St. Vincent's University Hospital

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St. Vincent's University Hospital
Health Service Executive
Hospital main entrance
The main entrance of St. Vincent's University Hospital
Location196 Merrion 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 systemHealth Service Executive
FundingPublic hospital
Hospital typeVoluntary university hospital
Affiliated universityUniversity College Dublin
Emergency departmentYes
Founded28 March 1927; 91 years ago (1927-03-28)

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 legally registered as a company on 28 March 1927 (1927-03-28).[2] 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.[3] In May 2013, it was announced that the new National Maternity Hospital, Dublin would relocate to the site of St. Vincent's University Hospital. The Sisters of Charity were to have ownership and responsibility in managing the new hospital. This provoked outrage and protests. On 29 May 2017, in response to weeks of pressure and public outrage, the Sisters of Charity 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.[4] This was described as "a major turning point in the history of religious involvement in Irish healthcare."[5]

The first kidney transplant in Ireland took place in St. Vincent's Hospital on the morning of December 19th, 1963.[6][7][8]

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.[9]

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 five minutes walk from the hospital.

The following Dublin Bus routes service the hospital:

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


  1. ^ Meenan (1995) p. 13
  2. ^ "St. Vincent's Private Hospital Ltd - Irish Company Info". Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  3. ^ Meenan (1995) p. 194
  4. ^ Henry McDonald (29 May 2017). "Sisters of Charity give up role in Dublin maternity hospital". The Guardian. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  5. ^ "Decision by nuns a major turning point in healthcare in the State". Irish Times. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 29 May 2017.
  6. ^ The Irish Independent, Dublin Kidney Transplant Patient Dies. Feb. 18th 1964, Vol. 73, No. 42, Front page.
  7. ^ The Cork Examiner, First Kidney Transplanted in this Country. December 28th, 1963 (Front Page)
  8. ^ Irish Press. Young Musician had New Kidney Transplanted. December 28th, 1963.
  9. ^ 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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