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The Coombe Hospital

Coordinates: 53°20′06″N 6°17′21″W / 53.3349°N 6.2891°W / 53.3349; -6.2891
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The Coombe Hospital
Health Service Executive
The Coombe Hospital Monument in Dublin's Liberties area (the original portico of the hospital commemorating the site where the hospital was located from 1829 to 1967)
The Coombe Hospital is located in Central Dublin
The Coombe Hospital
Shown in Dublin
LocationDublin, Ireland
Coordinates53°20′06″N 6°17′21″W / 53.3349°N 6.2891°W / 53.3349; -6.2891
Care systemHSE
SpecialityObstetrics and gynaecology

The Coombe Hospital (/ˈkm/; Irish: Ospidéal an Chúim) is a voluntary teaching hospital providing a range of medical services to both women and newborn infants in Dublin, Ireland. It is managed by Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.[1]


The hospital was founded by Margaret Boyle in the vacated building of the Meath Hospital in the Coombe in Dublin's Liberties area in 1826.[2] It formally opened as the Coombe Lying-in Hospital (which remains its legal name) in 1829 and was granted a Royal Charter in 1867.[3]

The hospital moved to modern premises nearby in Dolphin's Barn in 1967.[3] Although the old hospital was demolished, the portico was retained as a monument to the many mothers who gave birth in the old hospital.[4] The new facility adopted the working name of the Coombe Women's Hospital in 1993 and it was renamed the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital in January 2008.[2]

The hospital was targeted in a ransomware attack on 15 December 2021 forcing its IT services to be shut down.[5]


The Coombe Hospital is one of the largest providers of women and infant health care in the Republic of Ireland. Over 8,000 mothers give birth in the hospital every year.[2] It provides clinical experience to three training colleges, including University College Dublin, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Trinity College, Dublin.[6]


  1. ^ "Six hospital groups 'most fundamental reform in decades'". Irish Medical Times. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Coombe seeking a rebirth". Irish Times. 15 January 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Celebrating The Coombe Hospital 1976". RTE. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  4. ^ "The Coombe Lying-in (Maternity) Hospital". 7 January 2013. Retrieved 6 May 2019.
  5. ^ "Irish health sector hit by second ransomware attack in a year". Building Better Healthcare. 5 January 2022. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology". RCSI Women's Health. Archived from the original on 18 December 2017. Retrieved 6 May 2019.

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