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Brain Disease

Target Brain Disease

There are approximately 30,000 patients with chronic neurological complaints living in the community serviced by St James’s Hospital, which are forms of brain disease.  We want to make a major shift in our clinical care by developing a new form of space for patients which we will call the  John Kirker Brain Disease Centre. This building will be based on new advanced modular building techniques to make it affordable and flexible.


At St James’s Hospital, we are treating people with a range of brain diseases:

  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’ss Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Cancer related neurology issues; and
  • other neurological conditions

Despite the scale of our case load of nearly 1800 admissions a year, the neurology service is one of the smaller and least developed neurology services in the country.


We need better space for our patients. Some of our patients explain their needs in this video and Dr Colin Doherty describes what he wants to do, to achieve better patient care experience.


We have a relatively low-cost solution, through building a new modular brain disease centre, at an estimated cost of €500,000. We need private investment and donations to achieve this goal.


Over the past five years the neurology service has become one of the best performing services in the country with waiting times down to 3-4 weeks for new patients with certain conditions and further reductions in our wait times in the Out-Patients Department (OPD).


We have also put in place innovations in electronic referrals and clinical information systems, and demonstrable improvements in safety and quality.


In 2019 when the National Children’s Hospital is expected to open on the St James’s campus, patients transitioning from the modern environment will have an expectation to move into similar settings at the adult hospital. Whilst the treatment for patients by our team is excellent we are ready now to address the care surroundings and comfort for patients needs through this appeal for up-dating our facilities.

Our Appeal – John Kirker Brain Disease Centre

John Kirker Brain Disease Centre

Possible new interior for the Brain Disease Centre

Our aim is to raise funds to build the John Kirker Brain Disease Centre to implement a new model for patient care in neurological disease, on our existing site, through a process of re-design and renovation of new facilities, with new electronic based work procedures, to greatly improve our care environment.


We intend to create a bright airy welcoming and easily accessible space where the emphasis will be on settling the patient and their families in a  comfortable clean space without the hard edged trappings of typical ‘clinical’ rooms, and in so far as possible bring services and specialist personnel to the patient rather than the other way round. This will require a unique modular design and a process flow-system that employs the latest techniques from innovative healthcare institutions around the world.


It is intended that the environment will be paperless with integrated electronic information available for both patients and staff at the point of care.


If you would like to discuss a possible donation or organising further fundraising event you can contact Clodagh Memery on or phone 01 410 3986. You can donate online by clicking the donate button at the top of this page.


Dr John Kirker – A Background

In the 1960’s and 70’s the first neurologist to see patients on the site was the recently deceased, distinguished and much loved John Kirker who saw mainly epilepsy patients. Dr Kirker was the first doctor to introduce brainwave monitoring to Ireland in the 1950’s. Dr Janice Redmond was the first general neurologist to be appointed as late as the early 1990’s just as Dr Kirker was approaching retirement. Since then there has been significant but much needed expansion.