of Service



Monday – Thursday

7.00am to 5.00pm


7.00am to 4.00pm

Tuesday – Friday:

8.00am to 4.00pm


SVUH: 2nd Floor, St. Rita’s Building
SVPH: 2nd Floor, St. Rita’s Building
SMH: Ground Floor, School of Nursing

Main Contact Details

Administration: Ext. 4320