Establishing a Prehabilitation Programme – Cork University Hospital Experience

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Time: 13.00 BST

Duration: 1 hour, 15 minutes

This webinar will give an overview of the role of each discipline in the provision of a multimodal colorectal prehabilitation programme. The team will also give an overview of their programme and outline the impact of COVID on the provision of a prehab service now and in the future.


Marie Sheahan
Senior Dietitian in Surgery & Critical Care
Cork University Hospital

Marie qualified from DIT/Trinity College Dublin with a degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics in 2002. Prior to moving to Cork University Hospital (CUH) in 2007, Marie worked at both St Vincent’s University Hospital and Tallaght University Hospital , Dublin.

Marie is a senior dietitian in surgery and critical care at Cork University Hospital. Marie’s passion for nutrition and colorectal surgery has seen her advance many nutrition initiatives in this area. Marie is currently leading a pilot colorectal surgery prehabilitation programme at Cork University Hospital and is co-lead on the CUH prehabilitation programme working group.

Annemarie Fitzgerald
Clinical Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist
Cork University Hospital

Annemarie Fitzgerald received a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy Degree from Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh in 1996 and an MSc in Respiratory Physiotherapy awarded from Sheffield Hallam University in 2006. Her career commenced in the UK in the Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Upon Tyne working with rehabilitating liver transplant patients and heart and lung transplant patients. Annemarie’s pathway led to Cork University Hospital where she currently works as a Clinical Specialist Respiratory Physiotherapist specialising in treating and rehabilitating the critical care patient in the Intensive Care Unit. She is now working with the CUH Prehabilitation Team, applying her rehabilitation skills to the Colorectal Prehabilitation Programme. She has presented at several national forums in her areas of interest. She completed a study titled Early Mobilisation of the Intensive Care Patient in 2012 and was awarded a Research Bursary for this through the Intensive Care Society of Ireland in 2014. Annemarie presented this study in poster format at the ECISM Brussels meeting in Spring 2014.

Anthony Coughlan
Acting Senior Occupational Therapist
Cork University Hospital

Anthony works across the surgical wards in CUH providing Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention to patient’s with an acute decline in their functional ability in areas such as self-care, transfers, seating, and cognition. Anthony has worked in a number of roles previously in Ireland and the UK, working with adults both in an acute hospital and community setting.

Areas of interest include; housing adaptations, seating/wheeled mobility and older persons care. Anthony is the Occupational Therapy lead working to establish the surgical Prehabilitation service in CUH.

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