St. Vincent's University Hospital

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St. Vincent's University Hospital
Health Service Executive
Hospital main entrance
St. Vincent's Hospital main entrance
St. Vincent's University Hospital is located in Dublin
St. Vincent's University Hospital
Location in Dublin
LocationMerrion Road
Elm Park, Dublin, Ireland
Coordinates53°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 systemHSE
FundingPublic hospital
TypeTeaching hospital
Affiliated universityUniversity College Dublin
Emergency departmentYes Accident & Emergency
ListsHospitals in the Republic of Ireland

St. Vincent's Hospital (Irish: 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. It is managed by Ireland East Hospital Group.[1]


The old St Vincent's Hospital at St Stephen's Green founded in 1834

The hospital was established by Mother Mary Aikenhead, founder of the Catholic order Religious Sisters of Charity, at the Earl of Meath's former home at 56 St Stephen's Green, Dublin, in 1834.[2] The hospital was open to all who could afford its services, irrespective of their religious persuasion.[3] Florence Nightingale, famously was rejected twice there for a post as a trainee nurse.[4] It was legally registered as a company on 28 March 1927 (1927-03-28).[5] It was subsequently moved to its current site in Elm Park in 1970, and in 1999 was renamed St. Vincent's University Hospital, to highlight its position as a principal teaching hospital of University College Dublin.[6] Along with St. Michael's Hospital and St. Vincent's Private Hospital, it is part of the St. Vincent's Healthcare Group (SVHG).[7]

The first kidney transplant in Ireland took place in there on 19 December 1963.[8][9][10]

In May 2013, it was announced that the new National Maternity Hospital, Dublin would relocate to the site of St. Vincent's University Hospital and that the Sisters of Charity were to have responsibility for owning and managing the new hospital. On 29 May 2017, in response to weeks of pressure and public concern, the Sisters announced that they were ending their role in St Vincent's Healthcare Group and would not be involved in the ownership or management of the new hospital; the two sisters on the board resigned.[11] This was described as "a major turning point in the history of religious involvement in Irish healthcare."[12]

On 8 May 2020, it was announced that the Religious Sisters of Charity would transfer ownership of St Vincent's Healthcare Group to the State.[13] They confirmed that they had received permission from the Holy See to transfer the property, worth some €200 million.[13] The St Vincent's Healthcare Group site could then be transferred from the ownership of the religious order to a new independent charitable group to be called St Vincent's Holdings CLG.[13]


The 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 St Vincent's 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.[14]

Atrium of Outpatients Department.
Outpatients department atrium


Sydney Parade railway station is about five minutes walk from the hospital. The following Dublin Bus routes service the hospital:[15]

To/From Route Number
Monkstown/Harristown Route 4
Mountjoy Square/Brides Glen Route 7
Mountjoy Square/Loughlinstown Park Route 7a
Blackrock/Rialto Route 17
UCD Belfield/Clare Hall Route 27x
Poolbeg St/Belarmine Route 47
St. Vincent's University Hospital/Bray Route 84a

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  1. ^ "Six hospital groups 'most fundamental reform in decades'". Irish Medical Times. 14 May 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Crowds outside Saint Vincent's Hospital, Dublin, paying homage to the..." Getty Images. Retrieved 29 September 2021.
  3. ^ Meenan (1995) p. 13
  4. ^ Meehan, Therese (2010). "Nightingale - The Irish connection". p. 28-29. Retrieved 16 May 2022.
  5. ^ "St. Vincent's Private Hospital Ltd – Irish Company Info". Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  6. ^ Meenan (1995) p. 194
  7. ^ "About us". St.Vincent’s Healthcare Group. Retrieved 29 June 2020.
  8. ^ The Irish Independent, Dublin Kidney Transplant Patient Dies. 18 February 1964, Vol. 73, No. 42, Front page.
  9. ^ The Cork Examiner, First Kidney Transplanted in this Country. 28 December 1963 (Front Page)
  10. ^ Irish Press. Young Musician had New Kidney Transplanted. 28 December 1963.
  11. ^ Henry McDonald (29 May 2017). "Sisters of Charity give up role in Dublin maternity hospital". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Decision by nuns a major turning point in healthcare in the State". Irish Times. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  13. ^ a b c Conneely, Ailbhe (8 May 2020). "Sisters of Charity 'gift' St Vincent's to State". Retrieved 8 May 2020.
  14. ^ Meenan (1995) p. 256
  15. ^ "How to get there". St. Vincent's University Hospital. Retrieved 6 May 2019.


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

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