St. Vincent's University Hospital

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St Vincent's University Hospital
Ireland East Hospital Group
Hospital main entrance
The main entrance of St. Vincent's University Hospital
Location St Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, County Dublin, Ireland, Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates 53°19′0.09″N 6°12′45.85″W / 53.3166917°N 6.2127361°W / 53.3166917; -6.2127361Coordinates: 53°19′0.09″N 6°12′45.85″W / 53.3166917°N 6.2127361°W / 53.3166917; -6.2127361
Care system Health Service Executive
Funding Public hospital
Hospital type Voluntary university hospital
Affiliated university University College Dublin
Network St Vincent's Healthcare Group
Emergency department Yes
Founded 1834

St. Vincent's Hospital (Gaeilge:Ospidéal Ollscoile Naomh Uinseann ) is a teaching hospital located at Elm Park, south of the city of Dublin, Ireland. It is at the junction of Merrion Road and Nutley Lane opposite the Merrion Centre and adjacent to Elm Park Golf Club.


The old St. Vincent's Hospital at St. Stephen's Green set up in 1834

St. Vincent's Hospital was founded in 1834 on St. Stephen's Green, Dublin, by Mother Mary Aikenhead, foundress of the Roman Catholic order Religious Sisters of Charity. The hospital was open to all who could afford its services, irrespective of their religious persuasion.[1]

The hospital was subsequently moved to its current site in Elm Park in 1970, and in 1999 was renamed St. Vincent's University Hospital (SVUH), to highlight its position as a principal teaching hospital of University College Dublin.[2]

The hospital today[edit]

St. Vincent's University Hospital serves as a regional centre for emergency medicine and medical care at an inpatient and outpatient level. Many patients from regional and tertiary hospitals are referred to SVUH for specialist care, and it is the national referral centre for liver transplantation and adult cystic fibrosis. Tied closely to the University, it serves as a training ground for doctors, nurses, radiographers and physiotherapists, teaching students from UCD's undergraduate degree courses.[3]

Atrium of Outpatients Department.
Atrium of Outpatients Department.

The hospital provides in excess of forty medical, surgical and allied specialities, and has 479 in-patient suites, incorporating 7-day, 5-day and day care. A major new multimillion-euro extension building was completed in 2005 and officially opened in 2006. This development contains a new emergency department, endoscopy department, outpatient clinics, intensive care unit, diagnostic laboratories and operating theatres, as well as a state-of-the-art radiology department (incorporating Multislice CT-Scanners, Nuclear Medicine and MRI).

The on-campus Education & Research Centre serves as home to a number of research groups allied to clinical departments within the hospital (including the Centre for Colorectal Disease, the National Liver Transplant Unit and the Department of Rheumatology), and maintains close academic links to nearby UCD.


Sydney Parade railway station is about ten minutes walk from the hospital.

The following Dublin Bus routes service the hospital:

To/From Route Number
SVUH/Ballymun Route 4
O'Connell Street/Sandyford Industrial Estate Route 5
O'Connell Street/Loughlinstown Park, Cherrywood Route 7
O'Connell Street/Mackintosh Park Route 7A
Eden Quay/Bray Route 45
Pearse St/Belarmine Route 47


  1. ^ Meenan (1995) p. 13
  2. ^ Meenan (1995) p. 194
  3. ^ Meenan (1995) p. 256


  • Meenan, F. O. C. (1995). St Vincent's Hospital 1834-1994. Dublin: Gill and MacMillan. ISBN 0-7171-2151-8. 

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