General Medicine

General Medicine

The general medicine department oversees the Acute Medical Admission Unit, at both St James’s Hospital and Tallaght University Hospital.

The aim of this unit is to facilitate a high quality, efficient admission process by concentrating manpower and technological resources at the point of entry to clinical care.  Early diagnosis, with prompt investigation and treatment facilitates early discharge.

The Unit admits emergency medical patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week and operates it’s “Consultant of the day” system where the on-call Consultant General Physician takes responsibility for patients in the Unit for a 24 hour period, with a senior nurse manager taking responsibility for the day to day Unit Activity.

The objective of the AMAU is to provide the best quality of care for emergency medical admissions within the constraints of the resources available.

St James’s Hospital

Title Name Email
Clinical Senior Lecturer Dr Declan Byrne
Assistant Professor Dr Deirdre O’Riordan
Clinical Senior Lecturer Dr Nadeem Akasheh
Clinical Lecturer Dr Joe Browne
Consultant/Clinical Senior Lecturer Dr Rachel Kidney
Clinical Lecturer Dr Susie O’Callaghan


Tallaght University Hospital

Title Name Email
Clinical Senior Lecturer Dr Matt Widdowson  


Dr Declan Byrne’s research and clinical interests span acute medicine, stroke medicine, malnutrition, frailty and pharmacoeconomics.

Dr Deirdre O’Riordan’s special areas of interest include infective and inflammatory disorders of the lung, including asthma, sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis, lung and pleural infections and bronchiectasis. 

Dr Rachel Kidney research interest is in Internal Medicine (General Medicine). Their current project is 'Ambulatory Management of DVT.'

Dr Matt Widdowson is a founding member of Irish Society of Acute and Internal Medicine (ISAIM).  He developed Acute Medical Unit in Tallaght University Hospital from inauguration, July 2012 – present.