St. James's Hospital

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St. James's Hospital
Health Service Executive
Picture of South Circular Road (Dublin) entrance to St. James's Hospital
South Circular Road entrance to St. James's Hospital
St. James's Hospital is located in Central Dublin
St. James's Hospital
Shown in Dublin
LocationJames's Street, Dublin 8, Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates53°20′23″N 6°17′40″W / 53.3397°N 6.2945°W / 53.3397; -6.2945Coordinates: 53°20′23″N 6°17′40″W / 53.3397°N 6.2945°W / 53.3397; -6.2945
Care systemHSE
FundingPublic hospital
TypeTeaching hospital
Affiliated universityTrinity College Dublin
ListsHospitals in the Republic of Ireland

St. James's Hospital[1] (Irish: Ospidéal Naomh Séamas)[1] is a teaching hospital in Dublin, Ireland. Its academic partner is Trinity College Dublin. It is managed by Dublin Midlands Hospital Group.[2]


The origins of the hospital lie in a poorhouse initiated when Dublin Corporation paid £300 to acquire the site in 1603.[3] The war between William III and James II intervened and the project was abandoned until Mary, Duchess of Ormonde, wife of James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde laid a foundation stone in 1703.[3] The pamphleteer, Jonathan Swift, lobbied for the creation of facilities for abandoned infants and, in 1727, the poorhouse was expanded by the addition of a foundling hospital.[4] The brewer Arthur Guinness served on the board of directors in its early years.[5]

The foundling hospital closed in 1829 and the buildings were absorbed by the South Dublin Union Workhouse.[3] During the Easter Rising in 1916, the South Dublin Union Workhouse was occupied by rebel forces.[3] The poorhouse evolved to become a municipal hospital known as St Kevin's Hospital, following Irish independence in 1921, and changed its name to St. James's Hospital in 1971.[3]

The Trinity Centre, which incorporates the clinical departments of Trinity College's Medical School and its medical library, opened in 1994.[6]

A new radiation therapy unit for cancer treatment was established at the hospital in 2012.[7]

The St James's campus was chosen in 2012 as the site for the National Paediatric Hospital, allowing colocation with the adult hospital, and potentially "trilocation" with a future maternity hospital on the same site.[8]

In 2015, the hospital became the first hospital in Ireland to introduce routine testing for HIV and hepatitis for all patients arriving at the hospital.[9]


The hospital, which is the main teaching hospital for Trinity College Dublin, has 1,010 beds.[10]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "2008 Annual Report" (PDF). St James's Hospital. 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2019. Confirms spelling of name as "James's" and Irish name
  2. ^ "Six hospital groups 'most fundamental reform in decades'". Irish Medical Times. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e "New landmark sculpture for St. James's Hospital". Irish Medical Times. 3 February 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Anatomy of a Dublin hospital that reaches back to 1703". Irish Times. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  5. ^ "School of Nursing and Midwifery International School Prospectus 2017" (PDF). Trininty College Dublin. p. 21. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  6. ^ "History of the School". School of Medicine, Trinity College Dublin. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Two radiation oncology centres opened". RTE. 12 March 2012. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  8. ^ Review Group on the National Children’s Hospital (7 June 2012). Report of the Review Group on the National Children's Hospital (PDF) (Report). Department of Health. Retrieved 12 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Emergency patients at St James's to be tested for HIV, hepatitis". Irish Times. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2019.
  10. ^ 2013 St James's Hospital Annual Report (PDF) (Report). St James's Hospital. 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2015.
  11. ^ "A Profile of ANNE YOUNG Matron" (PDF). Contacts. July 1988. p. 13. Archived (PDF) from the original on 20 August 2021. Retrieved 20 August 2021.

Further reading[edit]

  • Coakley, Davis (2017). The History and Heritage of St. James's Hospital Dublin. Four Courts Press. ISBN 978-1846826078.

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