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Dr. Orla Neylon appointed Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist

 UL Hospitals Group is delighted to see Dr. Orla Neylon join the team.

Dr. Orla Neylon appointed Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist

UL Hospitals Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Orla Neylon as Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist.

Dr. Neylon graduated from NUI Galway in 2002, entering general paediatric specialist training in 2004. After five years training in Ireland, she completed a Clinical and Research Fellowship in Paediatric Endocrinology at The Royal Children’s Hospital and Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne. She concurrently completed a thesis entitled “The Interface between Human Behaviour and Diabetes Technologies in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus” for which a Doctorate of Medicine was awarded by NUIG.


Dr. Orla Neylon has a keen interest in APLS (advanced paediatric life support) teaching and research interests include neonatal endocrinology, patient interaction with advanced diabetes technologies and puberty/menstrual management in individuals with a chronic disability. She has worked as a Consultant General Paediatrician and Endocrinologist in Sligo University Hospital since 2013 and is a member of several national committees including the RCPI Board of the Faculty of Paediatrics.

Commenting on her appointment, Dr. Neylon said: “I am delighted to be a part of the team here at the Department of Paediatrics in UHL and look forward to complementing the service established for young people with Type 1 Diabetes and their families. These are progressive times for individuals with this chronic burdensome condition with an explosion in technologies available to assist with management.”

Dr. Orla Neylon took up her post at UL Hospitals Group in August 2017. This is an additional consultant post and Dr. Neylon will be joining a Department that also includes Prof Clodagh O’Gorman, Consultant Paediatrician in Diabetes and Endocrinology.

Approximately 200 children and adolescents attend paediatric diabetes services at UHL, ranging in age from one to 18.  Diabetes in children is almost always type 1 diabetes mellitus, which means that they require insulin and this can only be given by injection. Type 1 childhood diabetes is quite different from the adult, Type 2 Diabetes associated with obesity and lifestyle. Our children with diabetes are usually prescribed about five to six injections per day of insulin, with blood sugar monitoring 10 to 12 times per day. Some children and families choose to work towards insulin pump therapy, which means that they wear a small pump, like a computer, which is attached to them via a long piece of tubing with a cannula at the end under their skin. Using this pump, every time they eat, they have to administer extra insulin. Since 2012, UHL has been one of only five designated pump centres for children with diabetes in Ireland, with the others being in Dublin and Cork.

To start and maintain children on insulin pumps and indeed on complex insulin regimes, University Hospital Limerick now has a skilled children’s diabetes team, comprising three clinical nurse specialists and a children’s diabetes dietitian.


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