Immunology

What we do

The Department of Immunology is part of the Laboratory Medicine (LabMed) Directorate in St. James’s Hospital and performs a wide range of tests which help in the diagnosis of a range of diseases. 

The Department operates an in-patient service, two weekly out-patient clinics, a day ward and a consultancy service. The department is also very involved in medical education and research.

The remit of the Department of Immunology is to investigate and treat patients with disorders of the immune system.  These disorders include those causing allergy, other types of inflammatory diseases including auto-immunity, diseases in which the immune system has failed (immune deficiency) and certain types of malignancy.  It also acts as a reference centre for the investigation and management of patients with a variety of immunological disorders especially in the areas of immunodeficiency, vasculitis, coeliac disease and other autoimmune disorders.  Patient information booklets about some of these diseases are available on the hospital web.

For more detailed information regarding the test repertoire offered, sample types required, reference ranges and test turnaround times, please see our Laboratory User Manaul.

Critical Results Policy

Immunology Department provides an urgent out of hours service for Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies (ANCA) and Glomerular Basement Membrane (GBM) antibody testing. Physicians who require an urgent ANCA and GBM test must contact the laboratory directly (or the hospital switch board) to organise this service. The turn around time will be approximately three hours from receipt of sample into the laboratory. A policy document outlining the procedure for ordering urgent ANCA and/or GBM antibody testing is available below.

Results that are abnormal and may require immediate clinical management are communicated by the Immunology Department to the appropriate healthcare professionals. A policy document outlining the list of tests and their respective critical phone limits are available below.

Urgent ANCA and GBM Request Policy (PDF 113Kb)

Critial Phone Limits in Immunology Policy (PDF 84Kb)

Opening Hours

Laboratory:

The Immunology laboratory is open between 8am and 6pm Monday to Friday. For results please phone the Clerical Office.

Clerical Office:

Results are available from the Clerical Office from 9am to 5pm.

Telephone: (01) 416 2034, 4162016, 4162051, 4162061, 4162075

Consultant

 

 

Consultant Speciality (directorate) Email Telephone & fax
Dr. Niall Conlon

Immunology (LabMed)

Tel: (01) 416 2928
Fax:
Nurse liaison: A. McKeever, P. Mc Crea, A. Sloan Tel: (01) 410 3381

Contact Details

 

Title Name PhoneEmail 
Head of Department / Consultant Immunologist Dr. Niall Conlon (01) 416 2928  
Chief Medical Scientist Dr. Jean Dunne  (01) 416 2921 dunnej1@tcd.ie
Immunology Specialist Registrar     (01) 416 2932 Bleep 746  
Immunology SHO    (01) 416 2932 Bleep 746  
Allergy Advice     AllergyAdvice@stjames.ie
Immunology Nurse Specialist Aoife McKeever, Patricia Mc Crea, Anne Sloan (01) 410 3381 Bleep 340  
Departmental Secretary Ms. Trudy Carty (01) 416 2928  

 

Immunology Clinic

Specialty DayLocationConsultant/Contact details
Immunology   Monday am Outpatients Suite 2 Dr. Niall Conlon
Immunology   Thursday pm Phase 1H GEMS Dr. Niall Conlon/Prof. Con Feighery

Referral Procedure

Appointments for the Immunology OPD Clinic are made by the Immunology Department only after receipt of a referral letter from a GP or consultant. Referral letters are evaluated by the Consultant and appointments are sent out to patients where appropriate.

For referral of patients that may have had a peri-operative anaphylactic reaction please fill out the Peri-Operative Drug Reaction Referral form below.

All referral letters should be sent to the Immunology Clinical Secretary at the address given below.

Peri-Operative Drug Reaction Referral Form (PDF 208Kb)

Immunology Referral Address and Contact Details

Immunology Clinical Secretary,
Hospital 5,
St. James's Hospital,
James's Street,
Dublin 8.

Telephone: (01) 4162928

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